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Act No. 115 of 2005 as made
An Act to appropriate money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the ordinary annual services of the Government in relation to regional telecommunications services, and for related purposes
Administered by: Finance
Originating Bill: Appropriation (Regional Telecommunications Services) Bill 2005
Registered 27 Sep 2005
Date of Assent 23 Sep 2005
Date of repeal 01 Jul 2013
Repealed by Statute Stocktake (Appropriations) Act 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appropriation (Regional Telecommunications Services) Act 2005-2006

 

No. 115, 2005

 

 

 

 

 

An Act to appropriate money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the ordinary annual services of the Government in relation to regional telecommunications services, and for related purposes

  

  

  


Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                               2

1............ Short title............................................................................................ 2

2............ Commencement.................................................................................. 2

3............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 2

4............ Portfolio Budget Statements and Portfolio Supplementary Estimates Statements 3

5............ Notional payments, receipts etc......................................................... 4

Part 2—Basic appropriations                                                                                           5

6............ Summary of basic appropriations...................................................... 5

7............ Departmental items—basic appropriation......................................... 5

8............ Administered items—basic appropriation......................................... 6

9............ Reduction of appropriations upon request........................................ 6

Part 3—Additions to basic appropriations                                                                8

10.......... Net appropriations............................................................................. 8

11.......... Comcover receipts.............................................................................. 8

Part 4—Miscellaneous                                                                                                         9

12.......... Crediting amounts to Special Accounts.............................................. 9

13.......... Appropriation of the Consolidated Revenue Fund............................ 9

Schedule 1—Services for which money is appropriated      10

 


 

 

Appropriation (Regional Telecommunications Services) Act 2005-2006

No. 115, 2005

 

 

 

An Act to appropriate money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the ordinary annual services of the Government in relation to regional telecommunications services, and for related purposes

[Assented to 23 September 2005]

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

Part 1Preliminary

  

1  Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Appropriation (Regional Telecommunications Services) Act 2005-2006.

2  Commencement

                   This Act commences on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.

3  Definitions

                   In this Act:

administered item means an amount set out in Schedule 1 opposite an outcome of an entity under the heading “Administered Expenses”.

Agency means any of the following:

                     (a)  an Agency within the meaning of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997;

                     (b)  the High Court.

Chief Executive has the same meaning as in the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997.

Commonwealth authority has the same meaning as in the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997.

Commonwealth company has the same meaning as in the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997.

current year means the financial year ending on 30 June 2006.

departmental item means the total amount set out in Schedule 1 in relation to an entity under the heading “Departmental Outputs”.

Note:          The amounts set out opposite outcomes, under the heading “Departmental Outputs”, are “notional”. They are not part of the item, and do not in any way restrict the scope of the expenditure authorised by the item.

entity means any of the following:

                     (a)  an Agency;

                     (b)  a Commonwealth authority;

                     (c)  a Commonwealth company;

                     (d)  the Australian National Training Authority.

expenditure means payments for expenses, acquiring assets, making loans or paying liabilities.

Finance Minister means the Minister administering this Act.

item means an administered item or a departmental item.

Portfolio Budget Statements means the Portfolio Budget Statements that were tabled in the Senate or the House of Representatives in relation to the Bill for the Appropriation Act (No. 1) 2005-2006 and the Bill for the Appropriation Act (No. 2) 2005-2006.

Portfolio Supplementary Estimates Statements means the Portfolio Supplementary Estimates Statements that were tabled in the Senate or the House of Representatives in relation to the Bill for this Act.

section 31 agreement means an agreement under section 31 of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997.

Special Account has the same meaning as in the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997.

4  Portfolio Budget Statements and Portfolio Supplementary Estimates Statements

             (1)  The Portfolio Budget Statements and Portfolio Supplementary Estimates Statements are hereby declared to be relevant documents for the purposes of section 15AB of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

Note:          See paragraph 15AB(2)(g) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

             (2)  If the Portfolio Budget Statements or Portfolio Supplementary Estimates Statements indicate that activities of a particular kind were intended to be treated as activities in respect of a particular outcome, then expenditure for the purpose of carrying out those activities is taken to be expenditure for the purpose of contributing to achieving the outcome.

