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Act No. 78 of 1991 as made
An Act to amend the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1986, and for related purposes
Date of Assent 25 Jun 1991
Date of repeal 10 Mar 2016
Repealed by Amending Acts 1990 to 1999 Repeal Act 2016
 

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE) AMENDMENT ACT 1991 No. 78, 1991

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE) AMENDMENT ACT 1991 No. 78, 1991 - LONG TITLE

An Act to amend the Local Government (Financial Assistance)
Act 1986, and for related purposes

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE) AMENDMENT ACT 1991 No. 78, 1991 - SECT 1
Short title etc.

(Assented to 25 June 1991)
1. (1) This Act may be cited as the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Amendment Act 1991.

(Minister's second reading speech made in-
House of Representatives 29 May 1991
Senate on 5 June 1991)
(2) In this Act, "Principal Act" means the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1986.*1* *1* No. 79, 1986, as amended. For previous amendments, see Nos. 45 and 141, 1987; No. 50, 1988; and No. 62, 1989.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE) AMENDMENT ACT 1991 No. 78, 1991 - SECT 2
Commencement

2. (1) Subject to this section, this Act commences on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.
(2) Subsection 3 (2), sections 5, 7 and 9, subsection 11 (2), section 14, subsections 15 (2) and 17 (2) and section 18 commence on the day after the day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE) AMENDMENT ACT 1991 No. 78, 1991 - SECT 3
Interpretation

3. (1) Section 3 of the Principal Act is amended:
(a) by omitting paragraphs (a), (b), (ba) and (bb) of the definition of "base figure";
(b) by relettering paragraph (bc) of the definition of "base figure" as paragraph (a);
(c) by inserting ", as in force immediately before the commencement of section 1 of the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Amendment Act 1991" after "7A (4)" in paragraph (bc) of the definition of "base figure";
(d) by omitting the definitions of "calculation quarter", "index estimate" and "index number".
(2) Section 3 of the Principal Act is amended:
(a) by omitting paragraph (c) of the definition of "base figure" and substituting the following paragraphs:
"(b) in relation to the year commencing on 1 July 1992 (in this paragraph called the `current year') - the amount worked out using the formula:
(APYBF X AAUA) X EF
where:
`APYBF' (Adjusted Previous Year Base Figure! means the amount that would have been the base figure for the year preceding the current year if that amount had been calculated using the final factor for that preceding year instead of the estimated factor;
`AAUA' (Adjusted Additional Untied Amount! means the total amount that would have been payable under section 10A if that amount had been calculated using the final factor for that preceding year instead of the estimated factor;
`EF' (Estimated Factor! means the estimated factor for the current year; or
(c) in relation to a year (in this paragraph called the `current year'), being:
(i) the year commencing on 1 July 1991; or
(ii) the year commencing on 1 July 1993 or a subsequent year;
the amount worked out using the formula:
APYBF X EF
where:
`APYBF' (Adjusted Previous Year Base Figure! means the amount that would have been the base figure for the year preceding the current year if that amount had been calculated using the final factor for that preceding year instead of the estimated factor;
`EF' (Estimated Factor! means the estimated factor for the current year;";
(b) by omitting "published" from the definitions of "estimated factor" and "final factor".

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Determination of estimated factor

4. Section 5 of the Principal Act is amended:
(a) by omitting subsection (1);
(b) by omitting from subsection (3) "(1) or".

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5. Section 5 of the Principal Act is repealed and the following section is substituted:
Determination of estimated factor
"5. (1) The Treasurer must, before 15 August in the year commencing on 1 July 1991 and in each subsequent year, make an estimate of the factor, being a number calculated to 4 decimal places, to be ascertained under subsection 6 (3) in relation to that year.
"(2) The Treasurer must, as soon as practicable after the ascertainment of the factor covered by subsection (1), cause to be given to the Treasurer of each State a written notice:
(a) specifying the factor; and

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(b) explaining the basis of estimation of the factor.
"(3) The Treasurer must cause a copy of a notice covered by subsection (2) to be given to the Minister.".

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE) AMENDMENT ACT 1991 No. 78, 1991 - SECT 6
Determination of final factor

6. Section 6 of the Principal Act is amended:
(a) by omitting subsections (1) and (4);
(b) by omitting from subsection (3) "(1) or";
(c) by omitting subsections (6) and (7) and substituting the following subsection:
"(6) For the purposes of subsection (5), the amount of
the financial assistance grants to the States for the year commencing on 1 July 1990 is taken to be the amount that would have been the amount of the financial assistance grants to the States for that year if the component DTRA (Debits Tax Reduction Amount! had been omitted from the formula in section 5 of the States Grants (General Purposes) Act 1990.".

