HERE THEY ARE: Headline Numbers From Australia's Budget Are In

Australian federal Treasurer Wayne Swan unveiled his sixth budget in Canberra tonight. We’ll be covering the best of the reaction from everywhere on Business Insider this evening but here are the key points:


  • The deficit comes out at $19.4 billion
  • Projected $18 billion deficit next year
  • Return to a tiny surplus of $800m projected in 2015-16, $6 billion-plus the year after

    • Crackdown on corporate tax loopholes to chase down around another $4 billion in revenue from business over the next four years
    • Increase of 0.5% to the Medicare levy confirmed to fund National Disability Insurance Scheme, or DisabilityCare – brings in over $3 billion a year
    • Abolishing the baby bonus
    • An ATO crackdown on the use of trusts to avoid tax and an expanded use of data matching to ensure compliance, with a combined revenue result of almost $1 billion over four years
    • Phasing out the net medical expenses tax offset, saving over $900m (it gets replaced by aspects of the DisabilityCare)
    • Changing the eligibility for R&D tax concessions, so they only apply to companies with an aggregate turnover of $20 billion – saving the government $1.1 billion over four years
    • Increasing the threshold that allows the government to raid “lost” superannuation accounts from $2000 to $3000 over the next three years – netting the government around $118 million

    Projected growth of 3% this year
    Reduced to 2.75% in 2013-14 but recovering to 3% in 2014-15

    Projected to be 5.5% for the June quarter of this year, then rising slightly over the following two years to 5.75% – some economists suspect it will be higher.

    Projected at 2.5% through the year to June this year, moderating to 2.25% over the following two years

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