Department of Treasury and Finance

Strategy & targets

The government has adopted the following fiscal targets set out in the 2016‑17 Budget.

Target 1    

  • Achieve a net operating surplus in the general government sector in every year.

Target 2    

  • Limit operating expenditure growth to trend growth in household income.

Target 3    

  • Achieve a level of general government net debt that remains affordable over the forward estimates — a maximum ratio of net debt to revenue of 35 per cent.

Further information on these targets and how the government will achieve them is available in Chapter 1 of the 2016-17 Budget Paper 3: Budget Statement.


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