Additional Financial Information
Fiscal Indicator Analysis for the year ended 30 June 2012
The purpose of the following fiscal indicator analysis is to provide a link between the financial statements (published on pages 34 to 173) and the fiscal indicators used to measure the Government's performance against the fiscal objectives set out in the Fiscal Strategy Report.
The fiscal analysis comprises two statements: core Crown residual cash and debt.
Core Crown Residual Cash
The core Crown residual cash statement measures the core Crown cash surplus (or deficit), after operating and investing cash requirements are met, that is available for the government to invest, repay, or, in the case of a deficit, fund in any given year.
The debt statement presents the calculation of both gross debt and net debt.
Gross debt is defined as gross-sovereign issued debt and represents debt issued by the sovereign (core Crown) and includes Government stock held by the NZS Fund, Accident Compensation Corporation, and the Earthquake Commission. Gross debt excludes Reserve Bank settlement cash and Reserve Bank bills as these are issued for liquidity management purposes.
Net debt is debt after deducting financial assets of the core Crown from gross debt. Net debt provides information about the sustainability of the Government's accounts, and is used by some international agencies when determining the creditworthiness of a country. However, as some financial assets are held for public policy rather than treasury management purposes (eg, student loans), they are excluded from the calculation of net debt.