2019 General election

Caretaker period costings Caretaker period costing requests and PBO responses
Parliamentary party lists of election commitments The election commitments made by each of the major parties
Post-election commitment report An analysis of the budget impact of the election commitments of parliamentary parties (released after the election)
Guidance for Senators and Members Information about how the PBO works with Senators and Members during the election period

Caretaker period costings

During the caretaker period for a general election, parliamentary parties and independent parliamentarians can request costings of their publicly announced election policies. We publish these requests, complete the analysis and publicly release the costing responses as soon as possible, as per our legislation. For further information about these arrangements see the Guidance document: Costing policy proposals during the caretaker period

Requests to undertake policy costings, and our responses, are available on our 2019 Caretaker costings page.

For costings undertaken by the Department of Finance or the Treasury, please visit www.electioncostings.gov.au.

Parliamentary party lists of election commitments

The PBO prepares and publishes lists of election commitments for all major parliamentary parties.

Major parties are parties with five or more members of parliament before the commencement of the caretaker period.  These parties need to provide a list of their election commitments to the Parliamentary Budget Officer by 5pm (AEST) on the day before polling day. The lists are to be publicly released on the day after polling day.

When published, the lists of election commitments will be accessible from this page.

2019 Post-election report

Within 30 days after the end of the caretaker period for a general election, or 7 days before the first sitting day of Parliament, we publish a report that presents the budget impacts of each of the election commitments of the major parliamentary parties, including their aggregate impact on the fiscal position. Minor parties may choose to opt in to have their election commitments included in an addendum to this report. The opt in arrangements and implications for minor parties are detailed in the Guidance document: Allowing minor parties to opt in to the PBO’s Post-election report of election commitments.

The Post-election report must include the estimates of the impact of each party’s individual election commitments and their combined impact on the budget over the forward estimates.  The combined impact of each party’s election commitments on the budget will also be provided over the medium term (11 years).  The combined impact of election commitments will show the effect of commitments to cap or otherwise limit total tax receipts. 

The Post-election report will include the budget impact of each individual election commitment, over the forward estimates period.  For significant individual commitments, the medium-term impact will also be included.  Significant commitments are:

  • the top ten policy proposals by dollar value
  • any proposal with an impact of over $1 billion in a year
  • proposals with a materially different impact beyond the forward estimates.

For further information about these arrangements see the Guidance document: Post-election report of election commitments: medium-term reporting.

Once published, the 2019 Post-election report will be accessible from this page.

Guidance materials

There are four guidance notes that set out how the PBO approaches caretaker costings and the Post-election report:

  • 2019 Post-election report of election commitments PDF Icon (169 KB) MS Word (766 KB) 
  • Costing policy proposals during the caretaker period PDF Icon (510 KB) MS Word (775 KB)
  • Post-election report of election commitments: medium-term reporting PDF Icon (493 KB) MS Word (237 KB)
  • Allowing minor parties to opt in to the PBO's post-election report of election commitments PDF Icon (119 KB) MS Word (237 KB)
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