Budget Review 2017–18

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Research Branch
May 2017

Background information

Budget briefs

Individual briefs will be made available progressively on this page.

A compilation of short, succinct written briefs covering key Budget issues, including:

  • an overview of the main features of the Budget, and
  • analysis of specific Budget measures.

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2017–18 Budget Review topics list

The Budget as a whole

The headline numbers
Assessment of the key macroeconomic parameters
‘Good’ debt, ‘bad’ debt: changes to accounting treatment


Higher education reform
Skills training
A new plan for school funding

Environment and Energy

Science, research and innovation
Energy and resources


A levy on major banks and improving accountability for bank executives
Housing affordability measures
Tax—tobacco excise
Tax integrity and compliance measures

Law and justice

Legal aid and legal assistance services
Law enforcement overview
Parenting Management Hearings

Media and the Arts

Arts and culture

Foreign Affairs and Defence

Defence budget overview
Defence personnel
Official Development Assistance: steady, but still shrinking
National security overview
Immigration and border protection overview


Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
Mental health
Other health measures

Indigenous Affairs

Indigenous Affairs—Government priority areas
Indigenous affairs: health and wellbeing

Public Sector

Public sector staffing, organisation and efficiencies
Public sector ICT

Social services and welfare

Aged care
Family payments
Veterans’ Affairs
Job seeker compliance and workforce participation
Social housing and homelessness
Drug testing for welfare recipients
A simpler welfare system
National Disability Insurance Scheme


Background information


Budget outlook seminar, Monday 8 May

Professor Glenn Withers AO Notes [PDF 275KB]
Professor Susan Thorp Notes [PDF 564KB]
Professor Bob Gregory AO Notes [PDF 573KB]

Understanding the Budget seminar, Tuesday 9 May

Daniel Weight: navigating the Budget papers  [PDF 444KB]
Dr Nitin Gupta: Understanding budgets – an economic toolkit [PDF 220KB]
[MP4 218MB]


Previous years’ Library Budget Reviews