AUSTRALIA'S FEDERAL RELATIONS
BUDGET PAPER NO. 3
THE HONOURABLE WAYNE SWAN MP
TREASURER OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA
THE HONOURABLE LINDSAY TANNER MP
MINISTER FOR FINANCE AND DEREGULATION
OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA
FOR THE INFORMATION OF HONOURABLE MEMBERS
ON THE OCCASION OF THE BUDGET 2008‑09
13 MAY 2008
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Budget Paper No. 3, Australia's Federal Relations 2008‑09, is one of a series of Budget Papers that provides information to supplement the Budget Speech. A full list of the series is printed on the inside cover of this paper.
This Budget Paper presents information on the Commonwealth's financial relations with State, Territory and local governments. This includes information on payments for specific purposes, GST payments and other general revenue assistance, as well as an overview of the reform agenda of the Council of Australian Governments and analysis of fiscal developments in the public sector.
This paper uses the following style conventions.
The Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory of Australia are referred to as 'the Territories'. References to the 'States' or 'each State' include the State governments and Territory governments.
The State and local government sector is denoted as the 'State/local sector'. References to the 'State/local sector' include the Territory governments unless otherwise stated.
Local governments are instrumentalities of State governments. Consequently, payments made to the State government sector include payments made to the local government sector unless otherwise specified.
'Budget year' refers to 2008‑09, while the 'forward years' refer to 2009‑10, 2010‑11 and 2011‑12.
Figures in tables and the text have generally been rounded. Discrepancies in tables between totals and sums of components reflect rounding unless otherwise noted. Percentage changes in tables are based on the underlying unrounded amounts.
One billion is equal to one thousand million.
Estimates of $100,000 and over are generally rounded to the nearest tenth of a million.
Estimates midway between rounding points are rounded up.
Tables use the following notations:
- not applicable (unless otherwise specified)
- not zero, but rounded to zero
- allocation not yet determined
- millions of dollars
- billions of dollars
The following abbreviations are used, where appropriate:
- New South Wales
- Western Australia
- South Australia
- Australian Capital Territory
- Northern Territory
- Budget balancing assistance
- Guaranteed minimum amount
- Goods and services tax
The term 'Commonwealth' refers to the Commonwealth of Australia. The term is used when referring to the legal entity of the Commonwealth of Australia.
The term 'Australian Government' is used when referring to the Government of, and the decisions and activities made by the Government on behalf of, the Commonwealth of Australia.
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