Foreign Affairs and Trade Portfolio
Explanations of Additional Estimates 2012-13
Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements 2012-13 [PDF 3.43 MB]
The purpose of the Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements (PAES), like that of the
Portfolio Budget Statements (PB Statements), is to inform Senators and Members of
Parliament of the proposed allocation of resources to Government outcomes by
agencies within the portfolio. The focus of the PAES differs from the PB Statements in
one important aspect. While the PAES include an Agency Resource Statement to
inform Parliament of the revised estimate of the total resources available to an agency,
the focus of the PAES is on explaining the changes in resourcing by outcome(s) since
the Budget. As such, the PAES provides information on new measures and their
impact on the financial and/or non-financial planned performance of programs
supporting those outcomes.
The PAES facilitate understanding of the proposed appropriations in Appropriation
Bills (No. 3 and No. 4) 2012-13. 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 2012-13 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.