Budget 2015 | The Economy in Brief

May 2015

What is happening in the Australian economy at Budget-time? Here's a snapshot from the Government.

Deficit of $35.1bn in 2015/2016 reducing to $6.9bn by 2018/2019.

Real GDP expected to grow by a modest 2.75% in 2015/2016, which is 0.25% slower than expected 12 months ago.

  • Stronger non-mining business investment expected to drive growth in 2016/2017 to 3.25%.

Unemployment rate currently better than predicted at 6.25% but expected to push higher in 2015/2016 before falling again.

Tax receipts downgraded by $52 billion since the 2014 Budget - $20 bn a result of the iron ore spot price almost halving:

  • Iron ore investments and exports directly contributed 15% to economic growth over the last decade.
  • Australia accounts for 1/3 or world iron ore production.

Australia's major trading partners are expected to grow by 4.5% in 2015 and 2016.

Total exports expected to increase by 5% in 2015/2016 and 6.5% in 2016/2017.

Non-mining business investment has increased but remains uncommitted.


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