Commonwealth government publications

About budget papers

Budget papers include:

  • the Treasurer’s budget speech
  • various budget papers setting out information on the Australian economy and aspects of government expenditure and revenue raising
  • appropriation bills showing proposed expenditures

About portfolio budget statements

Issued at the same time as the budget papers are the portfolio budget statements, one for each government department. These give details of predicted expenditures for each government department and the associated instrumentalities and are useful for working out where the money is really going.