5519.0.55.001 - Government Finance Statistics, Australia, March Quarter 2016 Quality Declaration 
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MARCH QUARTER 2016 KEY FIGURES: ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT


In the March quarter 2016:
  • Taxation revenue decreased 2.4% to $116,605m from $119,502m in the December quarter 2015.
  • General government sector expenses exceeded revenue resulting in a GFS net operating balance of -$4,546m.
  • The GFS net lending(+)/borrowing(-) position for the general government sector was -$7,635m.

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Graph Image for ALL LEVELS OF GENERAL GOVERNMENT, NET OPERATING BALANCE, NET LENDING BORROWING



GFS KEY FIGURES: ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT, ORIGINAL

Dec Qtr
2015
Mar Qtr
2016
Dec Qtr 2015 to
Mar Qtr 2016
$m
$m
% change

Current Prices
Taxation revenue
General government
119 502
116 605
–2.4
Total revenue
General government
144 372
141 442
–2.0
Public non-financial corporations
19 937
20 314
1.9
Total expenses
General government
146 762
145 988
–0.5
Public non-financial corporations
20 452
20 252
–1.0
GFS Net operating balance
General government
–2 390
–4 546
. .
Public non-financial corporations
–516
63
. .
GFS Net lending(+)/borrowing(-)
General government
–6 993
–7 635
. .
Public non-financial corporations
–2 011
–1 994
. .

. . not applicable



QUARTERLY NATIONAL ACCOUNTS PUBLIC SECTOR MEASURES - KEY FIGURES

The table below includes the key public sector aggregates for the March quarter 2016 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.

In the March quarter 2016:
  • In seasonally adjusted chain volume terms, total general government final consumption expenditure increased by $641m, a rise of 0.9% compared with the December quarter 2015.
  • In seasonally adjusted chain volume terms, total general government gross fixed capital formation increased by 5.7% compared with the December quarter 2015.

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

Jun Qtr
2015
Sep Qtr
2015
Dec Qtr
2015
Mar Qtr
2016
Dec Qtr 2015
to Mar Qtr 2016
$m
$m
$m
$m
% change

Current Prices
General government final consumption expenditure (a)
National - defence
5 898
6 547
6 444
6 724
4.3
National - non-defence
23 329
23 238
23 661
24 104
1.9
Total national
29 228
29 785
30 106
30 828
2.4
State and local
45 278
45 468
45 645
45 922
0.6
Total general government final consumption expenditure
74 506
75 254
75 750
76 750
1.3
Public gross fixed capital formation
General government
National - defence
2 506
1 642
2 162
2 193
1.5
National - non-defence
2 473
2 063
2 040
2 195
7.6
Total national
4 979
3 705
4 202
4 389
4.5
State and local
8 493
8 100
8 228
8 659
5.2
Total general government
13 471
11 805
12 429
13 047
5.0
Public corporations
Commonwealth
1 107
1 227
1 911
1 510
-21.0
State and local
4 030
3 838
3 619
3 428
-5.3
Total public corporations
5 137
5 066
5 530
4 938
-10.7
Total public gross fixed capital formation
18 608
16 871
17 959
17 985
0.1
Memorandum item
Net purchases of second-hand assets by public sector
420
79
154
386
np

Chain Volume (b)
General government final consumption expenditure (a)
National - defence
5 687
6 253
6 136
6 368
3.8
National - non-defence
23 329
23 228
23 463
23 750
1.2
Total national
29 016
29 481
29 599
30 118
1.8
State and local
43 830
43 798
44 096
44 218
0.3
Total general government final consumption expenditure
72 846
73 279
73 695
74 336
0.9
Public gross fixed capital formation
General government
National - defence
2 249
1 475
1 895
1 922
1.4
National - non-defence
2 448
2 052
2 027
2 201
8.6
Total national
4 697
3 526
3 923
4 123
5.1
State and local
8 411
8 009
8 102
8 584
5.9
Total general government
13 108
11 535
12 025
12 707
5.7
Public corporations
Commonwealth
1 089
1 203
1 865
1 482
-20.5
State and local
3 979
3 777
3 576
3 398
-5.0
Total public corporations
5 068
4 980
5 441
4 880
-10.3
Total public gross fixed capital formation
18 176
16 515
17 466
17 587
0.7
Memorandum item
Net purchases of second-hand assets by public sector
408
76
147
375
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 2013-14.


MARCH QUARTER 2016 GFS RELEASE

This release presents quarterly government finance statistics on an accrual accounting basis. All tables are presented in GFS operating statement format and are for the general government sector, with the exception of Table 2 which presents data for the public non-financial corporations 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. Users requiring data for earlier periods should consult the annual publication Government Finance Statistics, Australia (cat. no. 5512.0). The latest issue (2014-15) was released on 26 April 2016. Final annual GFS results for 2015-16 are scheduled for release by the ABS in April 2017.

RELEASE OF QUARTERLY GFS THIS ISSUE

Table
Sep 15
Dec 15
Mar 16
Table 1 All Levels of Government - General Government
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Table 2 All Levels of Government - Public Non-Financial Corporations
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Table 3 Commonwealth Government
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Table 4 Total State & Local
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Table 5 New South Wales
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Table 6 Victoria
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Table 7 Queensland
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Table 8 South Australia
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Table 9 Western Australia
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Table 10 Tasmania
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Table 11 Northern Territory
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Table 12 Australian Capital Territory
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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.


TRANSACTIONS RELATED TO RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA DIVIDENDS

During September quarter 2015, the Treasurer determined that a sum of $1.9 billion in Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) earnings available for distribution from 2014-15 was payable as a dividend to the Commonwealth. RBA dividends are recorded in GFS and the National Accounts in the period that the Treasurer makes the determination. This timing is different to the accounting standards used for the Commonwealth Financial Statements where the RBA dividend is recorded in the period that the dividend is earned.


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. This review is expected to be finalised by the end of 2016.


TRANSACTIONS RELATED TO THE ACT GOVERNMENT ASBESTOS REMOVAL SCHEME

Since March quarter 2015, the ACT Government has undertaken a range of activities to address the health risks associated with properties affected by asbestos. In macroeconomic statistics, transactions for the initial purchase of the properties by the ACT Government from householders have been recorded as expenditure on non-financial assets in the GFS. These transactions do not contribute to the net operating balance on the operating statement; instead they are shown under net acquisition of non-financial assets. This approach in macroeconomic statistics is based on the principle that observed prices are treated as a market price in most circumstances.

The ACT Treasury has applied a different interpretation for the purposes of preparing its financial statements. Under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles used by ACT Treasury, homeowner acquisition transactions may include a transfer component, which would be appropriately recognised as an expense. The ABS acknowledges that a genuine divergence exists for these transactions between GFS and the ACT Government’s consolidated financial statements and that the difference between the sets of statements has arisen through a change in treatment by the ABS.


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
June 20166 September 20167 September 2016
September 20166 December 20167 December 2016


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