Fiscal institution

Open Budget Survey 2017 Part 2: What Can Australia Do to Improve Our Budget Process?

As we anticipate Budget 2018-19, coming up on 8 May, it is timely to examine Australia’s budget process. Australia has been a leader in good… Read More ›

A Speech by the Parliamentary Budget Officer: Fiscal Transparency and the Parliamentary Budget Office

Editorial Note: This is an edited version of the keynote address by the Parliamentary Budget Officer Jenny Wilkinson at the launch of the Open Budget… Read More ›

Open Budget Survey 2017 Part 1: How Transparent is the Australian Budget?

This two-part series about the Open Budget Index (OBI) presents budget transparency results for Australia in this global budget survey initiative. Part 1 explains what… Read More ›

Economic Scenario Analysis of the 2017–18 Budget Medium-Term Projections

Returning the Australian Government’s finances to a sustainable position following the Global Financial Crisis continues to present a challenge for government. While the 2017–18 Budget… Read More ›

All About Parliamentary Budget Office Costings

A key objective of the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) is to support a more informed policy debate. Part of that objective is achieved by providing… Read More ›

Analyzing Rhetoric in the Budget Process: Context and Impact

It may come as little surprise to longstanding observers of the budget process that the exercise is rife with political rhetoric. Seasoned platitudes include “living… Read More ›