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Annual estimates of key economic measures, including GDP, consumption, investment, income, capital stock, productivity and balance sheets

Reference period
2018-19

Analysis of results

The 2017-18 supply and use tables

The ABS compiles supply and use (SU) tables to generate balanced annual estimates of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The SU tables are compiled from 1994-95 to 2017-18 and result in the annual statistical discrepancies for this period being zero. Years prior to 1994-95 have a non-zero statistical discrepancy because SU tables have not been compiled, and so the data remain unbalanced. Similarly, estimates for the latest year (in this case 2018-19) have a statistical discrepancy because SU tables have not yet been constructed.

The supply table measures the goods and services produced in Australia and imports, while the use table measures the use of goods and services for intermediate consumption, final consumption, gross fixed capital formation, changes in inventories and exports. Domestic supply and intermediate consumption are cross-classified by industry and product categories, while the other components are simply classified by product category. The use table also provides information on the generation of income from production for each industry.

A large number of data sources are used to compile the national accounts, such as business activity surveys, household expenditure surveys, investment surveys, foreign trade statistics and government finance statistics. In order to reflect changes in methods, concepts, classifications and data source, this release of the Australian System of National Accounts (ASNA) incorporates the following key revisions:

  • Industry estimates of gross value added (GVA) and gross operating surplus (GOS) were revised back to 2015-16 as a result of updated input data from Australian Industry, 2017-18 (cat. no. 8155.0).
  • Household final consumption expenditure (HFCE) was revised back to 2015-16 to incorporate updated source data provided by Australian Gambling Statistics, Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) and revised Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) interest rates.
  • Government final consumption expenditure and public gross fixed capital formation (GFCF) were revised back to 2014-15 to incorporate audited annual data provided by State and Commonwealth Treasuries. The coherence of capital investment data for recent Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects has been reviewed holistically across sectors and new data incorporated, which also contributed to revisions to Public GFCF.
  • Private GFCF was revised back to 2011-12 for ownership transfer costs to incorporate improvements to the volume estimation method. Additionally, components of private GFCF were reviewed to ensure better coherence with survey measures of investment, leading to revisions from 2015-16 onwards. Updated source data from the Survey of Research and Experimental Development and the Economic Activity Survey also flowed through the estimates this year.
     

The September quarter 2019 issue of Australian National Accounts: National Income, Expenditure and Product (cat. no. 5206.0), to be released on 4 December 2019, will also incorporate these revisions.

The SU tables (cat. no. 5217.0) are publicly available for download on the ABS.Stat website (http://stat.data.abs.gov.au/). Data from the SU tables are used to construct Australian National Accounts: Input-Output Tables (cat. no. 5215.0.55.001), which present structural detail underlying the Australian economy and provide weighting patterns for Producer Price Indexes, Australia (cat. no. 6427.0).

Overview of the Australian economy in 2018-19

The Australian economy expanded by 1.9% in chain volume terms in 2018-19, the 28th consecutive year of economic growth. Real net national disposable income grew 3.3%, reflecting the strength in the terms of trade, which increased 5.6% in 2018-19 following an increase of 1.9% in the previous year. Labour productivity in the market sector fell 0.2%. The household saving ratio fell to 3.0%.

Economic growth was driven by domestic final demand, which contributed 1.5 percentage points to GDP growth. Inventories detracted 0.2 percentage points, while net trade in goods and services added 0.8 percentage points. Household final consumption expenditure rose 1.9% in 2018-19, the lowest annual growth since 2012-13. The easing growth in household consumption was driven by discretionary spending, which declined from 3.3% in 2017-18 to 1.4% in 2018-19. Purchase of vehicles fell for the first time since 2008-09, while spending on hotels, cafes and restaurants (1.6%) and furnishings and household equipment (1.1%) were subdued.

Government final consumption expenditure grew 4.2%, above its 10 year average of 3.0%. This growth was sustained by ongoing expenditure in health, aged care and disability services. Public investment grew 3.3%, the fourth consecutive year of growth, reflecting continued infrastructure investment by state and local general government.

Market sector gross value added rose 1.3%, recording its slowest growth ever despite thirteen of sixteen market sector industries recording rises. Mining gross value added increased 6.1% and was the main contributor to market sector GVA growth. Oil and Gas Extraction increased 19.0%, as new facilities came online over the year. Net capital stock of mining assets declined for the first time, reflecting the transition of LNG facilities from investment into production. Increased LNG production contributed to the rise in exports with net trade contributing 0.8 percentage points to GDP growth. The terms of trade increased 5.6% driven by mining commodity prices namely iron ore. Mining profits rose 26.4% in 2018-19 due to increased production volumes of LNG coupled with high commodity prices.

