The initial hearings and schedule of the Budget Estimates inquiry as resolved by the Legislative Council on 11 November 2020 and 23 June 2021 have been postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.
The government has put forward the following timetable for 'preliminary' Budget Estimates hearings to be held fully via videoconference (Webex), with each hearing commencing at 9.30 am and concluding by 1.00 pm, inclusive with a 15 minute break, the last 15 minutes reserved for questions by government members if required, and only public servants be invited to attend.
The individual portfolio committees have resolved to adopt this format and the proposed timetable as outlined below.
Wednesday 18 August 2021
Friday 20 August 2021
Monday 23 August 2021
Wednesday 25 August 2021
Friday 27 August 2021
Monday 30 August 2021
Wednesday 1 September 2021
Friday 3 September 2021
About Budget Estimates inquiry
Ministers and senior public servants attend an annual Budget Estimates inquiry to answer questions about the expenditure, performance and effectiveness of their agencies.
Budget Estimates is a key process for government accountability and transparency. The Budget Estimates inquiry involves detailed questioning on the decisions, actions and advice of ministers and public servants.
The Budget Estimates inquiry is conducted by the Legislative Council’s seven Portfolio Committees.
For more information, please contact the secretariat at (02) 9230 2898 or email email@example.com.
For transcripts and other information relating to Budget Estimates 2020-2021 please click here.