Bills Digest No. 218  1997-98 Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 1998-99


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CONTENTS

Passage History
Purpose
Background
Main Provisions
Endnotes
Contact Officer and Copyright Details

Passage History

Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 1998-99

Date Introduced: 12 May 1998

House: House of Representatives

Portfolio: Finance and Administration

Commencement: On Royal Assent.

Purpose

To appropriate $4 171 699 000 from the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) for expenditure on:

  • capital works and services
  • payments to the States and Territories
  • expenditure on any new programs not covered by other legislation for the 1998-99 financial year.

Background

This Bill forms part of a three-part package relating to government finance and covers expenditure for the items mentioned above. The other parts of the package are:

  • Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 1998-99 which covers expenditure for the ordinary annual services of the government
  • Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill 1998-99 which covers expenditure on the five parliamentary departments.

Introduction

Refer to the Digest for Appropriation Bill (No.1) 1998-99.

Outline

The Bill appropriates a total of $4 171 699 000 for capital works and services, payments to the States and Territories and expenditure on new programs not covered by other legislation for the 1998-99 financial year.

Schedule 2 of the Bill deals with proposed allocation of expenditure. Each government department has funds specifically allocated for each specific purpose.

Over half the total funds appropriated go to two departments - the Department of Health and Family Services ($1 409 930 000) and the Department of Social Security ($1 163 477 000).(1)

Significant spending measures for the Department of Health and Family Services include:

  • Capital Works and Services:
    • $17 500 000 - capital advance for the Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service
    • $5 000 000 - capital advance to Australian Hearing Services
    • $1 249 000 - health infrastructure for indigenous communities (no previous expenditure in 1997-98 estimates)

Payments to the States and Territories

  • $338 064 000 - assistance for people with disabilities
  • $147 528 000 - for health advancement
  • $144 599 000 - for health care access
  • $500 200 000 - for home and community care.(2)

Significant spending measures for the Department of Social Security include:

  • Capital Works and Services:
  • $44 119 000 - for acquisitions, buildings, works, plant and equipment (drops by $45 305 000 on expenditure in 1997-98 estimates)
  • Payments to the States and Territories
  • $151 891 000 - for compensation for extension of fringe benefits to pensioners and older long-term allowees and beneficiaries
  • $964 368 000 - for Commonwealth State Housing Agreement (expenditure under the Housing Assistance Act 1996).

The Budget increases payments to the States and Territories by $146 049 000 from the Department of Social Security's 1997-98 estimates.(3)

Other notable spending measures include:

  • Attorney-General's Department - $42 894 000 cut from payments to the States and Territories for the provision of Legal Aid from expenditure in 1997-98 estimates(4)
  • Department of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs - $52 400 000 establishment costs for Employment National Ltd(5)
  • Department of the Environment - $186 940 000 cut from payments to the National Heritage Trust of Australia Reserve from expenditure in the 1997-98 estimates.(6)

Main Provisions

Clause 4 authorises the Minister for Finance to issue $4 171 699 000 out of the CRF for services in respect of the year ending on 30 June 1999. The money is to be spent according to a detailed list in Schedule 2 of the Bill. The Schedule lists the spending breakdown by department and program.

Clause 5 deals with payments to the States and Territories. These payments must be made in accordance with the programs listed in Schedule 2. The terms and conditions of these payments are determined by the relevant Minister.

Clause 9 deals with the advance to the Minister for Finance and Administration. The Minister may charge any excess expenditure on a specified item to any other item listed in Schedule 2. Alternatively, the Minister may appropriate money for a non-specified item from any other item listed in Schedule 2. However, the Minister cannot appropriate money in excess of the total amount appropriated for the year ending June 1999.

Endnotes

  1. Budget Paper, No.4 1998-99, 199.
  2. Ibid., 217.
  3. Ibid., 227.
  4. Ibid., 205.
  5. Ibid., 210.
  6. Ibid., 212.

Contact Officer and Copyright Details

Ross Kilmurray
25 May 1998
Bills Digest Service
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