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Date posted: 23 September 2011
The Productivity Commission has released a new supplement to its 2010 Indigenous expenditure report. The Indigenous expenditure report, which was released in February, is a key part of the Australian Government's commitment to improving transparency on Indigenous expenditure across states and territories. For further information about the 2010 report, see link to the report abstract on the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet website, below.
The supplement report splits Australian Government direct Indigenous expenditure across states and territories, and estimates total government Indigenous expenditure in each state and territory. The expenditure report estimates the Commonwealth and state and territory governments spent $40,228 per head of population on Indigenous Australians in 2008-09, compared to $18,351 for non-Indigenous Australians.
The supplement shows that in 2008-09, 53% of total government Indigenous expenditure came from state and territory governments. The Australian Government provided 47% in direct expenditure on services and assistance to individuals, service providers, or local governments.