5519.0.55.001 - Government Finance Statistics, Australia, June Quarter 2011 Quality Declaration 
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AASB 1049

Australian Accounting Standard Board 1049 Whole of Government and General Government Sector Financial Reporting is the principal accounting standard applicable to the Commonwealth and State governments in the preparation of their financial reports. From 2008–09 onwards, Australian Accounting Standard Board 1049 has replaced Australian Accounting Standard 31 Financial Reporting by Government.

Accrual recording

A recording method in which revenues, expenses, lending and borrowing are recorded as they are earned, accrued or incurred regardless of when payment is made or received.

Chain volume measures

These measures are annually–reweighted chain Laspeyres indexes referenced to the current price values in a chosen reference year.


The process of elimination of all within–sector asset–liability positions, and all transactions between two units of the same sector. Consolidation can be applied to the statistics of any group of units of analytical interest.

Current grant expenses

Voluntary transfers intended to finance the current activities of the recipient. Includes grants for current purposes to private non–profit organisations serving households, grants made to foreign governments and organisations including grants made for aid projects, and current grants from one level of government to another (e.g. Commonwealth to State) and between units within the same level of government.


The accounting process of systematically allocating the cost less estimated residual value of an asset over its expected life.

General government sector

Institutional sector comprising all government units and non–profit institutions controlled and mainly financed by government.

GFS net lending/borrowing (NLB)

The financing requirement of government, calculated as the GFS net operating balance less the net acquisition of non–financial assets. A positive result reflects a net lending position and a negative result reflects a net borrowing position.

GFS net operating balance (NOB)

This is calculated as GFS revenue minus GFS expenses. It is equivalent to the change in net worth arising from transactions.

Government final consumption expenditure

The SNA concept that refers to government use of goods and services for the satisfaction of individual or collective human needs or wants.

Grants and subsidies received

Cash and other benefits received from voluntary transfers by government and other entities.

Gross fixed capital formation

The value of acquisitions of new and existing produced assets, other than inventories, less the value of disposals of new or existing produced assets, other than inventories.

Interest expense

Nominal interest on unfunded superannuation and other interest payable. Nominal interest on unfunded superannuation is the imputed interest accrued during the period on unfunded superannuation liabilities.

Interest income

Income accrued by owners of financial assets such as deposits, securities other than shares, loans and accounts receivable in return for providing funds to other entities.


The public sector units over which the Commonwealth Government or an individual state or territory government has direct control or, in the case of local government authorities, the government which administers the legislation under which the authority was established.

Operating statement

The operating statement presents details of transactions in GFS revenues, GFS expenses and the net acquisition of non–financial assets for an accounting period. GFS revenues are broadly defined as transactions that increase net worth and GFS expenses as transactions that decrease net worth. Net acquisition of non–financial assets equals gross fixed capital formation, less depreciation, plus changes in inventories plus other transactions in non–financial assets. Two key GFS analytical balances in the operating statement are GFS Net Operating Balance (NOB) and GFS Net Lending(+)/Borrowing(–).

Public non–financial corporations

Resident government controlled corporations and quasi–corporations mainly engaged in the production of market goods and/or non–financial services.

Sales of goods and services

Revenue from the direct provision of goods and services by general government and public corporations.

Seasonal adjustment – chain volume measures

Seasonally adjusted chain volume estimates are calculated from seasonally adjusted estimates expressed in the prices of the previous year.