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Estimates Hearings

The estimates process aids the Parliament in its scrutiny of the Government’s proposed expenditure. Since 1994, committees of the parliament have undertaken the estimates process, by examining and reporting on the proposed expenditures contained in the Appropriation Bill and the Appropriation (Parliament) Bill.

In 2016 the examination of the Appropriation Bill and the Appropriation (Parliament) Bill will be carried out by the seven portfolio committees.

During the estimates process (from 19 to 28 July 2016) each portfolio committee will hold a public hearing at which the Speaker and Ministers (and certain senior public servants and officers) are questioned regarding the proposed expenditures for the relevant portfolio areas. Other Members of the Legislative Assembly who are not members of the committee may also ask questions, with the leave of the committee.

The dates of portfolio committee hearings are set out below.

Information on the 2016 budget process is available on each committee's Estimates inquiry page by clicking on the Consideration of 2016/17 portfolio budget estimates inquiry details links below. The hearing schedules for each committee can be accessed by clicking on the relevant date below and also on the individual committee's Estimates inquiry page.

When the committee’s hearings are completed, the committee members meet, discuss the information gained and compile a final report for tabling in Parliament. Reports are to be tabled by 12 August 2016. The reports are then debated by the Parliament as part of its consideration of the Appropriation Bills.

Portfolio Committee

Date

Finance and Administration Committee

  • Speaker
  • Premier and Minister for the Arts
  • Treasurer, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Minister for Sport
  • Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs

 

Consideration of 2016/2017 portfolio budget estimates inquiry details »

 19 July 2016

Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources Committee

  • Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade and Investment
  • Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
  • Minister for Housing and Public Works

 

Consideration of 2016/2017 portfolio budget estimates inquiry details »

20 July 2016

Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee

  • Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
  • Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrective Services

 

Consideration of 2016/2017 portfolio budget estimates inquiry details »

21 July 2016

Agriculture and Environment Committee

  • Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries
  • Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef

 

Consideration of 2016/2017 portfolio budget estimates inquiry details »

 22 July 2016

Education, Tourism, Innovation and Small Business Committee

  • Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism and Major Events
  • Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business

 

Consideration of 2016/2017 portfolio budget estimates inquiry details »

26 July 2016 

Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee

  • Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
  • Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
  • Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland

 

Consideration of 2016/2017 portfolio budget estimates inquiry details »

27 July 2016

Transportation and Utilities Committee

  • Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games
  • Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply

 

Consideration of 2016/2017 portfolio budget estimates inquiry details »

28 July 2016

 

Further information will be placed on each committee’s inquiry page when it is available.

Estimates transcripts will also be available from the Records of Proceedings webpages. Go to this link and click on the date of the hearing in 2016 to access the transcript: http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/sitting-dates/dates.

For more information see the Estimates Committees fact sheet 3.12.

Former Estimates Hearings

The estimates process aids the Parliament in its scrutiny of the Government’s proposed expenditure. Since 1994, committees of the parliament have undertaken the estimates process, by examining and reporting on the proposed expenditures contained in the Appropriation Bill and the Appropriation (Parliament) Bill.