The Treasury

Global Navigation

Personal tools

Government
Publication

Budget 2016 Home Page Primary Sector - Estimates of Appropriations 2016/17

How the Estimates Relate to Other Performance Information Presented to the House

This section outlines the relationship between the information in the Estimates and other performance information presented to the House.

Strategic Intentions

Each department, Office of Parliament, Crown entity and Public Finance Act Schedule 4A company presents information on its strategic intentions to the House, at least once every three years. It may be more frequently if the responsible Minister requires it; or if there is a material or significant change in the intentions; or the information in the strategic intentions is false or misleading.

Strategic intentions set out the direction of an agency and how the agency is organised to get there. The information must cover at least the next four financial years, and may include the current financial year. An agency's most recent strategic intentions must always be available on the agency's website, and can be presented to the House with other information eg, the annual report for the previous financial year or grouped with other agencies in a sector.

Annual Performance Expectations

What an agency (eg, department, Office of Parliament, Crown entity or other service provider) intends to achieve with expenditure from appropriations in the next financial year and how each agency will demonstrate its performance (if not exempted) is available in the Estimates.

In addition, Crown entities and Public Finance Act Schedule 4A companies may have reportable outputs that are funded from revenue other than appropriations. What each agency intends to achieve and how it will demonstrate its performance for all its reportable outputs are presented to the House in a Statement of Performance Expectations. The Statement of Performance Expectations must always be available on an agency's website and can be presented to the House with other information eg, the strategic intentions or annual report.

End of Year Performance Information

Performance information on what has been achieved with each appropriation as a whole and each category of a multi-category appropriation is provided to the House in the document most recently indicated in the Estimates or Supplementary Estimates. For example, reporting against appropriations would typically be provided to the House with the annual report of the appropriation administrator (department or Office of Parliament), the Crown entity receiving the appropriation, or in a Minister's report. Alternatively, information on the performance of an appropriation may be provided in a separate sector or thematic report where this would be more useful to Parliament.

Departmental, Office of Parliament, Crown entity, PFA Schedule 4A Company annual reports, and Ministerial reports on what has been achieved with appropriations are required to be provided to the House in the timeframes indicated below:

  • Departmental and Office of Parliament annual report - each department's annual reportmust be presented 3-4 months after the end of the financial year. The annual report includes the financial statements for the previous financial year, the forecast financial statements for the current financial year, the statement of expenses and capital expenditure, and reporting against the department's strategic intentions and annual performance expectations contained in the Estimates.
  • Crown entity or PFA Schedule 4A company annual report - each annual report must be presented 4-5 months after the end of the financial year and includes the financial statements, as well as reporting against the Crown entity's strategic intentions and annual performance expectations from all sources of reportable revenue.
  • Appropriation Minister's report - the appropriation Minister must present within 4 months after the end of the financial year a report on what has been achieved with non-departmental appropriations that are not reported to the House thorough any other mechanism and have not been exempted from year-end reporting under s.15D of the PFA.
Page top