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Commonwealth Aid Roads Act 1969

Authoritative Version
Act No. 41 of 1969 as made
An Act to Grant Financial Assistance to the States in relation to Roads.
Date of Assent 14 Jun 1969
Date of repeal 18 Dec 1987
Repealed by Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1987

Commonwealth Aid Roads

No. 41 of 1969

An Act to Grant Financial Assistance to the States in relation to Roads.

[Assented to 14 June 1969]

[Date of commencement 12 July 1969]

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 Commonwealth Aid Roads Act 1969.

Interpretation.

2.—(1.)  In this Act, unless the contrary intention appears—

“construction”, in relation to a road, includes—

(a) the reconstruction of a road;

(b) the bringing of a road to a higher standard; and

(c) the acquisition of land for the purpose of constructing a road,

but does not include the maintenance of a road;

“maintenance” includes repair;

“road” includes—

(a) a road sign;

(b) traffic control equipment;

(c) street lighting equipment;

(d) a vehicular ferry; or

(e) a bridge or tunnel for the use of pedestrians,

associated with a road;

“road planning and research” includes—

(a) the investigation of transport by road in relation to other means of transport; and

(b) research into road safety, the design of vehicles and the behaviour of road users;

“road works” means—

(a) the construction of roads;

(b) the maintenance of roads; and

(c) the doing of anything in relation to roads that is for the time being approved by the Treasurer for the purposes of this definition,

and includes road planning and research;

“rural arterial road” means a rural road that is for the time being declared by the Minister to be a rural arterial road for the purposes of this Act;


 

“rural road” means a road or proposed road not in an urban area;

“the Minister” means the Minister of State for Shipping and Transport;

“urban area” means an area designated by the Commonwealth Statistician, for the purposes of the Census taken in the year One thousand nine hundred and sixty-six, as—

(a) the Sydney Statistical Division;

(b) the Melbourne Statistical Division;

(c) the Brisbane Statistical Division;

(d) the Adelaide Statistical Division;

(e) the Perth Statistical Division;

(f) the Hobart Statistical Division;

(g) Urban Newcastle;

(h) Urban Wollongong;

(i) Urban Geelong;

(j) Urban Launceston;

(k) Urban Townsville;

(i) Urban Ballarat;

(m) Urban Gold Coast;

(n) Urban Toowoomba;

(o) Urban Rockhampton; or

(p) Urban Bendigo;

“urban arterial road” means a road or proposed road in an urban area that is for the time being declared by the Minister to be an urban arterial road, or urban sub-arterial road, for the purposes of this Act;

“year” means a period commencing on the first day of July and ending on the following thirtieth day of June.

(2.)   An amount paid by a State to a municipal, shire or other local authority for a particular purpose shall, for the purposes of this Act, be deemed to have been expended by the State for that purpose, and an amount set aside by a State for payment to a municipal, shire or other local authority for a particular purpose shall, for the purposes of this Act, be deemed to have been set aside by the State for expenditure for that purpose.

(3.)   For the purposes of this Act, moneys paid or credited by a State to a trust account or other account in the Treasury of the State shall not be taken, by reason only of their having been so paid or credited, to have been expended by the State.

(4.)   Without extending or restricting, by implication, the amounts that, for the purposes of this Act, may be treated as amounts expended, or set aside for expenditure, by a State on the construction of roads or on the maintenance of roads, an amount expended, or set aside for expenditure, by a State on the construction or maintenance of an office building used or to be used in or in connexion with road works shall be treated as an


 

amount expended, or set aside for expenditure, on the construction of roads or on the maintenance of roads, as the case may be, only if the building is situated at or adjacent to the site of operations being carried out, or to be carried out, in connexion with the construction of a road or the maintenance of a road, as the case may be, and is for use in those operations.

(5.)   An amount or a part of an amount expended, or set aside for expenditure, by a State on the purchase of road-making plant may, if the State so elects, be treated, for the purposes of this Act, as an amount expended or set aside for expenditure, as the case may be—

(a) on the construction of urban arterial roads;

(b) on the construction of rural arterial roads;

(c) on the construction and maintenance of rural roads, other than rural arterial roads; or

(d) on other road works.

