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The report on performance covers the Treasury's departmental and administered items for 2013-14.

Departmental items are the goods and services the department provides for, and on behalf of, the Government. This involves the use of assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses controlled or incurred by the Treasury in its own right. Programme 1.1 relates mainly to departmental items.

Administered items are revenues, expenses, assets or liabilities managed by the Treasury on behalf of the Government and include subsidies, grants and benefits. Programmes 1.2 to 1.10 relate to administered items.

The Treasury's 2013-14 performance is reported at the Programme level for its policy outcome:

  • Outcome 1: Informed decisions on the development and implementation of policies to improve the wellbeing of the Australian people, including by achieving strong, sustainable economic growth, through the provision of advice to government and the efficient administration of federal financial relations.

Performance outcomes for each Programme are reported against the objectives, deliverables and key performance indicators published in the Treasury Portfolio Budget Statements 2013-14 and the Treasury Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements 2013-14.

The key strategies for 2013-14 are to provide advice on:

  • macroeconomic policy, based on careful monitoring and analysis of economic conditions in Australia and overseas;
  • fiscal strategy, budget priorities and measures, debt and balance sheet management, as well as a budget coordination role;
  • Commonwealth-State financial policy, industry, environment and defence policy and housing, social and income support policy;
  • taxation and retirement income arrangements consistent with the Government's reform priorities;
  • policies that promote competitive, efficient markets that work to enhance consumer wellbeing, deliver a secure financial system and sound corporate practices, and foreign investment consistent with Australia's national interest;
  • policies that promote well-regulated, competitive and efficient infrastructure and address supply constraints in the housing market that impact on housing affordability;
  • a range of international economic policy issues, including strengthening multi-lateral regimes underpinning open trade and capital flows, supporting developing countries' development aspirations, and shaping the evolution of regional economic architecture; and
  • administration of a range of payments to the states and territories, which are reported in Programmes 1.4 to 1.10.

An assessment of this advice is included under each Programme.