5  Notional payments, receipts etc.

                   For the purposes of this Act, notional transactions between Agencies are to be treated as if they were real transactions.

Note:          This section applies, for example, to a “payment” between Agencies that are both part of the Commonwealth. One of the effects of this section is that the payment will be debited from an appropriation for the paying Agency, even though no payment is actually made from the Consolidated Revenue Fund.


 

Part 2Basic appropriations

  

6  Summary of basic appropriations

                   The total of the items specified in Schedule 1 is $219,218,000.

Note 1:       Items in Schedule 1 can be increased under Part 3 of this Act and under section 13 of the Appropriation Act (No. 1) 2005-2006 (as modified by section 11 of this Act).

Note 2:       See also section 30A of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997, which provides for adjustment of appropriations to take account of GST.

7  Departmental items—basic appropriation

             (1)  For a departmental item for an entity, the Finance Minister may issue out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund amounts that do not exceed, in total, the amount specified in the item.

Note:          Generally, the Finance Minister is permitted, but not obliged, to issue the amounts out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund. However, subsections (3) and (4) impose an obligation on the Finance Minister to issue the amounts in certain circumstances.

             (2)  An amount issued out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for a departmental item for an entity may only be applied for the departmental expenditure of the entity.

Note:          The acquisition of new departmental assets will usually be funded from an other departmental item (in another Appropriation Act).

             (3)  If:

                     (a)  an Act provides that an entity must be paid amounts that are appropriated by the Parliament for the purposes of the entity; and

                     (b)  Schedule 1 contains a departmental item for that entity;

then the Finance Minister, under subsection (1), must issue out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund the full amount specified in the item.

             (4)  If a departmental item for an Agency includes provision for payment of remuneration and allowances to the holder of:

                     (a)  a public office (within the meaning of the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973); or

                     (b)  an office specified in a Schedule to the Remuneration and Allowances Act 1990;

then the Finance Minister, under subsection (1), must issue out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, under that item, amounts that are sufficient to pay the remuneration and allowances and must apply the amounts for that purpose.

8  Administered items—basic appropriation

             (1)  For an administered item for an outcome of an entity, the Finance Minister may issue out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund amounts that do not exceed, in total, the lesser of:

                     (a)  the amount specified in the item; and

                     (b)  the amount determined by the Finance Minister in relation to the item, having regard to the expenses incurred by the entity in the current year in relation to the item.

             (2)  An amount issued out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for an administered item for an outcome of an entity may only be applied for expenditure for the purpose of carrying out activities for the purpose of contributing to achieving that outcome.

Note:          The acquisition of new administered assets will usually be funded from an administered assets and liabilities item (in another Appropriation Act).

             (3)  A determination made under paragraph (1)(b) is not a legislative instrument.

9  Reduction of appropriations upon request

             (1)  The Finance Minister may, upon written request by a Minister, make a written determination under this section reducing a departmental item for an entity for which the Minister is responsible by the amount specified in the determination.

             (2)  The Finance Minister may, upon written request by the Chief Executive of an entity for which the Finance Minister is responsible, make a written determination under this section reducing a departmental item for that entity by the amount specified in the determination.

             (3)  Where a determination is made, the amount specified in the item is taken to have been reduced by the amount specified in the determination.

             (4)  However, a determination is of no effect if the determination has not been requested under subsection (1) or (2).

             (5)  In addition, a determination reduces an amount specified in the item only to the extent that the amount of the reduction is no greater than the lesser of the following:

                     (a)  the amount requested under subsection (1) or (2);

                     (b)  the difference between the amount specified in the item and the amount issued out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund by the Finance Minister in respect of that item.

             (6)  For the purposes of paragraph (5)(b), an amount is not taken to have been issued by the Finance Minister until the amount is paid out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund.

