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Parliamentary Budget Office

Parliamentary Budget Office

With the 2019 election complete, the Parliamentary Budget Officer's primary role is to provide a Post-election Report to the Public Accounts Committee. The 2019 Post-election Report is currently being drafted. Once complete, you will be able to view the report here.

The Parliamentary Budget Office provides costings of election policies in the lead-up to NSW general elections. The next NSW election is scheduled to occur in 2022.

The Parliamentary Budget Officer

  • Mr Stephen Bartos was appointed the Parliamentary Budget Officer for the period 3 September 2018 to 28 June 2019. 
  • Mr Stephen Bartos was appointed the Parliamentary Budget Officer for the period 22 September 2014 to 26 June 2015. 
  • Mr Tony Harris was appointed the Acting Parliamentary Budget Officer for the period 3 February 2011 - 10 May 2011. 

 

Role of the Parliamentary Budget Officer

Under the Parliamentary Budget Officer Act 2010, the Presiding Officers of the Parliament are required to appoint a Parliamentary Budget Officer for each State general election. The Parliamentary Budget Officer is accountable to the Parliament, and not to the Executive Government. 

New South Wales was the first Australian jurisdiction to establish a Parliamentary Budget Officer, with the first officer in place for the NSW general election in 2011. Since then, the Parliament has passed the Parliamentary Budget Officer Amendment Act 2013, which made changes to the length of tenure of the Officer and the functions of the role. 

As per the Act, the appointment of the position is to take effect as soon as practicable after 1 September immediately before the general election is due to be held. The role now has a legislated duration of around nine months. 

The Parliamentary Budget Officer is supported by a small team of professionals, including Parliamentary staff and, where necessary, consultants. The Parliamentary Budget Officer provides costings of election policies in response to requests by parliamentary leaders together with budget impact statements for all costed policies. The Parliamentary Budget Officer is an apolitical role requiring adherence to the strictest levels of impartiality, confidentiality and sensitivity. 

The Act also provides for the Legislative Assembly's Public Accounts Committee to monitor and review the operations of the Parliamentary Budget Office. 

For more information on the Parliamentary Budget Officer, please see the Parliamentary Budget Officer Act 2010

For Parliamentary Budget Office costings and other materials from previous elections please see the Historical Material  page.

Contact Us

If you have any feedback or queries about the Parliamentary Budget Office, please contact us using the following means. Please note that our email, phone and twitter will only be monitored during the election period.

Email

BudgetOffice@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Phone
​(02) 9230 3791
Mail
​Parliamentary Budget Office
Parliament House, Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Twitter
@NSW_PBO