Media Releases → 2022

MEDIA RELEASE

Australian Government General Government Sector Monthly Financial Statements February 2022

Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham
Minister for Finance
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Senator for South Australia

Date: Friday, 1 April 2022

KEY POINTS

  • The Monthly Financial Statements for February 2022 report the budget position against the expected monthly profile for the 2021-22 financial year through to 28 February 2022, based on the 2021-22 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) estimates published in December 2021.
  • The February 2022 year to date results include the impact of the Australian Government’s response to COVID-19.
  • The underlying cash balance for the 2021-22 financial year to 28 February 2022 was a deficit of $42.2 billion against the MYEFO profile deficit of $64.7 billion.
  • The fiscal balance for the 2021-22 financial year to 28 February 2022 was a deficit of $35.3 billion against the MYEFO profile deficit of $61.8 billion.
AGGREGATES ACTUAL
2021-2022
February
$b
ACTUAL
2021-2022
YTD February
$b
MYEFO Profile
2021-2022
YTD February
$b
MYEFO ESTIMATE*
2021-2022
FULL YEAR
$b
Receipts(a) 53.2 365.0 350.9 532.1
Payments(b) 43.2 407.2 415.5 631.4
Underlying cash balance 10.1 -42.2 -64.7 -99.2
Headline cash balance 9.5 -42.1 -65.1 -106.1
Revenue 56.2 374.0 357.9 542.5
Expenses 45.8 407.8 415.2 633.8
Net operating balance 10.5 -33.8 -57.3 -91.3
Net capital investment 0.6 1.5 4.5 11.6
Fiscal balance 9.9 -35.3 -61.8 -102.9
Total assets   762.4   759.5
Total liabilities   1,487.3   1,391.9
Net worth(c)   -724.9   -632.4
Net debt(d)   591.2   673.4

*As published in the 2021-22 MYEFO.
(a) Cash receipts for operating activities and sales of non-financial assets.
(b) Cash payments for operating activities, purchases of non-financial assets and net cash flows from financing activities for leases.
(c) Net worth is calculated as total assets minus total liabilities.
(d) Net debt is the sum of interest bearing liabilities less the sum of selected financial assets (cash and deposits, advances paid, and investments, loans and placements).

Monthly results are generally volatile due to timing differences between revenue and receipts, and expenses and payments. Care needs to be taken when comparing monthly or cumulative data across years and to full-year estimates, as revenue and receipts and expenses and payments vary from month to month.

 

FISCAL OUTCOMES

Underlying Cash Balance

The underlying cash balance for the financial year to 28 February 2022 was a deficit of $42.2 billion, which is $22.5 billion lower than the 2021-22 MYEFO profile deficit of $64.7 billion.

  • Receipts
    Total receipts were $14.2 billion higher than the 2021-22 MYEFO profile.
  • Payments
    Total payments were $8.3 billion lower than the 2021-22 MYEFO profile.

Net Operating Balance

The net operating balance for the financial year to 28 February 2022 was a deficit of $33.8 billion, which is $23.5 billion lower than the 2021-22 MYEFO profile deficit of $57.3 billion. The difference results from higher than expected revenue and lower than expected expenses.

Fiscal Balance

The fiscal balance for the financial year to 28 February 2022 was a deficit of $35.3 billion, which is $26.4 billion lower than the 2021-22 MYEFO profile deficit of $61.8 billion. The difference results from higher than expected revenue and lower than expected expenses and net capital investment.

Assets and Liabilities

As at 28 February 2022:

  • net worth is negative $724.9 billion;
  • net debt is $591.2 billion; and
  • net financial liabilities are $969.9 billion.
Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham
Minister for Finance
Rosemary Huxtable PSM
Secretary
Department of Finance
Media Contact  
Benn Ayre      0428 342 325

 