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7. Section 6 of the Principal Act is repealed and the following section is substituted:

Determination of final factor
"6. (1) The Treasurer must, as soon as practicable after 31 March in the year commencing on 1 July 1991 and in each subsequent year, cause to be given to the Treasurer of each State a written notice:
(a) specifying the factor ascertained under subsection (3) in relation to that year; and
(b) explaining the basis of the calculation of that factor.
"(2) The Treasurer must cause a copy of a notice covered by subsection (1) to be given to the Minister.
"(3) The Treasurer must, as soon as practicable after 31 March in the year commencing on 1 July 1991 and in each subsequent year (in this subsection called the `current year'), cause to be ascertained the factor worked out by:
(a) calculating, to 4 decimal places, the factor obtained using the formula:
Adjusted current year grants
Adjusted previous year grants
where:
`Adjusted current year grants' means:
(i) the sum of the financial assistance grants and the special revenue assistance grants to the States for the current year; or
(ii) if the Treasurer considers that it is appropriate to increase or decrease that sum - the increased or decreased sum, as the case requires;
`Adjusted previous year grants' means:
(iii) the sum of the financial assistance grants and the special revenue assistance grants to the States for the year immediately preceding the current year; or
(iv) if the Treasurer considers that it is appropriate to increase or decrease that sum - the increased or decreased sum, as the case requires; and
(b) if the factor calculated under paragraph (a) would, if it were calculated to 5 decimal places, end in a number greater than 4 - increasing that factor by 0.0001.
"(4) In making a decision under paragraph (3) (a), the Treasurer must have regard to the following matters:
(a) underlying movements in general purpose Commonwealth payments to the States;
(b) changes to the classification of any relevant Commonwealth payments to the States;
(c) changes to the distribution of financial responsibilities as between the Commonwealth and the States;
(d) such other matters (if any) as the Treasurer considers relevant.".

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State entitlements for local government purposes

8. Section 7 of the Principal Act is amended:
(a) by omitting subsections (1), (2), (3), (10A) and (10B);
(b) by omitting from subsection (4) "subsections (10) and (10B)" and substituting "subsection (10)";
(c) by omitting from subsection (10) "(1), (2) or";
(d) by omitting from subsection (10) "(other than the year beginning on 1 July 1989)";
(e) by omitting from subsection (11) "sections 7A and" and substituting "section".

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9. Section 7 of the Principal Act is repealed and the following section is substituted:

State entitlements for local government purposes
"7. (1) Subject to this section and to section 10, each State is entitled to the payment, in respect of the year commencing on 1 July 1991 and each subsequent year, by way of financial assistance for local government purposes, of an amount calculated using the formula:
Base figure X Proportion of total Australian population
where:

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`Base figure' means the base figure for that year;
`Proportion of total Australian population' means the State's proportion of the total Australian population for that year.
"(2) A reference in this section to a State's proportion of the total Australian population for a year is a reference to:
(a) the proportion, calculated to 6 decimal places, obtained using the formula:
Population of the State
Population of Australia
where:
`Population of the State' means the population of the State on 31 December in the preceding year as estimated by the Statistician;
`Population of Australia' means the total population of all States on 31 December in the preceding year as estimated by the Statistician; or
(b) if the proportion calculated under paragraph (a) would, if it were calculated to 7 decimal places, end in a number greater than 4 - that proportion increased by 0.000001.
"(3) The estimate by the Statistician for the purposes of this section of the population of a State on 31 December in a year must be made after that date and before 10 June next following that date.
"(4) The Statistician, in making an estimate under this section of the population of a State, must:
(a) where practicable, consult the official statistician of the State; and
(b) have regard to the latest statistics in relation to the population available to the Statistician on the day on which the estimate is made.
"(5) The Treasurer must, as soon as practicable after the Statistician estimates the population of each State for the purposes of this section, cause to be given to the Treasurer of each State a written notice specifying each State's proportion of the total Australian population.
"(6) The Treasurer must cause a copy of a notice covered by subsection (5) to be given to the Minister.
"(7) A State is not entitled to a payment under this section in respect of a year unless a notice under section 5 has been given in relation to that year.
"(8) A State is not entitled to a payment under this section in respect of a year until 15 August in that year.
"(9) So far as practicable, the amount to which a State is entitled under this section in respect of a year must be paid in equal quarterly instalments.".

