5519.0.55.001 - Government Finance Statistics, Australia, Sep 2017 Quality Declaration 
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QUARTERLY GFS MEASURES - KEY FIGURES

In the September quarter 2017:
  • Taxation revenue decreased by 12.8% from $134,619m in the June quarter 2017 to $117,381m in the September quarter 2017.
  • General government sector expenses exceeded revenue resulting in a GFS net operating balance of $13,693m.
  • The GFS net lending(+)/borrowing(-) position for the general government sector was $18,510m.

Graph Image for ALL LEVELS OF GENERAL GOVERNMENT, GFS REVENUE AND EXPENSES
Graph Image for ALL LEVELS OF GENERAL GOVERNMENT, NET OPERATING BALANCE, NET LENDING BORROWING



GFS KEY FIGURES, ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT, ORIGINAL

Jun Qtr
2017
Sep Qtr
2017
Jun Qtr 2017 to
Sep Qtr 2017
$m
$m
% change

Current Prices
Taxation revenue
General government
134 619
117 381
–12.8
Total revenue
General government
167 116
147 632
–11.7
Public non-financial corporations
20 092
19 821
–1.3
Total expenses
General government
159 150
161 325
1.4
Public non-financial corporations
21 980
20 879
–5.0
GFS Net operating balance
General government
7 966
–13 693
. .
Public non-financial corporations
–1 888
–1 058
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GFS Net lending(+)/borrowing(-)
General government
–5 486
–18 510
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Public non-financial corporations
–5 596
–3 646
. .

. . not applicable

BALANCE SHEET RESULTS, GENERAL GOVERNMENT SECTOR, ORIGINAL

at 30 September 2017
$m

Current Prices
Commonwealth Government
Total assets
510 321
Total liabilities
922 455
GFS Net worth
–412 134

Total State Government
Total assets
1 157 718
Total liabilities
352 369
GFS Net worth
805 349



QUARTERLY NATIONAL ACCOUNTS PUBLIC SECTOR MEASURES - KEY FIGURES

The table below includes the key public sector aggregates for the September quarter 2017 which will be included in the Australian National Accounts: National Income, Expenditure and Product (cat. no. 5206.0). The key figures shown include Government Final Consumption Expenditure for general government and Gross Fixed Capital Formation for general government and public corporations, seasonally adjusted in current prices and chain volume terms. The contribution to GDP of the key public sector aggregates are also included.

In seasonally adjusted chain volume terms in the September quarter 2017:
  • Total general government final consumption expenditure increased by $149m, a rise of 0.2% compared with the June quarter 2017, which is not expected to contribute to growth in the September quarter 2017 volume measure of GDP.
  • Total general government gross fixed capital formation decreased by $1,584m, a fall of 8.9% compared with the June quarter 2017.
  • Total public corporations gross fixed capital formation decreased by $218m, a fall of 3.6% compared with the June quarter 2017.
  • Total public gross fixed capital formation is lower than in the June quarter 2017 and is expected to detract 0.4 percentage points from growth in the September quarter 2017 volume measure of GDP. The June quarter estimate was higher than normal due to the acquisition of second-hand assets from the private sector, particularly the Royal Adelaide Hospital, which explains the detraction this quarter.

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QUARTERLY NATIONAL ACCOUNTS PUBLIC SECTOR MEASURES - KEY FIGURES, SEASONALLY ADJUSTED

Dec Qtr
2016
Mar Qtr
2017
Jun Qtr
2017
Sep Qtr
2017
Jun Qtr 2017
to Sep Qtr 2017
$m
$m
$m
$m
% change

Current Prices
General government final consumption expenditure (a)
National - defence
7 440
7 528
7 260
7 564
4.2
National - non-defence
25 140
25 160
26 047
25 558
–1.9
Total national
32 580
32 688
33 307
33 122
–0.6
State and local
47 422
48 528
49 361
49 608
0.5
Total general government final consumption expenditure
80 001
81 216
82 668
82 730
0.1
Public gross fixed capital formation
General government
National - defence
2 061
2 087
2 122
2 177
2.6
National - non-defence
2 572
2 620
2 224
2 597
16.8
Total national
4 633
4 707
4 346
4 774
9.9
State and local
9 617
10 432
13 403
11 344
–15.4
Total general government
14 250
15 139
17 749
16 118
–9.2
Public corporations
Commonwealth
2 474
2 203
2 311
2 123
–8.1
State and local
5 421
4 386
3 771
3 737
–0.9
Total public corporations
7 895
6 589
6 083
5 860
–3.7
Total public gross fixed capital formation
22 145
21 728
23 832
21 978
–7.8
Memorandum item
Net purchases of second-hand assets by public sector
1 880
1 694
3 209
323
np

Chain Volume (b)
General government final consumption expenditure (a)
National - defence
7 351
7 426
7 152
7 390
3.3
National - non-defence
25 043
25 408
26 189
25 909
–1.1
Total national
32 393
32 834
33 341
33 299
–0.1
State and local
46 822
47 741
48 194
48 386
0.4
Total general government final consumption expenditure
79 215
80 575
81 535
81 684
0.2
Public gross fixed capital formation
General government
National - defence
2 155
2 187
2 232
2 343
5.0
National - non-defence
2 595
2 636
2 231
2 603
16.7
Total national
4 750
4 822
4 462
4 947
10.8
State and local
9 723
10 539
13 402
11 334
–15.4
Total general government
14 473
15 362
17 865
16 281
–8.9
Public corporations
Commonwealth
2 508
2 214
2 306
2 122
–8.0
State and local
5 421
4 400
3 782
3 748
–0.9
Total public corporations
7 929
6 614
6 088
5 870
–3.6
Total public gross fixed capital formation
22 402
21 976
23 953
22 151
–7.5
Memorandum item
Net purchases of second-hand assets by public sector
1 840
1 681
3 158
316
np

np not available for publication but included in totals where applicable, unless otherwise indicated
(a) See paragraph 37 of the Explanatory Notes for the relationship between general government final consumption expenditure and GFS aggregates.
(b) Reference year for chain volume measures is 2014-15.


