Information papers

PBO information papers are published to help explain the underlying data, concepts, methodologies and processes that the PBO uses in preparing costings of policy proposals and budget analyses.  The focus of PBO information papers is different from that of PBO research reports which are aimed at improving the understanding of budget and fiscal policy issues more broadly.



  • PBO costing processes, timeframes and prioritisation framework
    Date issued: 15 February 2018
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  • Including broader economic effects in policy costings
    Date issued: 30 November 2017
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  • What is a Parliamentary Budget Office costing?
    Date issued: 30 November 2017
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  • Factors influencing the reliability of policy proposal costings
    Date issued: 13 September 2017
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    This paper replaces Technical note no. 01/2015

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