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SITXFIN004 Assessment 1

Assessment 1

Your task: Answer each question below.

  1. Name 4 business considerations you might consider when researching a budget.

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  1. Describe how the following sources of data can be used for budget preparation.

Response

Competitor research –

Customer or supplier research –

Declared commitments in areas of operation –

Financial information from suppliers –

Financial proposals from key stakeholders –

Performance data/information from previous time periods –

Departmental, event or project budgets –

Grant funding guidelines or limitations –

Management policies and procedures –

Organisational budget preparation guidelines –

  1. Explain how the following internal­ factors can impact on budgets.

Response

Management restructure –

Human resources requirements –

New projects and business objectives –

Changes in commodity or service prices –

  1. Explain how the following external factors can impact on budgets.

Response

Legislation and regulations –

Changes in the global economy –

Market trends –

  1. How does involving staff “from the bottom up” in the budgeting process, help the business?

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  1. What does the process of preparing a draft budget usually involve?

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  1. How does breaking the budget down into groups, departments, or income and expense categories help colleagues?

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  1. Name 3 people (job roles) you would circulate the draft budget to for feedback or approval:

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3.

  1. The budgeting process requires strong negotiation skills. Why is it important to convince staff of the achievability of the budget?

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  1. A staff member suggests a change or alteration to the budget. List 3 aspects you need to consider to ensure any changes would have no negative impacts:

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  1. In most businesses/industries, when must the budget be complete?

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  1. What information should department managers include in their monthly reports?

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  1. How often should the budget be compared to the actual accounting results?

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  1. Name and describe 5 financial reports you might generate from your accounting system to check your budget against actual income or expenditure.

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  1. Every revenue and expense item on the Profit and Loss Statement should be compared to what?

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  1. When revenue variances occur, why is talking to staff a good way to help identify and find options to address the issue?

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  1. List 3 factors that can cause variances in staff budgets.

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2.

3.

  1. Why is monitoring your budget progressively throughout the year so important?

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  1. How can you collect information to help create future budget plans?

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  1. Name an accounting program you can use to help manage budgets.

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  1. Explain each of the following types of budgets:

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Cash budget/Cashflow budget –

Departmental budget –

Event budget –

Project budget –

Purchasing budget –

Sales budget –

Wage budget –

Master budget –

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