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE) AMENDMENT ACT 1991 No. 78, 1991 - SECT 10
Repeal of section 7A

10. Section 7A of the Principal Act is repealed.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE) AMENDMENT ACT 1991 No. 78, 1991 - SECT 11
Adjustment consequential on difference between estimated and
final factor - section 7 payments

11. (1) Section 8 of the Principal Act is amended by omitting subsection (3) and substituting the following subsection:
"(3) If an amount is payable to a State under subsection (1) in respect of a year, nothing in this Act prevents that amount from being paid to the State together with a payment to which the State is entitled under section 7 in respect of the following year.".
(2) Section 8 of the Principal Act is amended:
(a) by omitting from subsection (1) all the words after "of the amount" and substituting "calculated using the formula:
Final factor amount X Estimated factor amount
where:
`Final factor amount' means the amount of the payment to which the State would have been entitled under section 7 in respect of that year if the amount of that payment had been calculated using the final factor for that year instead of the estimated factor;
`Estimated factor amount' means the amount of the payment to which the State is entitled under section 7 in respect of that year.";
(b) by omitting from subsection (2) all the words after "Commonwealth the amount" and substituting "calculated using the formula:
Estimated factor amount X Final factor amount
where:
`Estimated factor amount' means the amount of the payment to which the State is entitled under section 7 in respect of that year;
`Final factor amount' means the amount of the payment to which the State would have been entitled under section 7 in respect of that year if the amount of that payment had been calculated using the final factor for that year instead if the estimated factor.".

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Principles of allocation by States amongst local governing
bodies - section 7 payments

12. Section 9 of the Principal Act is amended:
(a) by omitting "or 8" (wherever occurring);
(b) by omitting from paragraph (2) (c) "sections 7 and 8" and substituting "section 7".

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Allocation amongst local governing bodies - section 7 payments

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13. Section 10 of the Principal Act is amended:
(a) by omitting from subsection (1) ", 7A or 8";
(b) by omitting paragraph (1) (g) and substituting the following paragraph:
"(g) the Minister is satisfied that the State has allocated the amount amongst local governing bodies in the State in accordance with any principles applicable to the State under section 9 in respect of that year.";
(c) by omitting subsection (2).

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14. After section 10 of the Principal Act the following sections are inserted:

Additional untied funding for 1991-92
"10A. (1) Subject to this section and to section 10C, each State is entitled to the payment, in respect of the year commencing on 1 July 1991, by way of financial assistance for local government purposes, of the amount calculated using the formula:
Estimated factor X Table amount
where:
`Estimated factor' means the estimated factor for the year;
`Table amount' means such amount as is specified in the following table:

State Amount
New South Wales $80,814,302
Victoria $59,389,748
Queensland $59,038,770
Western Australia $44,776,297
South Australia $13,507,339
Tasmania $11,660,981
Northern Territory $3,475,747
"(2) Subject to this section and to section 10C, each of
the States specified in the following table is entitled to
the payment, in respect of the year commencing on 1 July
1991, by way of financial assistance for local government
purposes, of the amount calculated using the formula:
Estimated factor X Table amount
where:
`Estimated factor' means the estimated factor for the year;
`Table amount' means such amount as is specified in the
table:

State Amount
New South Wales $10,606,984
Victoria $5,573,107
Western Australia $3,403,424
South Australia $3,809,708
"(3) A State is not entitled to a payment under this
section until 15 August 1991.
"(4) A State is not entitled to a payment under this
section unless a notice under section 5 has been given in
relation to the year commencing on 1 July 1991.
"(5) So far as practicable, an amount to which a State is
entitled under this section must be paid in equal quarterly
instalments.

Adjustment consequential on difference between estimated and final factor - section 10A payments "10B. (1) If the final factor for the year commencing on 1
July 1991 exceeds the estimated factor for that year, each
State is entitled, in addition to the payment to which it is
entitled under section 10A, to the payment, in respect of
that year, by way of financial assistance for local
government purposes, of the amount calculated using the
formula:
Final factor amount - Estimated factor amount
where:
`Final factor amount' means the amount of the payment to
which the State would have been entitled under section 10A if
the amount of that payment had been calculated using the
final factor for that year instead of the estimated factor;
`Estimated factor amount' means the amount of the payment to
which the State is entitled under section 10A.
"(2) In addition to any other conditions to which a
payment under this Act is subject, payment of an amount to a
State under this Act is subject to the condition that, if the
final factor for the year commencing on 1 July 1991 is less
than the estimated factor for that year, the State will pay
to the Commonwealth the amount calculated using the formula:
Estimated factor amount - Final factor amount
where:
`Estimated factor amount' means the amount of the payment to
which the State is entitled under section 10A;
`Final factor amount' means the amount of the payment to
which the State would have been entitled under section 10A if
the amount of that payment had been calculated using the

