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Budget 2014: in data form
UPDATE: The Budget 2014-15 Tables and Data dataset went live on data.gov.au at http://data.gov.au/dataset/budget-2014-15-tables-and-data/. We are proud to say we also were able to include a number of Budget Paper tables and machine readable CSVs we manually translated for your convenience. Please follow the dataset there to keep up to date with new information and remember to register your data use cases, see http://data.gov.au for more information.
The Federal Budget will be published in data form for the first time this year. The collection of PBS financial tables will be published as a single dataset for ease of discoverability and access, by the media and the public, managed by the data.gov.au team in Finance. The new requirement is designed to satisfy the Government’s direction regarding the proactive publishing of government data in a format that facilitates public access and promotes more efficient data sharing and analysis, as detailed in the Coalition's E-Government and Digital Economy Policy.
As a result, Portfolio Departments are now required to provide a copy of all finalised PBS tables in Excel format to the Department of Finance (Finance) for publication on data.gov.au under the default Australian Government license (Creative Commons BY 3.0 AU).
These Excel spreadsheets, in their current form, are not machine readable as they have been optimised for PBS publication use. The data.gov.au team have committed to extracting from the Excel files - within 24 hours of the budget going live - the line-item level and program information intoa single machine readable CSV.
Update: Finance will also create a single csv with agency headcount. So there will be two CSV files to accompany the ~130 agency PBS Excel spreadsheets.
The PBS Excel files published should include the following financial tables with headings and footnotes to be published on data.gov.au:
- Table 1.1: Agency Resource Statement;
- Table 1.2: Agency 2014-15 Budget Measures;
- Table 2.1: Budgeted Expenses for Outcome X;
- Table 2.2: Programme Expenses and Programme Components.
- Table 3.1.1: Movement of Administered Funds Between Years;
- Table 3.1.2: Estimates of Special Account Flows and Balances;
- Table 3.1.3: Australian Government Indigenous Expenditure (AGIE);
- Tables 3.2.1 to 3.2.6: Departmental Budgeted Financial Statements; and
- Tables 3.2.7 to 3.2.11: Administered Budgeted Financial Statements.
This is a significant step towards improving budget transparency and accessibility across government and we look forward to hearing your feedback in the comments below. Once published, we would greatly appreciate any links to how you have used the data being added to the data.gov.au website. An enormous thank you to the Budget Reporting and Framework team in Finance for their hard work in making this possible.
Please stay tuned and we will update you as we have more information.
Pia and the data.gov.au team
Last updated: 12 October 2015