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 2020.
ACT election commitment costings for each political party can be found below:
- The 2020 election pre-polling costing period operated from 4 September 2020 to 10:00pm, 15 October 2020.
- The post-polling costing period operated from 17 October 2020 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 11 September 2020 and ended with the election of the Chief Minister on the first sitting day of the Legislative Assembly following the election.
- The Pre-Election Budget Update 2020 was released on 14 September 2020.
- The ACT Election took place on 17 October 2020.
Withdrawn costings reflect circumstances where completion of an election commitment costing was not possible by the close-off of the relevant costing period.
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:
A costing request made before polling day that has not been costed and made publicly available before polling day is taken to be withdrawn on polling day.
Consistent with the Guidelines for Costing Election Commitments 2020, and with a view to allowing the public scrutiny of costings, 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received by the Under Treasurer but not costed by 10:00pm on the Thursday immediately before polling day is taken to be withdrawn and will be advised on the ACT Government Election Commitment Costing website.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)).
- Guidelines for Costing Election Commitments 2020 [ PDF 395KB] Word doc [ 100KB]
- Request for Costing an Election Commitment Word doc [ 18KB]
- Standard Costing Parameters 2020 [ PDF 302KB] Word doc [ 421KB]
- 2020-21 Average Salary Costing Template [Excel 20KB]
2012 and 2016 Archives
ACT election commitment costings for each political party for 2012 and 2016 can be accessed via the links below.
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