PLANNING MTEF & PBB REFORMS FOR NEXT FIVE YEARS AND BEYOND

Presented by Pat McMahon Budget Advisor, Australian Department of Finance and Deregulation

What is the plan and its timing? Pilot and Implementation!
Pilot • Pilot set-up of program structures and MTEF baseline 2008 Implementation (all agencies) • Training & guidance for all agencies – 2009-2011 • Establish MTEF and all the institutions required to support an MTEF – 2010 • Set-up program structures and performance indicators – 2010 • Set-up new reporting of budget and outcomes by program and on a forward estimates basis - 2010

What is the plan for a performance framework? Beyond 2010 !
Moving to a more mature PBB beyond the “set-up” stage • Phase 1 – introduce modest operational flexibilities – 2012 • Phase 2 – expand operational flexibilities – 2014-2016 • Phase 3 – introduce evaluation and monitoring mechanisms – 2014 • Phase 4 – Review and evaluate the entire performance framework - 2016

Discussion - Issues that need consideration by you
• Are these realistic time-frames for a plan? • What still needs to be done to meet this plan? e.g. – Defining expenditure groups for operational flexibilities – Defining what is to be included in the reporting to Parliament for accountability purposes, and when do you report? – Defining which institution is responsible for the Performance Framework – Is it DG Budgets? – Defining who are to be the users of performance information