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User Guide to the Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements

Abbreviations and conventions

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nfp not for publication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.


Should you have any queries regarding this publication, please contact:

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 www.budget.gov.au or on the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government website www.infrastructure.gov.au.


The purpose of the 2008-09 Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements (PAES), like that of the Portfolio Budget Statements (PBS), is to inform Senators and Members of Parliament and the public 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, that is, they update the resourcing for the agency.  The PAES include for the first time an Agency Resource Statement, in addition to the information on new measures and the Appropriation Bills.

The PAES facilitate understanding of proposed appropriations in Appropriation Bills (No. 3 and No. 4), 2008-09.  In this sense the PAES is 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 2008-09 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.
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 This section details the total resources available to an agency, the impact of any measures since Budget, and impact on Appropriation Bills No. 3 and No. 4.
Section 2:  Revision to outcomes and planned performance This section details changes to Government outcomes and/or changes to planned performance of agency output groups.
Section 3:  Explanatory tables and budgeted financial statements The section contains updated explanatory tables on special account flows and staffing levels and revisions to the budgeted financial statements.
Glossary Explains key terms relevant to the Portfolio.
Abbreviations Explains abbreviations relevant to the Portfolio.
Index Alphabetical guide to the Statements.

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