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2017 Indigenous expenditure report

26 Oct 2017
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This Report provides estimates of Australian, State and Territory government expenditure for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians across more than 150 expenditure categories. When combined with other information, the estimates contribute to a better understanding of the adequacy, effectiveness and efficiency of government expenditure on services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Expenditure may be compared across all States and Territories, and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, non‑Indigenous and all Australians.

In 2015‑16, total direct government expenditure on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians was estimated to be $33.4 billion, a real increase from $27.0 billion in 2008‑09.

In 2015‑16, Indigenous specific services (targeted expenditure assumed to relate exclusively to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians) accounted for 18.0 per cent of direct expenditure on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, a decrease from 22.5 per cent in 2008‑09. Mainstream services (expenditure available to all Australians through services and programs — for example, school education) accounted for 82.0 per cent, an increase from 77.5 per cent in 2008‑09.

The Australian Government accounted for $14.7 billion (43.9 per cent) of direct Indigenous expenditure in 2015‑16, a real increase of $2.2 billion (17.5 per cent) from 2008‑09. The remaining $18.8 billion (56.1 per cent) was provided by State and Territory governments, a real increase of $4.3 billion (29.7 per cent) from 2008‑09.

This report does not assess the adequacy, effectiveness and efficiency of government expenditure on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. To do this requires the ability to link expenditure to individuals, and then determine the causality of that expenditure on outcomes (such as through a cost benefit evaluation). This is outside the scope of this report.

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978-1-74037-642-6
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CC BY
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2017

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