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Act No. 154 of 1973 as made
An Act to provide for Financial Asistance to States, Local Governing Bodies and Voluntary Organizations in respect of the provision of Medical or other Services or Facilities in relation to Mental Illness, Mental disability, Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.
Date of Assent 27 Nov 1973
Date of repeal 16 Dec 1985
Repealed by Health Legislation Amendment Act (No. 2) 1985

Mental Health and Related Services

Assistance Act 1973

 

No. 154 of 1973

 

 

AN ACT

To provide for Financial Assistance to States, Local Governing Bodies and Voluntary Organizations in respect of the provision of Medical or other Services or Facilities in relation to Mental Illness, Mental Disability, Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.

 

[Assented to 27 November 1973]

 

BE IT ENACTED by the Queen, the Senate and the House of Representatives of Australia, as follows:

Short title.

1.   This Act may be cited as the Mental Health and Related Services Assistance Act 1973.

Commencement.

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

Interpretation.

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

“approved application” means an application for financial assistance approved under section 6;

“approved scheme” means a scheme approved under section 6;


 

“financial year” means the year that commenced on 1 July 1973 or the next succeeding year;

“local governing body” means a local governing body established by or under a law of a State or a Territory;

“prescribed services” means medical or other services or facilities for, or in relation to, the prevention or diagnosis of, or the treatment or rehabilitation of persons suffering from, mental illness, mental disability, alcoholism or drug dependence;

“voluntary organization” means an association of persons, whether incorporated or not, but does not include an association that operates for the financial gain, either direct or indirect, of an individual member or individual members.

(2) For the purposes of this Act

(a) the acquisition of land, or the construction, extension, alteration or renovation of a building, for the purpose of the provision of prescribed services; or

(b) the maintenance of a building used in the provision of prescribed services, being maintenance relating to the provision of those prescribed services,

shall be deemed to be part of the provision of those prescribed services.

Application for approval of a scheme.

4. (1) A State may submit to the Minister, in writing, a scheme for the provision of prescribed services, during both financial years or one financial year only, by

(a) that State;

(b) a voluntary organization, or voluntary organizations, operating in that State; or

(c) that State and a voluntary organization, or voluntary organizations, operating in that State.

(2) A local governing body may submit to the Minister, in writing, a scheme for the provision of prescribed services, during both financial years or one financial year only, by that local governing body.

(3) A voluntary organization may submit to the Minister, in writing, a scheme for the provision of prescribed services, during both financial years or one financial year only, by that voluntary organization.

Application for approval of financial assistance with respect to costs administration of voluntary organizations.

5.   A voluntary organization may submit to the Minister, in writing, an application for financial assistance in respect of the cost, during both financial years or one financial year only, of co-ordinating the provision, in more than one State, of prescribed services by branches of that organization or by other voluntary organizations.


 

Approval of schemes and applications for financial assistance.

6. (1) The Minister may give his approval, for the purposes of Act, to such schemes and applications of the kind referred to in sections 4 and 5 submitted to him as he thinks fit.

(2) An approval under sub-section (1) shall specify the financial year, or financial years, to which the approval relates.

(3) An approval under sub-section (1) may be given subject to such conditions as the Minister specifies in the approval.

(4) Where a scheme is submitted to the Minister under sub-section 4(2) by a local governing body established by or under a law of a State, the Minister shall, before giving his approval to the scheme, request the appropriate Minister of that State to consult with him concerning the scheme and, if that Minister does so consult with him, have regard to the view expressed by that Minister.

Allocation of amounts.

7. (1) Where the Minister approves a scheme, or an application for financial assistance, under section 6, he shall allocate, for the purposes that scheme or a project forming part of that scheme or for the purposes of that application, an amount of money in respect of

(a) where the approval relates to one financial year onlythat financial year; or

(b) where the approval relates to both financial yearseach of those financial years.

(2) The Minister may, on the request of the State, local governing body or voluntary organization that submitted an approved scheme or an approved application, vary the amount allocated under sub-section (1) for the purposes of that approved scheme or approved application.

