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User Guide to the Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements


The purpose of the Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements (PAES), like that of the Portfolio Budget Statements (PBS), is to inform Senators and Members of Parliament of the proposed allocation of resources to Government outcomes by agencies within the Portfolio. However, unlike the PBS, the PAES summarise only the changes in resourcing by outcome since the Budget. The PAES include new measures, summarise the changes by Appropriation Bill, and, where relevant, by Special Appropriation and Special Account. The 2007-08 PAES also cover any significant changes to the Portfolio which have arisen from the change in government and the subsequent Administrative Arrangements Order of 3 December 2007.

The PAES facilitate understanding of the proposed appropriations in Appropriation Bills (Nos. 3 and 4) 2007-08. In this sense, the PAES are declared by the Additional Estimates Appropriation Bills to be a 'relevant document' to the interpretation of the Bills according to section 15AB of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

Whereas the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2007-08 is a mid-year budget report which provides updated information to allow the assessment of the Government's fiscal performance against its fiscal strategy, the PAES update the most recent budget appropriations for agencies within the Portfolio.

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The PAES are presented in three parts with subsections.

User guide

Provides an introduction explaining the purpose of the PAES as well as information in relation to the styles and conventions used.

Portfolio overview

Provides an overview of the Portfolio, including a chart that outlines the outcomes for agencies in the Portfolio.

Agency additional estimates statements

A statement (under the name of the agency) for each agency affected by Additional Estimates.

Section 1: Agency overview and resources; variations and measures This section details the link between the resources appropriated, savings, the impact of any post-Budget measures, and their application to the outputs and administered items (usually programs) that contribute to the achievement of outcomes. This section also reports changes to revenue from independent sources; changes to estimates of expenses from Special Appropriations; and changes to estimated Special Account flows.
Section 2: Revisions to outcomes, administered items and outputs This section details changes to planned Government outcomes, or to the contributing administered items and agency outputs.
Section 3: Budgeted financial statements This section contains revisions to the budgeted financial statements in accrual format covering the Budget year, the previous year and the three out-years for each agency.
Glossary Explains key terms.
Abbreviations Explains abbreviations.
Index Alphabetical guide to the statements.

Styles and Conventions Used

The following notations may be used:

N/A not applicable (unless otherwise specified)
nfp not for publication
$m $ million

Unless otherwise stated the convention used in this document is to round amounts to the nearest million dollars. All 'totals' are the rounded additions of unrounded figures and, therefore, may not be the strict sums of the figures presented in the text or tables.

Where variance percentages would exceed +/-100%, they are shown as +/-100%.


The contact officer for enquiries regarding the PAES is:

Mr Paul Wood
Chief Financial Officer
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government
Phone: (02) 6274 6260
Fax: (02) 6274 6695
E-mail: paul.wood@infrastructure.gov.au

A copy of this document can be located on the Australian Government Budget website at: http://www.budget.gov.au or on the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government website at: http://www.infrastructure.gov.au.

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