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 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) 2011-12. In this sense the PAES is 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 2011-12 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 portfolio.
Structure of the Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements
The PAES are presented in three parts with subsections.
|Provides a brief introduction explaining the purpose of the PAES.|
|Provides an overview of the portfolio, including a chart that outlines the outcomes for agencies in the portfolio.|
|Agency Additional Estimates Statements|
|A statement (under the name of the agency) for each agency affected by Additional Estimates.|
|Section 1: Agency overview and resources||This section details the total resources available to an agency, the impact of any measures since the Budget, and impact on Appropriation Bills No. 3 and No. 4.|
|Section 2: Revisions to outcomes and planned performance||This section details changes to Government outcomes and/or changes to the planned performance of agency programs.|
|Section 3: Explanatory tables and budgeted financial statements||This section contains updated explanatory tables on special account flows and staffing levels and revisions to the budgeted financial statements.|