5518.0.55.001 - Government Finance Statistics, Education, Australia, 2016-17 Quality Declaration 
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GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURE ON EDUCATION IN AUSTRALIA


This release contains statistics on expenditure on education by the general government sector for the period 2007-08 to 2016-17. These data are presented on an accrual accounting basis and are taken from the system of Government Finance Statistics (GFS).

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 2011-12 to 2016-17.

Operating expenditure on education by all levels of general government increased by $3,419m (3.9%), from $87,852m in 2015-16 to $91,271m in 2016-17. Total expenditure on education by the Commonwealth Government was $33,368m, with expenditure by the state and local governments totalling $60,870m. Intra-sector transfers were $30,987m.

Of the total operating expenditure on education in 2016-17, $47,345m (51.9%) was spent on primary and secondary education and $33,071m (36.2%) on tertiary education (universities and TAFEs). Employee expenses of $47,287m accounted for 51.8% of total educational expenses with the remaining 48.2% being on non-employee expenses ($20,609m), depreciation ($4,133m), and transfer expenses ($19,242m).

Graph Image for PROPORTION OF GOVERNMENT OPERATING EXPENSES ON EDUCATION

Source(s): Government Finance Statistics, Education, Australia





GOVERNMENT OPERATING EXPENSES ON EDUCATION, By Level of Government

2011-12
2012-13
2013-14
2014-15
2015-16
2016-17
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m

Commonwealth Government
28 728
29 334
30 049
31 375
32 312
33 368
State and local governments
51 017
52 695
54 514
56 200
58 362
60 870
Multi-jurisdictional (a)
21 303
22 942
23 628
25 609
26 675
28 019
Less: Intra-sector transfers
25 188
25 466
26 652
28 620
29 497
30 987
All levels of government
75 859
79 506
81 540
84 564
87 852
91 271

(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. For education the only type of units falling into this category are public universities.

GOVERNMENT OPERATING EXPENSES ON EDUCATION, By Purpose, All Levels of Government

2011-12
2012-13
2013-14
2014-15
2015-16
2016-17
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m

Primary and secondary education
38 709
40 645
41 785
43 270
45 236
47 345
Tertiary education
27 461
29 015
29 326
30 619
31 639
33 071
Pre-school & education not definable by level
4 228
4 454
4 786
5 091
5 337
5 670
Transportation of students
1 401
1 354
1 547
1 575
1 535
1 471
Education n.e.c.
4 060
4 036
4 097
4 010
4 106
3 713
Total by purpose
75 859
79 506
81 540
84 564
87 852
91 271


GOVERNMENT OPERATING EXPENSES ON EDUCATION, By Economic Transaction, All Levels of Government

2011-12
2012-13
2013-14
2014-15
2015-16
2016-17
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m

Employee expenses
39 131
41 009
41 848
43 306
45 235
47 287
Non-employee expenses
17 544
18 131
18 679
19 350
19 853
20 609
Depreciation of fixed assets
3 233
3 523
3 668
3 815
3 988
4 133
Current transfer expenses
15 592
16 395
16 867
17 841
18 498
18 968
Capital transfer expenses
359
447
478
252
279
274
Total by economic transactions
75 859
79 506
81 540
84 564
87 852
91 271



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