Statement of financial performance

In 2017–18 the department administered approximately $173.4 billion in payments, or around 38 per cent of government outlays.

The department reported an operating surplus of $174.9 million after adjustment for unfunded depreciation and amortisation expenses and the revaluation of assets. This represents a 4 per cent variance from the budgeted net cost of services of $4.8 billion.

Table 56: Departmental income and expenses
$ million
$ million
$ million
Income 4,417.1 4,446.4 4,612.5
Expenses 4,669.8 4,608.6 4,687.0


The department is primarily funded through direct appropriation in the annual budget cycle. The department also receives service-related revenue from other Australian Government agencies and non-government entities under service arrangements

In 2017–18 the department’s total income was $4,612.5 million, comprising $4,297.1 million in government appropriation and $315.4 million in own source revenue and gains.

Table 57: Departmental own source revenue See footnote(a)
Government agencies and other entities $ million
Australian Bureau of Statistics 2.9
Australian Digital Health Agency 41.1
Australian National Audit Office 1.0
Australian Taxation Office 13.6
Department of Defence 1.0
Department of Jobs and Small Business 1.1
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 5.8
Department of Health 49.4
Department of Immigration and Border Protection 1.0
Department of Social Services 2.3
Department of Veterans’ Affairs 52.2
National Disability Insurance Agency 102.3
Other agencies (amounts of less than $1 million from other government agencies) 4.7
Other entities 29.7
Total—own source revenue 308.1
Other gains 7.3
Total 315.4
  1. Financial and other data in this annual report is rounded to the nearest decimal point. This may lead to minor differences between numbers.


The department’s expenses in 2017–18 totalled $4,687 million. These were primarily staff and supplier expenses.

Reporting of significant non-compliance issues

No matters were reported under section 19(1)(e) of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 in relation to non-compliance with the finance law during the reporting period.

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