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Tuesday, 26 May 2009
Page: 4431


Mr Ciobo asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Trade, 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.


Mr Stephen Smith (Minister for Foreign Affairs) —on behalf of the Minister for Trade and me, the answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(1)   The period covered in the response to part (a) is the period of the last survey ie. 1 July  2007 to 30 June 2008:

(a) (i)   620 payments (4.57% of payments made to small businesses) were not made within 30 days; and of these

(ii)   120 payments (0.88% of payments made to small businesses) were not made within 60 days.

(b)   the average time lapsed between invoice received and payments made to  small businesses was 18 days.