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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 9 Hansard (28 August) . . Page.. 3448 ..

In relation to Change of Use Payments:

(1) How much has been levied in the 12 months to 30 June 2003;

(2) How much has been collected in that period;

(3) If there is a discrepancy, why is this;

(4) What is the cost of administering the levying and collection of change of use payments in a typical 12 month period;

(5) How many people are engaged in the administration of change of use.

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

(1) The Change of Use Charge (CUC) levied between 1 July 2002 and 30 June 2003 was $3,660,000;

(2) The CUC collected in the same period was $3,268,750;

(3) Discrepancies between the amount levied and the amount collected could be the result of various circumstances:

1. Applicants are entitled to lodge an application for a review of the

determined CUC with the ACT Administrative Tribunal (AAT) and this, in some instances, may result in the reduction of CUC;

2. The CUC is payable within 28 days from the date of determination. Therefore CUC determined in June may not be paid until July; and

3. The applicant may decide not to proceed with the proposal.

(4) ACTPLA does not keep records of expenditure on specific leasing functions to that level of detail;

(5) There are 17 staff members within the Leasing Section of the ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA) involved in the administration of the Leasehold System within the ACT. At least 12 of them, at different levels, are involved in the levying and collection of CUC. However, this is only a very small part of the duties they perform. In addition, there are a number of other staff members within the Authority involved in receiving and receipting moneys and others in providing financial accounting support and remitting the receipted moneys to Treasury as territorial revenue.

Economic White Paper

(Question No 890)

Mr Smyth: asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 26 August 2003:

(1) How much money had been spent on the preparation of the Economic White Paper and its Discussion Paper as at 31 July 2003;

(2 For what purposes has each amount of money been expended;

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