(6.)   A reference in this Act to a Schedule by number shall be read as a reference to the Schedule to this Act so numbered.

Principal grants.

3.—(1.)   There is payable to the States in respect of each year specified in the following table, for the purpose of financial assistance, the amount specified opposite to that year in that table:—

 

$

Year commencing 1st July, 1969......................................

180,000,000

Year commencing 1st July, 1970......................................

205,000,000

Year commencing 1st July, 1971......................................

235,000,000

Year commencing 1st July, 1972......................................

270,000,000

Year commencing 1st July, 1973......................................

310,000,000

 

1,200,000,000

(2.)   An amount payable to the States under the last preceding sub-section in respect of a year shall be divided amongst the States in accordance with the First Schedule, and payments in respect of that year shall, subject to this Act, be made to each State accordingly.

Purposes for which principal grants to be expended.

4.—(1.)   Each State shall, out of moneys paid to it under the last preceding section in respect of a year, expend on the construction of urban arterial roads an amount equal to the amount that is applicable to the State in respect of that year in accordance with the Second Schedule.

(2.)   Each State shall, out of moneys paid to it under the last preceding section in respect of a year, expend on the construction of rural arterial roads an amount equal to the amount that is applicable to the State in respect of that year in accordance with the Third Schedule.

(3.)   Each State shall, out of moneys paid to it under the last preceding section in respect of a year, expend on the construction and maintenance


 

of rural roads, other than rural arterial roads, an amount equal to the amount that is applicable to the State in respect of that year in accordance with the Fourth Schedule.

(4.)   Each State shall, out of moneys paid to it under the last preceding section in respect of a year, expend on road planning and research for the time being approved by the Minister an amount equal to the amount that is applicable to the State in respect of that year in accordance with the Fifth Schedule.

(5.)   Where a State satisfies the Minister that—

(a) the amount specified in the Second Schedule, Third Schedule or Fourth Schedule in relation to the State in respect of a year is greater than the amount that the State will be able to expend, in accordance with this Act, for the purpose applicable to the amount under sub-section (1.), sub-section (2.) or sub-section (3.) of this section, respectively; and

(b) the inability of the State to so expend that amount is due to exceptional circumstances,

the Minister may direct that the amount so specified in that Schedule in relation to that State in respect of that year shall be deemed to be reduced by such amount as is specified by the Minister and that the amount specified in relation to the State in respect of that year in such other of the Second, Third and Fourth Schedules as he specifies shall be increased by a corresponding amount and, upon the Minister giving such a direction, this Act has effect as if those amounts had been respectively reduced and increased in accordance with the Minister’s direction.

Supplementary grants.

5.—(1.)   This section applies to the States of South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania.

(2.)   In addition to the amounts payable under section 3 of this Act, there is payable to the States to which this section applies in respect of each year specified in the following table, for the purpose of financial assistance, the amount specified opposite to that year in that table:—

 

$

Year commencing 1st July, 1969 ..............................

13,000,000

Year commencing 1st July, 1970 ..............................

13,000,000

Year commencing 1st July, 1971...............................

10,250,000

Year commencing 1st July, 1972...............................

9,000,000

Year commencing 1st July, 1973 ..............................

6,800,000

 

52,050,000

(3.)   An amount payable to the States to which this section applies under the last preceding sub-section in respect of a year shall be divided amongst the States in accordance with the Sixth Schedule, and payments in respect of that year shall, subject to this Act, be made to each of those States accordingly.


 

Purpose for which supplementary grants to be expended.

6.  Moneys paid to a State under the last preceding section shall be expended on the construction and maintenance of roads.

Periods within which grants are to be expended.

7.—(1.)   Moneys paid to a State under this Act in a year shall, during that year, be expended, or set aside for expenditure, by the State.

(2.)   Moneys set aside by a State for expenditure in accordance with the last preceding sub-section shall be expended by the State during the period of eighteen months commencing on the first day of the year during which they are set aside or within such further period as the Treasurer, with the concurrence of the Minister, approves.

