Taxcheck uses the 2010/2011 budget forecast to estimate how your tax dollars will be spent.

income tax
gov spending
$100 $398,301m
$35 Social security & welfare $138,145m
$14 Assistance to the aged $54,754m
$10 Income support for seniors $39,442m
$2.21 Residential and flexible care $8,811m
$0.43 Veterans' community care and support $1,695m
$0.37 Home support $1,485m
$0.3 Home care $1,205m
$0.21 National partnership payments – assistance to the aged $843m
$0.12 Mature age income support $486m
$0.08 Allowances, concessions, and services for seniors $313m
$0.05 Ageing and service improvement $196m
$0.04 Workforce and quality $175m
$0.03 Access and information $139m
$0 Other aged care spending $11m
$8.77 Assistance to families with children $34,945m
$5.09 Family Tax Benefit $20,289m
$1.32 Parents' Income Support $5,275m
$1.27 Child care fee assistance $5,048m
$0.52 Parental payments & care incentives (including the "Baby Bonus") $2,080m
$0.34 Child support $1,372m
$0.11 Support for the child care system $427m
$0.04 Family relationship services $169m
$0.04 Family support $157m
$0.02 National Partnership Payments - child care $97m
$0.01 Other assistance to families with children expenses $31m
$6.4 Assistance to people with disabilities $25,479m
$3.9 Disability support pension $15,549m
$1.73 Income Support for Carers $6,878m
$0.34 Assistance to the States for disability services $1,336m
$0.23 Disability employment services $928m
$0.08 Services and support for people with a disability $317m
$0.07 Other assistance to people with disabilities expenses $263m
$0.05 DisabilityCare Australia $191m
$2.4 Assistance to the unemployed and sick $9,550m
$1.76 Assistance to veterans & their dependents $7,006m
$0.94 Administration expenses $3,731m
$0.41 Other welfare programs $1,637m
$0.26 Assistance to Indigenous Australians not specified elsewhere $1,043m
$18 Interest payments and other expenses $73,560m
$13 General revenue assistance to States & Territories $51,234m
$3.13 Interest payments on federal debt $12,456m
$2.12 Nominal interest on federal employee superannuation accounts $8,462m
$0.29 Local government assistance $1,164m
$0.04 Natural disaster relief $147m
$0.02 Contingency reserve $98m
$16 Health $64,636m
$6.42 Medical services and benefits $25,552m
$4.79 Medicare services $19,092m
$1.36 Private health insurance $5,399m
$0.23 General medical consultations and services $916m
$0.05 Primary care practice incentives $208m
$-0.02 Other medical benefits and services expenses $-63m
$3.5 National Health Reform Payment $13,941m
$2.8 Pharmaceutical services and benefits $11,139m
$1.46 Pharmaceutical benefits for Centrelink concession card holders $5,801m
$0.61 Pharmaceutical benefits for highly specialised and other drugs dispensed in hospitals $2,435m
$0.4 Pharmaceutical benefits for non-concession card holders $1,613m
$0.17 Other pharmaceutical benefits expenses $663m
$0.1 Veterans' pharmaceutical benefits $415m
$0.05 Payments for wholesalers and pharmacy programs $212m
$1.77 Health services $7,053m
$0.79 Other health services $3,130m
$0.38 Health infrastructure $1,522m
$0.28 National blood agreement management $1,127m
$0.19 Blood and organ donation services $772m
$0.13 Mental health $502m
$0.84 General health administration $3,337m
$0.69 Hospital services $2,762m
$0.21 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health $851m
$7.47 Education $29,742m
$2.26 Higher education $8,997m
$2.24 Non-government schools $8,916m
$1.22 Government schools $4,861m
$0.9 Student assistance $3,599m
$0.77 Tertiary Student Assistance $3,082m
$0.07 School student assistance $293m
$0.05 Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) $208m
$0 Other student assistance expenses $16m
$0.49 Vocational and other education $1,954m
$0.35 Assistance to the States for skills and workforce development $1,409m
$0.07 National Partnership Payments - Vocational and Other Education $280m
$0.07 Adult English migrant program $265m
$0.29 School education - specific funding $1,147m
$0.07 General administration expenses $268m
$5.78 General public services $23,023m
$2.04 Financial and fiscal affairs $8,112m
$1.7 Foreign affairs and economic aid $6,752m
$0.29 Assistance to Africa, Central Asia, the Middle East, and other regions $1,158m
$0.29 Assistance to East Asia $1,139m
$0.24 Assistance to PNG and the Pacific Region $944m
$0.18 Other foreign affairs and economic aid expenditure $724m
$0.1 UN, Commonwealth & other international organisations $396m
$0.1 Emergency humanitarian & refugee programs $384m
$0.09 Other development assistance expenses, including AusAID departmental expenses $374m
$0.09 Multilateral replenishments $373m
$0.07 International deployments $298m
$0.06 Payments to international organisations $258m
$0.06 Passport services $250m
$0.06 NGO, volunteer and community programs $222m
$0.03 International agricultural research & development $119m
$0.02 Consular services $76m
$0.01 Finance and insurance services for Australian exporters and investors $37m
$0.87 Government employee superannuation benefits $3,466m
$0.67 General research $2,663m
$0.16 National research flagships $646m
$0.14 Discovery - research and research training $553m
$0.12 Core research and services $485m
$0.08 Linkage - cross sector research partnerships $334m
$0.07 Science and technology solutions $291m
$0.06 Science and research capacity $225m
$0.03 Other general research expenses $129m
$0.34 Legislative and executive affairs $1,335m
$0.17 General services $695m
$5.53 Defence $22,045m
$2.83 Miscellaneous economic affairs $11,283m
$1.1 Immigration (including expenses involved in managing asylum seeker arrivals) $4,376m
$0.72 Offshore asylum seeker management $2,867m
$0.16 Other immigration expenses $618m
$0.15 Visa and migration services $603m
$0.07 Settlement services for migrants and refugees $288m
$0.59 Other economic affairs not specified elsewhere $2,359m
$0.13 Department of Innovation, Industry, Science, and Research $507m
$0.1 Australian Securities and Investments Commission $409m
$0.09 Bureau of Meteorology $353m
$0.07 "Innovative industry" programs $295m
$0.05 Trade, education and investment development $186m
$0.05 Other miscellaneous economic affairs $183m
$0.04 Australian Competition and Consumer Commission $155m
$0.03 Export Market Development Grants Scheme $125m
$0.03 IP Australia $122m
$0.52 Labour market assistance to job seekers and industry $2,059m
$0.4 Vocational and industry training (including payments to apprentices and employers) $1,590m
$0.18 Industrial relations $708m
$0.05 Tourism and regional promotion (including Tourism Australia) $189m
$2.2 Housing & community amenities $8,775m
$1.19 Environment protection $4,754m
$0.84 Housing (including social housing expenditure) $3,361m
$0.17 Urban and regional development $660m
$1.9 Fuel and energy $7,586m
$1.47 Fuel Tax Credits Scheme (for commercial users of heavy diesel vehicles) $5,871m
$0.22 Other fuel and energy expenses $866m
$0.13 Australian Renewable Energy Agency $509m
$0.09 Resouces related initiatives and management $340m
$1.62 Transport and communication $6,453m
$0.88 Road transport $3,501m
$0.36 Rail transport $1,425m
$0.15 Communication (not including the proposed National Broadband Network) $582m
$0.1 Other transport and communication expenses $393m
$0.09 Sea transport (including the Australian Maritime Safety Authority) $342m
$0.05 Air transport (including the Civil Aviation Safety Authority) $210m
$1.07 Public order and safety $4,272m
$0.82 Other courts and legal services expenses $3,264m
$0.25 Courts and legal services $1,007m
$0.93 Recreation & culture $3,696m
$0.44 Broadcasting $1,761m
$0.16 ABC television $647m
$0.09 ABC radio $349m
$0.06 SBS television $250m
$0.04 Broadcasting and digital television $168m
$0.03 Access to digital TV services $109m
$0.02 SBS digital transmission and distribution $81m
$0.02 ABC analog transmission $80m
$0.02 Other broadcasting expenses $77m
$0.3 Arts and cultural heritage $1,179m
$0.02 National Library of Australia $77m
$0.02 National Archives of Australia $74m
$0.01 National Museum of Australia $47m
$0.01 National Gallery of Australia $42m
$0.1 Sport and recreation $388m
$0.09 National estate and parks $368m
$0.67 Agriculture, forestry, and fishing $2,654m
$0.25 Natural resources development (including water programs in the Murray-Darling Basin) $998m
$0.18 Water reform $708m
$0.06 Other natural resources development expenses $249m
$0.01 Sustainable management - natural resources $33m
$0 Forestry industry $8m
$0.18 General administration $708m
$0.06 Assistance to fishing, horticulture, and other agriculture $252m
$0.05 Rural assistance $194m
$0.05 Assistance to the grains industry $182m
$0.05 Assistance to the cattle, sheep, and pig industry $180m
$0.01 Assistance to the wool industry $58m
$0.01 Assistance to the dairy industry $54m
$0.01 General assistance not allocated to specific industries $30m
$0.61 Assistance to the mining, manufacturing, and construction industries $2,431m
$0.3 Research and development tax offset $1,201m
$0.17 Industry development and investment $685m
$0.05 Other mining, manufacturing, and construction expenses $198m

