WA Budget Brief

Analysis

WA Budget Briefing Note 2018-19

Progress, but more hard work to come

Deloitte Access Economics has analysed the 2018-19 WA Budget.

It has been eight months since the last WA State Budget. While the outlook for the WA economy has undoubtedly improved during this period, WA Treasury has presented a notably rosier view of the outlook for the economy and public finances than the one presented in September 2017.

Highlights

  • Better than expected revenue and controlled expenditure growth has reduced the operating deficit in 2017-18 to half the size forecast in the Mid-Year Review 
  • This Budget continues the tightening of the collective public sector belt, forecasting annual average spending growth of just 1.2% over the forward estimates
  • Achieving these spending targets largely relies on restraint in WA Health and the Department of Education, which account for almost half of all General Government spending 
  • Failure to achieve spending restraint across these agency clusters could wreak serious havoc on State finances
  • On the upside, WA can expect an extra $2.9bn in GST revenue over the four years to 2021-22
  • Forecasts aside, the State Government has done well in managing expenditure growth over the past year but continue to face a difficult Budget task.

Published: May 2018

WA Budget Briefing Note 2018-19

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