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Australia

Open Budget Survey 2017

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Country Summary Questionnaire
Transparency

74

out of 100
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Public Participation

41

out of 100
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Budget Oversight

70

out of 100
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IBP considers countries that score above 60 on the Open Budget Index as providing sufficient budget information to enable the public to engage in budget discussions in an informed manner. IBP considers countries scoring above 60 on participation and oversight as providing adequate opportunities for the public to participate in the budget process and providing adequate oversight practices, respectively.

Transparency (Open Budget Index)

74

out of 100

Australia provides the public with substantial budget information.

How Does Australia's Open Budget Index Score Compare?

In the Open Budget Survey 2017, this country is being assessed for the first time.

Recommendations for Improving Transparency

Australia should prioritize the following actions to improve budget transparency:

  • Publish a Pre-Budget Statement.
  • Provide more information in the Year-End Report, including data on comparisons between original macroeconomic forecast and actual outcome.
  • Increase the information provided in the Enacted Budget.

Public Participation

41

out of 100

Australia provides limited opportunities for the public to engage in the budget process.

How Does Public Participation Compare to Other Countries in the Region?

Global Average 12/100
New Zealand 59/100
Australia 41/100
South Korea 39/100
Japan 20/100
Fiji 15/100
China 6/100
Papua New Guinea 6/100
Recommendations for Improving Participation

Australia should prioritize the following actions to improve public participation in its budget process:

  • Actively engage with individuals or civil society organizations representing vulnerable and underrepresented communities during the formulation and monitoring of the implementation of the national budget.
  • Provide more feedback to the public on how its inputs have been used when it participates in the budget process.

Budget Oversight (by Legislature & Audit)

70

out of 100

The legislature and supreme audit institution in Australia provide adequate oversight of the budget.

To What Extent Does the Legislature Provide Budget Oversight?

Formulation/Approval 48/100
Execution/Audit 67/100

The legislature provides limited oversight during the budget cycle. This score reflects that the legislature provides limited oversight during the planning stage of the budget cycle and adequate oversight during the implementation stage of the budget cycle.

To What Extent Does the Supreme Audit Institution Provide Budget Oversight?

Adequate 100/100

The supreme audit institution provides adequate budget oversight.

Recommendations for Improving Oversight

Australia should prioritize the following actions to make budget oversight more effective:

  • Ensure the legislature holds a debate on budget policy prior to the tabling of the Executive’s Budget Proposal and approves recommendations for the upcoming budget.
  • Ensure a legislative committee examines in-year budget implementation and publishes a report presenting its findings and recommendations.

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