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2006/17 Determinations/Financial (Other) as made
This Determination varies the Artbank Account and sets out the conditions under which the Artbank Account will be abolished.
Administered by: Finance
General Comments: This Determination takes effect on the day immediately after the last day on which a House of Parliament could have passed a resolution disallowing it (see s 22(4) of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997).

The Artbank Account is abolished with effect from the time at which:
(a) Schedule 1 has taken effect; and
(b) the balance of the appropriation for the Artbank Account reaches zero.
Exempt from sunsetting by the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 s 20(6), Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 s 20(7)
Registered 03 Aug 2006
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR08-Aug-2006
Tabled Senate09-Aug-2006
Date of repeal 19 Mar 2014
Repealed by Finance (Spent and Redundant Instruments) Repeal Regulation 2014


Issued by the authority of the Minister for Finance and Administration

Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997

Determination 2006/17 to vary and abolish a Special Account

Purposes of Determination 2006/17

The attached instrument makes a determination under section 20 of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 (FMA Act) to vary and subsequently abolish the Artbank Account.

Special Accounts generally

In accordance with the Constitution, all revenues or moneys raised or received by the Government of the Commonwealth form one Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) and may not be spent unless under an appropriation by the Parliament for the purposes of the Commonwealth.  A Special Account is established by a determination that sets out the amounts that may be credited and the purposes for which it may be debited.  Special Accounts established by determination are supported by an appropriation under section 20 of the FMA Act.  In effect, Special Accounts allow amounts from the CRF to be spent on a purpose specified in the determination.

Determinations that establish Special Accounts, or vary determinations that establish Special Accounts, are subject to section 22 of the FMA Act. Section 22 of the FMA Act requires the Finance Minister to table a copy of the establishing or varying determination in each House of Parliament.  Either House may disallow a determination within five sitting days of tabling.  If the determination is not disallowed, it comes into effect on the calendar day after the last day on which it could have been disallowed.

Regulation 10 of the Legislative Instruments Regulations 2004 preserves the disallowance provisions under section 22 of the FMA Act by exempting Special Account determinations from subsections 57(2) and 57(5) of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003.

Special Accounts can also be abolished by a determination of the Finance Minister.  However, there is no requirement to table such a determination.

Operation of Determination 2006/17

Purpose of the Artbank Account

A new Special Account, entitled Art Rental Special Account (‘the new Account’), is required in order to give effect to changes that are required to the Artbank Account, but which are not practical to make by variation to the Artbank Account due to the way in which the Initial Determination to establish Components of the Commercial Activities Fund (Initial Determination) was structured.

The current purpose of the Artbank Account is:

For expenditure on programs and operations of ARTBANK.

Changes required

A clause has been inserted into the Initial Determination to allow amounts to be debited from the Artbank Account and credited to the new Account.

Limitations in the structure of the Initial Determination

It is not practical to vary the Initial Determination signed by the delegate of the Minister for Finance and Administration on 31 December 1997 (establishing a Artbank Reserve as a component of the Commercial Activities Fund).  This is because the format of the determination constrains the amount of information that can be included. Accordingly, a new Account is being established (Determination 2006/18) to provide for the continuation of the activities of the Artbank Account, the incorporation of the necessary changes, and to ensure that the determination is as clear and informative as possible.

Effect of this determination

The Artbank Account is being varied by this determination (Determination 2006/17) to enable its balance to be credited to the new Account.  Once the balance of the Artbank Account reaches zero, clause 4 of the determination will abolish the Artbank Account.


The Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts is the agency affected by this instrument. The agency was provided with drafts of the instrument before it was finalised and agrees with the form of the instrument. As the instrument is for internal machinery of government purposes only, no consultation was considered necessary with other persons (see sections 17 and 18 of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003).

Estimates of transactions on the Artbank Account


Opening Balance









2005-06 (1)


Closing Balance



Artbank Account





1. Balance debited from the Artbank Account and credited to the new Account.