             (7)  To avoid doubt, where a previous determination has been made in relation to an item, the reference in paragraph (5)(b) to the amount specified in the item is taken to be a reference to the amount specified in the item as reduced by that previous determination and any other previous determination.

             (8)  To avoid doubt, a determination under this section applies despite any other provision of this Act.

             (9)  A determination made under subsection (1) or (2) is a legislative instrument and, despite subsection 44(2) of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003, section 42 of that Act applies to the determination. However, Part 6 of that Act does not apply to the determination.

           (10)  A written request made under subsection (1) or (2) is not a legislative instrument.


 

Part 3Additions to basic appropriations

  

10  Net appropriations

             (1)  If a section 31 agreement applies to a departmental item, then the amount specified in the item is taken to be increased in accordance with the agreement, and on the conditions set out in the agreement. The increase cannot be more than the relevant receipts covered by the agreement.

             (2)  For the purposes of section 31 of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997, each departmental item is taken to be marked “net appropriation”.

11  Comcover receipts

                   After the commencement of this Act, section 13 of the Appropriation Act (No. 1) 2005-2006 has effect as if the reference to an available item included a reference to an item in Schedule 1 to this Act.

Note:          Section 13 of the Appropriation Act (No. 1) 2005-2006 provides for amounts to be added to available items for an Agency in respect of Comcover payments to the Agency.


 

Part 4Miscellaneous

  

12  Crediting amounts to Special Accounts

                   If any of the purposes of a Special Account is a purpose that is covered by an item (whether or not the item expressly refers to the Special Account), then amounts may be debited against the appropriation for that item and credited to that Special Account.

13  Appropriation of the Consolidated Revenue Fund

                   The Consolidated Revenue Fund is appropriated as necessary for the purposes of this Act.


Schedule 1Services for which money is appropriated

Note:       See sections 6 and 13.

  

  

 

 

 

Abstract

 

 

Page

 

 

Reference

Portfolio

Total

 

 

 $'000

 

 

 

14

Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

  219,218

 

 

 

 

Total

  219,218

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPROPRIATIONS

 

 

 

 

 


Summary

Supplementary Appropriation (bold figures) — 2005-2006

Budget Appropriation (italic figures) — 2005-2006

 

 

 

 

 

Departmental

Administered

 

Portfolio

Outputs

Expenses

Total

 

$'000

$'000

$'000

 

 

 

 

Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

  -

  -

  -

 

  327,977

  310,070

  638,047

 

 

 

 Continued

Attorney-General’s

  -

  -

  -

 

  2,503,949

  354,501

  2,858,450

 

 

 

 Continued

Communications, Information Technology and the

  3,459

  215,759

  219,218

  Arts

  1,766,896

  380,854

  2,147,750

 

 

 

 Continued

Defence

  -

  -

  -

 

  16,360,272

  78,566

  16,438,838

 

 

 

 Continued

Education, Science and Training

  -

  -

  -

 

  1,150,258

  1,372,999

  2,523,257

 

 

 

 Continued

Employment and Workplace Relations

  -

  -

  -

 

  1,531,950

  2,621,601

  4,153,551

 

 

 

 Continued

Environment and Heritage

  -

  -

  -

 

  549,446

  442,395

  991,841

 

 

 

 Continued

Family and Community Services

  -

  -

  -

 

  1,503,342

  1,033,849

  2,537,191

 

 

 

 Continued

Finance and Administration

  -

  -

  -

 

  1,132,888

  224,486

  1,357,374

 

 

 

 Continued

Foreign Affairs and Trade

  -

  -

  -

 

  1,094,909

  1,967,421

  3,062,330

 

 

 

 Continued

Health and Ageing

  -

  -

  -

 

  505,039

  3,191,225

  3,696,264

 

 

 

 Continued

Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous

  -

  -

  -

  Affairs

  1,100,990

  353,832

  1,454,822

 

 

 

 Continued

Industry, Tourism and Resources

  -

  -

  -

 

  512,521

  527,397

  1,039,918

 

 

 

 Continued

Prime Minister and Cabinet

  -

  -

  -

 

