Budget Group contributes to the outcome “sustainable government finances”. It provides policy and financial advise to the Minister for Finance and Deregulation, senior ministers and Cabinet’s Expenditure Review Committee on government expenditure and non-taxation revenue policy issues.
The Budget embodies the policy priorities and fiscal targets for which the Government seeks Parliamentary authorisation. Budget Group supports the Government in its Budget preparation, delivery and ongoing management through the Budget Process.
Deputy Secretary: David Martine
Phone: (02) 6215 2302
Budget Group comprises four Divisions working together to achieve the Group’s business outcomes.
- Budget Policy and Coordination Division, coordinates the annual Budget process and provides advice on whole of government budget-related matters.
- The Group has three Divisions that have an Agency Advice Unit structure. They provide whole of government advice on expenditure and non-taxation policy issues and the financial implications of new policy proposals prepared by portfolio agencies. These Divisions also act as a conduit for agencies, assisting them to provide the government with reliable financial information for decision-making.
First Assistant Secretary: Teena Blewitt (Acting)
The core role of the Budget Policy and Coordination Division (BPCD) is to provide advice on whole-of-government budget trends and policy issues, budget processes and methodologies for compiling budget estimates. A major task for the division is coordinating the annual Budget process. BPCD has two Branches:
Budget Coordination Branch (BCB)
BCB is responsible for the overall coordination of the Budget process, advising the Government on the Budget timetable and framework. It develops Budget strategy, prepares briefing papers and provides support for committees of Cabinet. It also provides guidance to portfolio agencies on their input into the Budget processes. It is the key liaison point for working with the Parliamentary Budget Office.
Budget Analysis Branch (BAB)
Budget Analysis Branch provides analysis and advice on the Budget outlook and on programme estimates and other expenditure trends. The branch also manages the updating of estimates by agencies and provides quality assurance of agency models.
First Assistant Secretary: Stephen Clively
Government and Defence Division (GDD) provides policy advice and financial analysis to Government on strategic Defence policy and acquisitions, intelligence issues, security, law and justice, foreign affairs, trade and overseas development assistance, immigration and border protection, financial and economic regulation, revenue collection, superannuation, and the central operations of the Executive Government and the Parliament. GDD has five branches:
Defence Capability Assessment Branch (DCAB)
DCAB provides advice on Defence capability requirements and on major Defence equipment acquisitions, including detailed analysis of costs and risks at the various stages of acquisition, and of affordability and priority within agreed funding envelopes.
Defence Security and Intelligence Branch (DSIB)
DSIB provides policy advice and financial analysis to Government on Defence strategic, budget, operational, personnel and infrastructure issues and on national security and intelligence matters, including the operations of the intelligence agencies and cross portfolio counter-terrorism, cyber and security initiatives.
Immigration and Foreign Affairs Branch (IFAB)
IFAB provides policy advice and financial analysis to Government on immigration, citizenship, foreign affairs, trade and overseas development assistance issues, including the annual migration programs, visa policies and administration for visitors and temporary and permanent residents, the diplomatic network, consular and passport services, trade policy and assistance to exporters and the overseas aid program.
Central Agencies Branch (CAB)
CAB provides policy advice and financial analysis to Government on the central operations of the Executive Government and the Parliament. These include the operations of agencies performing central functions in relation to policy advice and coordination, economics, finance and statistics, asset management and procurement, information technology, market regulation, taxation and superannuation and electoral services.
AGB provides policy and financial advice on law and justice, border protection and home affairs, including law enforcement, customs, federal courts and tribunals, legal aid, human rights, insolvency, disaster relief and emergency assistance.
First Assistant Secretary: David Weiss
The Industry, Education and Infrastructure (IE&I) Division provides policy and financial advice to Government in the areas of education, employment, workplace relations, science, resources, tourism, industry, innovation, infrastructure, transport, communications, regional development, local government, agriculture and the environment, including climate change and water issues. IE&I Division has four Branches:
Infrastructure and Communications Branch (ICB)
ICB provides policy advice and financial analysis to Government on Infrastructure and, Transport, Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government; and Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.
Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Branch (EEWRB)
EEWRB provides policy advice and financial analysis to Government on Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
Environment and Energy Branch (EEB)
EEB provides policy advice and financial analysis to Government on Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, and Resources, Energy and Tourism.
Agriculture and Industry Branch (AIB)
AIB provides policy advice and financial analysis to Government on Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, and Industry, Innovation, Science and Research.
First Assistant Secretary: Mark Thomann
SPD Division provides policy and financial advice to Government in the areas of social security payments, families, health, housing, community services, Indigenous affairs, aged care, veterans' affairs, and human services). SPD has three branches:
Health and Ageing Branch (H&A)
H&A Branch provides policy and financial advice to Government in the areas of health and ageing, including preventative health care programs, primary health care services, health research, pharmaceutical benefits, funding for the hospital system, residential and community aged care programs, and Indigenous health.
Human Services and Veterans’ Affairs Branch (HSVA)
HSVA Branch provides policy and financial advice to Government on welfare and health service delivery through the Department of Human Services and on veterans' affairs.
Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Branch (FaHCSIA)
FaHCSIA provides policy and financial advice to Government in the areas of family payments; support for senior Australians, carers and people with disabilities; social and affordable housing, and the whole-of-government strategy for addressing Indigenous disadvantage.
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