Government departments’ spending data is published every quarter in the quarterly data summary (QDS) to show the taxpayer how the government is spending their money. We began publishing the QDS following commitments made in the 2011 Budget.
For the financial year 2012/13 we have improved the QDS to enable comparisons of operational performance across government so that departments and individuals can be held to account.
The QDS breaks down the total spend of the department by:
The QDS template is the same for all departments, though the individual detail of grants and policy will differ from department to department.
Please make sure that you:
read the caveats in each return
take necessary caution when undertaking any comparative analysis – because improvement of the QDS is an ongoing process and data quality and completeness will be developed over time
QDS: previous format
The QDS was published in a previous format from July 2011 to July 2012 (covering periods up to the end of the 2011/2012 financial year). It provided a quarterly snapshot of how each department was spending its budget, the results it had achieved and how it was deploying its workforce.
Please pay careful attention to the accompanying measurement annexes which include caveats and nuances on the measures. Some of the measures are not directly comparable between departments because they do not have common definitions, time periods, or data collection processes.