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(AGENPARL) – Australia, mar 03 marzo 2020

Key figures: all levels of general government, Government Finance Statistics (GFS)

In the December quarter 2019:

  • taxation revenue increased 13.3% to $m
  • revenue exceeded expenses resulting in a net operating balance of $1,947m
  • the GFS net lending(+)/borrowing(-) position was -$8,919m.

Graph 1: All levels of general government, GFS revenue and expenses

Graph 2: All levels of general government, net operating balance, net lending/borrowing

Table 1: GFS key figures: all levels of government, original

. . not applicable

Quarterly national accounts public sector measures – key figures

The table below includes the key public sector aggregates for the December quarter 2019 which will be included in the <a National Accounts: National Income, Expenditure and Product (cat. no. ). The key figures shown include Government Final Consumption Expenditure for total general government and Gross Fixed Capital Formation for total general government and total public corporations, seasonally adjusted in current prices and chain volume terms.

In seasonally adjusted chain volume terms compared with the previous quarter:

  • general government final consumption expenditure increased by $660m or 0.7%, and is expected to contribute 0.1 percentage points to growth in the December quarter 2019 volume measure of GDP
  • general government gross fixed capital formation increased by $414m or 2.2%
  • public corporations gross fixed capital formation decreased by $512m or -8.6%
  • public gross fixed capital formation decreased by $96m or -0.4%, which will not detract significantly from growth in the December quarter 2019 volume measure of GDP.

Graph 3: National accounts public sector key measures, seasonally adjusted chain volume

Table 2: Quarterly national accounts public sector measures – key figures, seasonally adjusted

np not available for publication but included in totals where applicable, unless otherwise indicated
(a) See paragraph 35 of the Explanatory Notes for the relationship between general government final consumption expenditure and GFS aggregates.
(b) Reference year for chain volume measures is .

Quarters presented in this release

This release presents quarterly government finance statistics on an accrual accounting basis. All tables presented 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 <a Finance Statistics, Australia (cat. no. ). The latest issue () was released on 29 April 2019.

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.

Bushfire Activities

Recent bushfires around Australia have resulted in minor disruption to data collection activities during December quarter 2019. Quality assurance undertaken by the ABS has confirmed that these disruptions did not affect the quality of GFS estimates. Whilst it is expected that bushfire rebuilding and recovery works will impact on economic activity across the public sector, this activity was not significant in the December quarter. More information relating to measuring natural disasters in the Australian economy can be found in the following ABS Chief Economist Series paper: Measuring natural disasters in the Australian economy

Accounting Standard Changes

The following Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB) standard changes have been introduced in government financial reporting for periods from 1 July 2019 onwards, leading to increased divergence in certain circumstances between economic statistics publications and government financial reporting:

  • Leases (AASB 16): The standard removes the distinction between operating and finance leases on the lessee side of financial reporting. The conceptual distinction between operating and finance leases still remains in economic statistics. GFS outputs are consistent with the historical treatment.
  • Revenue recognition (AASB 15 & 1058): The standard requires revenue to be recognised when performance obligations are met in certain circumstances. In GFS the change primarily affects grant revenue received by state and territory governments from the Commonwealth. Recognition of grant revenue in GFS remains consistent with the historical treatment which is based on when jurisdictions have access to the funding as reported by the Commonwealth.
  • Service Concession Arrangements (AASB 1059): The standard impacts ownership of non-financial assets. It applies a control concept to determine non-financial asset ownership. Non-financial asset ownership in GFS is determined based off a risk-reward concept consistent with the historical treatment which has been maintained in economic statistics.

Transactions related to visa application charges

In December 2015, the Commonwealth Government released the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) which included a reclassification of visa application charges (VAC). In MYEFO these charges are now treated as taxation revenue rather than sales of goods and services. This reclassification has been applied to the Government Finance Statistics (GFS), with no impact on total GFS revenue or the GFS net operating balance. The National Accounts statistics will maintain coherence with previously published data and classify this transaction as sales of goods and services. These treatments will remain in place until a review of the treatment of VAC across macroeconomic statistics has been completed.

Forthcoming issues

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

March 2020 2 June 2020 3 June 2020
June 2020 1 September 2020 2 September 2020

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