Costings and budget information

How to make a request

The Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) is here to assist all parliamentarians by providing independent and non-partisan analysis of the budget cycle, fiscal policy and the financial implications of proposals.

This page aims to help parliamentarians and their staff to submit requests for policy costings and budget analysis.  The following templates include information that is required to specify and process a request.


PBO request templates:

Costing request template 
MS Word (72 KB) 
Budget information request template 
MS Word (70 KB) 
Guidance on submitting a request 
PDF icon (271 KB)

Please feel free to discuss your request with the PBO on a confidential basis before formally submitting it, particularly if you have questions on how to specify the request.

  • Please call us on 02 6277 9500 to discuss your request.
  • Email formal written requests to the PBO mailbox at  Each request:
    • must include a signed letter from the parliamentarian, or email from the parliamentarian’s email account, that is addressed to the Parliamentary Budget Officer
    • should include a completed PBO request template.

You will receive an acknowledgement and a tracking number by email once your request is registered.  The tracking number makes each request easier to identify in future correspondence.

Publicly released costings and budget analyses

A list of publicly released costings and budget analyses is available at our 2019 Post-election report and Publicly released costings or budget analyses outside the caretaker period

Behavioural assumptions and PBO costings

A list of behavioural assumptions used in published costings is available at Behavioural assumptions and PBO costings.  This includes an information paper detailing the approach taken by the PBO in determining behavioural assumptions used when undertaking policy costings, and a search function for behavioural assumptions that have been made in costings published since 2019.

PO Box 6010
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

02 6277 9500