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The 2018-19 Report on State Finances show a $1.2 billion budget surplus for NSW

The NSW Government has recorded a budget surplus of $1.2 billion for 2018-19, a $400 million improvement from the forecast in this year’s State Budget.

Following the release of the 2018-19 Report on State Finances, the NSW Government announced an additional $300 million of above-forecast tax receipts would be directed into the NSW Generations Fund – a sovereign wealth fund dedicated for debt retirement to benefit the State in the long-term.

Date: 09 October 2019


Ratings agency S&P Global has highlighted the NSW Government’s “excellent financial management” in reaffirming the State’s Triple-A rating. In its latest credit report, S&P Global noted the State’s “wealthy and diversified economy” and expectation it “will deliver on its large pipeline of infrastructure while maintaining after-capital-account deficits and debt at moderate levels compared to peers.” Date: 27 September 2019

NSW Budget 2019-20: Building a better NSW

The NSW Budget 2019-20 is delivering on the Government’s election commitments – building a better NSW with record infrastructure investment, support for our drought-affected communities, tax cuts and a boost to the cost of living.

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet has announced a surplus of $802 million for 2018-19, with surpluses averaging $1.7 billion over the four years to 2022-23. 

Date: 18 June 2019

NSW Treasury Releases Updated Economic and Fiscal Projections

In accordance with section 24 of the Parliamentary Budget Officer Act 2010, the Secretary of the Treasury released the NSW Pre-election Budget Update on 5 March 2019.

The report provides updated information on the current and projected financial position of the New South Wales general government sector. This is the first time New South Wales has released a Pre-election Budget Update.

Date: 05 March 2019

Finance Resource Hub

The new Finance Resource Hub, housed on the NSW Treasury website has been designed for financial professionals from all sectors in NSW, to enable knowledge sharing and promote best and consistent practice across our industry.

This tool has been created to support capability building, provide a place to go for information, as well as share the new training material relating to the Government Sector Finance Act 2018

Date: 04 February 2019

2018-19 Half-Yearly Review released

Today, NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet delivered the NSW Half-Yearly Budget Review – stating the NSW economy and fiscal position remain strong with average annual surpluses of $1.3 billion forecast to 2021-22. The first Australian state to have a net worth of a quarter of a trillion dollars, NSW’s net debt reached a historic low of negative $11.2 billion at June 2018. 

“NSW is achieving the holy grail of financial management – solid surpluses and record low net debt while building more schools, hospitals, road and rail than ever before.

Date: 18 December 2018

Businesses to benefit from reforms to payroll tax admin

Businesses will save about $10 million a year and have their paperwork burden eased under changes to be introduced following the NSW Productivity Commissioner’s review into payroll tax administration.

Business owners will save on average about 16 hours of work a year under the streamlined payroll tax system.

The NSW Government on 21 November 2018 announced that it would be implementing all 12 recommendations handed down by the NSW Productivity Commission’s report.

Date: 22 November 2018

Stronger than expected budget surplus for NSW

The NSW Government has recorded a stronger than expected annual budget surplus for 2017-18, record low net debt and record net worth.

The Total State Sector Accounts (TSSA) show that the State registered a $4.2 billion surplus, up $242 million from forecasted in the NSW Budget in June. The TSSA can be found in section 7 of the 2017-18 NSW Report on State Finances.

Date: 28 October 2018

NSW extends triple-A track record

NSW has had its triple-A credit rating reaffirmed by both Moody’s and S&P rating agencies in September 2018.

Moody’s highlighted the State’s strong financial management, noted that “the state's large and diverse economy will continue to perform well” and that the Government’s investment in record levels of infrastructure, funded in part through the asset recycling strategy, and a low unemployment rate relative to the rest of Australia all contributed to the State retaining a triple-A rating.

Date: 26 September 2018

NSW Government announces Sydney Motorway Corporation transaction result

The NSW Government announced a 51 per cent stake in Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has been awarded to Sydney Transport Partners.

The $9.26 billion in proceeds from the transaction will fund the final stage of WestConnex, the critical M4-M5 Link which will connect two of Sydney’s busiest motorways.

The State announced its plan in May 2017 to sell a majority share in SMC.

SMC was established by the State to finance WestConnex by incorporating an initial investment by the State alongside Commonwealth and private sector debt supported by toll revenue.

Date: 31 August 2018