SEPTEMBER QUARTER 2017 GFS RELEASE

This release presents quarterly government finance statistics on an accrual accounting basis. Tables 1 through 12 are presented in GFS operating statement format for the general government sector, with the exception of Table 2 which presents data for the public non-financial corporations sector. Tables 13 and 14 are presented in GFS balance sheet format for the general government sector.

Detailed quarterly GFS are released for the current financial year only, other than in the September quarter, when the quarters of the previous financial year are presented. Balance sheet data will be added incrementally each quarter through the 2017-18 financial year. Users requiring data for earlier periods should consult the annual publication Government Finance Statistics, Australia (cat. no. 5512.0). The latest issue (2015-16) was released on 27 April 2017.

RELEASE OF QUARTERLY GFS THIS ISSUE
Table
Sep 16
Dec 16
Mar 17
Jun 17
Sep 17
Table 1 All Levels of Government, Operating Statement - General Government
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Table 2 All Levels of Government, Operating Statement - Public Non-Financial Corporations
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Table 3 Commonwealth Government, Operating Statement
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Table 4 Total State & Local, Operating Statement
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Table 5 New South Wales, Operating Statement
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Table 6 Victoria, Operating Statement
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Table 7 Queensland, Operating Statement
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Table 8 South Australia, Operating Statement
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Table 9 Western Australia, Operating Statement
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Table 10 Tasmania, Operating Statement
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Table 11 Northern Territory, Operating Statement
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Table 12 Australian Capital Territory, Operating Statement
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Table 13 Commonwealth Government, Balance Sheet
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Table 14 Total State Government, Balance Sheet
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Government Finance Statistics are part of the broader suite of macroeconomic accounts produced by the ABS. They share their basic concepts with the National Accounts and Balance of Payments. The conceptual framework is agreed internationally and published by the International Monetary Fund. Macroeconomic statistics are compiled to enable macroeconomic analysis and the standards may differ from accounting standards in some regards.


CHANGES TO GOVERNMENT FINANCE STATISTICS

Australia's system for producing GFS has been updated as a result of revised international standards for compiling national accounts (2008 SNA) and the consequent revision of the International Monetary Fund's GFS Manual 2014 (IMF GFSM 2014). An updated ABS GFS Manual was released on 23 December 2015 to reflect the AGFS15 changes and can be found in Australian System of Government Finance Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods, 2015 (cat. no. 5514.0). AGFS15 is effective for all GFS data that is reported for all periods from 1 July 2017 onwards, beginning with this publication.

A range of conceptual changes under AGFS15 are outlined in the updated ABS GFS Manual. Only a small number of these changes impact on quarterly GFS data due to the narrower scope of published quarterly outputs when compared to annual outputs. Details of the changes that impact quarterly GFS data are covered in a recent Information Paper: Forthcoming Changes to the Quarterly Publication for Government Finance Statistics (cat. no. 5519.0.55.002).

As part of these changes the ABS is currently considering options for the implementation of the creditor approach to interest expenses. Full implementation of the new approach will proceed across all sectors when high quality GFS outputs can be assessed. Experimental estimates for key aggregate sectors are included in the interim as a memorandum item in the publication spreadsheet so that users are aware of the potential impact on GFS outputs. These experimental estimates are sourced from the General Government Income Accounts that are produced as part of the quarterly Australian National Accounts: National Income, Expenditure and Product (cat. no. 5206.0). The Income Accounts present Other interest as an output category within Property income payable, which is broadly comparable to the Other interest expenses output category within GFS Expenses.


NEW QUARTERLY BALANCE SHEET

The IMF encourages transparency and openness of member countries by setting best practice standards for the dissemination of economic and financial data. These data dissemination standards enhance the availability of timely and comprehensive statistics, which then contribute to sound macroeconomic policies and the efficient functioning of financial markets.

To support best practice reporting by Australia against these standards, the ABS is producing quarterly GFS balance sheet outputs through AGFS15 implementation. These outputs are incorporated into the publication spreadsheet and cover the Commonwealth General Government and Total State General Government sectors.


TRANSACTIONS RELATED TO VISA APPLICATION CHARGES

In December 2015, the Commonwealth Government released the 2015-16 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) which included a reclassification of visa application charges (VAC). In MYEFO these charges are now treated as taxation revenue rather than sales of goods and services. This reclassification has been applied to the Government Finance Statistics (GFS), with no impact on total GFS revenue or the GFS net operating balance. The National Accounts statistics will maintain coherence with previously published data and classify this transaction as sales of goods and services. These treatments will remain in place until a review of the treatment of VAC and similar government charges in macroeconomic statistics has been completed.


FORTHCOMING ISSUES

The release of GFS quarterly data is usually coordinated to be the day before the respective issue of Australian National Accounts: National Income, Expenditure and Product (cat. no. 5206.0). The scheduled release dates for the next two issues are:

Issue5519.0.55.0015206.0
December 20176 March 20187 March 2018
March 20185 June 20186 June 2018


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