Outcomes Focussed Budgeting

This outcomes based budgeting course will explore how government budgeting has evolved from controlling agency spending based on the cost of inputs (line-items such as salary, travel, stationery and utility expenses) to the cost of outputs (programs such as preventative health, primary health, acute health and mental health) and the achievement of desired outcomes. In this course you will explore how government budgeting has developed from purely a cost control tool to one that can be used to disclose the full range of public services and how well each is delivered against its expected outcomes.

This course is designed for employees of general government agencies and not-for-profit organisations who hold or seek management positions requiring a basic understanding of modern public interest budgeting.

Topics covered in this short course include;

  • The difference between budgeting and statutory accounting
  • The difference between cash budgeting and accrual budgeting
  • The difference between operational budgets and capital budgets
  • How budgets are developed, decided, reported and monitored
  • How budgeting evolved from being input to output to outcomes based
  • Using appropriateness, effectiveness and efficiency to gauge performance
  • How to devise performance indicators for program outputs and outcomes
  • How to develop an agency, divisional or unit strategic plan

At the end of the short course, participants will understand what a budget is, who decides it, how it works, how it affects them and how to have a meaningful input to it. Additionally, participants will be equipped with the basic concepts and tools of outcomes-based budgeting and be introduced to budgeting texts, guidebooks and examples of outcomes-based budget documents.

Course Dates: Tue 3 Nov & Tue 10 Nov, 2020

This outcomes based budgeting course will be delivered as an interactive workshop consisting of an instructor-led lecture, group and individual activities.


UTS City Campus