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Crawford School of Public Policy

Essentials of Government Budgeting

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About the course

The aim of the course is to introduce non-specialist participants to the basic principles of government budgeting and public finance. Participants will learn about the rationale and significance of government budgets. The course will cover fundamental accounting principles based on IMF standards, and discuss key principles relevant to formulating tax and public expenditure policies. Workshops are used throughout the day to develop critical skills for evaluating policy proposals and managing and understanding departmental budgets.

Course overview

The proposed programme for this one day course would include the following topics:

  • The Budget and the Economic Role of Government
  • Understanding the Budget Accounts
  • Workshop on Understanding the Budget Accounts
  • Taxation Policy
  • Expenditure Policy
  • Workshop on Tax and Expenditure Policy

The teaching methodology would involve interactive lectures, and online videos with ample opportunity for comments and questions from participants, as well as problem solving workshops in the morning and afternoon where participants form into small groups of 3-4 to discuss and solve exercises to consolidate understanding of the taught material. Participants would be encouraged to interact in class in response to questions posed throughout the lectures, and be obliged to interact with each other in the small group workshop sessions.

On completing the course, participants would have learned the basic elements of government budgeting and understand key principles of budgeting relevant to their roles in the public sector.

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Tony Makin

Tony Makin is Professor of Economics and Director of the APEC Study Centre at Griffith University and currently a Visiting Professor in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He holds a PhD from the Australian National University and has previously taugh...


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