Budget & Financial Reporting


Teena Blewitt
Acting Deputy Secretary

Budget & Financial Reporting (BFR) contributes to the outcome "sustainable government finances". It provides policy and financial advice to the Minister for Finance, senior ministers and Cabinet's Expenditure Review Committee on government expenditure and non-taxation revenue policy issues.

The Budget embodies the policy priorities and fiscal targets for which the government seeks parliamentary authorisation. BFR supports the government in its Budget preparation, delivery and ongoing management through the Budget Process.

Acting Deputy Secretary: Teena Blewitt 
Phone: (02) 6215 2303

 

 

BFR works together to achieve its business outcomes.

  • Budget Policy and Coordination, coordinates the annual Budget process and provides advice on whole of government budget-related matters.
  • BFR has an Agency Advice Unit structure. This enables BFR to provide whole of government advice on expenditure and non-taxation policy issues and the financial implications of new policy proposals prepared by portfolio agencies. This also enables BFR to act as a conduit for agencies, assisting them to provide the government with reliable financial information for decision-making.

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Budget Policy and Coordination

Acting First Assistant Secretary: Amanda Lee
Phone: (02) 6215 2448


The core role of Budget Policy and Coordination (BPC) is to provide advice on whole-of-government budget trends and policy issues, budget processes and methodologies for compiling budget estimates. A major task for the BPC is coordinating the annual Budget process. BPC has three key areas of focus.

Budget Coordination

Budget Coordination is responsible for the overall coordination of the Budget process, advising the government on the Budget timetable and framework. It develops Budget strategy, prepares briefing papers and provides support for committees of Cabinet. It also provides guidance to portfolio agencies on their input into the Budget processes. It is the key liaison point for working with the Parliamentary Budget Office.

Budget Analysis 

Budget Analysis provides analysis and advice on the Budget outlook and on programme estimates and other expenditure trends. Budget Analysis also manages the updating of estimates by agencies and coordinates and contributes to a range of key Budget documents.

Long Term Budget Policy

Long Term Budget Policy provides fiscal and economic analysis and advice, with a focus on fiscal sustainability and the linkages between the economy and the Budget. Key areas include the economic outlook and its implications for government expenditure and the Budget; indexation of government expenditure; emerging and long-term fiscal issues (such as an ageing population); medium to long-term expenditure program projections; and fiscal sustainability.

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Industry, Education and Infrastructure

First Assistant Secretary: Libor Pelecky (Acting)
Phone: (02) 6215 3580

Industry, Education and Infrastructure (IEI) provides policy and financial advice to Government in the areas of education, training, child care, employment, workplace relations, the environment, energy, resources, industry, innovation, science, agriculture, water, infrastructure, transport, communications, the arts, regional development, and local government. IEI has three key areas of focus:

Infrastructure, Communications and Agriculture

Infrastructure, Communications and Agriculture provides policy advice and financial analysis to the government on the Infrastructure and Regional Development, Communications and the Arts, and Agriculture and Water Resources portfolios.

Education and Employment

Education and Employment  provides policy advice and financial analysis to the government on the Education and Training, and Employment portfolios.

Environment and Industry

Environment and Industry provides policy advice and financial analysis to the government on the Environment, and Industry, Innovation and Science portfolios.

Government and Defence

First Assistant Secretary: Cath Petterson 
Phone: (02) 6215 3079

Government and Defence provides policy and financial advice to government on strategic defence policy and acquisitions, intelligence issues, security, law and justice, foreign affairs, trade and overseas development assistance, immigration and border protection, territories, financial and economic regulation, revenue collection, superannuation and the central operations of the Executive Government and the Parliament. Government and Defence has three key areas of focus:

Defence, Capability and Intelligence

Defence, Capability and Intelligence provides policy and financial advice on defence strategy and operations and on security and intelligence matters.

Defence, Capability and Intelligence staff also support the Principal Advisor, Defence Capability, who provides advice on the Defence Investment Plan, including proposals relating to major defence equipment acquisitions, ICT and the Defence Estate and the associated analysis of costs, risks, priority and affordability.

Immigration, Border Protection and Foreign Affairs

Immigration, Border Protection and Foreign Affairs provides policy and financial advice on immigration, border protection, citizenship, foreign affairs, customs, trade and official development assistance issues, including the annual migration programs, visa policies and administration for visitors and temporary and permanent residents, the diplomatic network, consular and passport services, trade policy and assistance to exporters and the overseas aid program.

Central Agencies and Attorney General

The Central Agencies and Attorney General provides policy and financial advice on the central operations of the Executive Government and the Parliament. These include the operations of agencies performing central functions in relation to policy advice and coordination, economics, finance and statistics, asset management and procurement, information technology, market regulation, deregulation, taxation and superannuation and electoral services. 

The Central Agencies and Attorney General team also coordinates work on Commonwealth-State issues and provides policy and financial advice on: law and justice, including law enforcement, federal courts and tribunals, legal aid, human rights, native title and insolvency; home affairs, including, disaster relief and emergency assistance, and payments to Australian victims of terrorism overseas. 

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Social Policy

First Assistant Secretary: Nick Hunt
Phone: (02) 6215 2015

Social Policy advises the Minister for Finance and the government on policy and financial matters in the areas of families, health, housing, community services, Indigenous affairs, aged care, veterans' affairs, and government service delivery (including through Centrelink, Medicare Australia and the Department of Human Services). Social Policy has four key areas of focus:

Health

Health's key function is to provide analysis and advice to government in the areas of health, including preventative health care programs, primary health care services, pharmaceutical benefits, funding for the hospital system, sport, and Indigenous health issues.

Indigenous and Service Delivery

Indigenous and Service Delivery provides analysis and advice to government on the development, implementation, delivery and co-ordination of health and welfare service delivery. This includes the operations of the Department of Human Services The branch also provides analysis and advice on veterans' affairs policy and programs relating to Indigenous education, training, employment, families, community services, housing and land, and Indigenous-specific small agencies.

Social Services – Families and Working Age 

The Social Services – Families and Working Age team provide analysis and advice to government in the areas of family payments, working age payments, support for senior Australians, carers and people with disabilities, social and affordable housing, women’s safety and participation issues and multicultural and settlement services.

Social Services – Ageing and Disability 

Social Services – Ageing and Disability provides analysis and advice to government on the development, implementation and co-ordination of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Aged Care policy, support for senior Australians, carers and people with disabilities.

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Central Budget Management System Redevelopment Project

First Assistant Secretary: John Sheridan
Phone: (02) 6215 1501

The Central Budget Management System (CBMS) is the core whole-of-government ICT system underpinning the budget and financial management of the Australian Government. It is being redeveloped to better meet government requirements to be more responsive with fiscal policy and to provide more timely and accurate Budget information. 

For information about the project please see CBMS Redevelopment Project.

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Last updated: 09 November 2016