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Monday, 15 June 2009
Page: 6065


Mr Ciobo asked the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, 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 McClelland (Attorney-General) —The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship has provided the following answer to the honourable member’s question:

The response is based on the last small business survey submitted to the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research for the period 1 July 2007 to 30 June 2008.

(1) (a)   Between 1 July 2007 and 30 June 2008 the Department paid:

(i)   1210 invoices, representing 11.3% of payments by volume and 8.4% of payments by value, to small businesses which were not within 30 days of receipt of an invoice.

(ii)   140 invoices, representing 1.3% of payments by volume and 1.2% of payments by value, to small businesses which were not within 60 days from receipt of an invoice.

(b)   Between 1 July 2007 and 30 June 2008 the average time lapsed between receipt of an invoice and payment to small businesses was 27 days.