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Schools Assistance Bill 2008

Part 5 Grants for capital expenditure


83   Capital expenditure—definitions

             (1)  In this Act:

block grant authority means a body corporate that the Minister determines under subsection (2) to be a block grant authority for the purposes of this Part in relation to particular non-government schools in a State.

capital expenditure includes expenditure relating to any of the following:

                     (a)  investigating the need for:

                              (i)  non-government schools in particular areas; or

                             (ii)  non-government schools of particular kinds in particular areas; or

                            (iii)  buildings (or parts of buildings), other facilities (or parts of other facilities) or equipment;

                     (b)  purchasing land, with or without buildings or parts of buildings;

                     (c)  planning for the erection, alteration, extension, demolition or refurbishment of a building (or part of a building) or of another facility (or part of another facility);

                     (d)  developing or preparing land for building or other purposes;

                     (e)  erecting, altering, extending, demolishing or refurbishing a building, part of a building or another facility or part of a facility;

                      (f)  installing or upgrading water, electricity or any other services;

                     (g)  providing equipment, including information technology equipment;

                     (h)  providing furniture;

                      (i)  providing library materials or obtaining services and goods for cataloguing a library (or part of a library);

                      (j)  the administrative expenses of a block grant authority.

             (2)  For the purposes of the definition of block grant authority in subsection (1), the Minister may determine a body corporate to be a block grant authority.

84   Capital expenditure—funding determination

             (1)  The Minister may make a determination authorising payment of financial assistance to a State for:

                     (a)  capital expenditure for a program year in connection with:

                              (i)  a non-government school in the State; or

                             (ii)  a group (or groups) of non-government schools in the State; or

                     (b)  capital expenditure for a program year in connection with block grant authorities and non-government schools in the State.

             (2)  The sum of the amounts paid to the States under subsection (1) for a program year must not exceed the amount worked out using the formula:


base assistance amount , for a program year, means:

                     (a)  if the regulations specify an amount under subsection (3) for the program year—that amount; or

                     (b)  otherwise:

                              (i)  in the case of the 2009 program year—$128,712,000; or

                             (ii)  in the case of a later program year—the amount worked out under this subsection for the previous program year.

             (3)  For the purposes of subsection (2), the regulations may specify an amount to be the base assistance amount for a program year.

             (4)  If the amount worked out under subsection (2) for a program year is not a multiple of $1,000, the amount is to be rounded to the nearest $1,000 (rounding $500 upwards).

85   Capital expenditure—capital expenditure supplementation number

             (1)  In this Act:

capital expenditure supplementation number , for a program year, means:

                     (a)  1; or

                     (b)  if the regulations specify a number under subsection (2) for the program year—that number.

             (2)  For the purposes of this Act, the regulations may specify a number to be the capital expenditure supplementation number for a program year.

             (3)  A number specified under subsection (2) may be greater than or less than 1.

             (4)  Before the Governor-General makes regulations for the purposes of subsection (2), the Minister must consider changes in the following indexes:

                     (a)  an index of building prices specified in the regulations;

                     (b)  an index of wage costs specified in the regulations.

             (5)  Despite subsection 14(2) of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003 , regulations made for the purposes of this section may make provision in relation to a matter by applying, adopting or incorporating, with or without modification, any matter contained in any other instrument or other writing as in force or existing from time to time.