Bills Digest No. 170  1999-2000Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2000-2001


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CONTENTS

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

Passage History

Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2000-2001

Date Introduced: 9 May 2000

House: House of Representatives

Portfolio: Finance and Administration

Commencement: On Royal Assent.

Purpose

To appropriate $5 128.526 million for payments for purposes other than the ordinary services of government, including capital expenditure, administered expenses for new outcomes and grants to the States and Territories.

Background

A concise assessment of the 2000-2001 Budget can be found in the Parliamentary Library e-brief Budget 2000 at http://www.aph.gov.au/library/intguide/econ/budget.htm.

This Bill, together with the Appropriation Bill (No.1) 2000-2001 (which deals with ordinary annual services of government) and the Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill 2000-2001, are introduced in May each year.

Details on the major new expenditure initiatives announced in the Budget are contained in the Bills Digest for Appropriation Bill (No.1) 2000-2001) http://www.aph.gov.au/library/pubs/bd/1999-2000/2000BD169.htm

The $5 128.526 million appropriated by this Bill compares to $ 5 735 million for the equivalent 1999-2000 Act.(1)

Main Provisions

Clause 6 lists the total amount appropriated by the Bill - that is $5 128.526 million.

In regard to allocation to the States for the outcomes specified in the Schedule, clause 7 provides that the Finance Minister may issue the lesser of the amount specified in the relevant Department allocation and the amount determined by the Finance Minister to be the actual expenditure incurred for that purpose. The clause also contains the requirement that the funds may only be allocated to achieve the specified outcome.

Clause 8 contains similar provisions as clause 6 but relates to administered items.

Where an appropriation is made for an administered capital purpose, the outcome that may be achieved must be a purpose listed in Schedule 2 of the Bill or in the Schedule to the Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2000-2001 (this reflects the allocation of all capital expenditure in this Bill) (clause 9).

In relation to appropriations for capital expenditure for a department, where an Act provides that an amount is to be allocated to a Department and this Bill contains a capital item for the Department, the Finance Minister must issue the full amount of the item (clause 10). (This is similar to clause 7 in Appropriation Bill (No.1) 2000-2001 and reflects the difference in the Minister's role in relation to Departmental and administered capital items [ie the Minister has no discretion in relation to Department items]).

The Finance Minister will be given power to issue a maximum of $215 million over the year to take account of unforeseen expenditure or where there has been an 'erroneous omission or understatement' in relation to extra expenses (clause 11). The Minister may also increase the amount in a Departmental capital item/s by to a total maximum of $20 million (clause 12). Parliament must be notified of increased spending under clauses 11 and 12.

The relevant Minister listed in column 3 of Schedule 1 of the Bill will be able to determine conditions under which payments to the States and Territories may be made (clause 14).

Clause 15 will formally appropriate the funds for the purposes of the Bill.

Endnotes

1. Appropriation (No. 2) 1999-2000.

Contact Officer and Copyright Details

Angus Martyn
29 May 2000
Bills Digest Service
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ISSN 1328-8091
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