Administrative Funds and Sinking Fund Queensland
One of the main questions that we often get asked by owners about their body corporate financials is – what is the difference between the Administrative Fund and the Sinking Fund in Queensland?
As an owner within a body corporate scheme, it is important for you to understand these differences.
The Administrative Fund is for the everyday expenses of the body corporate; for example:
- building insurance
- building and pool maintenance
- gardens and grounds maintenance
- body corporate management fees
- common property electricity
- pest control
- regular fire servicing
- any other non-capital expenditure
It is important that the levies raised in the Administrative Fund are enough to cover the total of the expenses for the year. This is to ensure that the balance of the Administrative Fund does not end with a deficit at the conclusion of the body corporate’s financial year.
If the balance of the Administrative Fund is in deficit at the end of the year, money will need to be raised in the following year to clear the deficit.
Note: the legislation does not allow for the Body Corporate to transfer money from the Administrative Fund to the Sinking Fund, or vice versa.
The Sinking Fund is for the capital expenses of the body corporate; for example:
- internal and external painting of the building
- replacement of the roof
- replacement of lifts
- replacement of common area carpeting
- replacement of pool equipment and pool refurbishment
- replacement of fencing
- any other capital expenditure
The legislation around Sinking Fund Queensland requires bodies corporate to have a 9-year sinking fund forecast in place at all times. The forecast estimates what works will need to be carried out over the forthcoming years, and calculates what levy contributions will be required each year to cover those expenses when they are due.
For more information about Administrative Funds and Sinking Fund Queensland Body Corporates, please see the Queensland Government page – Budgets and Funds.