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Users interested in quarterly GFS data for the current financial year should refer to Government Finance Statistics, Australia, Quarterly (cat. no. 5519.0.55.001).
EMISSION REDUCTION SCHEMES
The Australian System of Government Finance Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods (ABS GFS Manual) (cat. no. 5514.0) has been updated to include the treatment of emission reduction schemes. RECs are Renewable Energy Certificates issued under the Commonwealth Renewable Energy Target (RET). Data for RECs are now included in relevant GFS aggregates, with data backcast in the time series. Separate data series for emission reduction schemes are not available.
REVISED STANDARD FOR GOVERNMENT FINANCE STATISTICS
The International Monetary Fund's (IMF) Government Finance Statistics Manual 2001 (GFSM 2001) will be revised to reflect the 2008 SNA. The IMF review of the GFSM has commenced and is expected to be completed in 2014. The ABS GFS Manual will also be updated to reflect these new international standards in 2014.
Within GFS the consolidated total of the general government and the public non-financial corporations sectors is referred to as the 'non-financial public sector'. The consolidated total of the general government, the public non-financial corporations and the public financial corporations sectors is referred to as the 'total public sector'.
In this publication, the term 'state' includes the two territories. Therefore 'state' refers to 'state and territory' and 'state and local' refers to 'state, territory and local'.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Jon Shaw on Brisbane (07) 3222 6054.
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