GC151 2022-23 Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) – advance payment
|Circular Details||GC151 / 12 April 2022 / A814632|
|Previous Circular||GC150 2021-22 Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) – advance payment|
|Who should read this||Councillors / General Managers / Finance Managers|
|Contact||Helen Pearce / 02 4428 4131 / firstname.lastname@example.org|
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What’s new or changing
• The Federal Budget for 2022-23 released 29 March again provided for an advance payment of the estimated 2022-23 FAGs.
• The advance payment will represent approximately 75% of the amount council is entitled to. Further adjustments will need to be made to the remaining payments to take into account:
- the determination by the Commonwealth Treasurer of the final adjustments for 2021-22,
- the Grants Commission’s recommendations for 2022-23.
• The Commission will advise councils of the recommendations when they have been finalised after the Commonwealth advises the amount of the final adjustments.
What this will mean for your council
• The advance payment amount, as set out in the attached schedule, was paid to councils on 12 April 2022.
• The balance of the grants will be paid with a corresponding reduction to the quarterly instalments during 2022-23.
• The first quarterly instalment is expected to be paid to councils in mid-August 2022, with subsequent instalments in November 2022, February 2023 and May 2023.
• All councils will be advised by letter of individual councils’ estimated entitlements for 2022-23 FAGs.
• The grants are paid under the provisions of the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995 (Cwlth).
• The total amount of the annual FAGs, and whether an advance payment is made, is determined by the Commonwealth.
• The NSW FAGs have been in transition to an improved, revised model for four years.
• The transition conditions provide an upper limit of +5% and lower limit 0% on an individual council’s’ general purpose component when compared year on year. No council has been receiving a lower grant than the previous year.
• The NSW Grants Commission is working in consultation with local councils on a strategy to restore former upper and lower limits, including a range of +5% to -2%, to +6 to -4%.
• The FAGs will remain in transition with a 0% lower limit in 2022-23.
Where to go for further information
• Updates about the transition and general information are available on the Office of Local Government Website:
• Please contact Helen Pearce, Executive Officer, if you require any further information.