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 six General Purpose Standing Committees.
For more information on the Budget Estimates process, please refer to the Budget Estimates Manual 2016-2017 below.
Budget Estimates Manual 2016-2017.PDF The dates set aside for the public hearings in 2016 are listed below.
Please see attached a copy of the Terms of Reference establishing the inquiry into Budget Estimates 2016 - 2017, which includes the dates for this year’s Budget Estimates hearings. This timetable was agreed by the Legislative Council on 1 June 2016.
Terms of Reference - Budget Estimates 2016 17.pdf
Wednesday 5 October 2016 (GPSC2)
Thursday 6 October 2016 (GPSC4)
Friday 14 October 2016 (GPSC5)
Hearing scheduleTranscriptAnswers to questions on notice
Hearing Timetable (Initial hearings)
Please note that, as all General Purpose Standing Committees have resolved not to ask government questions, the finish time of hearings have changed and are reflected below. The start times remain the same.
Monday 29 August 2016 (GPSC 2 & 3)
The Legislature (Harwin)
Roads, Maritime and Freight (Gay)
Ageing, Disability Services (Ajaka)Multiculturalism (Ajaka)
Mental Health, Medical Research (Goward)
Women, Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (Goward)
Transport and Infrastructure (Constance)
Justice and Police (Grant)Racing (Grant)Arts (Grant)
Treasury, Industrial Relations (Berejiklian)
Attorney General (Upton)
Premier, Western Sydney (Baird)
Innovation and Better Regulation (Dominello)
Primary Industries, Lands and Water (Blair)
Local Government (Toole)
The Environment, Heritage (Speakman)