Budget Estimates 2015-2016

What is Budget Estimates?
Each year Government ministers and senior public servants attend an annual Budget Estimates inquiry to answer questions about the expenditure, performance and effectiveness of their departments.

Budget Estimates is a key process for government accountability and transparency. The Budget Estimates inquiries involve detailed questioning by members of the Legislative Council on the decisions, actions and advice of ministers and public servants.

The Budget Estimates inquiries are conducted by the Legislative Council’s six General Purpose Standing Committees.

For more information, please refer to the Budget Estimates Manual 2015-2016 attached.

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More information

Please see attached a copy of the Terms of Reference establishing the inquiry into Budget Estimates 2015 - 2016, which includes the dates for this year’s Budget Estimates hearings.

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For transcripts and other information from last year's Budget Estimates inquiry process, please click on the relevant committees listed below.
General Purpose Standing Committee No. 1
General Purpose Standing Committee No. 2
General Purpose Standing Committee No. 3
General Purpose Standing Committee No. 4
General Purpose Standing Committee No. 5

Please note, the General Purpose Standing Committee No. 6 is a new Upper House committee established in 2015. Its portfolio responsibilities were previously examined by:
General Purpose Standing Committee No. 2: Veterans Affairs
General Purpose Standing Committee No. 3: Local Government, Regional Development, Small Business
General Purpose Standing Committee No. 4: Emergency Services
Skills, Innovation and Better Regulation and Corrections are new ministerial portfolios created in 2015.

For further information please contact Ms Angeline Chung, Council Officer Assistant – Committees on 9230 3081 or email budget.estimates@parliament.nsw.gov.au