Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements 2008-09

Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts Portfolio
© Commonwealth of Australia 2008

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Introduction

The purpose of the Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements (PAES), like that of the Portfolio Budget Statements, 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 Portfolio Budget Statements, 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 the 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.