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Foreign economic aid (COFOG-A 012)

Australian System of Government Finance Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods
Reference period
2015
Released
23/12/2015
Next release Unknown
First release
A1C.17.

Foreign economic aid (COFOG-A 012) consists of government expenditure on foreign economic aid. This category is further classified into:

  • economic aid to developing countries and countries in transition (COFOG-A 0121); and
  • economic aid routed through international organisations (COFOG-A 0122).

Economic aid to developing countries and countries in transition (COFOG-A 0121)

A1C.18.

Economic aid to developing countries and countries in transition (COFOG-A 0121) consists of

  • the administration of economic cooperation with developing countries and countries in transition;
  • the operation of economic aid missions accredited to foreign governments; operation or support of technical assistance programs, training programs, fellowship and scholarship schemes; and
  • economic aid in the form of grants (in cash or in kind) or loans (regardless of interest charged).

Excludes: Contributions to economic development funds administered by international or regional organisations (classified to economic aid routed through international organisations (COFOG-A 0122)); military aid to foreign countries (classified to foreign military aid (COFOG-A 0221)).

Economic aid routed through international organisations (COFOG-A 0122)

A1C.19.

Economic aid routed through international organisations (COFOG-A 0122) consists of:

  • the administration of economic aid routed through international organisations; and
  • contributions in cash or in kind to economic development funds administered by international, regional or other multinational organisations.

Excludes: Aid to international peacekeeping operations (classified to foreign military aid (COFOG-A 0221)).

General services (COFOG-A 013)

A1C.20.

General services (COFOG-A 013) consists of government expenditure on general services. This category includes services that are not connected with a specific function and which are usually undertaken by central offices at the various levels of government. Also covered are those services connected with a particular function that are undertaken by such central offices. For example, the compilation of industry, environment, health or education statistics by a central statistical agency is included here.

A1C.21.

This category is further classified into:

  • general personnel services (COFOG-A 0131);
  • overall planning and statistical services (COFOG-A 0132); and
  • general services not elsewhere classified (COFOG-A 0139).

General personnel services (COFOG-A 0131)

A1C.22.

General personnel services (COFOG-A 0131) consists of:

  • the administration and operation of general personnel services including development and implementation of general personnel policies and procedures covering selection, promotion, rating methods, the description, evaluation and classification of jobs, the administration of civil service regulations and similar matters.

Excludes: Personnel administration and services connected with a specific function (classified according to function).

Overall planning and statistical services (COFOG-A 0132)

A1C.23.

Overall planning and statistical services (COFOG-A 0132) consists of:

  • the administration and operation of overall economic and social planning services and of overall statistical services including formulation, coordination and monitoring of overall economic and social plans and programs and of overall statistical plans and programs.

Excludes: Economic and social planning services and statistical services connected with a specific function (classified according to function)

General services not elsewhere classified (COFOG-A 0139)

A1C.24.

General services not elsewhere classified (COFOG-A 0139) consists of:

  • the administration and operation of other general services such as centralised supply and purchasing services, maintenance and storage of government records and archives, operation of government owned or occupied buildings, central motor vehicle pools, government operated printing offices, centralised computer and data processing services, etc.

Includes: Halls or civic centres used mainly for administration.

Excludes: Other general services connected with a specific function (classified according to function); community centres, multipurpose halls or civic centres mainly used for recreational and cultural pursuits (classified to community centres and halls (COFOG-A 0891)).

Basic research (COFOG-A 014)

A1C.25.

Basic research (COFOG-A 014) consists of government expenditure on basic research. This includes experimental or theoretical work undertaken primarily to acquire new knowledge of the underlying foundations of phenomena and observable facts, without any particular application or use in view.

A1C.26.

This category is further classified into:

  • basic research (COFOG-A 0141).

Basic research (COFOG-A 0141)

A1C.27.

Basic research (COFOG-A 0141) consists of

  • the administration and operation of government agencies engaged in basic research; and
  • grants, loans or subsidies to support basic research undertaken by non-government bodies such as research institutes and universities.

Includes: Multi-disciplinary research such as oceanography; single discipline research.

Excludes: Applied research and experimental development (classified according to function).

Research and development - general public services (COFOG-A 015)

A1C.28.

Research and development - general public services (COFOG-A 015) consists of government expenditure on research and development relating to general public services. Applied research is original investigation undertaken in order to acquire new knowledge, but directed primarily towards a specific practical aim or objective. Experimental development is systematic work, drawing on existing knowledge gained from research and practical experience, that is directed to producing new materials, products and devices; to installing new processes, systems and services; or to improving substantially those already produced or installed.

A1C.29.

This category is further classified into:

  • research and development - general public services (COFOG-A 0151).

Research and development - general public services (COFOG-A 0151)

A1C.30.

Research and development - general public services (COFOG-A 0151) consists of:

  • the administration and operation of government agencies engaged in applied research and experimental development related to general public services; and
  • grants, loans or subsidies to support applied research and experimental development related to general public services undertaken by non-government bodies such as research institutes and universities.

Includes: Research into foreign policy.

Excludes: Basic research (classified to basic research (COFOG-A 0141)).

Public debt transactions (COFOG-A 016)

A1C.31.

Public debt transactions (COFOG-A 016) consists of government expenditure on public debt transactions. This category is further classified into:

  • public debt transactions (COFOG-A 0161).

Public debt transactions (COFOG-A 0161)

A1C.32.

Public debt transactions (COFOG-A 0161) consists of:

  • interest payments and expenses for underwriting and floating government loans.

Includes: Interest on government securities or under special credit arrangements with other countries.

Excludes: Administrative costs of public debt management (classified to financial and fiscal affairs (COFOG-A 0112)).

Transfers of a general character between different levels of government (COFOG-A 017)

A1C.33.

Transfers of a general character between different levels of government (COFOG-A 017) consists of government expenditure on transfers of a general character between different levels of government. This category is further classified into:

  • transfers of a general character between different levels of government (COFOG-A 0171).

Transfers of a general character between different levels of government (COFOG-A 0171)

A1C.34.

Transfers of a general character between different levels of government (COFOG-A 0171) consists of:

  • transfers between different levels of government that are of a general character and not allocated to a particular function.

Excludes: Grants, advances or other intergovernmental transactions connected with a specific function (classified according to function).

General public services not elsewhere classified (COFOG-A 019)

A1C.35.

General public services not elsewhere classified (COFOG-A 019) consists of government expenditure on general public services not elsewhere classified. This category is further classified into:

  • general public services not elsewhere classified (COFOG-A 0199).

General public services not elsewhere classified (COFOG-A 0199)

A1C.36.

General public services not elsewhere classified (COFOG-A 0199) consists of:

  • the administration, operation or support of general public services such as registration of voters, holding of elections and referendums, administration of non-self-governing and trust territories, etc.

Includes: Administration of Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean Territories and non-self governing territories where outlays are not elsewhere classified; general public services that cannot be classified to executive and legislative organs, financial and fiscal affairs, external affairs (COFOG-A 011), foreign economic aid (COFOG-A 012), general services (COFOG-A 013), basic research (COFOG-A 014). research and development - general public services (COFOG-A 015); public debt transactions (COFOG-A 016) or transfers of a general character between different levels of government (COFOG-A 017)

Excludes: Public debt transactions (classified to public debt transactions (COFOG-A 0161)); transfers of a general character between different levels of government (classified to transfers of a general character between different levels of government (COFOG-A 0171)); general economic and commercial affairs connected with a specific function (classified according to function); community centres, multipurpose halls or civic centres mainly used for recreational and cultural pursuits (classified to community centres and halls (COFOG-A 0891)).