Australian Government general government sector operating statement

  Note ACTUAL
2021-2022
February
$m
ACTUAL
2021-2022
YTD February
$m
MYEFO Profile
2021-2022
YTD February
$m
MYEFO ESTIMATE*
2021-2022
FULL YEAR
$m
Revenue          
Taxation revenue 1, 2 53,337 345,768 331,441 504,041
Sales of goods and services   624 12,450 12,411 17,424
Interest income   272 2,134 2,490 3,619
Dividend and distribution income   939 5,461 3,876 5,178
Other   1,072 8,217 7,689 12,266
Total revenue   56,244 374,030 357,907 542,528
Expenses          
Gross operating expenses          
Wages and salaries(a)   1,869 14,884 15,187 23,102
Superannuation   1,006 8,185 8,148 12,091
Depreciation and amortisation   922 7,419 7,707 11,651
Supply of goods and services   12,819 101,714 105,508 175,257
Other operating expenses(a)   585 5,443 5,523 8,785
Total gross operating expenses   17,200 137,645 142,073 230,886
Superannuation interest expense   748 5,983 5,983 8,974
Interest expenses   1,457 12,357 12,578 20,070
Current transfers          
Current grants   13,506 127,258 127,696 182,118
Subsidy expenses   1,341 12,035 12,186 18,938
Personal benefits   10,536 106,220 107,051 152,282
Total current transfers   25,384 245,513 246,933 353,338
Capital transfers          
Mutually agreed write-downs   205 1,700 1,647 2,734
Other capital grants   787 4,652 5,968 17,836
Total capital transfers   992 6,352 7,615 20,570
Total expenses 3 45,781 407,850 415,182 633,838
Net operating balance   10,463 -33,820 -57,275 -91,310
Other economic flows          
- included in operating result          
Net write-downs of assets   -1,561 -5,389 -4,062 -7,828
Assets recognised for the first time   22 119 100 242
Actuarial revaluations   0 0 0 109
Net foreign exchange gains   -106 34 0 48
Net swap interest received   -66 -540 -325 -343
Market valuation of debt   12,696 41,299 22,314 22,484
Other gains/(losses)   -4,349 -1,685 5,230 6,983
Total other economic flows
- included in operating result
  6,636 33,838 23,258 21,695
Operating Result(b)   17,099 17 -34,017 -69,616
Non-owner movements in equity          
Revaluation of equity investments   3 3 -1 -3,174
Actuarial revaluations   0 0 0 -22,072
Other economic revaluations   -8 288 861 720
Total other economic flows
- included in equity
  -6 291 860 -24,526
Comprehensive result
- Total change in net worth
  17,093 308 -33,157 -94,141
Net operating balance   10,463 -33,820 -57,275 -91,310
Net acquisition of non-financial assets          
Purchases of non-financial assets   1,227 9,975 12,895 23,518
less Sales of non-financial assets   32 1,134 775 930
less Depreciation   922 7,419 7,707 11,651
plus Change in inventories   325 124 122 682
plus Other movements in non-financial assets   1 -20 -25 -26
Total net acquisition of non-financial assets   598 1,525 4,509 11,593
Fiscal balance (Net lending/borrowing)(c)   9,865 -35,346 -61,784 -102,903

*As published in the 2021-22 MYEFO.
(a) Consistent with the Australian Bureau of Statistics' (ABS) Government Finance Statistics (GFS) classification, other employee related expenses are reported under other operating expenses. Total employee expenses equal wages and salaries plus other operating expenses.
(b) Operating result under Australian Accounting Standards.
(c) The term fiscal balance is not used by the ABS.

Australian Government general government sector balance sheet

  ACTUAL
as at 28 February 2022
$m
MYEFO ESTIMATE*
as at 30 June 2022
$m
Assets    
Financial assets    
Cash and deposits 54,799 57,497
Advances paid 79,707 82,967
Investments, loans and placements 211,943 205,481
Other receivables 91,297 65,103
Equity investments    
Investments in other public sector entities 63,064 61,792
Equity accounted investments 3,733 4,037
Investments - shares 75,890 90,724
Total financial assets 580,432 567,601
Non-financial assets    
Land 12,093 12,188
Buildings 42,860 46,330
Plant, equipment and infrastructure 94,188 98,724
Inventories 10,394 10,891
Intangibles 10,041 11,100
Investment properties 200 213
Biological assets 30 23
Heritage and cultural assets 11,840 11,869
Assets held for sale 278 562
Other non-financial assets 21 14
Total non-financial assets 181,943 191,914
Total assets 762,375 759,515
Liabilities    
Interest bearing liabilities    
Deposits held 507 598
Government securities 891,104 969,411
Loans 27,532 29,501
Lease liabilities 18,467 19,823
Total interest bearing liabilities 937,609 1,019,332
Provisions and payables    
Superannuation liability(a) 413,145 250,958
Other employee liabilities 38,436 38,371
Suppliers payables 8,479 11,131
Personal benefits payables 3,509 2,977
Subsidies payables 770 995
Grants payables 2,777 4,314
Other payables 23,301 2,464
Provisions 59,242 61,349
Total provisions and payables 549,660 372,559
Total liabilities 1,487,270 1,391,891
Net worth(b) -724,895 -632,376
Net financial worth(c) -906,838 -824,290
Net financial liabilities(d) 969,901 886,082
Net debt(e) 591,160 673,387

