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Tuesday, 26 May 2009
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Mr Ciobo asked the Minister for Education, Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Minister for Social Inclusion, in writing, on 19 March 2009:

(1)   From 3 December 2007 to 19 March 2009:

(a)   how many and what percentage of payments made by the Minister's department to small businesses were not made within

(i)   30 and;

(ii)   60 days of receipt of the goods or services and an invoice; and

(b)   what was the average time lapsed between invoice received and payments made by the Minister's department to small businesses.


Ms Gillard (Minister for Education, Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Minister for Social Inclusion) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations does not separately identify payments to small business. The data in the table provided below reflects payments to all departmental suppliers, including those made to small business for invoices valued up to and including $5 million.

For the period 1 July 2007 to 30 June 2008, the Department paid 47,550 invoices (97.34 per cent of invoices) within 30 days of receipt.

For the period 1 July 2007 to 30 June 2008, the Department paid 810 invoices (2.11 per cent of invoices) within 30 - 60 days.

For the period 1 July 2007 to 30 June 2008, the Department paid 270 invoices (0.55 per cent of invoices) after 60 days.

Paid within 30 days

Paid within 31-44 days

Paid within 45-60 days

Not paid within 60 days

Total

1 July 2007 - 30 June 2008

(paid on time)

(up to 14 days late)

(up to 30 days late)

(30 days late)

Number of invoices (‘000)*

47.55

0.81

0.22

0.27

48.85

% of invoices by number

97.34

1.66

0.45

0.55

100%

Value of invoices ($ '000)*

434,319.5

6,665.29

1,355.65

2,375.36

444,715.80

% invoices by value

97.66

1.50

0.30

0.53

100%