Report No. 5, 55th Parliament - Consideration of 2015/2016 portfolio budget estimates


The Committee's Report No. 5,  55th Parliament - 2015-2016 Budget Estimates and the Report's Volume of Additional Information was tabled on 8 September 2015.

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Estimates 2015

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 2015 the examination of the Appropriation Bill and the Appropriation (Parliament) Bill will be considered by the eight portfolio committees. 

During the estimates process each portfolio committee will hold a public hearing (on a day between 18 and 28 August 2015) at which the Speaker and Ministers (and certain senior public servants and officers) are 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 may also ask questions, with the leave of the committee.

At its public hearing on 21 August 2015, the committee will question Hon Bill Byrne MP, Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries and Minister for Sport and Racing, and Hon Dr Steven Miles MP, Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef, on the proposed expenditures for their portfolio areas.

Following the committee’s hearing, the committee members meet, discuss the information gained and compile a final report for tabling in Parliament. The reports are then debated by the Parliament as part of its consideration of the Appropriation Bills.


The Agriculture and Environment Committee's Estimates hearing was held on Friday, 21 August 2015. 

A transcript of the hearing is available and footage of the hearing can be viewed by clicking on the movie icon within the transcript. The icon is at the start of each session.

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