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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 4 Hansard (25 March) . . Page.. 1621..


Agencies using Oracle (Treasury and the Home Loan Portfolio)

1. The information has been extracted by Shared Services based on 35 days from the invoice date. Due to how the 'due date' field is used in the system, this methodology provides the most accurate payment data possible. A parameter of 35 days has been used instead of 30 days to allow for the normal time lag that occurs from the time when a supplier may print an invoice to the time when a department receives the invoice from the supplier.

2. Invoices can remain unpaid past the due date for a variety of valid reasons:

- the invoice is being disputed by the agency with the vendor or further documentation is required;

- the invoice received is an invalid tax invoice;

- the invoice details are incorrect resulting in the invoice not being received by the correct agency or area within the agency; or

- the invoice is issued by the vendor well after the date specified on the invoice.

Agencies not using Oracle (ACTIA)

3. The information is based on actual invoice due dates which was 7, 14 or 28 days, although in the majority of cases the invoices were due within 7 or 14 days.

4. Invoices can remain unpaid past the due date for a variety of reasons:

- delays in receiving validation documents associated with reinsurance from overseas; or

- the invoice being received by the agency well after the date specified on the invoice.

Government—payment of invoices

(Question No 591)

Mr Seselja asked Minister for Health, upon notice, on 11 February 2010:

How many invoices were received by each department or agency in the Minister's portfolio in (a) July, (b) August, (c) September, (d) October, (e) November and (f) December 2009, what was the average value of these invoices and how many of these invoices were fully paid by their due date.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

Information associated with the number of invoices received by the Department each month is not available. The response is therefore based on the invoices paid by the Department.

In line with how Shared Services provided the required information to the Department, the below response reflects the total number of invoices paid during the period July to December 2009, rather each month individually.

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