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5519.0.55.001 - Government Finance Statistics, Australia, September Quarter 2015 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 01/12/2015   
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SEPTEMBER QUARTER 2015 KEY FIGURES: ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT


In the September quarter 2015:
  • Taxation revenue decreased 14.7% to $101,324m from $118,761m in the June quarter 2015.
  • General government sector expenses exceeded revenue resulting in a GFS net operating balance of –$22,911m.
  • The GFS net lending(+)/borrowing(–) position for the general government sector was –$23,860m.

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GFS KEY FIGURES: ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT, ORIGINAL

Jun Qtr
2015
Sep Qtr
2015
Jun Qtr 2015 to
Sep Qtr 2015
$m
$m
% change

Current Prices
Taxation revenue
General government
118 761
101 324
–14.7
Total revenue
General government
149 543
126 858
–15.2
Public non-financial corporations
20 884
19 801
–5.2
Total expenses
General government
149 660
149 769
0.1
Public non-financial corporations
21 799
20 000
–8.3
GFS Net operating balance
General government
–117
–22 911
. .
Public non-financial corporations
–914
–199
. .
GFS Net lending(+)/borrowing(–)
General government
–8 890
–23 860
. .
Public non-financial corporations
–3 169
–1 513
. .

. . not applicable



QUARTERLY NATIONAL ACCOUNTS PUBLIC SECTOR MEASURES – KEY FIGURES

The table below includes the key public sector aggregates for the September quarter 2015 which will be included in the Australian National Accounts: National Income, Expenditure and Product (cat. no. 5206.0). The key figures shown include Government Final Consumption Expenditure for general government and Gross Fixed Capital Formation for general government and public corporations, seasonally adjusted in current prices and chain volume terms.

In the September quarter 2015:
  • In seasonally adjusted chain volume terms, total general government final consumption expenditure increased by $527m, a rise of 0.7% compared with the June quarter 2015.
  • In seasonally adjusted chain volume terms, total general government gross fixed capital formation decreased by 12.0% compared with the June quarter 2015.
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QUARTERLY NATIONAL ACCOUNTS PUBLIC SECTOR MEASURES – KEY FIGURES, SEASONALLY ADJUSTED

Dec Qtr
2014
Mar Qtr
2015
Jun Qtr
2015
Sep Qtr
2015
Jun Qtr 2015
to Sep Qtr 2015
$m
$m
$m
$m
% change

Current Prices
General government final consumption expenditure (a)
National – defence
5 747
5 708
5 903
6 726
13.9
National – non-defence
22 058
22 845
23 324
23 188
–0.6
Total national
27 805
28 552
29 227
29 915
2.4
State and local
43 617
43 724
45 138
45 364
0.5
Total general government final consumption expenditure
71 422
72 276
74 365
75 279
1.2
Public gross fixed capital formation
General government
National – defence
1 961
1 793
2 532
1 687
–33.4
National – non-defence
2 301
2 334
2 500
1 855
–25.8
Total national
4 262
4 127
5 032
3 543
–29.6
State and local
8 268
8 205
8 360
8 205
–1.9
Total general government
12 531
12 332
13 392
11 747
–12.3
Public corporations
Commonwealth
1 101
1 513
1 097
1 151
4.9
State and local
3 756
3 811
3 792
3 676
–3.0
Total public corporations
4 857
5 324
4 889
4 827
–1.3
Total public gross fixed capital formation
17 388
17 656
18 281
16 575
–9.3
Memorandum item
Net purchases of second-hand assets by public sector
873
735
293
103
np

Chain Volume (b)
General government final consumption expenditure (a)
National – defence
5 612
5 530
5 696
6 435
13.0
National – non-defence
22 454
23 055
23 331
23 201
–0.6
Total national
28 065
28 584
29 027
29 637
2.1
State and local
43 047
43 029
43 790
43 707
–0.2
Total general government final consumption expenditure
71 113
71 614
72 817
73 344
0.7
Public gross fixed capital formation
General government
National – defence
1 923
1 683
2 276
1 515
–33.4
National – non-defence
2 304
2 333
2 475
1 846
–25.4
Total national
4 227
4 016
4 751
3 361
–29.3
State and local
8 267
8 172
8 273
8 094
–2.2
Total general government
12 494
12 188
13 024
11 455
–12.0
Public corporations
Commonwealth
1 098
1 496
1 080
1 130
4.6
State and local
3 729
3 785
3 727
3 602
–3.4
Total public corporations
4 827
5 281
4 807
4 732
–1.6
Total public gross fixed capital formation
17 320
17 469
17 830
16 187
–9.2
Memorandum item
Net purchases of second-hand assets by public sector
851
720
287
101
np

np not available for publication but included in totals where applicable, unless otherwise indicated
(a) See paragraph 37 of the Explanatory Notes for the relationship between general government final consumption expenditure and GFS aggregates.
(b) Reference year for chain volume measures is 2012–13.


