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Consolidated Financial Statements for the Australian Government for 2019-20

Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham
Minister for Finance, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Senator for South Australia

Date: Friday, 11 December 2020

The Consolidated Financial Statements present the whole of government and general government sector financial reports. The Final Budget Outcome, released on 25 September 2020, presents the financial results for the general government sector.

The Auditor-General has provided an unqualified audit opinion on the Consolidated Financial Statements.

Key highlights from the 2019-20 Consolidated Financial Statements are included in Table 1 below. A full copy of the Consolidated Financial Statements is available at: https://www.finance.gov.au/publications/commonwealth-consolidated-financial-statements.

Table 1: Financial results for the year ended 30 June 2020

  2019-20
$b
2018-193
$b
Change
$b
Revenue 500.3 507.8 (7.5)
Expenses 600.0 504.6 95.4
Net operating balance (a) (99.7) 3.2 (102.9)
Per cent of GDP 5.0 0.2  
Net capital investment 7.8 11.7 (4.0)
Fiscal balance (b) (107.4) (8.5) (98.9)
Per cent of GDP 5.4 0.4  
Total assets 838.6 737.4 101.3
Total liabilities 1,518.5 1,282.6 236.0
Net worth (c) (679.9) (545.2) (134.7)
Per cent of GDP 34.3 28.0  
Net cash flows from operating activities (68.5) 21.3 (89.8)
Net cash flows from investments in non-financial assets (18.9) (21.8) 2.9
Cash surplus/(deficit) (87.5) (0.5) (86.9)

(a) Net operating balance equals total revenue minus total expenses.
(b) Fiscal balance (or net lending/borrowing) is the net operating balance less net capital investment.
(c) Net worth is calculated as total assets minus total liabilities.

The Consolidated Financial Statements comply with Australian Accounting Standards.

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