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States Grants Act 1965

Authoritative Version
Act No. 88 of 1965 as made
An Act to grant Financial Assistance to the States.
Date of Assent 04 Dec 1965
Date of repeal 11 Nov 1970
Repealed by States Grants Act 1970

States Grants

No. 88 of 1965

An Act to grant Financial Assistance to the States.

[Assented to 4 December, 1965]

BE it enacted by the Queen’s Most Excellent Majesty, the Senate, and the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Australia, as follows:—

Short title.

1.  This Act may be cited as the States Grants Act 1965.

Commencement.

2.  This Act shall come into operation on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.

Repeal.

3.—(1.)     The States Grants Act 1959 is repealed.

(2.)   A State is not entitled to a grant under the States Grants Act 1959, by virtue of its operation during the year that commenced on the first day of July, One thousand nine hundred and sixty-five, and before the commencement of this Act, in respect of that year.

(3.)   Any advance made to a State under the States Grants Act 1959 during the year that commenced on the first day of July, One thousand nine hundred and sixty-five, and before the commencement of this Act shall be deemed to be an advance made under section 8 of this Act in respect of the grant payable to that State under this Act during that year.

Interpretation.

4.—(1.)     In this Act, “year” means financial year.

(2.)   For the purposes of this Act, the average wages per person employed, in relation to a year, is the amount ascertained by dividing the aggregate of the amounts shown, in the returns lodged throughout the Commonwealth by employers for the purposes of the Pay-roll Tax Assessment Act 1941–1963, as wages within the meaning of that Act paid or payable in respect of periods ending in that year by the sum of the mean number of males and fifty-five per centum of the mean number of females shown by those returns as having been employed by those employers during that year.


 

Grants to States.

5.—(1.)     There is payable to each State, during the year that commenced on the first day of July, One thousand nine hundred and sixty-five, and during each year subsequent to that year, for the purpose of financial assistance, an amount equal to the sum of—

(a) an amount that bears the same proportion to the amount of the grant under this section payable to that State during the year preceding the year concerned as the population of that State on the thirty-first day of December in the year concerned bears to the population of that State on the thirty-first day of December in the year preceding the year concerned;

(b) if the average wages per person employed in the year preceding the year concerned exceed the average wages per person employed in the year next before the year preceding the year concerned—an amount equal to such percentage of the amount ascertained under the last preceding paragraph as is equal to the percentage by which the first-mentioned average wages exceed the second-mentioned average wages; and

(c) an amount equal to 1.2 per centum of the sum of the amount ascertained in accordance with paragraph (a) of this sub-section and the amount, if any, ascertained in accordance with the last preceding paragraph.

(2.)   For the purpose of ascertaining the amount of the grant under this section payable to each State during the year that commenced on the first day of July, One thousand nine hundred and sixty-five, there shall be deemed to be payable under this section to the State during the year preceding that year a grant equal in amount to—

(a) in the case of a State other than the State of Queensland—the amount of the grant payable to the State under the States Grants Act 1959 during the year that commenced on the first day of July, One thousand nine hundred and sixty-four; or

(b) in the case of the State of Queensland—the sum of the amount of the grant payable to the State of Queensland under that Act during that year and One million pounds.

(3.)   For the purpose of ascertaining the amount of the grant payable to the State of Queensland during the year commencing on the first day of July, One thousand nine hundred and sixty-six, and during each of the three succeeding years, the amount of the grant under this section payable to that State during the year preceding the year concerned shall be deemed to be an amount equal to the sum of the amount of that last-mentioned grant and One million pounds.


 

(4.)   The amount of the grant under this section that would, but for this sub-section, be payable to the State of Victoria during the year that commenced on the first day of July, One thousand nine hundred and sixty-five, shall, by virtue of this sub-section, be increased by Six hundred thousand pounds.

Statistical calculations, &c.

6.—(1.)     All statistical and mathematical calculations and determinations required for the purposes of this Act shall be made by the Commonwealth Statistician, after consultation, where practicable, with the official Statisticians of the States.

(2.)   For the purpose of ascertaining the amount of the grant payable under this Act to each State during a year—

(a) the determination of the population of each State on the thirty-first day of December in the year concerned and on the thirty-first day of December in the year preceding the year concerned—

(i) shall be made after the thirty-first day of December, and not later than the first day of June, in the year concerned; and

(ii) shall have regard to the latest statistics in relation to population available to the Commonwealth Statistician on the day on which the determination is made; and

(b) the ascertainment of the average wages per person employed in a year preceding the year concerned shall be made after the commencement of, and not later than the thirty-first day of December in, the year concerned.

(3.)   All calculations and determinations made by the Commonwealth Statistician in pursuance of this section for the purpose of ascertaining the amount of the grant payable under this Act to a State during a year shall, for that purpose, be conclusively presumed to be correct.

Review of grants.

7.—(1.)     The Government of the Commonwealth shall, at the request of a State, or may, if it considers it desirable to do so, enter into consultation with the Governments of the States with a view to determining whether any change is desirable in the provisions of this Act in so far as they relate to the year subsequent to the year ending on the thirtieth day of June, One thousand nine hundred and seventy, and to submit to the Parliament legislation to give effect to any changes that the Government of the Commonwealth considers to be desirable as a result of that consultation.


 

(2.)   If there has occurred, or there is proposed to be, a substantial change in the financial arrangements between the Commonwealth and a State or States, the Government of the Commonwealth may review the provisions of this Act in consultation with the States with a view to submitting to the Parliament legislation to give effect to any changes it considers to be desirable as a result of that review.

Payment of grant.

8.  The Treasurer may, in any year, make monthly or other advances to any State, for the purpose of financial assistance, of portions of the grant to which it appears to him the State will be entitled under this Act in respect of that year.

Appropriation.

9.  Payments in accordance with this Act shall be made out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, which is appropriated accordingly.