SEPTEMBER QUARTER 2015 GFS RELEASE

This release presents quarterly government finance statistics on an accrual accounting basis. All tables are presented in GFS operating statement format and are for the general government sector, with the exception of Table 2 which presents data for the public non-financial corporations sector.

Detailed quarterly GFS are released for the current financial year only, other than in the September quarter, when the quarters of the previous financial year are presented. Users requiring data for earlier periods should consult the annual publication Government Finance Statistics, Australia (cat. no. 5512.0). The latest issue (2013–14) was released on 13 May 2015. Final annual GFS results for 2014–15 are scheduled for release by the ABS on 26 April 2016.

RELEASE OF QUARTERLY GFS THIS ISSUE

Table
Sep 14
Dec 14
Mar 15
Jun 15
Sep 15
Table 1 All Levels of Government – General Government
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Table 2 All Levels of Government – Public Non-Financial Corporations
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Table 3 Commonwealth Government
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Table 4 Total State & Local
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*
*
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Table 5 New South Wales
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Table 6 Victoria
*
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*
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Table 7 Queensland
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Table 8 South Australia
*
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*
Table 9 Western Australia
*
*
*
*
Table 10 Tasmania
*
*
*
*
Table 11 Northern Territory
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Table 12 Australian Capital Territory
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Government Finance Statistics are part of the broader suite of macroeconomic accounts produced by the ABS. They share their basic concepts with the National Accounts and Balance of Payments. The conceptual framework is agreed internationally and published by the International Monetary Fund. Macroeconomic statistics are compiled to enable macroeconomic analysis and the standards may differ from accounting standards in some regards.


TRANSACTIONS RELATED TO RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA DIVIDENDS

During September quarter 2015 the Treasurer determined that a sum of $1.9 billion in Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) earnings available for distribution from 2014-15 was payable as a dividend to the Commonwealth. Historically in macroeconomic statistics, RBA dividends are recorded at the time that the Treasurer makes the determination. The National Accounts will record RBA dividends in the September quarter in line with this position. The GFS publication for September quarter 2015 will record RBA dividends in the June quarter to align with accounting standards used for Commonwealth Financial Statements. The timing of RBA dividends within macroeconomic statistics will be reviewed in early 2016.


TRANSACTIONS RELATED TO THE ACT GOVERNMENT ASBESTOS REMOVAL SCHEME

Since March quarter 2015, the ACT Government has undertaken a range of activities to address the health risks associated with properties affected by asbestos. In macroeconomic statistics, transactions for the initial purchase of the properties by the ACT Government from householders have been recorded as expenditure on non-financial assets in the GFS. These transactions do not contribute to the net operating balance on the operating statement; instead they are shown under net acquisition of non-financial assets. This approach in macroeconomic statistics is based on the principle that observed prices are treated as a market price in most circumstances.

The ACT Treasury has applied a different interpretation for the purposes of preparing its financial statements. Under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles used by ACT Treasury, homeowner acquisition transactions may include a transfer component, which would be appropriately recognised as an expense. The ABS acknowledges that a genuine divergence exists for these transactions between GFS and the ACT Government’s consolidated financial statements and that the difference between the sets of statements has arisen through a change in treatment by the ABS.


TREATMENT OF THE EMISSION REDUCTION FUND IN GOVERNMENT FINANCE STATISTICS

On 23 April 2015 the Commonwealth Government held the first reverse auction for carbon abatement contracts related to the Emission Reduction Fund. The fund has been established to purchase carbon abatement activity from private sector bidders. The first auction awarded contracts to the value of $660 million. Payments related to these contracts will be recognised in Government Finance Statistics as an operating expense of government when the abatement activity occurs.


ABOLITION OF THE CARBON TAX

The carbon tax repeal legislation received Royal Assent on Thursday, 17 July 2014 and the bills as part of this package are now law, with effect from 1 July 2014. The carbon tax repeal decreased taxation revenue on the GFS Commonwealth General Government operating statement by approximately $1.6b in the September 2014 quarter. Further information on the treatment of emissions schemes in ABS GFS data can be found in the ABS GFS Manual.


FORTHCOMING ISSUES

The release of GFS quarterly data is usually coordinated to be the day before the respective issue of Australian National Accounts: National Income, Expenditure and Product (cat. no. 5206.0). The scheduled release dates for the next two issues are:

Issue5519.0.55.0015206.0
December 20151 March 20162 March 2016
March 201631 May 20161 June 2016


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