1136.0 - A Directory of Education and Training Statistics, 2009  
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Public Finance Section
Australian Bureau of Statistics, Canberra
Telephone (02) 6252 7926

Email public.finance@abs.gov.au


This release contains statistics on expenditure on education by the general government sector, taken from the system of Government Finance Statistics (GFS). GFS Education statistics include a range of national and sub-national aggregates, presented on an accrual accounting basis. Expenditures are classified by Government Purpose Classification (GPC).

Government expenditure on education refers to expenditure on all levels of education, such as pre-school, primary, secondary, university, and technical and further education (TAFE), by the general government sector. It excludes expenditure on courses provided by non-educational institutions, such as the vocational training programs of private businesses.


The collection includes general government education expenditures of Commonwealth (Australian), state and territory, and local governments; and estimates of private expenditure on education.

Reference Period

Financial year

Frequency of Collection


Method of collection

Statistics presented in Government Finance Statistics, Education, Australia are based on information provided in, or underlying the published accounting statements and reports of governments and their authorities. For the Commonwealth Government and all state governments the primary data sources are:

  • Public accounts and budget management systems of state treasuries and the Australian Department of Finance and Deregulation;
  • Annual reports of government departments and authorities;
  • Budget papers; and
  • Reports of the Auditors-General.

For local government, the main data sources are annual statements of accounts completed by local authorities.


Release schedule

GFS Education statistics are released within 10 months of the end of the reference financial year.


Government Finance Statistics, Education, Australia, 2006-07, (ABS cat. no. 5518.0.55.001)
Government Finance Statistics, Australia (ABS cat. no. 5512.0) - issued annually
Australian System of Government Finance Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 5514.0)


Australia, states and territories, and the 'multi-jurisdictional' sector (which is not a geographic entity, but mainly comprises public universities).

Data Service

Customised data is available on request. This is a charged service.

Other information

Australian National Accounts: National Income, Expenditure and Product (ABS cat. no. 5206.0) - issued quarterly
Australian System of National Accounts (ABS cat. no. 5204.0) - issued annually
Australian National Accounts: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 5216.0)


General government expenditure on education

Operating expenses on education, by purpose (GPC)

Operating expenses on education, by economic transaction
Net acquisition of non-financial assets
Gross fixed capital formation, by purpose (GPC)
Sales of goods and services relating to education, by purpose (GPC)
Commonwealth government grants to other levels of government, by purpose (GPC)

Private expenditure on education

Gross fixed capital formation

Household final consumption expenditure

Historical Data

Historic data are available, on a cash accounting basis, in the publication
Expenditure on Education, Australia (ABS cat. no. 5510.0), available on the ABS Website for the years 1992–93 to 1997–98 inclusive. Data for the years 1961–62 to 1991–92 inclusive may be available on request, in electronic form. Cash-based estimates are not readily comparable with the accrual accounting basis adopted from financial year 1998–99 onwards.