Report No. 37, 55th Parliament - 2017-18 Budget Estimates

Estimates 2017

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 considered by the seven portfolio committees.

During the estimates process each portfolio committee will hold a public hearing (on a day between 18 and 27 July 2017) 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 25 July 2017, the Education, Tourism, Innovation and Small Business Committee will question the Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events and Commonwealth Games and the Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business regarding 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.


Hearing program – 25 July 2017

Hearing transcript – The broadcast is available by clicking on the movie icon within the transcript (the icon is at the start of each session). 


The committee tabled Report No. 37, 55th Parliament - 2017-18 Budget Estimates on 4 August 2017, together with the Volume of Additional Information.

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