Deficit information

$5 Budget deficit & implied borrowing on your behalf $18,000m

Note that income taxation provides only around half of total Federal Government revenue. Other major revenue sources include the GST, corporate taxes, excise taxes, superannuation taxes, tariffs, and so on. Thus total direct and indirect contributions to federal spending could potentially be multiple times higher than the values listed above, especially when an individual’s income is relatively low. In addition, beyond where categories have been distinctly labelled, no attempt has been made to account for independent revenue raising or spending by state or local governments. has nothing to do with any Australian government or agency and is intended for illustrative purposes only. The data used has been sourced from the 2013/14 Federal Budget papers and Portfolio Statements, available at (conflation of data from different tables may have led to minor categorisation errors). Estimates of income tax liabilities are calculated through a naive application of 2013/14 marginal income tax rates, with no accounting for the Medicare Levy, Low Income Tax Offset, Family Tax Benefits, or other potentially relevant factors. For a far more thorough estimation procedure, see the Australian Tax Office’s tax calculator. The individual contribution to spending on each item in the above table is calculated as tax paid multiplied by that item’s share of total federal expenditure. The “implied saving on your behalf” figure is calculated as the individual’s proportional contribution to total federal revenue multiplied by the forecast net federal surplus in 2013/14.

Design/Development: Nathan McGinness
Author: Robert Arculus

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