*As published in the 2021-22 MYEFO.
(a) For budget reporting purposes, a discount rate of 5 per cent determined by actuaries in preparing the 2020 Long Term Cost Reports is used to value the superannuation liability. This reflects the average annual rate estimated to apply over the term of the liability and it reduces the volatility in reported liabilities that would occur from year to year if the spot rates on long-term government bonds were used. Consistent with Australian Accounting Standards, the superannuation liability for the 2021-22 Monthly Financial Statements was calculated using the spot rates on long-term government bonds as at 30 June 2021 that best matched each individual scheme’s liability duration. These rates were between 1.6 and 2.3 per cent per annum.
(b) Net worth equals total assets minus total liabilities.
(c) Net financial worth equals total financial assets minus total liabilities.
(d) Net financial liabilities equals total liabilities less financial assets other than investments in other public sector entities.
(e) Net debt is the sum of interest bearing liabilities less the sum of selected financial assets (cash and deposits, advances paid, and investments, loans and placements).

Australian Government general government sector cash flow statement(a)

  ACTUAL
2021-2022
February
$m
ACTUAL
2021-2022
YTD February
$m
MYEFO Profile
2021-2022
YTD February
$m
MYEFO ESTIMATE*
2021-2022
FULL YEAR
$m
Cash receipts from operating activities        
Taxes received 51,096 333,438 320,795 490,487
Receipts from sales of goods and services 560 12,425 12,099 17,520
Interest receipts 121 1,718 2,050 2,732
Dividends, distributions and income tax equivalents 724 8,164 6,670 7,980
Other receipts(b) 737 8,868 9,162 13,139
Total operating receipts 53,238 364,613 350,777 531,859
Cash payments for operating activities        
Payments for employees(b)(c) -2,803 -23,795 -24,408 -36,681
Payments for goods and services -11,765 -102,390 -105,388 -172,036
Grants and subsidies paid -15,543 -148,027 -150,204 -221,836
Interest paid -747 -9,875 -9,790 -17,496
Personal benefit payments -10,599 -106,229 -107,048 -152,756
Other payments(c) -434 -5,105 -5,049 -8,248
Total operating payments -41,891 -395,421 -401,886 -609,053
Net cash flows from operating activities 11,347 -30,808 -51,109 -77,194
Cash flows from investments in non-financial assets        
Sales of non-financial assets 7 434 114 271
Purchases of non-financial assets -1,075 -10,077 -11,962 -19,877
Net cash flows from investments in non-financial assets -1,068 -9,643 -11,848 -19,606
Net cash flows from investments in financial assets for policy purposes -639 1 -483 -6,888
Net cash flows from investments in financial assets for liquidity purposes -263 -6,389 -3,672 -2,979
Cash flows from financing activities        
Borrowing (net) -103 43,748 59,029 108,996
Other financing (net) -323 -4,521 -4,250 -7,243
Net cash flows from financing activities -426 39,226 54,779 101,753
Net increase/(decrease) in cash held 8,951 -7,613 -12,332 -4,914
GFS cash surplus(+)/deficit(-)(d) 10,279 -40,451 -62,958 -96,801
plus Net cash flows from financing activities for leases(e) -186 -1,700 -1,698 -2,447
Equals underlying cash balance(f) 10,093 -42,151 -64,656 -99,247
plus Net cash flows from investments in financial assets for policy purposes -639 1 -483 -6,888
Equals headline cash balance 9,454 -42,150 -65,138 -106,135

*As published in the 2021-22 MYEFO.
(a) A positive number denotes a cash inflow; a negative number denotes a cash outflow.
(b) As a result of a voluntary accounting policy change, the pass-through of defined benefit member superannuation receipts and payments are reported on a gross basis in the cash flow statement. This was previously reported on a net basis.
(c) Consistent with the ABS GFS classification, other employee related payments are classified separately from wages and salaries under other payments.
(d) GFS cash surplus/deficit equals net cash flows from operating activities and investments in non-financial assets.
(e) Principal payments on lease liabilities, which are financing cash payments, are deducted in the calculation of the underlying cash balance to maintain consistency of measure following the implementation of AASB 16.
(f) The term underlying cash balance is not used by the ABS.

