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Where the money comes from and where it goes

WHERE THE MONEY COMES FROM
& WHERE IT GOES

Responsible financial management and delivering quality services.

The McGowan Labor Government is working to restore the State’s finances through constraining growth in the rate of recurrent expenditure.

The Government’s commitment to responsible financial management has contained general government expense growth to just 0.9% in 2018-19, and an average of 1.2% per annum over the four years to 2021-22.

At $1.3 billion, the estimated general government operating deficit has been halved since the December 2017 Mid-year Review and remains on track to return to surplus by 2020-21, the first surplus since 2013-14.

Revenue and Expenditure At a Glance

  • Revenue is estimated to total $29.6 billion in 2018-19, 65% of which is generated directly by the State Government.
  • GST revenue and other Commonwealth grants represent just 35% of the State’s total revenue, this is the lowest proportion of any Australian jurisdiction.
  • Recurrent expenditure is set to reach $30.5 billion in 2018-19, with two thirds budgeted for health, education, training, and community support and safety.
  • The State is forecast to generate more revenue in 2020-21 than it will incur in recurrent expenditure, creating a $1.3 billion surplus in that year.

2018-19 Revenue General Government Sector chart
2018-19 Expenditure General Government Sector chart


Interjurisdictionalcomparison

Western Australia generates 65% of its revenue from direct State sources, with only 35% being provided by the Commonwealth in the form of
either GST or other grants.

This is the highest proportion of own-source revenue of any Australian jurisdiction.


2018-19 WA NSW VIC QLD SA TAS
Commonwealth funded share 35% 39% 48% 50% 56% 63%
Own-source revenue share 65% 61% 52% 50% 44% 37%