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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 6 May 2010) . . Page.. 1949 ..


Instrument directing a transfer of appropriations from the Department of Justice and Community Safety to Housing ACT, including a statement of reasons, dated 12 April 2010.

Instrument directing a transfer of appropriations from the Department of Territory and Municipal Services to the Chief Minister’s Department, including a statement of reasons, dated 21 April 2010.

Instrument directing a transfer of appropriations within the Legislative Assembly Secretariat, including a statement of reasons, dated 30 April 2010.

Pursuant to section 17—

Instrument varying appropriations relating to Commonwealth funding to the Department of Education and Training, including a statement of reasons, dated 12 April 2010.

Instrument varying appropriations relating to Commonwealth funding to the Department of Treasury, including a statement of reasons, dated 12 April 2010.

Instrument varying appropriations relating to Commonwealth funding to the Legal Aid Commission (ACT), including a statement of reasons, dated 21 April 2010.

Pursuant to section 18A—Authorisation of Expenditure from the Treasurer’s Advance to the Department of Treasury, including a statement of reasons, dated 8 April 2010

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the papers.

Leave granted.

MS GALLAGHER: As required by the Financial Management Act 1996, I table a number of instruments issued under sections 14, 16, 17 and 18 of the act. Advice on each instrument’s direction and a statement of reasons must be tabled in the Assembly within three sitting days after it is given. Section 14 of the act allows for existing appropriations to be varied by a transfer of funds between appropriations. This variation must be authorised by the Treasurer and signed by another minister. The transfer must also not reduce the appropriation of the losing agency by more than three per cent.

This package includes one instrument signed under section 14. An amount of $9.4 million was provided in the 2008-09 budget for the construction of the intensive care unit at Calvary Public Hospital. A subsequent value management study has determined that the final cost for the project will be around $11.4 million. This instrument transfers $2 million of ACT Health’s departmental capital injection to expenses on behalf of the territory to fund this shortfall and complete the project by the scheduled date of October 2010.

Sections 16(1) and (2) of the act allow the Treasurer to authorise the transfer of appropriation for a service or a function to another entity, following a change in responsibility for that service or function. This package includes four instruments signed under section 16. An amount of $5.931 million of appropriation has been transferred from the Chief Minister’s Department to the Department of Land and Property Services, consistent with the administrative arrangements announced on 1 December 2009. This transfer of appropriation is budget neutral and will enable


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