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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 1 Hansard (11 February) . .

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What costing circumstances are these appropriate for.

(4) What circumstances do not apply and what is used in place of the provided administrative overhead cost.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The overhead figure referred to by Mr Smyth was publicly released as part of the written guidelines outlining the administrative procedures for the costing of election commitments prior to the 2012 ACT Legislative Assembly election (namely the Standard Costing Parameters 2012) (the 2012 Guidelines)). This document, which is used by ACT Treasury to provide policy proposals costings to political parties on request, will be updated prior to the 2016 election and will be released by the Under Treasurer, pursuant to section 7 of the Election Commitments Costing Act 2012, towards the middle of 2016.

(2) The overhead amount contains elements such as those described on page 5 of the Guidelines (refer to the attached 2012 Guidelines).

(3) The overhead amount is incorporated into election costings that include a change in the total number of ACT public servants (that is, where a costed policy would require additional positions at the levels identified on page 7 of the Guidelines).

(4) The overhead amounts in Attachment A to the 2012 Guidelines would not be used if the policy proposal involved positions other than those specified. The costings would then use the cost elements identified in section 1.2 - for example, in the 2012 Guidelines the average total cost of a bus driver was $91,000. This included components such as salary, workers' compensation, superannuation, leave and so on.

(A copy of the attachment is available at the Chamber Support Office).

Taxation—charitable organisations (Question No 547)

Mr Smyth asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 18 November 2015:

(1) Can the Minister provide a breakdown of the elements, organisations, and associated values making up the stated $2 million impact addressed by the Revenue (Charitable Organisations) Legislation Amendment Bill 2015.

(2) What is the timeframe for the Government's recovery of this revenue.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

1. It is anticipated that around 10 peak bodies and professional organisations will be affected by the Bill with a revenue impact of $2 million. Due to taxpayer confidentiality, I am unable to provide any more details.

2. The legislation does not recover revenue already paid to the Territory.


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