Liberal Celebration of Australia
This week’s Nationwide Accounts confirmed the Australian economic system is strengthening and our financial restoration plan is working. Actual GDP elevated within the December quarter by three.1 per cent, above the median market expectation of two.5 per cent.
For the primary time since data started greater than 60 years in the past, GDP development is above three per cent for 2 consecutive quarters. The economic system has now recovered 85 per cent of its COVID-induced fall, which is six months earlier and twice as quick as anticipated throughout the Finances in October.
It’s outstanding progress given the financial abyss Australia was staring into final 12 months. Australia’s efficiency on each the well being and the financial entrance is world-leading, with our economic system outperforming all main superior economies in 2020.
Whereas the UK’s economic system contracted by 9.9 per cent, Italy eight.9 per cent, France eight.2 per cent, Canada 5 per cent, Japan four.eight per cent, the US three.three per cent, Australia was solely down 2.5 per cent.
That is an achievement all Australians contributed to and all Australians might be pleased with.
There are nonetheless sectors and areas which can be doing it powerful however our financial help will proceed and the Nationwide Accounts affirm broadbased restoration is below method.
What is especially pleasing in these numbers is as our emergency help is truly fizzling out, the non-public sector is stepping up.
Within the December quarter, direct financial help from the federal authorities halved, but on the similar time, the economic system grew by three.1 per cent, added 320,000 new jobs and a couple of.1 million Australian employees graduated off JobKeeper.
In December, consumption was up four.three per cent, enterprise funding was up 2.6 per cent – its strongest end result since 2017 – and dwelling funding was up four.1 per cent, its strongest quarterly enhance since 2015.
This rebound in funding was pushed by particular measures in our financial plan, together with HomeBuilder and the expanded on the spot asset write-off.
That is seen in purchases of equipment and gear, like automobiles and harvesters, that had been up eight.1 per cent, the biggest quarterly leap on this class in almost seven years.
Farm GDP was additionally up 33 per cent within the quarter, off the again of the second greatest winter crop on report.
After a devastating and protracted interval of drought, this was a welcome consequence for our hardworking farmers in regional Australia.
As restrictions have eased and Australians have come again to work, the nation’s wages invoice, as measured by the compensation of workers, is up 1.5 per cent within the quarter and a couple of per cent by way of the 12 months.
With enterprise and client confidence again to its pre-pandemic ranges, Australian customers have gotten much less cautious, with the financial savings ratio falling from 18 per cent to 12 per cent.
Whereas nonetheless round thrice increased than pre-pandemic ranges, the discount within the financial savings ratio will proceed to help consumption throughout the economic system.
With an extra $240bn accrued on family and enterprise stability sheets that was not there this time final 12 months, there’s substantial scope for the non-public sector to benefit from the restoration.
All states and territories noticed financial development within the December quarter, with NSW up 2.9 per cent, and the scale of its economic system solely slightly below its prepandemic ranges.
The Australian economic system begins 2021 in a robust place. We now have maintained our AAA credit standing.
Our labour market has remained resilient, with 94 per cent of the 1.three million Australians who both misplaced their jobs or noticed their working hours diminished to zero in the beginning of the pandemic now again at work, and funding is up off the again of incentives the Morrison authorities has put in place.