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Introduction and Guide to Budget Paper No. 4

The purpose of Budget Paper No. 4 is to provide a whole‑of‑government view of estimated resourcing managed in the Budget year by agencies in the general government sector (GGS). The resources included are financial resources, staff resources, expenses and net capital investment. The Paper is not law and therefore, does not authorise appropriations.

The Paper contains three main parts with tables of information as follows:

Part 1 Agency financial resourcing

1.1 Agency resourcing table

1.2 Special appropriations table

1.3 Special accounts table

Part 2 Staffing of agencies

Part 3 Agency expenses and net capital investment

3.1 Departmental expenses table

3.2 Net capital investment table

The tables present information by portfolio and then by agency. Estimated resourcing is shown for the 2016‑17 Budget year and previous year (printed in italics). For agencies involved in a machinery of government change, resourcing prior to the change is shown against the agency that managed those amounts and subsequent to the date of effect of the change is shown against the receiving agency. The tables in the Paper include only agencies, special appropriations and special accounts that have been established. Estimates contained in the Paper incorporate assumptions and judgements based on the best information available at the time of publication.

Guide to Budget Paper No. 4

Linkages between tables and amounts presented in Budget Paper No. 4 are illustrated in the Figures 1 to 4 below. A consolidated view of financial resources to be managed by agencies in the GGS is presented in the Agency resourcing table. Amounts in the Agency resourcing table can be matched with information that is in the:

  • annual Appropriation Bills;
  • Special appropriations table; and
  • Special accounts table.

Figures 1 and 2 below show how amounts in the Agency resourcing table can be matched with amounts in annual Appropriation Bills. The Figures also highlight amounts in these Bills for non‑operating expenditure and for Specific Purpose Payments (payments to States, ACT, NT and local governments).

Throughout Budget Paper No. 4, references to annual appropriations and Appropriation Bills for 2016‑17, include both the relevant Supply Bills1 and Appropriation Bills.2

Figure 1: Example of the Agency resourcing table and Appropriation Bill No. 1

gure 1 shows and example of the agency resourcing table and how it relates to Appropriation Bill No. 1.

Figure 2: Example of the Agency resourcing table and Appropriation Bill No. 2

gure 2 shows an example of the agency resourcing table and how it relates to Appropriation Bill No. 2.

Figure 3 shows amounts in the Agency resourcing table that can be matched to the totals in the Special appropriations table.

Figure 3: Example of the Agency resourcing table and Special appropriations table

gure 3 shows an example of the agency resourcing table and how it relates to the Special appropriations table.

Figure 4 shows amounts in the Agency resourcing table that can be matched to the totals in the Special accounts table.

Figure 4: Example of the Agency resourcing table and Special accounts table

gure 4 shows an example of the agency resourcing table and how it relates to the special accounts table.


1 The Supply Bills are: Supply Bill (No. 1) 2016‑17, Supply Bill (No. 2) 2016‑17 and Supply (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2016‑17.

2 The Appropriation Bills are: Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2016‑17, Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2016‑17 and Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2016‑17.