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Statistics about taxation revenue collected by the various levels of government in Australia

Reference period
2020-21 financial year

Key statistics

In the year 2020-21 across all levels of government, total taxation revenue was:

  • $593.2 billion
  • increased 7.5%, up $41.5 billion from 2019-20
  • 28.7% as a percentage of GDP

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

Content published as web tables in previous Taxation Revenue, Australia releases are available in the Key tables section of Data downloads below.

One article is included in Government Finance Statistics, Annual, 2020-21 which provides additional analysis related to taxation revenue:

Taxation revenue

All Australia total taxation revenue returned to growth, reaching $593.2b in 2020-21 (up 7.5%), while taxation revenue as a percentage of GDP was 28.7%.

Positive annual growth was recorded for all levels of government across all states and territories. Queensland recorded the highest annual growth in state and local combined taxation revenue per capita (up 10.5% which exceeded the average of 6.6%).


  1. using the GDP annual series as published in Table 36 in the December quarter 2021 issue in Australian National Accounts: National Income, Expenditure and Product.
Total taxation revenue, by level of government and jurisdiction
  2017-182018-192019-202020-212019-20 to
  $m$m$m$m% change
Commonwealth government427,444455,773447,608481,1647.5
 Less intergovernmental taxes011111536.4
 Tax revenue net of intergovernmental taxes427,444455,762447,597481,1497.5
State government 
 New South Wales31,30731,41330,80034,13210.8
 South Australia4,5874,6064,5834,9107.1
 Western Australia8,4928,5809,0119,98010.8
 Northern Territory6376624895308.4
 Australian Capital Territory1,7181,9341,9492,0595.6
 Less intergovernmental taxes1,0031,0451,0731,1032.8
 Tax revenue net of intergovernmental taxes83,23285,34384,52591,9768.8
Local government 
 New South Wales4,5314,8095,0215,1933.4
 South Australia1,5431,6021,6611,6962.1
 Western Australia2,3452,4232,5042,5170.5
 Northern Territory1331381441461.4
 Less intergovernmental taxes292829303.4
 Tax revenue net of intergovernmental taxes18,05418,87619,54920,0592.6
Total all levels of government528,730559,981551,672593,1847.5
Taxation revenue per capita, by level of government and jurisdiction (b)
 2017-182018-192019-202020-212019-20 to
$$$$% change
State and local government 
 New South Wales4,5034,4874,3824,795                            9.4
 Victoria4,4244,4724,3444453                            2.5
 Queensland3,4653,6223,5753,950                          10.5
 South Australia3,5463,5603,5453,731                            5.2
 Western Australia4,1874,2124,3424,670                            7.6
 Tasmania2,9473,0163,1423,348                            6.6
 Northern Territory3,1193,2592,5812,746                            6.4
 Australian Capital Territory4,1314,5704,5514,779                            5.0
 Average3,7903,9003,8084,059                            6.6
Commonwealth government17,25418,10717,51318,7347.0
All levels of government21,34322,24721,58523,0967.0
  1. Estimated resident population data used in this table is at 31 December of the relevant financial year, sourced from National, state and territory population, September Quarter 2021 (previously used cat. no. 3101.0). Details of the calculation are in "Taxation per capita" section of the methodology.

Revisions and changes


Statistical revisions are carried out regularly in Government Finance Statistics (GFS) to reflect the most current information and data available.

Divergences with government fiscal reporting

Divergences between state and commonwealth government financial reporting and GFS may occur because of conceptual determinations and timing recognition differences, to ensure alignment with economic activity as measured across ABS macroeconomic statistics.

These differences primarily impact:

  • measures of government subsidies and other support payments to businesses and households
  • non-employee expenses
  • change in inventories

Accounting standard changes

From 1 July 2019, government financial reporting implemented the following Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB) standard changes:

  • Leases (AASB 16)
  • Revenue recognition (AASB 15 & 1058)
  • Service Concession Arrangements (AASB 1059)

GFS outputs are consistent with the historical treatments, which has resulted in increased divergences between economic statistics publications and government financial reporting.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 impacted a range of GFS series over the preceding two years.

As new government policies were announced, the key policies and conceptual determinations were discussed in articles including:

Previous catalogue number

This release previously used catalogue number cat. no. 5506.0.

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

Taxation Revenue, Australia

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