The chain price indexes for GDP and domestic final demand increased 3.3% and 2.0% respectively in 2018-19. The gap in price movements reflected the increase in the terms of trade.

The annual Australian National Accounts includes balance sheets by sectors providing insights into net worth positions. Household net worth increased $47.7 billion to $10.5 trillion in 2018-19, while the general government remained relatively unchanged at $1.6 trillion.

Australian economy grows by 1.9%

Australian Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 1.9% in 2018-19, remaining unchanged from the annualised growth published in the June quarter 2019 national accounts. GDP per capita growth eased to 0.3%, the lowest annual rate of growth since 2009-10.

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Domestic final demand drives economic growth in 2018-19

Domestic final demand contributed 1.5 percentage points to GDP growth. Household and government consumption contributed 1.1 and 0.8 percentage points respectively, while total gross fixed capital formation detracted 0.3 percentage points. Net exports contributed 0.8 percentage points which was driven by exports of goods and services.

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Note: Contributions may not add to GDP growth due to the statistical discrepancy.
 

Household consumption growth the weakest in 6 years

Household final consumption expenditure recorded growth of 1.9% in chain volume terms in 2018-19. Spending on essential items continued to grow modestly, while discretionary spending slowed.

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​​​​​​​Household saving ratio declines further

The household saving ratio is another key aggregate in the national accounts. Household saving cannot be measured directly. It is calculated by deducting household final consumption expenditure from household net disposable income.

The household saving ratio fell to 3.0 in 2018-19, the lowest annual saving rate in eleven years. The fall in household net saving can be attributed to the subdued rise in household final consumption expenditure outpacing soft growth in gross disposable income. Gross disposable income was impacted by a substantial increase in income tax payable.

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The softest growth in household loan liabilities in over 25 years

The value of land and dwellings held by households was 2.9 times the value of household borrowing in 2018-19, decreasing from 3.1 in 2017-18. The value of land and dwellings owned by households fell 3.8% (-$265.1 billion) to $6,687 billion, the first decrease since 2011-12, reflecting the declining residential property prices through the year. This was driven by falls in the value of land (-$326.0 billion), while the growth rate of the value of dwellings (3.1%) was the softest since 2011-12. The tighter lending environment and weak housing market in 2018-19 also impacted the demand for loans by households. Household loan liabilities grew 3.8% ($85.7 billion), the softest growth rate since 1991-92.

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Household living standards soften due to slowing housing market

Living standards and economic well-being are supported by wealth as well as income. The growth rate of gross disposable income has slowed in recent years. However, households reap gains and incur losses from holding assets, such as land, dwellings, equities and accumulated saving, which also bears on consumption patterns.

Household gross disposable income plus other changes in real net wealth decreased $361 billion, or 27.4%, in 2018-19. Gross disposable income grew modestly at 2.8% to $1.2 trillion, while final consumption expenditure grew 3.7% to $1.1 trillion. Real holding gains on financial assets were $140.2 billion driven by increases in superannuation assets. However, this growth was offset by $457.7 billion of real holding losses on land, reflecting decreasing residential property prices through the year.

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​​​​​​​Mining investment shifts away from non-dwelling construction to machinery and equipment

Non-dwelling construction, as a proportion of total mining investment, has fallen for the third consecutive year. This reflects the transition of large LNG projects from construction into the production phase.

Over the same period, the contribution of machinery and equipment investment has increased from 8.9% to 19.9%. This is driven by investment in autonomous machinery as existing projects seek to enhance productive capacity.

Investment in mining intellectual property products increased to 10.0% of mining investment in 2018-19, reflecting increased mineral and petroleum exploration driven by global demand for resources.

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Mining net capital stock declines for the first time

The net capital stock of the mining industry declined by 0.2% in 2018-19. This is driven by falling investment in non-dwelling construction and research and development over the last five years, as facilities have progressively entered into production.

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Mining share of output continues to grow as gas production increases

The Australian economy has changed dramatically over the past 20 years as reflected by changes in contribution to gross value added. In 2018-19 the industries with the largest share of current price gross value added (at basic prices) were Mining (10.2%), Financial and Insurance Services (9.3%) and Construction (8.0%).

