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Budget | 2014-15

Budget 2014-15
Australian Government Coat of Arms, Budget 2014-15

Budget Paper 1 — Statement 6

Chart 1: Total spending as a percentage of GDP

This chart shows total Australian Government general government sector expenses, as a per cent of GDP, from 2000-01 to 2017-18. Over the last seven years, total expenditure rose as a percentage of GDP from 24.8 per cent in 2007-08 to a forecast 26.2 per cent in 2013-14. Over the forward estimates, expenses are expected to decline to 25.3 per cent of GDP in 2017-18

This chart shows total Australian Government general government sector expenses, as a per cent of GDP, from 2000-01 to 2017-18. Over the last seven years, total expenditure rose as a percentage of GDP from 24.8 per cent in 2007-08 to a forecast 26.2 per cent in 2013-14. Over the forward estimates, expenses are expected to decline to 25.3 per cent of GDP in 2017-18.

Data - Chart 1: Total spending as a percentage of GDP
Financial Year Proportion of GDP (Per Cent)
2000-01 25.48
2001-02 25.57
2002-03 25.13
2003-04 25.06
2004-05 24.89
2005-06 24.34
2006-07 23.93
2007-08 24.80
2008-09 25.92
2009-10 26.29
2010-11 25.50
2011-12 25.70
2012-13 25.30
2013-14 26.23
2014-15 25.42
2015-16 25.22
2016-17 25.30
2017-18 25.25

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Chart 2: Expenses by function in 2014-15

This chart shows the proportion of total Australian Government general government sector expenses by function in 2014-15. Around one third of total expenses is spent on programmes within the social security and welfare function, and another one sixth of government expenses is spent on programmes within the health function.  The Government also provides significant investment under the education and defence functions, with the remainder spent on a range of other public services.

This chart shows the proportion of total Australian Government general government sector expenses by function in 2014-15. Around one third of total expenses is spent on programmes within the social security and welfare function, and another one sixth of government expenses is spent on programmes within the health function. The Government also provides significant investment under the education and defence functions, with the remainder spent on a range of other public services.

Data - Chart 2: Expenses by function in 2014-15
Function Expense (per cent)
Social security and welfare 35
Other purposes 20
Health 16
Education 7
General public services 6
Defence 6
All other functions 10

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Chart 3: Total real growth by function — 2014-15 to 2017-18(a)

This chart shows total real growth, in $milions, by function over the period 2014-15 to 2017-18. Social security and welfare expenses are estimated to grow strongly over the forward estimates, followed by growth in the health, defence, education and fuel and energy functions. All other functions are estimated to have negative real growth over this period.

(a) The other purposes function is not included in this chart as it contains expenses for general revenue assistance to the State and Territory governments (primarily GST), public debt interest, and the conservative bias allowance.

This chart shows total real growth, in $millions, by function over the period 2014-15 to 2017-18. Social security and welfare expenses are estimated to grow strongly over the forward estimates, followed by growth in the health, defence, education and fuel and energy functions. All other functions are estimated to have negative real growth over this period.

Data - Chart 3: Total real growth by function — 2014-15 to 2017-18
Function $ million
General public services -1,775
Defence 1,468
Public order and safety -627
Education 901
Health 2,636
Social security and welfare 11,742
Housing and community amenities -93
Recreation and culture -407
Fuel and energy 220
Agriculture, forestry and fishing -367
Mining, manufacturing and construction -414
Transport and communication -348
Other economic affairs -1,860

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