Essentials of Government Budgeting

Crawford School of Public Policy | Executive 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.

For participants with little economic background, we recommend completing our introductory economics courses; Microeconomics and Macroeconomics.

See related course: Fiscal Policy, Public Debt Sustainability and the Economy

Course date: 
9.30am 5 June 2019
#132 Crawford Building, Lennox Crossing, ANU

$1,095 For more information about group discounts contact

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.

Course presenter(s)

Professor Tony Makin

Tony Makin, Professor of Economics and Director of the APEC Study Centre at Griffith University, has served as an International Consultant Economist with the IMF Institute, as an economist in the Australian federal departments of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Trade and Treasury, as well as Australian convenor of the structural issues group of the Pacific Economic Co-operation Council. He is a member of the National Economic Panel of the Economic Society of Australia, has previously lectured in the Lee Kuan School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore and School of Economics at the University of Queensland, and is the author of International Money and Finance, Global Finance and the Macroeconomy, Global Imbalances, Exchange Rates and Stabilization Policy, and The Limits of Fiscal Policy, as well as many journal articles.

He has previously taught similar material to government officials from Asia-Pacific countries at the IMF Institute for Capacity Building, to Australian Economics Honours and ANZSOG postgraduate students, as well as Indonesian and Sri Lankan officials undertaking short courses under DFAT’s Australia Awards International foreign aid programme.

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