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Budget allocation to competing projects is an age-old problem in any organisation. Due to funding cuts and other socio-economic priorities budget allocation in public sectors is even more difficult where the norm now a days seems to be doing more for less. Traditional approaches to budget allocation are therefore inadequate to address the myriads of problems. This paper presents a new computer based group decision support system (GDSS) and process for budget allocation. The system called ALLOCATE and the group decision support process called Decision Conferencing for budget allocation are described in details. Their application in the Horticulture program of the Department of Agriculture WA is then presented. The results indicate that the process and system of budget allocation is integrated nicely and new insights are thus generated which lead to effective budget allocation.