Note 1: Income Tax

  ACTUAL
2021-2022
February
$m
ACTUAL
2021-2022
YTD February
$m
MYEFO Profile
2021-2022
YTD February
$m
MYEFO ESTIMATE*
2021-2022
FULL YEAR
$m
 
Individuals and other withholding taxes          
Gross income tax withholding 22,683 157,081 151,932 229,700  
Gross other individuals 5,256 32,059 31,111 53,800  
less Refunds 1,281 31,593 31,953 38,700  
Total individuals and other withholding taxation 26,658 157,547 151,090 244,800  
Fringe benefits tax 176 2,333 2,367 3,160  
Company tax 10,006 76,825 70,428 102,700  
Superannuation fund taxes 1,302 21,343 20,248 23,230  
Petroleum resource rent tax 2 1,253 1,215 1,470  
Total income taxation revenue 38,144 259,302 245,348 375,360  

*As published in the 2021-22 MYEFO.

Note 2: Indirect Tax

  ACTUAL
2021-2022
February
$m
ACTUAL
2021-2022
YTD February
$m
MYEFO Profile
2021-2022
YTD February
$m
MYEFO ESTIMATE*
2021-2022
FULL YEAR
$m
 
Goods and services tax 10,092 52,074 52,129 76,410  
Wine equalisation tax 143 789 793 1,160  
Luxury car tax 70 591 524 770  
Excise duty 1,967 16,544 16,385 24,850  
Customs duty 1,862 11,240 11,186 17,190  
Other indirect tax 1,060 5,227 5,076 8,301  
Total indirect taxation revenue 15,193 86,466 86,093 128,681  

*As published in the 2021-22 MYEFO.

Note 3: Total expenses by function

  ACTUAL
2021-2022
February
$m
ACTUAL
2021-2022
YTD February
$m
MYEFO ESTIMATE*
2021-2022
FULL YEAR
$m
Expenses by function      
General public services 2,276 19,480 33,264
Defence 2,865 22,610 35,201
Public order and safety 525 4,317 6,766
Education 2,208 33,376 43,378
Health 9,171 69,710 105,706
Social security and welfare 16,182 151,180 226,241
Housing and community amenities 452 3,984 8,139
Recreation and culture 355 2,747 4,567
Fuel and energy 741 5,867 9,770
Agriculture, forestry and fishing 315 1,921 4,456
Mining, manufacturing and construction 304 2,239 4,259
Transport and communication 571 4,089 15,312
Other economic affairs 1,094 15,899 23,519
Other purposes      
Public debt interest 1,408 11,983 17,862
Nominal superannuation interest 748 5,983 8,974
General purpose inter-government transactions 6,561 52,369 78,324
Natural disaster relief 6 97 582
Contingency reserve 0 0 7,518
Total expenses 45,781 407,850 633,838

*As published in the 2021-22 MYEFO.

 

NOTES:

AASB 1049 Whole of Government and General Government Sector Financial Reporting (AASB 1049)

The Australian Government monthly financial statements have been prepared on a basis consistent with the Budget as required under section 47 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013. The statements are prepared in accordance with AASB 1049, which require treatment based on the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) Government Finance Statistics (GFS) except where Australian Accounting Standards (AAS) provide a better conceptual treatment for specific items. Departures are limited to complying with either ABS GFS or AAS.

Taxation revenue

While total tax collections are known with certainty at the end of each month, the distribution across the relevant heads of revenue cannot be finalised until all business activity statements are received and processed. The outcomes for some revenue items provided in this statement are therefore estimates, in accordance with the best judgement of the Commissioner of Taxation, and subject to revision. The taxation revenue items not affected are: petroleum resource rent tax, excise duty, customs duty, other taxes and individuals refunds.

Style conventions

Figures in tables and generally in the text have been rounded. Discrepancies in tables between totals and sums of components are due to rounding.

International Monetary Fund Special Data Dissemination Standards

The Government is committed to releasing the monthly financial statements in a timely fashion and will endeavour to do so in accordance with International Monetary Fund (IMF) Special Data Dissemination Standards (SDDS). Under these standards the timeframe for releasing the monthly financial statements is by the end of the following month. Australia applies a special flexibility option which allows it to publish late the last and first month of a financial year.

In accordance with the IMF SDDS, the approximate date of release of the data on debt guaranteed by the Australian Government (central government), is given on the IMF’s Data Dissemination Advance Release Calendar http://dsbb.imf.org . Monthly and quarterly data on debt guaranteed by the Australian Government (central government) that meet the coverage and timeliness requirements of the SDDS are published on the Australian Office of Financial Management website at https://www.aofm.gov.au/data-hub .

Electronic access to monthly financial statements

The Australian Government general government sector monthly financial statements and the historical series are available in electronic format at:
http://data.gov.au/dataset/australian-government-general-government-sector-monthly-financial-statements-tables-and-data .

[ENDS]