Commonwealth Financial Assistance payments

General purpose and local roads funding

The Northern Territory Grants Commission is an independent body with the primary role to provide annual funding recommendations for the allocation of Commonwealth financial assistance general purpose and local road funding.

In previous financial years, the general purpose and local road payments were classified as revenue and expenditure in the statement of financial performance. In 2019-20 this transaction was reclassified as a pass-on arrangement as the department is simply a conduit to pass on funds to other entities.

As a result, the grant is no longer recorded in the statement of financial performance, but recognised as a receipt and payment through a clearing account, in accordance with Australian Accounting Standards.

The general purpose payments are distributed on a needs-basis formula developed by the Commission. This takes into account a number of factors such as revenue-raising capacity, expenditure requirements, the size of a council’s footprint and how difficult it is to access communities in the council area.

The local road payments are determined by the Commission applying a weighting to each council by road length and type.

In 2019-20, Commonwealth Financial Assistance for general purpose funding of $8.6 million was provided to 17 councils, and $8.9 million in local roads funding provided to 18 organisations.

Table – Commonwealth Financial Assistance - general purpose and local roads funding

Organisation

General purpose
2019-20
$

Local roads
2019-20
$

Alice Springs Town Council

323 942

474 564

Barkly Regional Council

874 107

238 511

Belyuen Community Government Council

12 354

16 324

Central Desert Regional Council

507 397

535 665

City of Darwin

894 236

925 771

City of Palmerston

404 376

547 351

Coomalie Community Government Council

13 059

249 769

East Arnhem Regional Council

1 681 012

627 491

Katherine Town Council

277 741

292 972

Litchfield Council

259 823

1 271 649

Local Government Association of the Northern Territory

n/a

765 320

MacDonnell Regional Council

967 726

494 065

Roper Gulf Regional Council

971 993

528 249

Tiwi Islands Regional Council

200 425

483 260

Victoria Daly Regional Council

232 742

349 641

Wagait Shire Council

3 876

27 343

West Arnhem Regional Council

651 118

610 650

West Daly Regional Council

282 838

505 822

Total

8 558 765

8 944 417

Last updated: 12 November 2020

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