Expenditure by a State from its own resources.

8.—(1.)   In this section, “the quota”, in relation to a State in respect of a year, means an amount that bears to the base amount applicable to the State in accordance with the Seventh Schedule the same proportion as the number of motor vehicles that were on register in the State on the thirty-first day of December in the year immediately preceding that year bears to the number of motor vehicles that were on register in the State on the thirty-first day of December, One thousand nine hundred and sixty-six.

(2.)   Where the quota applicable to a State for a year in which amounts have been paid to the State under this Act exceeds the amount, or the aggregate of the amounts, that the State, during that year, has, from its own resources, expended, or set aside for expenditure, on road works, the State shall pay to the Commonwealth an amount equal to the excess or such lesser amount as the Treasurer determines.

(3.)   Where the amount, or the aggregate of the amounts, that a State has, during a year, from its own resources, expended, or set aside for expenditure, on road works is greater than the quota applicable to the State for that year, that amount, or the aggregate of those amounts, as the case may be, shall, to the extent that it exceeds the quota, be deemed, for the purposes of the last preceding sub-section, to have been expended by the State during the next succeeding year.

(4.)   For the purposes of this section, an amount set aside for expenditure during a year shall not be taken into account as an amount so set aside unless it is expended within a period of eighteen months commencing on the first day of that year.

(5.)   For the purposes of this section, the number of motor vehicles that are on register in a State on the thirty-first day of December in a year shall be taken to be the number of vehicles that, according to statistics last published by the Commonwealth Statistician before the next following thirty-first day of December, are the number of motor vehicles on register in that State on that first-mentioned day.

(6.)   For the purposes of this section, an amount expended, or set aside for expenditure, by a State in payment of interest on moneys borrowed by the State and expended by the State on road works may be treated as an amount expended, or set aside for expenditure, by the State on road works.


 

Statements of expenditure, &c., to be furnished.

9.—(1.)   In addition to the conditions specified in any other provision of this Act, payment of an amount to a State under this Act in respect of a year is subject to the condition that the State will submit to the Minister—

(a) as soon as practicable after the thirtieth day of June in that year, a statement, in accordance with a form approved by him, as to the expenditure by the State during that year out of that amount and as to any sum set aside during that year out of that amount for expenditure by the State but not expended during that year;

(b) as soon as practicable after the thirty-first day of December in the next succeeding year, a statement, in accordance with a form so approved, as to the expenditure by the State during the period of six months ended on that date out of any sum set aside but not expended as mentioned in the last preceding paragraph;

(c) if the Minister so directs, as soon as practicable after such date as the Minister specifies, a statement in writing setting out such other information in relation to amounts shown in statements submitted under the last two preceding paragraphs to have been expended or set aside for expenditure, or such other information in relation to the operation of this Act in respect of the State, as the Minister specifies; and

(d) if the Minister so directs, a certificate by the Auditor-General of the State verifying such of the contents of statements referred to in any of the preceding paragraphs of this sub-section as the Minister specifies.

(2.)   In addition to the conditions specified in any other provision of this Act, payment of an amount to a State under this Act in respect of a year is subject to the condition that the State will submit to the Treasurer—

(a) as soon as practicable after the thirtieth day of June in that year, a statement, in accordance with a form approved by him, as to amounts expended on road works by the State from its own resources during that year and as to any sum set aside during that year for expenditure by the State from its own resources on road works but not expended during that year;

(b) as soon as practicable after the thirty-first day of December in the next succeeding year, a statement, in accordance with a form so approved, as to amounts expended on road works by the State from its own resources during the period of six months ended on that date out of any sum set aside but not expended as mentioned in the last preceding paragraph;

(c) if the Treasurer so directs, as soon as practicable after such date as the Treasurer specifies, a statement in writing setting out such other information in relation to amounts shown in statements submitted under the last two preceding paragraphs to have been expended or set aside for expenditure as the Treasurer sepcifies; and


 

(d) if the Treasurer so directs, a certificate by the Auditor-General of the State verifying such of the contents of statements referred to in any of the preceding paragraphs of this sub-section as the Treasurer specifies.

