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2006/27 Determinations/Financial (Other) as made
This Determination abolishes the Trustee Companies (ACT) Deposits Trust Account.
Administered by: Finance
General Comments: This Determination abolishes the Trustee Companies (ACT) Deposits Trust Account.
Exempt from sunsetting by the 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Repealed by Finance (Spent and Redundant Instruments) Repeal Regulation 2014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 2006/27 to abolish a Special Account

Purposes of Determination 2006/27

The attached instrument makes a determination under subsection 20(3) of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 (FMA Act) to abolish the Trustee Companies (ACT) Deposits Trust 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 be abolished by a determination of the Finance Minister.  However, there is no requirement to table the determination to abolish a Special Account.

Operation of Determination 2006/27

This Determination abolishes the Trustee Companies (ACT) Deposits Trust Account, with effect from the date of registration on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments.

Reasons for abolishing the Special Account

Section 10(1) of the Trustee Companies Act 1947 (ACT) (TC Act) required a trustee company to possess a paid up capital of not less than $40,000, of which $20,000 was to be invested in the purchase of Commonwealth debentures or inscribed stock held in the name of the ‘Treasurer of the Commonwealth’. From 1 October 2005, an amendment to the TC Act removed the requirement for trustee companies to invest in Commonwealth securities. Consequently, the agency managing the Special Account has requested that it be abolished.


The Department of the Treasury is the agency affected by this instrument. The Agency was provided with drafts of the instrument 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).