Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements
The purpose of the Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements (PAES), like that of the Portfolio Budget Statements, is to inform Senators and Members of Parliament and the public of the proposed allocation of resources to government outcomes by agencies within the relevant portfolio.
The focus of the PAES differs from the Portfolio Budget Statements in one important aspect. While the PAES include an Agency Resource Statement to inform Parliament of the revised estimate of the total resources available to an agency, the focus of the PAES is on explaining the changes in resourcing since the Budget. As such, the PAES provides information on new measures and their impact on the financial and non-financial planned performance of agencies.
The PAES facilitate understanding of the proposed appropriations in Appropriation Bills (No. 3 and No. 4). In this sense the PAES are declared by the Additional Estimates Appropriation Bills to be a 'relevant document' to the interpretation of the Bills according to section 15AB of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.
Whereas the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook is a mid-year budget report which provides updated information to allow the assessment of the Government's fiscal performance against its fiscal strategy, the PAES update the most recent budget appropriations for agencies within the relevant portfolio.
Timing: Tabled in Parliament when the Additional Estimates Bills are introduced (normally in early February).
The following Australian Government Agencies have their Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements available on their web sites. These documents were tabled in February 2015
|Australian Government Agency Name|
|Department of Veterans' Affairs|
|Foreign Affairs and Trade Portfolio|
|Immigration and Border Protection Portfolio|
|Infrastructure and Regional Development Portfolio|
|Prime Minister and Cabinet Portfolio|
|Social Services Portfolio|
|Department of Human Services|
|Department of Parliamentary Services|