The State Grants Commission (the Commission) is an independent statutory body that was established by State legislation, the State Grants Commission Act 1976. The primary function of the Commission is to make recommendations to the Treasurer concerning the distribution of Australian Government financial assistance grants (FAGs) to local government under the provisions of the Australian Government legislation, the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995 (C'wlth).
In its 2014-15 Budget, the Australian Government announced that it was suspending indexation of the total financial assistance funding pool for three years, commencing 1 July 2014. While the total size of the funding pool is being frozen during the indexation suspension period, the allocation of the pool itself amongst the states continues to be distributed based on the population share for the general grant component and the historical shares for the local roads component of the FAG pool.
Full details of the Commission’s activities during 2015-16, including the Commission’s 2016-17 financial assistance grant recommendations, can be found in the State Grants Commission 2015-16 Annual Report, including 2016-17 Financial Assistance Grant Recommendations (Report Number 40). At the time of completion of the 2015-16 Annual Report, the Commission had not made its 2016-17 Heavy Vehicle Motor Tax Revenue Recommendations as it was awaiting the results of the 2014-15 Tasmanian Freight Survey to inform its decision making processes.
Recommendations for previous years can be found in the relevant annual reports on the Publications page.
Administrative support for the Commission is provided by the Department of Treasury and Finance. All costs associated with the administration of the Commission including Commissioner's stipends, wages, meeting costs and travel expenses are met by the Department, and are not deducted from the grant pools.
The role of Executive Officer of the Commission is based within the Intergovernment and Financial Policy Branch, of the Department of Treasury and Finance. Enquiries regarding the activities of, or methodology used by, the Commission should be directed to:
The Executive Officer
State Grants Commission
GPO Box 147
HOBART TAS 7001
Tel: 03 6166 4274
Fax: 03 6233 5690