Mining recorded growth of 6.1% in 2018-19, driven by Oil and Gas Extraction. Continued strength in Oil and gas extraction is due to new sites coming online during the year. The transition of these facilities from construction into production has had downstream impacts on the construction industry. Construction gross value added fell 3.4% driven by Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction, reflecting a decline in work on the development of LNG facilities.

Financial and Insurance Services rose 2.0% in 2018-19. The increase was driven by Other Financial and Insurance Services due to an increase in funds under management while Finance rose due to modest growth in loan and deposit balances.

Health Care and Social Assistance rose 7.4% in 2018-19, reflecting strong public expenditure in the health industry.

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Note: GVA at basic prices of industries as a proportion of total GVA at basic prices

Compensation of employees share of total factor income falls

In 2018-19 compensation of employees (COE) share of total factor income fell to 52.1%, recording its lowest level in ten years.

Profit's share (based on gross operating surplus for corporations) of total factor income was 28.7% in 2018-19. This is slightly below the peak of 29.0% seen in 2008-09.

Mining was the major contributor to the rise in profit share of total factor income. Mining profits rose 26.4% in 2018-19 due to increased production volumes of LNG coupled with high commodity prices. The profit share measure should not be interpreted as a direct measure of 'profitability' for which it is necessary to relate profits to the level of capital assets employed.

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Record level of mining exports

The nominal contribution of mining commodity exports has overtaken the contribution of exports of all other goods and services relative to GDP for the first time in history.

The increased value of exports of mining commodities (26.3%) in 2018-19 was driven by other mineral fuels, mineral ores (iron ore) and coal.

The value of exports of non-mining goods and services rose a more moderate 7.8%. The increase was driven by travel services, metals and metal manufacturing. This growth was partly offset by a fall in exports of cereals.

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Market sector multifactor productivity decreases

On an hours worked basis, market sector multifactor productivity (MFP) fell 0.4% in 2018–19, the first decline since 2010-11. Market sector gross value added of 1.3% was the slowest output growth ever recorded for the market sector. By comparison, combined labour and capital inputs grew 1.6%, reflecting capital services growth of 1.8% and hours worked growth of 1.5%. Labour productivity fell 0.2% in 2018–19, the first recorded negative for the market sector aggregate.

On a quality adjusted hours worked basis, MFP fell 0.7% and labour productivity fell 0.8%. The weaker growth on this basis reflects a positive contribution from changes to labour composition, due to educational attainment and work experience.

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​​​​​​​Productivity growth cycles

A common method of examining changes in productivity over an extended period involves identifying and dividing the data into productivity ‘growth cycles’ (see Glossary). A new growth cycle has been added for the period 2011-12 to 2017-18.

  • For the 1998-99 to 2003-04 cycle, MFP in the market sector grew 1.2% per year on average (hours worked basis). Gross value added grew 3.6% per year over the same period while total inputs grew 2.4% per year on average.
  • For the 2003-04 to 2011-12 cycle, MFP was flat. Both gross value added and total inputs growth grew 3.2% per year on average.
  • For the 2011-12 to 2017-18 cycle, MFP grew 0.8% per year. Gross value added grew 2.6% per year while total inputs grew 1.8% per year on average.
     

Composition of national net saving shifts

Total national net saving increased by $14.9 billion in 2018-19, recording a third consecutive year of growth. The growth in 2018-19 was driven by a $12.3 billion increase in general government net saving and an $11.2 billion increase in non-financial corporations net saving. Offsetting this was a continued decline in household net saving, which decreased by $7.8 billion in 2018-19. Net saving of financial corporations remained relatively flat with a decrease of $823 million.

Over the five year period since 2014-15, the composition of sectors driving growth in national net saving has shifted, with a continued decline in the household net saving position offset by strong growth in general government net saving and to a lesser extent growth in non-financial and financial corporations net saving.

Since 2014-15, household net saving has declined by $46.4 billion. This gradual fall has been driven by strong growth in income taxes payable, combined with continued growth in household final consumption expenditure outweighing modest growth in primary income receivable, including compensation of employees and gross operating surplus on ownership of dwellings.

General government net saving has increased by $47.8 billion over the five years since 2014-15. This growth is being driven by continued strength in income taxes receivable from both households and corporations outweighing growth in final consumption expenditure and other income payable.

