Government Finance Statistics, Education
Public Finance Section
Australian Bureau of Statistics, Canberra
Telephone (02) 6252 7589
This collection contains education finance data from the Australian system of Government Finance Statistics (GFS). GFS Education statistics include a range of national and sub-national aggregates, presented on an accrual accounting basis. Expenditures are classified by Government Purpose Classification (GPC).
General government education expenditures of Commonwealth (Australian), state and territory, and local governments. Estimates of private expenditure on education are also provided.
Frequency of Collection
Method of collection
Data are obtained from all levels of government specifically for the GFS collection. Published sources, such as government Budget papers or annual reports of relevant departments, are also used as data sources.
GFS Education statistics are released approximately six months after the end of the reference financial year.
Government Finance Statistics, Education, Australia, (ABS cat. no. 5518.0.55.001) (electronic publication, released as Excel spreadsheets).
Australia, states and territories, and the 'multi-jurisdictional' sector. This sector, which is not a geographic entity, mainly comprises public universities.
Customised tables can be created to order, as a charged service.
Government Finance Statistics, Australia (ABS cat. no. 5512.0) - issued annually
Australian National Accounts: National Income, Expenditure and Product (ABS cat. no. 5206.0) - issued quarterly
Australian System of National Accounts (ABS cat. no. 5204.0) - issued annually
Australian System of Government Finance Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 5514.0)
Australian National Accounts: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 5216.0)
General government expenditure on education
Operating expenses on education, by purpose (GPC)
Operating expenses on education, by economic transaction
Net acquisition of non-financial assets
Gross fixed capital formation, by purpose (GPC)
Sales of goods and services relating to education, by purpose (GPC)
Commonwealth government grants to other levels of government, by purpose (GPC)
Private expenditure on education
Gross fixed capital formation
Household final consumption expenditure
Historic data are available, on a cash accounting basis, in the publication Expenditure on Education, Australia (ABS cat. no. 5510.0), available on the ABS Website for the years 1992–93 to 1997–98 inclusive. Data for the years 1961–62 to 1991–92 inclusive may be available on request, in electronic form. Cash-based estimates are not readily comparable with the accrual accounting basis adopted from financial year 1998–99 onwards.