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final factor for that year instead of the estimated factor.
"(3) If an amount is payable to a State under subsection
(1), nothing in this Act prevents that amount from being paid
to the State together with a payment to which the State is
entitled under section 7 in respect of the year commencing on
1 July 1992.
"(4) If a State is liable to pay an amount to the
Commonwealth under subsection (2), the amount may be deducted
from any other amount that is payable to the State under this
Act, and if an amount is so deducted, an amount equal to the
amount so deducted is taken, for the purposes of this Act, in
spite of the deduction, to have been paid in full to the
State.
"(5) An amount payable by a State to the Commonwealth
under subsection (2) must be paid on or before such date as
the Minister, by written notice given to the Treasurer of the
State, determines.

Allocation amongst local governing bodies - section 10A payments "10C. (1) A State is not entitled to payment of an amount
under section 10A unless:
(a) there is a Local Government Grants Commission of the
State; and
(b) that Commission has made recommendations with respect
to the allocation of the amount amongst local governing
bodies in the State; and
(c) in the case of an amount under subsection 10A (1) -
the Commission has made its recommendations in accordance
with any relevant principles approved or determined by the
Minister administering the Australian Land Transport
Development Act 1988 under section 28 of that Act, being
principles in force immediately before 1 July 1991; and
(d) in the case of an amount under subsection 10A (2) -
if:
(i) an officer of the Department of Transport and
Communications authorised in writing by the Secretary to that
Department; or
(ii) the peak local government association for the State;
or
(iii) a roads authority for the State;
gives advice to the Commission - the Commission has had
regard to that advice in considering its recommendations; and
(e) the Minister is satisfied that, in determining the
manner in which the State has allocated the amount amongst
local governing bodies in the State, the State has had regard
to or has adopted those recommendations; and
(f) before particulars of the manner in which the State
has allocated the amount amongst local governing bodies in
the State are made public, the relevant State Minister has
informed the Minister, in writing, of those particulars.
"(2) In this section:
`peak local government association' means:
(a) the Local Government Association of New South Wales;
and
(b) the Shires Association of New South Wales; and
(c) the Municipal Association of Victoria; and
(d) the Western Australian Municipal Association; and
(e) the Local Government Association of South Australia Inc;
`roads authority', in relation to a State, means an authority
of the State, being an incorporated body but not being a
local governing body, that is responsible for the
construction or maintenance of roads in, or in an area of, the State.".

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15. (1) Section 11 of the Principal Act is amended:
(a) by inserting in paragraph (a) "in the case of a payment under section 7 - " before "without";
(b) by inserting after paragraph (a) the following paragraph:
"(aa) in the case of a payment under section 8 -
without undue delay, make payments, being payments that are unconditional, to local governing bodies in the State in the same proportion as the payments under section 7 for that year were allocated; and".
(2) Section 11 of the Principal Act is amended by inserting before paragraph (b) the following paragraphs:
"(ab) in the case of a payment under section 10A - without undue delay, make payments, being payments that are unconditional, to local governing bodies in the State in accordance with the allocation determined as mentioned in section 10C of the amount amongst local governing bodies in the State; and
(ac) in the case of a payment under section 10B - without
undue delay, make payments, being payments that are unconditional, to local governing bodies in the State in the same proportion as the payments under section 10A for that year were allocated; and".

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16. Section 13 of the Principal Act is amended by omitting "report of" and substituting "report or".

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17. (1) In spite of the amendments made by subsection 3 (1), sections 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 13 and subsection 15 (1), the Principal Act continues to apply, in relation to payments for years earlier than the year commencing on 1 July 1990, as if those amendments had not been made.
(2) In spite of the amendments made by subsection 3 (2), sections 5, 7 and 9 and subsection 11 (2), the Principal Act continues to apply, in relation to payments for the year commencing on 1 July 1990, as if those amendments had not been made.

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18. (1) In this section:
"amended Act" means the Principal Act as amended by this Act.
(2) For the purposes of the amended Act, an estimate by the Statistician for the purposes of section 7 of the Principal Act of the population of a State on 31 December 1990 has effect as if it had been made for the purposes of section 7 of the amended Act.