Report No. 2, 57th Parliament - 2020-21 Budget Estimates

Committee Report

The committee tabled its Report No. 2, 57th Parliament 2020-21 Budget Estimates together with a Volume of Additional Information on 12 February 2021.  The Appropriation Bill 2020 passed without amendment on 24 February 2021.

View:Report No. 2, 57th Parliament 2020-21 Budget Estimates
View:Report No. 2 57th Parliament 2020-21 Budget Estimates - Volume of Additional Information
View:Parliamentary debate on the Bill 
Transcript 23 February 2021 (pages 44-48 and 58-63)
The debate can be viewed by clicking on the movie icon within the transcript

Estimates 2020-21

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 2020 the examination of the Appropriation Bill and the Appropriation (Parliament) Bill was considered by the seven portfolio committees.

During the estimates process each portfolio committee held a public hearing at which the Speaker and Ministers (and certain senior public servants and officers) were questioned regarding the portfolio’s proposed expenditures for the relevant portfolio areas. Other Members of the Legislative Assembly who are not members of the committee were also able to ask questions, with the leave of the committee.

At its public hearing on 8 December 2020, the State Development and Regional Industries Committee questioned the Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, the Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing and Minister for Water and the Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities regarding the proposed expenditures for their portfolio areas.

Following the committee’s hearing, the committee members met, discussed the information gained and compiled a final report which was tabled on 12 February 2021. The reports are then debated in the Legislative Assembly as part of Parliament's consideration of the Appropriation Bills.


Hearing program – 8 December 2020

Hearing transcript and broadcast – 8 December 2020 - Note To access the broadcast, click on the movie icon at the start of each session.

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