WHAT'S HAPPENING IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE?
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) collects and publishes annual Local Government Finance data, including the amount and purpose of local government expenditure. These annual financial data are collected from the Department of Local Government or Grants Commission in each state or territory. The ABS also undertakes a quarterly sample survey of councils.
The Local Government Statistical Unit (LGSU) of the ABS is currently preparing to receive and process the Annual Data returns supplied by the Department of Local Government/Grants Commission of each state or territory. The financial and function data on these forms are edited and the output used by the ABS to compile Government Finance Statistics. Data are published in Government Finance Statistics, Australia (cat. no. 5512.0) in early April.
The ABS conducts a quarterly survey of financial information, which will be despatched to a selected sample of councils each quarter. The next round of quarterly survey forms will be despatched in the third week of September. Responses are required by 8 October 2010. Early attention to the survey forms enabling a timely return to the ABS will ensure that the financial activity of local government is accurately represented in Australia's National Accounts.
The ABS thanks councils for their cooperation in providing timely and high quality data for these collections. The information provided is used in making important policy decisions concerning the sector and it is important that accurate and timely information is returned by councils to build this data set.
Visits to Departments of Local Government and Grants Commissions
Each year, the LGSU endeavours to meet with state/territory Grants Commissions or Departments of Local Government to review the recently completed annual collection and to commence preparations for the next cycle. These meetings are to be scheduled in accordance with the forward work program of LGSU and are in the process of being finalised.
For further information or inquiries about Local Government Statistics, contact the Local Government Statistical Unit on (07) 3222 6404.