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Related national accounts products

Australian National Accounts: Supply Use Tables (cat. no. 5217.0)

On 25 October 2019 the 2017-18 issue of Australian National Accounts: Supply Use Tables for the period 1994-95 to 2017-18 was published. The Supply Use tables were introduced in the annual National Accounts in 1998 as an integral part of the annual compilation of the Australian System of National Accounts. They are used to ensure Gross Domestic Product is balanced for all three approaches (production, expenditure and income) and provide the annual benchmarks from which the quarterly estimates are compiled.

Upcoming releases

Australian National Accounts: State Accounts (cat. no. 5220.0)

The 2018-19 issue of the Australian National Accounts: State Accounts, will be released on 15 November 2019. It provides detailed, annual estimates of Gross state product (GSP) for all states and territories. These are estimated using the expenditure, income and production approaches. Also published are estimates of household and agricultural incomes. Many, but not all, estimates are available as chain volume measures as well as in current prices.

Australian National Accounts: Input-Output Tables (Product Details) (cat. no. 5215.0.55.001)

The 2016-17 issue of Australian National Accounts: Input-Output Tables will be released on 15 November 2019. It provides details regarding Australian production, imports, intermediate usage, final usage, exports, margins and taxes less subsidies on products and margins for each Input-Output product. There are over 900 Input-Output products classified to the industry from which each originates such as agriculture, manufacturing and construction.

Information paper: Implementing the new Economic and Financial Statistics collection in ABS economic outputs (cat. no. 5232.0.55.006)

This information paper will be released on 20 November 2019 and will detail how the new Economic and Financial Statistics collection will impact ABS economic outputs and when these changes will be implemented.

Estimates of Industry Multifactor Productivity (cat. no. 5260.0.55.002)

The 2018-19 issue of Estimates of Industry Multifactor Productivity will be released on 2 December 2019. It provides updated estimates of multifactor productivity (MFP) for the 16 industries defined to comprise the market sector. Longer time series are produced for 12 selected industries. Also included are productivity growth cycles for market sector industries and selected industries aggregates back to 1998-99 and 1973-74, respectively.

The statistical release includes experimental estimates of sources of aggregate labour productivity growth and its industry origin. The release includes the experimental industry productivity growth cycles, where estimates of growth cycles for individual industries are provided. Experimental estimates of state productivity back to 1994-95 are also included.

Experimental Estimates of Industry Level KLEMS Multifactor Productivity (cat. no. 5260.0.55.004)

Since 2016, the ABS has published experimental estimates of industry level KLEMS MFP for the 16 market sector industries. The term KLEMS represents the five input categories - Capital (K), Labour (L), Energy (E), Materials (M) and Services (S). By explicitly identifying the role of intermediate inputs in the production process, KLEMS facilitates a more rigorous analysis of the determinants of output growth at the industry level. The 2017-18 issue of Experimental Estimates of Industry Level KLEMS Multifactor Productivity will be released on 2 December 2019.

Australian National Accounts: National Income, Expenditure and Product (cat. no. 5206.0)

The September quarter 2019 issue of Australian National Accounts: National Income, Expenditure and Product, will be released on 4 December 2019. It provides quarterly and annual estimates of Australia's National and State Accounts. At a national level, this includes expenditure, income and production approaches to estimating gross domestic product (GDP), and income accounts for all sectors of the economy. This product also provides estimates of state final demand for each state and territory, but not gross state product. Many, but not all, estimates in this product are available as chain volume measures as well as in current prices, and in original, seasonally adjusted and trend terms.

Australian National Accounts: Finance and Wealth (cat. no. 5232.0)

The September quarter 2019 issue of Australian National Accounts: Finance and Wealth, will be released on 19 December 2019. It provides quarterly estimates of the financial flows between sectors of the domestic economy and with the rest of the world. In addition, the publication provides estimates of capital accounts and financial assets and liabilities of each sector and various subsectors. Other key estimates within the publication include the demand for credit by non-financial domestic institutional sectors during the quarter, and their corresponding levels of credit outstanding.

Revisions and Inquiries

Revisions in this issue

This issue of the Australian System of National Accounts (cat. no. 5204.0) incorporates the 2017-18 annual supply and use tables. For information on the role of supply and use tables in the national accounts and the major revisions please see the Analysis of Results section within this publication. GDP growth for 2018-19 remains unchanged from the 1.9% published in June quarter 2019. However, there are revisions to component series arising from the 2017-18 benchmarks, new data and data confrontation to balance the accounts.

