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2021 Update

The Commission expects to receive terms of reference to produce relativities for distributing GST revenue in 2021-22, in accordance with the new arrangements in the Treasury Laws Amendment (Making Sure Every State and Territory Gets Their Fair Share of GST) Act 2018. Consultation papers on the 2021 Update include consideration of policy responses to COVID-19. The papers, and submissions received, are available here.

The Commission released its 2020 Review report in March 2020. The Treasurer accepted the recommended relativities for sharing GST revenue in 2020-21 on 1 April 2020.

Occasional Papers

The Commission has released a new occasional paper: Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on GST distribution.  

The paper reviews some of the implications for the distribution of the GST pool among the states and territories due to the pandemic. 

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.


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.


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.