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Monday, 23 October 2017
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Water

(Question No. 792)


Ms Sharkie asked the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, in writing, on 14 August 2017:

(1) In (a) 2014-15, (b) 2015-16, and (c) 2016-17, what expenditure was made from the Environment Special Account (ESA), and to whom (i) in total, (ii) to fund constraints relaxation, and (iii) to fund water infrastructure efficiency measures.

(2) What is the projected expenditure for the ESA (a) in total, (b) to fund constraints relaxation, and (c) to fund water infrastructure efficiency measures.

(3) Do unexpended appropriations made for the ESA remain in that account until expended; if not, to what account/s is/are the unexpended appropriations transferred.

(4) Are independent audits conducted on the ESA; if not, why not.


Mr Joyce: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) In accordance with the requirements of Section 86AI of the Water Act 2007 the government has produced in each year an annual report on the Water for the Environment Special Account which outlines the expenditure and purposes to which funding was put. This report is publicly available for 2014-15 and 2015-16 and the 2016-17 annual report will be tabled shortly.

(2) The proposed expenditure for the Water for the Environment Special Account is (a) $1,775 million, (b) $200 million, (c) $1,575 million.

(3) Yes, unexpended appropriations remain in the Special Account.

(4) Expenditure from the special account are subject to the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 and subject to the same audit requirements as all other expenditure.