(3.)   An amount shown in a statement as mentioned in paragraph (b) of sub-section (1.) of this section, or in paragraph (b) of the last preceding sub-section, as having been expended during the period referred to in the paragraph shall not be shown to have been expended in any succeeding statement furnished by a State under either of those sub-sections.

Conditions as to repayment.

10.   In addition to the conditions specified in any other provision of this Act, payment of an amount to a State under this Act is subject to the following conditions:—

(a) that, if the Treasurer of the Commonwealth informs the Treasurer of the State that he is satisfied that the amount paid to the State under this Act exceeds the amount properly payable, the State will repay to the Commonwealth the amount of the excess or such lesser sum as the Treasurer of the Commonwealth determines;

(b) that, if the Minister informs the Treasurer of the State that he is satisfied that the State has failed to comply with the conditions applicable to that amount, the State will repay to the Commonwealth such sum as the Minister determines, being a sum not exceeding the amount in respect of which the Minister is so satisfied; and

(c) that the Treasurer of the Commonwealth may deduct any sum repayable under either of the last two preceding paragraphs from an amount payable by the Commonwealth to the State.

Advances.

11.   The Treasurer may, at such times as he thinks fit, make advances of such amounts as he thinks fit to a State on account of an amount that may become payable under this Act to the State.

Approvals, &c., of the Treasurer or Minister.

12.   An approval, declaration, direction or determination of the Treasurer or the Minister under this Act shall be given or made by instrument in writing.

Appropriation.

13.   Payments under this Act shall be made out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, which is appropriated accordingly.


 

THE SCHEDULES

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FIRST SCHEDULE                                        Section 3.

Division of Principal Grants Amongst States

State

Year commencing 1st July 1969

Year commencing 1st July 1970

Year commencing 1st July 1971

Year commencing 1st July 1972

Year commencing 1st July 1973

Total

 

$

$

$

$

$

$

New South Wales

57,060,000

64,980,000

74,500,000

85,590,000

98,270,000

380,400,000

Victoria................

38,160,000

43,460,000

49,820,000

57,240,000

65,720,000

254,400,000

Queensland.........

34,740,000

39,560,000

45,360,000

52,110,000

59,830,000

231,600,000

South Australia

18,000,000

20,500,000

23,500,000

27,000,000

31,000,000

120,000,000

Western Australia

23,940,000

27,270,000

31,250,000

35,910,000

41,230,000

159,600,000

Tasmania............

8,100,000

9,230,000

10,570,000

12,150,000

13,950,000

54,000,000

Total.............

180,000,000

205,000,000

235,000,000

270,000,000

310,000,000

1,200,000,000

 

SECOND SCHEDULE                                   Section 4(1.).

Amounts of Principal Grants to be Expended on Urban Arterial Roads

State

Year commencing 1st July 1969

Year commencing 1st July 1970

Year commencing 1st July 1971

Year commencing 1st July 1972

Year commencing 1st July 1973

Total

 

$

$

$

$

$

$

New South Wales

27,570,000

32,740,000

39,060,000

46,520,000

55,120,000

201,010,000

Victoria...........

21,260,000

25,330,000

30,300,000

36,170,000

42,950,000

156,010,000

Queensland.....

13,460,000

16,070,000

19,270,000

23,040,000

27,400,000

99,240,000

South Australia

7,780,000

9,450,000

11,500,000

13,940,000

16,760,000

59,430,000

Western Australia

7,780,000

9,680,000

12,030,000

14,830,000

18,090,000

62,410,000

Tasmania.........

2,980,000

3,610,000

4,370,000

5,290,000

6,340,000

22,590,000

Total.......

80,830,000

96,880,000

116,530,000

139,790,000

166,660,000

600,690,000

 

THIRD SCHEDULE                                    Section 4 (2.).

