Budget Group 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. Budget Group supports the Government in its Budget preparation, delivery and ongoing management through the Budget Process.
Deputy Secretary: Rosemary Huxtable
Phone: (02) 6215 2302
Budget Group comprises four divisions working together to achieve the Group's business outcomes.
- Budget Policy and Coordination Division, coordinates the annual Budget process and provides advice on whole of government budget-related matters.
- The Group has three Divisions that have an Agency Advice Unit structure. They provide whole of government advice on expenditure and non-taxation policy issues and the financial implications of new policy proposals prepared by portfolio agencies. These Divisions also act as a conduit for agencies, assisting them to provide the government with reliable financial information for decision-making.
First Assistant Secretary: Teena Blewitt
The core role of the Budget Policy and Coordination Division (BPCD) 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 division is coordinating the annual Budget process. BPCD has three Branches:
Budget Coordination Branch
Budget Coordination Branch (BCB) 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 Branch
Budget Analysis Branch (BAB) provides analysis and advice on the Budget outlook and on programme estimates and other expenditure trends. The branch also manages the updating of estimates by agencies and coordinates and contributes to a range of key Budget documents.
Long Term Budget Policy Branch
Long Term Budget Policy Branch (LTBPB) 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.
First Assistant Secretary: David Weiss
The Industry, Education and Infrastructure Division (IEID) provides policy and financial advice to Government in the areas of education, employment, workplace relations, science, resources, tourism, industry, innovation, infrastructure, transport, communications, regional development, local government, agriculture and the environment, including climate change and water issues. IEID has three Branches:
Infrastructure, Communications and Agriculture Branch
Infrastructure, Communications and Agriculture Branch (ICAB) provides policy advice and financial analysis to the Government on the Infrastructure and Regional Development, Communications and Agriculture portfolios.
Education and Employment Branch
Education and Employment Branch (EEB) provides policy advice and financial analysis to the Government on the Education and Employment portfolios.
Environment and Industry Branch
Environment and Industry Branch (EIB) provides policy advice and financial analysis to the Government on the Environment and Industry portfolios.
First Assistant Secretary: Stephen Clively
Government and Defence Division (GDD) 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. GDD has three branches:
Defence, Capability and Intelligence Branch
Defence, Capability and Intelligence Branch (DCIB) provides policy and financial advice on Defence strategic, operational, personnel and infrastructure issues and on security and intelligence matters, including the operations of the intelligence agencies and cross portfolio counter terrorism and security initiatives.
Provides advice on Defence capability requirements and on major Defence equipment acquisitions, including detailed analysis of costs and risks at the various stages of acquisition, and of affordability and priority within agreed funding envelopes.
Immigration, Border Protection and Foreign Affairs Branch
Immigration, Border Protection and Foreign Affairs Branch (IBPFAB) 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's Branch
Central Agencies and Attorney General"s Branch (CAAB) 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.
CAAB 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; and the arts.
First Assistant Secretary: Mark Thomann
The Social Policy Division (SPD) 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). SPD has three branches:
Health and Indigenous Branch
The Health and Indigenous Branch (HIB) provides analysis and advice to government in the areas of health and Indigenous Affairs, including preventative health care programs, primary health care services, pharmaceutical benefits, funding for the hospital system, sport, and Indigenous health issues. The branch also provides policy and programs relating to Indigenous education, training, employment, families, community services, housing and land, and Indigenous-specific small agencies.
Human Services Branch
The Human Services Branch (HSB) 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 (including the Child Support Agency and CRS Australia) and the portfolio agencies Centrelink and Medicare Australia. The branch also provides analysis and advice on veterans' affairs and aged care matters, and the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Social Services Branch
The Social Services Branch (SSB) provides 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 and multicultural and settlement services.