TONY Abbott's new campaign blueprint appears to backpedal on delivering a budget surplus within 12 months if he wins government.
Mr Abbott will launch the coalition's mini-election campaign today with a series of television advertisements during prime time programs.
News Limited reports the blueprint, Our Plan: Real Solutions for all Australians, has dumped references in previous policy documents to deliver a surplus "within 12 months".
The document says "we will get the budget under control" but it does not mention a time frame or provide any new policy details.
Coalition pledges include creating two million new jobs within a decade.
Mr Abbott will deliver a speech to the National Press Club on Thursday and is expected to make new announcements.
Late last year, Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan conceded it would be "unlikely" that Labor could honour its promise to bring the budget back into the black in 2012-13 because jobs and economic growth would be at risk if the government pursued further budget cuts.
The federal election is expected to be held in the second half of this year, with most pundits pointing to a polling day in August or October.