Page updated 13 Oct 2016
Overview of information about government expenditure (spending) on the Treasury website.
What are the government's main areas of expenditure?
The three largest areas of total Crown expenditure for the 2015/16 financial year were:
- Social security and welfare: $28.9 billion
- Health: $15.2 billion
- Education: $13.8 billion
These figures are taken from the Analysis of Expenses by Functional Classification Total Crown in the Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand for the Year Ended 30 June 2016. See the Analysis of Expenses for information on other areas of government expenditure - such as defence and transport and communications - and for a comparison with the 2014/15 figures.
Key Publications and Data
- Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand for the Year Ended 30 June 2016
- Economic and Fiscal Updates - For details of forecast expenditure.