5512.0 - Government Finance Statistics, Australia, 2017-18 Quality Declaration 
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GENERAL GOVERNMENT EXPENSES BY PURPOSE

Total general government expenses for all levels of government were $647,116m in 2017-18. The major contributors were expenditure on Social protection (27.5%), Health (20.0%), Education (15.4%) and General public services (11.4%).

Graph Image for PROPORTION OF GENERAL GOVERNMENT SECTOR EXPENSES BY PURPOSE, All levels of Government

Source(s): Government Finance Statistics, Australia



EXPENSES BY PURPOSE, General Government Sector, Commonwealth and State Government(a)

Cwth
NSW
Vic
Qld
SA
WA
Tas
NT
ACT
All Levels(b)
2017-18
2017-18
2017-18
2017-18
2017-18
2017-18
2017-18
2017-18
2017-18
2017-18
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m

General public services
111 151
8 384
4 127
5 313
1 489
1 583
640
436
1 207
73 968
Defence
32 046
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
32 046
Public order and safety
5 859
7 567
7 274
4 982
1 868
3 425
578
793
432
32 993
Economic affairs
20 680
1 773
1 412
2 017
743
1 253
169
510
102
30 103
Environmental protection
5 715
1 541
747
787
467
392
149
111
120
15 012
Housing and community amenities
2 376
758
1 813
961
472
1 167
134
278
33
8 700
Health
76 824
21 655
17 908
16 833
6 018
8 917
1 847
1 520
1 487
129 628
Recreation, culture and religion
3 605
921
754
1 574
392
656
132
207
168
14 221
Education
37 257
20 081
15 211
13 685
4 731
7 460
1 512
1 187
1 182
99 617
Social protection
158 945
7 506
5 523
4 175
2 250
2 636
587
952
423
178 134
Transport
9 407
7 921
7 921
5 770
1 085
2 316
284
328
329
32 695
Total expenses
463 865
78 106
62 690
56 097
19 516
29 805
6 032
6 322
5 482
647 116

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
(a) The expenses by purpose data in this table are consistent with the underlying transactions data reported in 5512.0 for each jurisdiction. These data do not necessarily align with the data published by each Treasury. For further information on other differences please see paragraphs 46 to 51 of the Explanatory Notes.
(b) All levels of government includes the Commonwealth, state, control n.f.d. and local government sectors.

EXPENSES BY PURPOSE, General Government Sector, Local Government

NSW
Vic
Qld
SA
WA
Tas
NT
Total
2017-18
2017-18
2017-18
2017-18
2017-18
2017-18
2017-18
2017-18
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m

General public services
2 818
1 643
2 812
157
887
165
193
8 676
Public order and safety
365
200
164
45
146
9
24
953
Economic affairs
603
406
381
156
185
36
29
1 795
Environmental protection
2 139
1 223
1 169
396
289
109
21
5 346
Housing and community amenities
1 108
574
1 312
220
418
60
62
3 754
Health
87
172
53
61
71
11
7
461
Recreation, culture and religion
1 668
1 532
1 202
535
919
128
62
6 046
Education
79
128
8
-
5
-
1
220
Social protection
411
940
54
126
19
21
35
1 779
Transport
1 991
1 571
2 582
497
1 060
196
71
7 969
Total expenses
11 269
8 390
9 736
2 193
4 170
735
505
36 998

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)