A quality declaration for the Australian System of National Accounts (cat. no. 5204.0) is available within the Methodology page. The Methodology page also foreshadow future changes to the accounts.

Inquiries

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Table 1. Key national accounts aggregates

Table 2. Expenditure on gross domestic product (GDP)

Table 3. Expenditure on gross domestic product (GDP), chain price indexes

Table 4. Expenditure on gross domestic product (GDP), implicit price deflators

Table 5. Gross value added (GVA) by industry

Table 6. Income from gross domestic product (GDP), current prices

Table 7. National income account, current prices

Table 8. National capital account, current prices

Table 9. National financial account, current prices

Table 10. National balance sheet, volume/real and current prices - as at 30 June

Table 11. Balance sheet accounts and accumulation accounts, current prices

Table 12. Analytical measures of national income, saving and wealth, current prices

Table 13. Productivity in the market sector

Table 14. Productivity in the market sector, growth cycle analysis

Table 15. Labour productivity and input, hours worked and gross value added (GVA) per hour worked - by industry

Table 16. Selected analytical series

Table 17. Non-financial corporations income account, current prices

Table 18. Non-financial corporations capital account, current prices

Table 19. Non-financial corporations financial account, current prices

Table 20. Non-financial corporations balance sheet, current prices - as at 30 June

Table 21. Private non-financial corporations income account, current prices

Table 22. Public non-financial corporations income account, by level of government, current prices

Table 23. Private non-financial corporations capital account, current prices

Table 24. Public non-financial corporations capital account, by level of government, current prices

Table 25. Financial corporations income account, current prices

Table 26. Financial corporations capital account, current prices

Table 27. Financial corporations financial account, current prices

Table 28. Financial corporations balance sheet, current prices - as at 30 June

Table 29. Life insurance offices and superannuation funds, current prices

Table 30. General government income account, by level of government, current prices

Table 31. General government adjusted disposable income account, current prices

Table 32. General government capital account, by level of government, current prices

Table 33. General government financial account, current prices

Table 34. General government balance sheet, current prices - as at 30 June

Table 35. Government final consumption expenditure, by level of government and purpose, current prices

Table 36. Household income account, current prices

Table 37. Household adjusted disposable income account, current prices

Table 38. Analytical measures of household income, consumption, saving and wealth, current prices

Table 39. Household capital account, current prices

Table 40. Household financial account, current prices

Table 41. Household balance sheet, current prices - as at 30 June

Table 42. Household final consumption expenditure

Table 43. External accounts, current prices

Table 44. External financial account, current prices

Table 45. External balance sheet, current prices - as at 30 June

Table 46. Total factor income, by industry and principal components, current prices

Table 47. Consumption of fixed capital, by industry and institutional sector, current prices

Table 48. Compensation of employees, by industry, current prices

Table 49. Income from dwelling rent, current prices

Table 50. Agricultural income, current prices

Table 51. Gross fixed capital formation, by type of asset

Table 52. Private gross fixed capital formation, by industry, current prices

Table 53. General government gross fixed capital formation, by level of government and purpose - current prices

Table 54. Public corporations gross fixed capital formation, by level of government and industry, current prices

Table 55. Changes in inventories

Table 56. Capital stock, by type of asset

Table 57. Capital stock, by institutional sector

Table 58. Capital stock, by industry

Table 59. Consolidated balance sheet and accumulation accounts, current prices

Table 60. Livestock, value and number of fixed assets and inventories - as at 30 June

Table 61. Value of land, by land use by state/territory - as at 30 June, current prices

Table 62. Value of demonstrated mineral and energy resources, by commodity - as at 30 June

Table 63. Net capital stock, by industry by type of asset

Table 64. Gross fixed capital formation, by industry by type of asset

Table 65. Consumption of fixed capital, by industry by type of asset

Table 66. Machinery and equipment net capital stock, by industry

Table 67. Machinery and equipment gross fixed capital formation, by industry

Table 68. Machinery and equipment consumption of fixed capital, by industry

Table 69. Information technology net capital stock, selected items by industry

Table 70. Information technology gross fixed capital formation, selected items by industry

Table 71. Information technology consumption of fixed capital, selected items by industry

Table 72. Unit labour costs

Previous catalogue number

This release previously used catalogue number 5204.0.