The following Question on Notice was asked by the Member for Darling Range Alyssa Hayden MLA and answered today in the Legislative Assembly by Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan MLA.
Mrs A.Hayden to the Minister for Emergency Services; Corrective Services:
Please outline the methodology that determines how funding from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services is allocated to each local government?
Mr F. Logan replied:
Funding for Bush Fire Brigades (BFB) and State Emergency Service (SES) units is allocated via the Local Government Grants Scheme (LGGS) process where local governments apply for an operating grant and a capital grant for each service. There are two grant categories which are:
Capital Grants which include the acquisition of new firefighting appliances, vehicles and buildings; and
Operating Grants which fund essential costs such as running vehicles and buildings, protective equipment, volunteer insurance and operational consumables.
Operating Grants determinations
A baseline for the grants scheme was formed when the LGGS was established by gathering information on funding that Local Governments provided BFBs and examining the operating expenditure requirements of SES units.
Operating Grants offers continue to be determined by averaging the previous two years’ completed acquittals and the current year’s allocation. The resultant amount is indexed with the prevailing cost escalation factor as provided by the Department of Treasury.
Capital Grants determinations
LGGS Fleet replacements are offered to Local Governments on the basis of assets reaching their prescribed service life. Local Governments are given the option of accepting the offered replacement or they may request an alternate type with an appropriate level of justification.
Local Governments may request funding allocations for facilities, equipment and additional fleet requirements. Allocations are determined by the respective LGGS Capital Grants Committee based on the amount of residual funding remaining. These applications are assessed against all other state-wide and regional priorities. Local Governments determine how to allocate and spend their operating grant in consultation with their brigades and/or SES units.