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Liabilities (including Debt)

Page updated 5 Oct 2017

Overview of information about government liabilities and debt on the Treasury website, including the government's borrowing programme and the role of the New Zealand Debt Management Office, a unit of the Treasury.

What are the Government's liabilities?

The Government's liabilities include ACC claims and the Government Superannuation Fund liability.

The Statement of Financial Position in the Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand for the Year Ended 30 June 2017 shows the current value of broad types of liabilities and values total liabilities at $197.1 billion.

The Treasury's Role

The New Zealand Debt Management Office (NZDMO) is a separate unit within the Treasury, responsible for managing the Government's borrowing programme. NZDMO was established in 1988 with the aim of improving the management of risk associated with the Government's debt portfolio. It is responsible for managing the Government's debt, overall net cash flows, and some of its interest-bearing assets within an appropriate risk management framework.

Key Publications

Research & Policy Publications

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