The purpose of the 2015-16 Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements (PAES), like that of the Portfolio Budget Statements, is to inform Senators and Members of Parliament of the proposed allocation of resources to Government outcomes by entities within the portfolio. The focus of the PAES differs from the Portfolio Budget Statements in one important aspect. While the PAES include an Entity Resource Statement to inform Parliament of the revised estimate of the total resources available to an entity, the focus of the PAES is on explaining the changes in resourcing by outcome(s) since the Budget. As such, the PAES provides information on new measures and their impact on the financial and/or non-financial planned performance of programmes supporting those outcomes.
The PAES facilitate understanding of the proposed appropriations in Appropriation Bills (Nos. 3 and 4) 2015-16. 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 s.15AB of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.
Whereas the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2015-16 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 entities within the portfolio.
Structure of the Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements
|Provides a brief introduction explaining the purpose of the PAES.|
|Provides an overview of the portfolio, including a chart that outlines the outcomes for agencies in the portfolio.|
|Entity Additional Estimates Statements|
|A statement (under the name of the entity) for each entity affected by Additional Estimates.|
|Section 1: Entity Overview and Resources||This section details the total resources available to an entity, the impact of any measures since Budget, and impact on Appropriation Bills Nos. 3 and 4.|
|Section 2: Revisions to Outcomes and Planned Performance||This section details changes to Government outcomes and/or changes to the planned performance of entity programmes.|
|Section 3: Explanatory Tables and Budgeted Financial Statements||This section contains updated explanatory tables on special account flows and staffing levels and revisions to the budgeted financial statements.|