  224,548

  281,400

  505,948

 

Continued

 

 

 

 


Summary

Supplementary Appropriation (bold figures) — 2005-2006

Budget Appropriation (italic figures) — 2005-2006

 

 

 

 

 

Departmental

Administered

 

Portfolio

Outputs

Expenses

Total

 

$'000

$'000

$'000

 

 

 

 

Transport and Regional Services

  -

  -

  -

 

  283,732

  436,070

  719,802

 

 

 

 Continued

Treasury

  -

  -

  -

 

  3,239,825

  6,010

  3,245,835

 

 

 

 Continued

Total:  Bill 3

  3,459

  215,759

  219,218

 

  33,788,542

  13,582,676

  47,371,218

 


COMMUNICATIONS, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND THE ARTS PORTFOLIO

Summary

Supplementary Appropriation (bold figures) — 2005-2006

Budget Appropriation (italic figures) — 2005-2006

 

 

 

 

 

Departmental

Administered

 

Agency

Outputs

Expenses

Total

 

$'000

$'000

$'000

 

 

 

 

Department of Communications, Information

  3,459

  215,759

  219,218

  Technology and the Arts

  114,340

  380,854

  495,194

 

 

 

 Continued

Australia Council

  -

  -

  -

 

  149,248

  -

  149,248

 

 

 

 Continued

Australian Broadcasting Authority

  -

  -

  -

 

  17,270

  -

  17,270

 

 

 

 Continued

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

  -

  -

  -

 

  773,488

  -

  773,488

 

 

 

 Continued

Australian Communications Authority

  -

  -

  -

 

  57,172

  -

  57,172

 

 

 

 Continued

Australian Film Commission

  -

  -

  -

 

  51,991

  -

  51,991

 

 

 

 Continued

Australian Film, Television and Radio School

  -

  -

  -

 

  19,690

  -

  19,690

 

 

 

 Continued

Australian National Maritime Museum

  -

  -

  -

 

  23,314

  -

  23,314

 

 

 

 Continued

Australian Sports Commission

  -

  -

  -

 

  168,631

  -

  168,631

 

 

 

 Continued

Australian Sports Drug Agency

  -

  -

  -

 

  9,169

  -

  9,169

 

 

 

 Continued

National Archives of Australia

  -

  -

  -

 

  66,381

  -

  66,381

 

 

 

 Continued

National Gallery of Australia

  -

  -

  -

 

  40,657

  -

  40,657

 

 

 

 Continued

National Library of Australia

  -

  -

  -

 

  58,786

  -

  58,786

 

 

 

 Continued

National Museum of Australia

  -

  -

  -

 

  39,784

  -

  39,784

 

 

 

Continued

Special Broadcasting Service Corporation

  -

  -

  -

 

  176,975

  -

  176,975

 

 

 

 Continued

Total: Communications, Information

  3,459

  215,759

  219,218

Technology and the Arts

  1,766,896

  380,854

  2,147,750

 


COMMUNICATIONS, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND THE ARTS PORTFOLIO

Supplementary Appropriation (bold figures) — 2005-2006

Budget Appropriation (italic figures) — 2005-2006

Actual Available Appropriation (light figures) — 2004-2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Departmental

Administered

 

 

 

Outputs

Expenses

Total

 

 

$'000

$'000

$'000

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND THE ARTS

 

 

 

Outcome 3 -

 

 

 

 

Development of services and provision of a

  3,459

  215,759

  219,218

 

regulatory environment which encourages a

  63,456

  170,848

  234,304

 

sustainable and effective communications sector for the benefit of all Australians and an internationally competitive information economy and Information and Communications Technology industry

  66,817

  176,233

  243,050

 

 

 

 

 

Total: Department of Communications,

  3,459

  215,759

  219,218

Information Technology and the Arts

  114,340

  380,854

  495,194

 

 


 [Minister’s second reading speech made in—

House of Representatives on 7 September 2005

Senate on 13 September 2005]

(145/05)