Budget Estimates 2013-2014

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 five General Purpose Standing Committees.

More information about Budget Estimates

Initial hearings
Initial hearings for Budget Estimates 2013-2014 will be held on Monday 12 August, through to Friday 16 August, as well as Monday 19 August and Friday 23 August 2013. The terms of reference and a timetable for Budget Estimates 2013-2014 which include the dates and times allocated to each portfolio are available here.

Supplementary hearings
Dates for initial round of supplementary hearings will be held between 8 - 11 October 2013.

The Budget Estimates Manual 2013-2014 is available here. Detailed information about Budget Estimates, including relevant procedures, can be found in the Budget Estimates manual.

Further information is available by contacting the following committee staff:
  • Mr Stewart Smith, Director: (02) 9230 2798
  • Ms Christine Nguyen, Council Officer: (02) 9230 3509

Budget Estimate links will appear here on Budget Estimate days

General Purpose Standing Committees

More information on the individual committees that conduct the Budget Estimates hearings can be found in the following links:

Working in the LC Professional Development Program
The Working in the Legislative Council Professional Development Program is a 12-week professional development program available to departmental officers who want to gain first-hand experience of the operations of the Legislative Council, including committees and the Budget Estimates process.

Click here for more information on the Working in the Legislative Council Professional Development Program.