(3) The amounts allocated under this section (taking into account variations under sub-section (2)) in respect of a financial year shall not exceed, in the aggregate, an amount of $7,500,000.

Notification of approvals and allocations.

8. (1) Where the Minister allocates, under sub-section 7(1), an amount of money for the purposes of an approved scheme or a project forming as part of an approved scheme or for the purposes of an approved application, he shall notify the State, local governing body or voluntary organization that submitted the scheme or application that he has approved the scheme or the application and shall specify in the notification the amount of money so allocated and, if the allocation is for the purposes of a project forming part of the approved scheme, he shall specify that project.

(2) Where the Minister varies, under sub-section 7(2), an amount allocated for the purposes of an approved scheme or an approved application, he shall notify the State, local governing body or voluntary organization that submitted the scheme or application that he has varied the amount so allocated and shall specify in the notification the amount of the variation.


 

Authorization of payments with respect to approved schemes.

9. (1) Where

(a) the Minister has, in respect of a financial year, allocated an amount under section 7 for the purposes of an approved scheme or a project forming part of an approved scheme;

(b) the State, local governing body or voluntary organization that submitted the approved scheme (in this sub-section referred to as “the claimant”) has lodged with the Minister, on or before 30 June 1976, a claim for the whole or a part of that amount; and

(c) the Minister is satisfied that the claimant or, where the claimant is a State, the State or a voluntary organization operating in the State has, during that financial year, expended moneys, for the purposes of that scheme or that project, in accordance with that scheme,

the Minister shall, subject to sub-sections (2) and (3), authorize the payment to the claimant of an amount not exceeding the amount of that expenditure.

(2) Payments under sub-section (1) for the purposes of a scheme or a project shall not, in the aggregate, exceed the amount allocated under this Act for the purposes of that scheme or that project.

(3) A payment under sub-section (1) shall not be authorized for the purposes of a scheme or application the approval of which has been cancelled under section 14.

Condition of payment in respect of expenditure by voluntary organization.

10. It is a condition of

(a) a payment to a State under section 9 in respect of expenditure of moneys by a voluntary organization; or

(b) an advance to a State under section 13 in respect of anticipated expenditure of moneys by a voluntary organization,

that the State pay to the voluntary organization an amount equal to the amount of the payment or advance, as the case may be.

Authorization of payments with respect to approved applications.

11. Where the Minister has, in respect of a financial year, allocated an amount for the purposes of an approved application, he shall authorize the payment during that financial year to the voluntary organization that submitted the application, upon such condition as he thinks fit, of an amount, or amounts equal to the amount so allocated.

Minister may determine manner and time of payments.

12. The Minister may determine the manner in which, and the times at which, payments under sections 9 and 11 shall be made.

Advances.

13. The Minister may, at such times and subject to such conditions as he thinks fit, make advances of such amounts as he thinks fit to a State, local governing body or voluntary organization on account of an amount that may become payable under section 9 to the State, local governing body or voluntary organization.


 

Conditions not complied with.

14. (1) Where the Minister is satisfied that a condition imposed under section 6 or 13 with respect to an approved scheme or an approved application has not been complied with, he may-

(a) cancel his approval of the scheme or application; and

(b) cancel his allocation of moneys with respect to that scheme or application to the extent that the amount allocated has not been paid under section 9 or made the subject of an advance under section 13.

(2) Where an amount of an allocation is cancelled under sub-section (1), that amount shall, for the purposes of sub-section 7(3), be deemed not to have been allocated.

Delegation by Minister.

15. (1) The Minister may, in writing, delegate to a person, either generally or otherwise as provided in the instrument of delegation, all or any of his powers or functions under this Act, except this power of delegation.

(2) A power or function so delegated shall be exercised or performed by the delegate in accordance with the instrument of delegation.

(3) A delegation under this section is revocable at will and does not prevent the exercise of a power or the performance of a function by the Minister.

Appropriation.

16. Payments for the purposes of this Act shall be made out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, which is appropriated accordingly.

 

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