5506.0 - Taxation Revenue, Australia, 2008-09 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 27/04/2010   
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The amount of taxation revenue collected in a particular year can be affected by a number of factors, including:

  • a change in the rate of a tax;
  • the introduction or abolition of a tax;
  • one-off special payments;
  • additional or fewer collection periods during the financial year;
  • changes to payment arrangements; and
  • other factors such as economic conditions, population growth, etc.


Commonwealth Government

Taxes on Income
  • Income taxes levied on individuals fell $397 million (0.3%) from 2007-08 to 2008-09.
  • Income taxes levied on enterprises fell $6,591 million (8.4%) due largely to a $3,877 million (5.8%) decrease in company income tax.
  • Income taxes paid by superannuation funds decreased $2,715 million (22.8%).

Taxes on the provision of goods and services
  • Goods and services tax (GST) revenue received fell $1,755 million (4.0%) to $42,626 million.

State Governments

Total taxation revenue
  • All states recorded decreases in taxation revenue except Northern Territory. The largest decreases, in dollar terms, were for Western Australia, falling $841 million (13.3%) and New South Wales, down $693 million (3.7%). Northern Territory increased by $10 million (2.5%).

Taxes on Employers' Payroll
  • Taxes on employers' payroll increased in 2008-09 by $900 million or 5.6%. Tax revenue from employers' payroll taxes increased for all states. The largest increases recorded were for Western Australia with an increase of $304 million (15.7%) and Queensland with an increase of $261 million (10.5%).

Taxes on property
  • Taxes on property fell $3,981 million (19.0%) mainly due to a decrease of $4,755 million (33.3%) in stamp duties on conveyances and a $1,219 million (28.0%) decrease in land taxes.
  • Tax revenue from stamp duties on conveyances decreased for all states. Western Australia recorded the largest decrease of $1,235 million (55.1%) followed by New South Wales with a decrease of $1,202 million (30.5%).

Taxes on the provision of goods and services
  • Taxes on the provision of goods and services increased by $440 million, a rise of 4.8%.
  • Taxes on insurance increased by $255 million (6.0%). Most of this increase came from taxes on insurance n.e.c., with a rise of $140 million (4.7%).

Taxes on use of goods and peformance of activities
  • Taxes on the use of goods and performance of activities increased $137 million (2.0%)
  • Revenue from motor vehicle taxes increased $72 million (1.1%), despite a fall in stamp duty on vehicle registration of $181 million (8.2%). Other motor vehicle taxes, which includes road transport and maintenance taxes and heavy vehicle registration and taxes, offset this fall with an increase of $253m (6.1%).
  • Revenue from other taxes on the use of goods and performance of activities n.e.c increased $64 million (10.8%). These taxes are impacted by the electricity tariff refunds to distributors from the NSW Electricity Tariff Equalisation Fund. This tax is positive or negative depending on wholesale prices which determine the amount of refunds.