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.

General Government Sector net debt has fallen to a record low of negative $11.2 billion from $9.8 billion estimated in the June budget and $9.3 billion a year ago.  

Over the past three years, NSW’s gross state product per capita has grown annually by an average of 1.7 per cent – by far the strongest of any state in Australia. 

The State’s net worth – the value of NSW public net assets – has risen to a record $254.2 billion, up from $223.6 billion a year earlier.

The TSSA result was aided by higher than expected revenue and follows the reaffirmation of NSW’s triple-A credit rating by both Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s in September 2018.

The NSW 2018-19 Half Yearly Budget Review will be released in December 2018.

Last updated: 04/02/2021

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