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.
An important feature of Australia’s federation is that the Commonwealth provides untied financial support to the states and territories.
This allocation of GST revenue reflects their different needs and is known as horizontal fiscal equalisation. Read about it in the latest research paper.
The Commission's Research Papers provide further detail on the topical and background issues associated with horizontal fiscal equalisation, the distribution of the GST pool, and the role of the Commission.