The Charter of Budget Honesty Act 1998 outlines arrangements under which the Secretaries to the Treasury and the Department of Finance and Deregulation may be requested to cost Government and Opposition election commitments during the caretaker period for a general election. The Charter also provides that the responsible Secretaries may, jointly, issue written guidelines recommending approaches or methods to be used in the preparation of policy costings.
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The Charter also provides for the Secretaries to publicly release a Pre-Election Economic and Fiscal Outlook report (PEFO) within ten days of the issue of the writ for a general election.
Election costings contain Government and Opposition election commitment requests, a joint press release from the Treasury and the Department of Finance and Deregulation relating to the costing request and a response to the costing request when it has been finalised.The 2010 Election Costings will be published on www.electioncostings.gov.au once released.