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Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2000-01
MID-YEAR ECONOMIC AND FISCAL OUTLOOK
THE HONOURABLE PETER COSTELLO, M.P.
TREASURER OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA, AND
THE HONOURABLE JOHN FAHEY, M.P.
MINISTER FOR FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION.
© Commonwealth of Australia 2000
ISBN 0 642 74053 4
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The 2000-01 Mid Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) has been prepared in accordance with the Charter of Budget Honesty Act 1998. The Charter requires that, inter alia, the Government provide a report by the end of January each year which provides updated information to allow the assessment of the Government's fiscal performance against its fiscal strategy.
Consistent with these requirements:
- Part I provides an overview of fiscal and economic developments since the 2000-01 Budget.
- Part II discusses the economic forecasts that underpin the expenses, capital and revenue estimates.
- Part III provides an update of the fiscal outlook.
- Part IV provides details of the general government revenue estimates.
- Part V provides details of the general government expenses and capital estimates.
Parts I to V are presented on a Government Finance Statistics (GFS) basis.
- Appendix A provides details of decisions taken since the 2000-01 Budget which affect revenue, expenses and capital estimates.
- Appendix B discusses budget concepts and external reporting standards.
- Appendix C contains the general government financial statements consistent with the Australian Accounting Standard Financial Reporting by Government (AAS31). It also includes expenses by function and sub-function in an attachment.
- Appendix D provides the general government and consolidated whole of government financial statements on a Government Finance Statistics basis, consistent with the Accrual Uniform Presentation Framework.
- Appendix E discusses the sensitivity of the forward estimates to changes in economic and other parameters and provides the statement of risks.
- Appendix F provides historical budget and net debt data.
(a) The following definitions are used in the MYEFO:
`real' means adjusted for the effect of inflation;
real growth in expenses is measured by the non-farm Gross Domestic Product (GDP) deflator;
one billion is equal to one thousand million; and
the budget year refers to 2000-01, while the forward years refer to 2001-02, 2002-03 and 2003-04.
(b) Figures in tables and generally in the text have been rounded. Discrepancies in tables between totals and sums of components are due to rounding:
estimates under $100,000 are rounded to the nearest thousand;
estimates $100,000 and over are generally rounded to the nearest tenth of a million;
estimates midway between rounding points are rounded up; and
the percentage changes in statistical tables are calculated using unrounded data.
(c) For the budget balance, a negative sign indicates a deficit while no sign indicates a surplus.
(d) The following notations are used:
NEC/nec not elsewhere classified
AEST Australian Eastern Standard Time
.. not zero, but rounded to zero
na not applicable (unless otherwise specified)
nfp not for publication
$m $ million
$b $ billion
(e) References to the `States' or `each State' include the Territories, because from 1993-94 onwards, general purpose funding has been on the same basis for all jurisdictions. The Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory are referred to as `the Territories'. The following abbreviations are used for the names of the States, where appropriate:
NSW New South Wales
WA Western Australia
SA South Australia
ACT Australian Capital Territory
NT Northern Territory