The Election Commitments Costing Act 2012 specifies the circumstances and arrangements under which the Director-General of the ACT Treasury Directorate (ie the Under Treasurer) may be requested to cost party election commitments before and after polling day for a ACT Legislative Assembly election. More detail in relation to procedural arrangements and timeframes are provided in the Guidelines for Costing Election Commitments 2016.
ACT election commitment costings for each political party can be found below:
- The 2016 election pre-polling costing period operated from 18 August 2016 to 10:00pm, 13 October 2016.
- The post-polling costing period operated from 15 October 2016 and ended with the election of the Chief Minister on the first sitting day of the Legislative Assembly following the election.
- The caretaker period operated from 9 September 2016 and ended with the election of the Chief Minister on the first sitting day of the Legislative Assembly following the election.
- The 2016 Pre-Election Budget Update was released on 15 September 2016.
- The ACT Election took place on 15 October 2016.
Withdrawn costings reflect circumstances where completion of an election commitment costing was not possible by the pre-polling close-off of 10:00pm Thursday, 13 October 2016.
As outlined in Section 6 of the Election Commitment Costing Act 2012, by providing written advice to the Under Treasurer, a party may withdraw a costing request at any time prior to the party being provided with a copy of the costing.
As outlined in Section 9(5) of the Election Commitment Costing Act 2012:
Any election commitment costing request received by the Under Treasurer but not costed by 10:00pm on the Thursday immediately before polling day is taken to be withdrawn and will be advised on the ACT Government Election Commitment Costing website.
- The ACT Government Election Commitment Costing website will provide a statement with the following details:
- the date the request was received;
- the name of the requestor;
- the name of the election commitment; and
- the reason why the costing was not completed and publicly released by 10:00pm on the Thursday immediately before polling day.
- No further work will be undertaken on the costing request (section 9(6)).
As stated in Part 2 of the Guidelines for Costing Election Commitments 2016, the Under Treasurer aims to be clear, transparent and timely when costing election commitments.
To better align the presentation of the financial impact of the costing request (Appendix B) with the Public Release of Costing Proforma (Appendix C), the Under Treasurer has decided to amend Appendix C to assist readers in comparing the two documents. Specifically, the template has been changed to separately identify depreciation.
All three parties have been advised of the changed template and the fact that all costings signed prior to 21 September were re-signed on 22 September using the new template.
ACT election commitment costings for each political party for 2012 can be accessed via the links below.
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