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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 2017 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 18 to 27 July 2017) 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 2017 budget process is available on each committee's Estimates inquiry page by clicking on the Consideration of 2017/18 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. Please note: the links to this information will be added as they become available. 

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 4 August 2017. 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 and Minister for Trade and Investment
  • Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs

 

Consideration of 2017/2018 portfolio budget estimates inquiry details »

 18 July 2017

Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources Committee

  • Deputy Premier, Minister for Transport and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
  • Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
  • Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships

 

Consideration of 2017/2018 portfolio budget estimates inquiry details »

19 July 2017

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 2017/2018 portfolio budget estimates inquiry details »

20 July 2017

Agriculture and Environment Committee

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

 

Consideration of 2017/2018 portfolio budget estimates inquiry details »

21 July 2017

Education, Tourism, Innovation and Small Business Committee

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

 

Consideration of 2017/2018 portfolio budget estimates inquiry details »

25 July 2017

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 2017/2018 portfolio budget estimates inquiry details »

26 July 2017

Public Works and Utilities Committee              

  • Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply
  • Minister for Housing and Public Works and Minister for Sport

 

Consideration of 2017/2018 portfolio budget estimates inquiry details »

27 July 2017

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 2017 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.