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Report reveals levels of Indigenous expenditure

Date posted: 4 September 2012

The 2012 Indigenous expenditure report was released on 4 September 2012. It is the second in a series of biennial reports, produced by a steering committee of senior officials, for the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).

The report estimates expenditure on services to Indigenous Australians in the 2010-11 financial year to be $25.4 billion, accounting for 5.6% of total direct general government expenditure.

The report showed that, on average, state, territory and federal governments spent $44,128 per head for Indigenous Australians, compared with $19,589 for other Australians (a ratio of 2.25:1). The $24,538 per person difference reflected the combined effects of:

The report includes a number of focus areas of expenditure. In selected areas, the ratio of Indigenous to non-Indigenous expenditure per head of population was:

The report will assist policy makers address the gap between outcomes for Indigenous and other Australians, by contributing to the information available.

Source: Australian Government


Productivity Commission
Background information:
Lawrence McDonald
Head of Secretariat
Ph: (03) 9653 2178
Mobile: 0421 584 905
Other information:
Clair Angel
Media and Publications
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Last updated: 6 September 2012
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