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Utilities—facilities

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Purpose

To assist schools with the payment of Utilities charges including electricity, water, sewerage and waste removal. Utilities charges may vary considerably according to local circumstances and the price structure of Local Government Authorities and Councils. As a result, the allocation of funds will reflect the unique circumstances of each school.

Duration of program

Ongoing

Eligibility

All Queensland State schools including special schools, environmental and outdoor education centres..

Allocation of funds

Recurrent funding

Entitlements are calculated by treating various utilities differently with data provided from each school as follows:

CategoryDataAllocation
ElectricityBase consumption = 2012/13 year consumptionBase consumption x current tariff (1)
WaterBase consumption = 2012/13 year consumptionBase consumption x current water price
Other categories (2)Utilities expenditure extracted from OneSchool in July (3)Actual expenditure from previous financial year

(1) New buildings are automatically factored into calculation
(2) Gas, sewerage, waste/recycling, backflow device registration and trade waste
(3) OneSchool data is checked for accuracy, compared with previous years data and amended if necessary. This data provides the calculation of the following years utilities funding i.e. 2018/19 data is used for calculating 2020 funding.

Note: Entering accurate utilities expenditure and consumption into OneSchool with the appropriate GL code ensures the accurate calculation of future utilities funds and department/whole-of-government reporting.

Contingency funding

Contingency funding may be available where schools have experienced increased utilities usage as a result of a specific incident beyond their control. Allocations will depend on the nature of the incident and the extent of the additional costs under consideration.

Funding for new schools

New schools will be funded for their utility costs through reimbursement of paid invoices, as there is no historical data available for funding calculations. Reimbursement of invoices will continue until school operations stabilised. To facilitate this process please ensure the invoices are forwarded to utilities.facilities@qed.qld.gov.au at least one week prior to the appropriation deadline.

Payment details

TypeTimeProportion
Semester 1 RecurrentFebruary50% of annual allocation
Semester 2 Recurrent
June/July50% of annual allocation
ContingencyMonthlyAs required

Data requirements

DateSourceTime collected
Utilities costs and consumptionOneSchoolJuly each year

How to apply

Schools do not need to apply for the annual appropriations. These will be automatically calculated and paid.

For contingency funding, schools should contact the Facilities Services Officer below.

Contact

Facilities Services Officer, Infrastructure Services
Telephone: (07) 3034 4542
Email: utilities.facilities@qed.qld.gov.au

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Last updated 04 January 2021