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d. establishment of a territory-managed fund/account for the purposes of receiving block funding;

e. establishment of a new directorate under the FMA to be under the direction of the Director-General of the ACT Health Directorate, to ensure appropriate accountability and transparency of funds received by the ACT.

In regard to the national health funding pool, the following reporting arrangements have been agreed:

a. the administrator for the commonwealth will prepare an amalgamated set of financial statements for all states and territories;

b. the format, structure and content of these amalgamated financial statements will be determined by the administrative rules;

c. the financial statement for the ACT will be audited by the ACT Auditor-General;

d. the administrator for the ACT will have access to all required information for reporting purposes and will prepare the ACT’s financial statements based on this information. In addition the administrator for the commonwealth will also rely on the audited financial statements prepared by the state and territory administrators in order to prepare the amalgamated financial statements.

In regard to the state and territory pool accounts each jurisdiction will prepare financial statements for their state and territory pool accounts as per their normal requirements which will be audited by the relevant state or territory Auditor-General.

This bill forms a critical component of the suite of national reforms being delivered under the NHRA that represent a major step forward in addressing the changing and growing healthcare needs, both nationally and for the ACT, as well as providing substantial future increases in commonwealth funding for the territory.

This bill provides an important reform and delivers significant financial benefit to the territory for the provision of public hospitals services. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Hanson) adjourned to the next sitting.

Orders of the day—postponement

Ordered that orders of the day Nos 1 and 2, Assembly business, be postponed until the next day of sitting.

Fitters Workshop

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra): I seek leave to move the motion circulated in my name in relation to report No 8 of the Standing Committee on Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Future use of the Fitters’ Workshop, Kingston.

Leave not granted.

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