Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements (PAES)

The Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements (PAESs) inform Senators, Members and the public of changes since the Budget to the proposed allocation of resources to Government outcomes. PAESs provide an important means by which the Executive Government remains accountable to the Parliament.

PAESs explain Appropriation Bills (Nos. 3 & 4) and Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No 2) to Senators and Members. The Appropriation Acts provide for PAESs to be taken into account when interpreting them.

Not all Portfolios prepare a PAES

Only those entities for whom the Government has agreed to support additional funding through Appropriation Bills (Nos. 3 or 4) or Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 2) should produce a PAES.

Finance maintains guidelines on the format of the PAES and a Budget timetable that highlights key dates for the preparation of the current year PAES. PAES reporting is described further in the Guidance for the Preparation of the 2014-15 Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements:

Last year's version of the PAES Guidance is provided below for reference when agencies are preparing annual reports:

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Last updated: 14 January 2015