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WHAT'S HAPPENING IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE?
The table above can be found on the General Government expenses by purpose page in the current Summary of Government Finance Statistics, Australia (cat. no. 5512.0). This publication contains more financial and function data and 2009-10 data are due for release on 12 April 2011.
The ABS conducts a quarterly survey of financial information, from a selected sample of councils each quarter. Reminders for the next round of quarterly survey data will be despatched in the third week of March. Responses are required by 8 April 2011. 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.
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