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5518.0.55.001 - Government Finance Statistics, Education, Australia - Electronic Delivery, 2003-04  
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ABOUT THIS ELECTRONIC RELEASE

This electronic release contains statistics on expenditure on education by the general government sector for the period 1998-99 to 2003-04. They are presented on an accrual accounting basis and are taken from the system of Government Finance Statistics (GFS), which is designed to provide statistical information on public sector entities classified in a uniform and systematic way.


CHANGES IN THIS ELECTRONIC RELEASE

As foreshadowed in last year's release the content and layout of this release has been revised.

The calculation and presentation of Net Acquisition of Non-Financial Assets have been modified to coincide with the presentation that appears in the standard Operating Statement in Government Finance Statistics, Australia (cat. no. 5512.0).

The former Net Acquisition of Non-Financial Assets table by GPC (for each jurisdiction) has been replaced with a similar table showing Gross Fixed Capital Formation by purpose.

Details of Commonwealth Government Grants by GPC to individual jurisdictions are no longer included as part of each jurisdiction's set of tables. They have been amalgamated and are now presented as a single table (Table 18).

The former detailed individual year tables showing data for every jurisdiction have been replaced with a range of broader cross-jurisdiction summary tables, each presenting a six year time series and details of intra-sector transfers.

The ABS welcomes feedback from users on the new layout in the time series tables.


SUMMARY OF FINDINGS

Government expenditure on education refers to expenditure on all levels of education, such as pre-school, primary, secondary, university, and technical and further education (TAFE), by the general government sector. It excludes expenditure on courses provided by non-educational institutions, such as the vocational training programs of private businesses.

The summary tables below present government operating expenses on education by level of government, by purpose (i.e. by type of education), and by economic transaction (i.e. by type of expenditure) for the period 1998-99 to 2003-04.

Government operating expenses on education by all levels of general government totalled $43,611m in 2003-04, $23,722m of which was spent on primary and secondary education and a further $16,081m on tertiary education (universities and TAFE). Employee expenses of $23,766m accounted for 54.5% of total educational expenses with the remaining 45.5% being on non-employee expenses ($10,283m), depreciation ($1,861m), and transfer expenses ($7,701m).


GOVERNMENT OPERATING EXPENSES ON EDUCATION, BY LEVEL OF GOVERNMENT

1998-99
1999-2000
2000-01
2001-02
2002-03
2003-04
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m

Commonwealth Government
9,681
9,959
10,970
11,769
12,109
13,398
State and Local Governments
22,650
23,814
25,300
27,273
29,526
31,251
Multi-jurisdictional (a)
8,289
8,654
9,258
9,993
11,124
11,718
Less: Intra-sector transfers
9,424
9,693
10,333
11,159
11,562
12,756
All Levels of Government
31,196
32,733
35,195
37,875
41,197
43,611

(a) The multi-jurisdictional sector contains units where jurisdiction is shared between two or more governments, or the classification of a unit to a jurisdiction is otherwise unclear. The main type of units falling into this category are public universities.

GOVERNMENT OPERATING EXPENSES ON EDUCATION, BY PURPOSE, ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT

1998-99
1999-2000
2000-01
2001-02
2002-03
2003-04
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m

Primary and secondary education
17,221
18,293
19,465
20,815
22,417
23,722
Tertiary education
11,656
12,040
12,863
13,918
15,273
16,081
Pre-school & education not definable by level
1,273
1,313
1,451
1,511
1,562
1,736
Transportation of students
771
818
827
900
1,194
1,336
Education n.e.c.
275
268
589
731
751
736
Total
31,196
32,733
35,195
37,875
41,197
43,611


GOVERNMENT OPERATING EXPENSES ON EDUCATION, BY ECONOMIC TRANSACTION, ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT

1998-99
1999-2000
2000-01
2001-02
2002-03
2003-04
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m

Employee expenses
17,867
18,449
19,604
20,649
22,637
23,766
Non-employee expenses
7,350
8,062
8,147
9,138
9,571
10,283
Depreciation of fixed assets
1,604
1,627
1,630
1,674
1,859
1,861
Current transfer expenses
4,232
4,484
5,657
6,252
6,983
7,487
Capital transfer expenses
144
110
157
163
147
214
Total
31,196
32,733
35,195
37,875
41,197
43,611


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