Tax policy analysis

Revenue Statistics country note for Australia

 

Tax to GDP ratios

Australia is in the lower half of OECD countries ranked in order of tax to GDP ratio at 25.6% in 2010 and 26.5% in 2011. The ratio was 30.4% in 2000 and remained fairly stable to be 29.7% in 2007 before declining. The 2011 figure was lower than the OECD average of 34.1% and Australia’s tax to gdp ratio has been lower than the OECD average in every year since 2000.

Tax structures

The main observations for Australia are:

  • Revenue from personal and corporate income taxes declined between 2000 and 2011 from 17.6% to 15.7% as percentage of GDP but remained higher than the OECD average of 11.4%.
  • There are no Social security contributions in Australia, though revenue from payroll taxes was 1.4% of GDP in 2011.
  • Taxes on goods and services declined from 8.7% to 7.2% of GDP over the period and were lower than the OECD average of 11.0% of GDP in 2011.
  • Property tax revenues were 2.3% of GDP in 2010, almost one third higher than the OECD average.

Notes
  • Australia has not provided data for 2012.
  • OECD averages are not available for 2012 as 4 OECD countries have not provided data for that year.
  • More comparative information about OECD member countries is contained in the tables linked within the following webpages:
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