Economic Fiscal Update, A Run Down

The Australian Government recently released their economic and fiscal update, which shows the impact COVID-19 has had on the Australian economy.

In case you missed the details, here’s a run-down.

  • The Government has acted swiftly providing economic support for workers, households and businesses – at a cost of around $289 billion
  • More than 960,000 businesses and more than 3.5 million individuals have received JobKeeper
  • More than $16 billion in payments have been made to the Boosting Cash Flow for Employers scheme
  • Along with this, taxation receipts decreased $63.9 billion in 2020-21
  • Payment variations have increased by $15.7 billion
  • 709,000 jobs were lost and unemployment is forecast to peak at 9.25% in December
  • GDP decreased 3.75%


All of this leaves the Government in deficit of $184.5 billion, compared to $85.8 billion in 2018-19.

Despite this, the Government has also recently announced further stimulus packages designed to keep the economy afloat, including:

  • $2 billion for apprentices & JobTrainer
  • $16bn to extend JobKeeper to March next year
  • $3.8bn to extend the JobSeeker Supplement to December

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