Explore the Australian Federal Budget - Data Journalism

The Australian Financial Review's Budget Explorer helps both expert readers and readers with only a passing interest make sense of the Australian federal budget.

Our design approach builds on Ben Shneiderman's Information Seeking Mantra: overview first, zoom and filter details on demand. Providing content such as historical events and explanations helps readers understand the budget in its broader context.

Many thanks to data journalist Edmund Tadros and the team of journalists and researchers at the Australian Financial Review for all the hard work that went into this project!

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  Make sense of the budget from multiple perspectives Each visualisation tool draws on a database of the latest budget figures and archive data going back more than three decades.

 

Make sense of the budget from multiple perspectives

Each visualisation tool draws on a database of the latest budget figures and archive data going back more than three decades.

 
  In the RED - Surplus & Deficit See how Labor and the Coalition have managed the federal budget during the past three decades; the economic challenges they have faced; and the reforms they have put in place.

 

In the RED - Surplus & Deficit

See how Labor and the Coalition have managed the federal budget during the past three decades; the economic challenges they have faced; and the reforms they have put in place.

 
  The Money Men - Treasurers & Their Budgets A historic look at the key economic events from the past three decades, including an overview of each budget outcome.

 

The Money Men - Treasurers & Their Budgets

A historic look at the key economic events from the past three decades, including an overview of each budget outcome.

 
  Big Plans & Big Cuts - Major Initiatives & Savings Explore the government's budgetary juggling act by comparing major policy initiatives with major spending cuts.

 

Big Plans & Big Cuts - Major Initiatives & Savings

Explore the government's budgetary juggling act by comparing major policy initiatives with major spending cuts.

 
  Feeling Lucky? - Policy vs Luck See what would have happened if the government didn't make any policy changes or if the economy developed as Treasury had forecast.

 

Feeling Lucky? - Policy vs Luck

See what would have happened if the government didn't make any policy changes or if the economy developed as Treasury had forecast.

 
  Adding It Up - Revenue & Spending Drill down into the detail of how the government raises revenue and where this money is spent. It also highlights the significant changes to projected revenue that the government has had to manage while planning policies.

 

Adding It Up - Revenue & Spending

Drill down into the detail of how the government raises revenue and where this money is spent. It also highlights the significant changes to projected revenue that the government has had to manage while planning policies.

 
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