Costing Election Commitments

In accordance with the Charter of Budget Honesty Act 1998 [External Site], the Government, the Leader of the Opposition, or the Leader of a Minority Party with at least five members in the Parliament may request, through the Prime Minister, that the responsible Secretaries prepare costings of election commitments. 

Under the Charter, the Finance Secretary is responsible for costing aspects of policies affecting outlays, expenditure and non-taxation revenue, and the Treasury Secretary is responsible for costing aspects of policies affecting taxation revenue.

The Charter provides that the responsible Secretaries may, jointly, issue written guidelines to be used in the preparation of these costings.

The current Costing Election Commitments guidelines were released by the Secretaries in November 2018 in advance of the next federal election.

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Contact for information on this page: electioncostings@finance.gov.au

Last updated: 08 November 2018