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2021 Update

On 15 March 2021, the Commission published its recommended relativities for distributing the GST among the states and territories in 2021-22. The final report is now available, with a range of supporting information.

The relativities for 2021-22 were produced in accordance with the Commonwealth’s new equalisation arrangements enacted in the Treasury Laws Amendment (Making Sure Every State and Territory Gets Their Fair Share of GST) Act 2018.

 

Occasional Papers

On 14 April 2021 the Commission released a new occasional paper:
GST distribution and state tax reform.

The paper discusses the relationship between the distribution of the GST and potential tax reform measures at the state and territory level. 

The aim of the occasional papers is to help improve public understanding of the distribution of the GST pool among the states and territories in line with horizontal fiscal equalisation and facilitate a better-informed public discussion.

Who We Are

Operating under the Commonwealth Grants Commission Act 1973, we are a small independent statutory authority responsible for measuring the relative fiscal capacity of the States and Territories. The CGC has:

- A Commission which makes decisions about how to measure the relative fiscal capacities of the States

- A Secretariat which is responsible for collecting and assessing data, and undertaking research to provide considered advice to the Commission.

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Fiscal Equalisation

Fiscal equalisation makes it possible for every State and Territory to provide similar standards of service (e.g. hospitals, education, social housing, transport and policing) with comparable levels of taxation, whilst allowing the benefits of decentralised governance and administration to be retained.

Some form of equalisation has been in place in Australia since Federation to address both the vertical fiscal imbalance between the States and the Commonwealth, and differences in fiscal capacities across States.

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Scam Alert

CGC is warning the public to be wary of unsolicited communication.

You are strongly advised not to give out personal information.

If you are unsure about the legitimacy of a communication you have received which claims to be from CGC, please contact us via services [at] cgc.gov.au or call us on (02) 6218 5700. You can also report it as a scam to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) via the SCAMwatch website, or by calling 1300 795 995.

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