5506.0 - Taxation Revenue, Australia, 2018-19 Quality Declaration 
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Taxation revenue analysis

Taxation revenue Australia

This publication contains statistics of taxation revenue collected by all levels of government in Australia for the periods 2009-10 to 2018-19. The taxation revenue statistics presented are for the general government sector and include taxes received from public corporations (i.e. government owned/controlled corporations). Time series of these data are available on the ABS website.

This publication contains a section on adjusted measures of government revenue, which provides analytical measures designed to facilitate an understanding of the level of government at which revenue is used rather than collected.


Taxation revenue by level of government

A feature of the Australian federal system is that the Commonwealth Government levies and collects all income tax, from individuals as well as from enterprises. It also collects a portion of other taxes, including taxes on the provision of goods and services. The revenue base of state governments consists of taxes on property, on employers' payroll, and on the provision and use of goods and services. The sole source of taxation revenue for local governments is taxes on property.

Total taxation revenue collected in Australia increased $31,234m (5.9%) from $528,599m in 2017-18 to $559,833m in 2018-19. This was driven by a $26,182m (8.4%) increase in taxes on income, profits and capital gains, and a $2,383m (7.9%) increase in taxes on property.


Total taxation revenue, by level of government and category

2013-14
2014-15
2015-16
2016-17
2017-18
2018-19
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m

Commonwealth government

Taxes on income, profits and capital gains
248 435
258 610
265 116
281 157
312 474
338 667
Taxes on employers' payroll and labour force
844
735
670
605
1 107
1 069
Taxes on property
-
-
-
-
-
-
Taxes on provision of goods and services
90 377
92 225
97 181
99 913
104 965
107 126
Taxes on use of goods and performance of activities
10 574
3 661
6 289
6 900
8 743
8 781
Total taxation revenue
350 230
355 232
369 257
388 576
427 289
455 643

State government

Taxes on income, profits and capital gains
-
-
-
-
-
-
Taxes on employers' payroll and labour force
21 366
22 041
22 684
23 194
24 413
25 854
Taxes on property
8 733
9 283
10 029
11 346
12 222
13 790
Taxes on provision of goods and services
28 296
31 625
34 416
35 373
35 055
33 897
Taxes on use of goods and performance of activities
10 102
10 824
11 523
11 875
12 570
12 870
Total taxation revenue
68 497
73 773
78 652
81 787
84 260
86 412

Local government

Taxes on income, profits and capital gains
-
-
-
-
-
-
Taxes on employers' payroll and labour force
-
-
-
-
-
-
Taxes on property
14 870
15 779
16 620
17 399
18 083
18 904
Taxes on provision of goods and services
-
-
-
-
-
-
Taxes on use of goods and performance of activities
-
-
-
-
-
-
Total taxation revenue
14 870
15 779
16 620
17 399
18 083
18 904

All levels of government

Taxes on income, profits and capital gains
248 425
258 605
265 111
281 140
312 474
338 656
Taxes on employers' payroll and labour force
21 508
22 032
22 590
23 003
24 680
25 995
Taxes on property
23 560
25 016
26 602
28 693
30 249
32 632
Taxes on provision of goods and services
118 673
123 850
131 596
135 286
140 020
141 019
Taxes on use of goods and performance of activities
20 589
14 420
17 736
18 666
21 177
21 532
Total taxation revenue
432 756
443 923
463 635
486 788
528 599
559 833

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)



Commonwealth Government taxation revenue (including taxes received from other levels of government and public corporations) increased $28,354m (6.6%) from $427,289m in 2017-18 to $455,643m in 2018-19. This was driven by a $26,193m (8.4%) increase in taxes on income, profits and capital gains. The following graph shows the level of taxation revenue for the three main sources of taxation revenue for the Commonwealth Government.

Graph showing Commonwealth taxation revenue by types


State government taxation revenue (including taxes received from other levels of government and public corporations) increased $2,152m (2.6%) from $84,260m in 2017-18 to $86,412m in 2018-19. This was driven by a $1,568m (12.8%) increase in taxes on property, and a $1,441m (5.9%) increase in taxes on employers' payroll and labour force. The following graph shows the level of taxation revenue for state governments by source.

Graph showing state taxation revenue by tax types


Local government taxation revenue increased $821m (4.5%) from $18,083m in 2017-18 to $18,904m in 2018-19.


Transactions related to visa application charges

In December 2015, the Commonwealth Government released the 2015-16 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) which included a reclassification of visa application charges (VAC). In MYEFO these charges are now treated as taxation revenue rather than sales of goods and services. This reclassification has been applied to GFS, with no impact on total GFS revenue or the GFS net operating balance. The National Accounts statistics will maintain coherence with previously published data and classify this transaction as sales of goods and services. These treatments will remain in place until a review of the treatment of VAC across macroeconomic statistics has been completed.


Inquiries

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