Government Finance Statistics, Education, Australia

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Statistics about government education revenues and expenses across jurisdictions and levels of government in Australia

Reference period
2020-21 financial year

Key statistics

In the year 2020-21 across all levels of government:

  • Total education expenses was $116.4b
  • School education expenses was $59.5b
  • Tertiary education (Universities and TAFE) expenses was $40.2b

This is the final publication of Government Finance Statistics, Education, Australia. From 2021-22, Education Tables 1-19 will be published as part of Government Finance Statistics, Annual publication (latest release).

Content published as web tables in previous Government Finance Statistics, Education, Australia releases are available in Education Tables 1-2 in the Data downloads section below.

Unless indicated, all figures presented in this publication are current prices, original series.

One article is included in Government Finance Statistics, Annual, 2020-21 publication:

Operating expenses on education by purpose, all levels of government
 2017-182018-192019-202020-212019-20 to
$m$m$m$m% change
School education51,52854,15458,09559,4872.4
Tertiary education35,98038,38141,56440,240-3.2
Other education12,10512,59414,11116,72118.5
Total education99,613105,129113,770116,4472.4
Education gross fixed capital formation (GFCF) by purpose, all levels of government
 2017-182018-192019-202020-212019-20 to
$m$m$m$m% change
School education2,8593,5174,3214,81011.3
Tertiary education3,7574,4675,0883,099-39.1
Other education 466 7971,0861,1929.8
Total education7,0838,78110,4959,101-13.3

Revisions and changes


Non-government school education historical revision

Divergences with government fiscal reporting

Accounting standard changes

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Previous catalogue number

Related releases

Government Finance Statistics, Annual

Statistics about finances of the general government and public corporation sectors for the various levels of government in Australia.

  • The 2020-21 issue of Government Finance Statistics, Annual was published on 26 April 2022.

Data downloads

Government Finance Statistics, Education, Australia, 2020-21

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