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Parliamentary Budget Office

Parliamentary Budget Office

The key objective of the Parliamentary Budget Office is to provide thorough, independent, transparent and reliable information on the costs of election policies proposed by the Government and Opposition in advance of the NSW general election, scheduled to be held on Saturday 23 March 2019.

The latest costings can be found on the NSW Election 2019 page. Further developments can be found on the Media releases page.

The Parliamentary Budget Office, led by the Parliamentary Budget Officer, provides costings of proposed or publicly announced election policies in response to requests by parliamentary leaders. The PBO also prepares budget impact statements for each parliamentary leader, which provide a summary of the total net financial impact of all of the costed policies for each leader. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about the PBO and its work.

The Parliamentary Budget Officer

Mr Stephen Bartos was appointed as Parliamentary Budget Officer on 6 September 2018. He was previously appointed the Parliamentary Budget Officer for the period 22 September 2014 to 26 June 2015. Further information on Mr Bartos can be found on the About Us page.

Election policy costings and Budget impact statements

The PBO is to prepare an election policy costing as soon as possible after receiving a costing request and the costing will be published below after the PBO has received notification from the relevant parliamentary leader that the policy has been publicly announced. The PBO must also prepare a budget impact statement for each parliamentary leader.

Further details can be found on the 2019 NSW Election page. Documentation for previous elections can be found on the Historical materials page.

Costing request guidelines

The Costing request guidelines are designed to assist those preparing election costing requests to facilitate the processes set down in Part 4 of the Parliamentary Budget Officer Act 2010. These guidelines can be found on the 2019 NSW Election page.

Contact Us

If you have any feedback or queries about the Parliamentary Budget Office, please contact us using the following means:


​(02) 9230 3791
​Parliamentary Budget Office
Parliament House, Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000