Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 1 Hansard (30 April) . . Page.. 246 ..
MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, as required under the Financial Management Act 1996, I have tabled the following papers: An instrument issued under section 15 of that Act, and a statement of reasons for the transfer, which allows the transfer between output classes within an appropriation unit; an instrument issued under section 15A of that Act, and a statement of reasons for the transfer, which allows for the reclassification of appropriations for Territorial payments as appropriations for the provision of departmental outputs, and vice versa; and an instrument issued under section 16 of that Act, and a statement of reasons for that transfer, which allows for the transfer of appropriations from one department to another in cases where responsibility for a service or function for which the appropriation was made transfers from one department to another. These instruments were signed recently and are tabled in the Assembly within three sitting days, as required by the Act.
Transfers under the Financial Management Act 1996 enable changes to appropriations throughout the year to be accommodated within the total appropriation limit passed by the Assembly. The section 15 instrument relates to an internal reprioritisation of resources within the Chief Minister's Department to allow the upgrade of the revenue collection system to commence in the second half of 1997-98. The section 15A instrument relates to a reclassification of funds from the expenses on behalf of the Territory appropriation to the Government payment for outputs appropriation within the Department of Justice and Community Safety. The responsibility for the escort of prisoners to and from the courts was previously provided by the Australian Federal Police and is now provided by Corrective Services. This reclassification of appropriations reflects the change in provision of services.
The section 16 instrument relates to the transfer of functions from the former Department of Business, the Arts, Sport and Tourism as per the Administrative Arrangements Orders announced on 31 March 1998 and are as follows:
the Kingston foreshore function to Accommodation and Property Services within CMD;
the sport and recreation function to the Department of Education;
the heritage function to Heritage within DUS;
the Agents Board function to the Department of Justice and Community Safety; and
the remaining functions to Business, Employment, Tourism, the Arts, Regulatory Reform and Industrial Relations within CMD.
Mr Speaker, I commend the papers to the Assembly.