Amounts of Principal Grants to be Expended on Rural Arterial Roads

State

Year commencing 1st July 1969

Year commencing 1st July 1970

Year commencing 1st July 1971

Year commencing 1st July 1972

Year commencing 1st July 1973

Total

 

$

$

$

$

$

$

New South Wales

8,760,000

10,400,000

12,410,000

14,780,000

17,520,000

63,870,000

Victoria.................

2,420,000

2,880,000

3,440,000

4,110,000

4,870,000

17,720,000

Queensland..........

7,700,000

9,190,000

11,010,000

13,170,000

15,650,000

56,720,000

South Australia

1,790,000

2,170,000

2,650,000

3,210,000

3,850,000

13,670,000

Western Australia

2,970,000

3,710,000

4,610,000

5,690,000

6,930,000

23,910,000

Tasmania.............

1,430,000

1,730,000

2,100,000

2,550,000

3,060,000

10,870,000

Total........

25,070,000

30,080,000

36,220,000

43,510,000

51,880,000

186,760,000


 

FOURTH SCHEDULE                                Section 4 (3.).

Amounts of Principal Grants to be Expended on Rural Roads other than Arterial Roads

State

Year commencing 1st July 1969

Year commencing 1st July 1970

Year commencing 1st July 1971

Year commencing 1st July 1972

Year commencing 1st July 1973

Total

 

$

$

$

$

$

$

New South Wales

19,870,000

20,870,000

21,910,000

23,010,000

24,160,000

109,820,000

Victoria..................

13,910,000

14,600,000

15,330,000

16,100,000

16,910,000

76,850,000

Queensland...........

13,060,000

13,710,000

14,400,000

15,120,000

15,880,000

72,170,000

South Australia

8,160,000

8,570,000

9,000,000

9,450,000

9,920,000

45,100,000

Western Australia

12,830,000

13,470,000

14,140,000

14,850,000

15,590,000

70,880,000

Tasmania..............

3,570,000

3,750,000

3,940,000

4,130,000

4,340,000

19,730,000

Total.........

71,400,000

74,970,000

78,720,000

82,660,000

86,800,000

394,550,000

 

FIFTH SCHEDULE                                     Section 4 (4.).

Amounts of Principal Grants to be Expended on Planning and Research

State

Year commencing 1st July 1969

Year commencing 1st July 1970

Year commencing 1st July 1971

Year commencing 1st July 1972

Year commencing 1st July 1973

Total

 

New South Wales

$

860,000

$

970,000

$

1,120,000

$

1,280,000

$

1,470,000

$

5,700,000

Victoria....................

570,000

650,000

750,000

860,000

990,000

3,820,000

Queensland.............

520,000

590,000

680,000

780,000

900,000

3,470,000

South Australia

270,000

310,000

350,000

400,000

470,000

1,800,000

Western Australia

360,000

410,000

470,000

540,000

620,000

2,400,000

Tasmania................

120,000

140,000

160,000

180,000

210,000

810,000

Total.............

2,700,000

3,070,000

3,530,000

4,040,000

4,660,000

18,000,000

 

SIXTH SCHEDULE                                            Section 5.

Division of Supplementary Grants amongst States

State

Year commencing 1st July 1969

Year commencing 1st July 1970

Year commencing 1st July 1971

Year commencing 1st July 1972

Year commencing 1st July 1973

Total

 

South Australia

Western Australia

Tasmania................

$

3,000,000

9,000,000

1,000,000

$

3,000,000

9,000,000

1,000,000

$

2,000,000

8,000,000

250,000

$

1,000,000

8,000,000

..

$

..

6,800,000

..

$

9,000,000

40,800,000

2,250,000

Total.............

13,000,000

13,000,000

10,250,000

9,000,000

6,800,000

52,050,000


 

SEVENTH SCHEDULE                                      Section 8.

Base Amounts

 

$

New South Wales...............................................................................

63,687,207

Victoria...............................................................................................

48,317,786

Queensland.........................................................................................

26,610,344

South Australia...................................................................................

12,909,533

Western Australia...............................................................................

11,279,257

Tasmania............................................................................................

6,062,323