9.11. Government Ledgers are the main source of data on Australian Government current transfers. Data from the Ledgers measure most receipts from withholding taxes (supplemented by data from the Australian Taxation Office), adjusted where necessary for balance of payments purposes, and foreign aid payments. (From time to time withholding taxes are actually paid by residents to the Australian Tax Office; because they are 'resident to resident' transactions they are excluded.) A Department of Treasury advice provides data on Australia’s contributions to international development institutions. These data are supplemented by Budget Papers which provide data on Government veterans’ and social security pensions paid to former Australian residents now living abroad.
9.12. For other current transfers, data on non-life insurance transfers come from the Insurance Model. The residual item other private transfers includes withholding tax payments abroad and other private transfers. The former are estimated from Survey of International Investment data. Other private transfers are estimated from the Survey of Foreign Unrequited Transfers (SOFUT). The Department of Veterans Affairs reports pensions paid to former New Zealand residents now living in Australia. Data sources and methods used to compile the standard components of current transfers are described in more detail in table 9.3.