Scott Morrison insists essential services won't be cut to pay for the coalition's $2.3 billion in election commitments.
Under the coalition's policy costings released on Tuesday, government departments will face an "efficiency dividend" of two per cent over the next three years, stepping down to 1.5 per cent in 2025/26.
The prime minister argues the government tasks public servants to get jobs done, and while he respects their work, he also expects results.
"If our senior public servants ... can't find $2.7 billion out of a budget of $327.3 billion, well, I've got a lot more confidence in them that they can achieve that," Mr Morrison told reporters in Darwin on Tuesday.
"It doesn't impact on programs or services at all, never has ... We're very transparent."
Labor is due to release its full tally of costings and savings on Thursday, having released individual policy costings during the election campaign.
"We have a couple more announcements to go, we have until Saturday, but we will be releasing our costings announcement on Thursday," Labor leader Anthony Albanese told reporters in Perth.
The coalition's costings show its 35 election policies amount to $2.3 billion.
It also shows an improvement to the federal budget bottom line of almost $1 billion over four years compared to the 2022/23 budget released in March.
Finance Minister Simon Birmingham promised essential services would remain guaranteed under the coalition's efficiency dividend.
Departments would need to determine what cuts to make in relation to accommodation, technology, contractors and staffing arrangements, he said.
More than 2.59 million Australians have already cast their vote, the Australian Electoral Commission says.
New polling shows Labor's lead has narrowed to 53 per cent, but it still has an advantage over a coalition sitting on 47 per cent on a two-party preferred basis.
The Roy Morgan poll shows the ALP is set to win the election with a swing of 4.5 per cent since the 2019 poll.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg took aim at the opposition for not yet releasing its policy costings, calling on Mr Albanese to "fess up".
But shadow treasurer Jim Chalmers said Labor had been working closely with the independent Parliamentary Budget Office and all of its election commitments had been tallied up.
"We need to flick the switch to quality (spending)," he told reporters in southern Queensland.
"We will begin that task, whether it's trimming outsourcing, whether it's multinational tax reform, whether it's an audit of the government's rorts and waste and mismanagement."
In Perth, Mr Albanese unveiled a $1.5 billion medical manufacturing fund as its latest election commitment.
The fund will be part of a $15 billion National Reconstruction Fund to shore up medical supply chains, including vaccines.
The Labor leader pledged to commission the development of a medical manufacturing industry plan, to determine how local businesses can secure government contracts, if the party wins power on May 21.
"This is my vision for the country, a vision in which we make more things here, a vision in which we skill up Australians, a vision in which we're less vulnerable at the end of the global supply chains," he said.
As Mr Frydenberg and other moderate Liberal MPs face a serious challenge from the so-called teal independents, the prime minister has suggested more affluent inner-city voters have different priorities to those in the outer suburbs and regions where the cost of living was a more important issue.
"What is elevated in my electorate is the issue of climate change in a way that it's not necessarily elevated in some other electorates," Mr Frydenberg said.
Australian Associated Press
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