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).
Each financial year, the Australian Government provides estimated grant pools upon which the Commission bases its recommendations. The Australian Government also finalises each states’ grant entitlements for the previous year based on final population figures and the Consumer Price Index.
The estimated grant pools for the 2015-16 year, as well as the finalised grant pools for the two previous years, are as follows:
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 2014-15 including the Commission’s 2015-16 financial assistance grant and heavy vehicle motor tax recommendations can be found in the State Grants Commission 2014-15 Annual Report, including 2015-16 Financial Assistance Grant Recommendations (Report Number 39).
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 Executive Officer of the Commission is Pam Marriott who 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