Manage Budgets and Forecasts

FNSACC503 Manage Budgets and Forecasts – Assessor Guide Student Id: Student Name: PERFORMANCE EVIDENCE Evidence of the ability to: • prepare, document and present budgets and forecasting estimates that: accurately apply accounting principles and practices follow organisational policy and procedures • monitor budget outcomes periodically. Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided at least once. KNOWLEDGE EVIDENCE To complete the unit requirements safely and effectively, the individual must:

Discuss the key purpose and objective of budgets and forecasts, including relevance of milestones and key performance indicators.

Discuss issues relating to ethical considerations for budgetary forecasting and projections to explain the strength of assumptions and forecast reliabilities • describe types and sources of data and information required for budgeting and forecasting • outline a range of expenditure and revenue items relevant to budgeting and forecasting • compare and contrast forecasting techniques • identify the key features of organisational procedures and policy relevant to budgeting and forecasting • identify and explain the key principles and practices of: accrual accounting budgetary control corporate governance double-entry bookkeeping statistical analysis and measures of variance. ASSESSMENT CONDITIONS Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities experienced in the accounting field of work and include access to: • common office equipment, technology, software and consumables. Assessors must satisfy NVR/AQTF assessor requirements.

ASSESSMENT 1 – PROJECT Total Assessment 1 length should be 800 – 1500 words.

You must accurately reference all of your external sources of information Your task is to create a mock operating budget for any of the following business: • Cleaning service (commercial) • Retail store (clothing) • Insurance sales company • Restaurant Your will need to consider the types of expenses and wages that may be relevant to this type of business. In your task you are required to prepare, forecast estimates and document the budget ensuring you have used an acceptable budget template and that the budget contains all relevant information. Answer Sheet (Expandable)

ASSESSMENT 2 KNOWLEDGE QUESTIONING Total Assessment 2 Length should be 500 – 700 words.

Sheet (Expandable) 1. List the types of budgets you may have to prepare? 2. List the typical budget cycle? 3. Discuss the purpose of each of the following budgets: • Cash budget • Labour budget • Production budget • Materials budget • Overhead budget 4. What are budget negotiation procedures used for? 5. What is a milestone in relation to budgets? 6. What are the steps involved in forecasting estimates? 7. What factors need to be taken into consideration when preparing cash flow estimates? 8. What might a budget spreadsheet report cover? 9. List and describe each type of formatting for budgets? 10. What duties are involved in establishing a timeline for budgets? 11. What formats can trends be reported in? 12. What needs to be considered when monitoring budget outcomes? ASSESSMENT 3 – CASE STUDY Total Assessment 3 Length should be 500 – 700 words You must accurately reference all of your external sources of information After you have completed this activity you will have to hand it in. You may either use the space provided below for your assessment or upload your file in Moodle. Please seek your trainers’ help if there are any issues. Alex your boss wants to improve his financial processes and has asked you to report to him in details how you could monitor budget outcomes in a business environment. Answer Sheet (Expandable)

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