Areas lacking progress
NATIONAL: Absence of budget allocation indicators and tracking
It is important that the government document and analyse spending at all levels to make children visible in the budget. A child-specific approach would identify the proportion of public funds spent on children and determine how well the government is fulfilling its obligation to invest in children to the maximum extent of available resources. Despite the CRC’s recommendation, the Australian government does not consistently measure the allocation of budgetary resources to programs and policy for the benefit of children.
NATIONAL: Absence of mechanisms to monitor the distribution of resources
The absence of a child-friendly budget means there is no effective accountability mechanism to link date to decision-making and resource allocation. This is inconsistent with the Australian government’s obligations under article 4.
The Productivity Commissioner provides an annual report to help inform improvements to the effectiveness and efficiency of government services.  The Productivity Commission also reports on whether policy, programs and interventions are achieving positive outcomes for Aboriginal people in general.  The Australian Government has not commissioned the Productivity Commission (or any other independent body) to monitor and support the effective allocation of resources for children. This is needed to evaluate the efficacy, adequacy and equitability of the distribution of resources allocated to the implementation of the Convention.
NATIONAL: Lack of protected budgetary lines for disadvantaged children
In the 2013-2014 budget, the Australian government have committed to investing $1.6 billion to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.  This Budget commits to investing $19.3 billion over seven years from 2012-13 to deliver DisabilityCare Australia.  Although these commitments may benefit Indigenous people and disabled people generally, the Australian government has not made a specific commitment to providing budgetary lines for disadvantaged children that are protected in the event of economic crisis, natural disasters or other emergencies.