GC-152 2023-24 Financial Assistance Grants (FA Grants) – advance payment

Circular DetailsGC152 / 28 June 2023 / A864741
Previous CircularGC151 / 12 April 2022 / A814632
Who should read thisCouncillors / General Managers / Finance Managers
ContactHelen Pearce / 02 4428 4131 /
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PDF VersionGC-152 2023-24 Financial Assistance Grants (FA Grants) – advance payment

What’s new or changing

  • The Federal Government has announced the advance payment of the preliminary 2023-24 FA Grants will represent approximately 100% of the amount council is entitled to.
  • Further adjustments to the remaining payments will take into account:
    1. the determination by the Commonwealth Treasurer of the final adjustments for 2022-23
    2. the Grants Commission’s recommendations for 2023-24.
  • 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 27 June 2023.
  • The balance of the grants will be paid in quarterly instalments during 2023-24.
  • The first quarterly instalment is expected to be paid to councils in mid-August 2023, with subsequent instalments in November 2023, February 2024, and May 2024.
  • All councils will be advised by letter of individual councils’ estimated entitlements for 2023-24 FA Grants.

Key points

  • The grants are paid under the provisions of the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995 (Cwlth).
  • The total amount of the annual FA Grants, and whether and when an advance payment is made, is determined by the Federal Government.
  • Over the past 5 years, the FA Grants program has been transitioning to new funding model which provides 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 FA Grants will remain in transition with a 0% lower limit in 2023-24.

Where to go for further information

Helen Pearce
Executive Officer
Grants Commission