Consideration of 2015/2016 portfolio budget estimates

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 conducted 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 20 August 2015, the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee will question the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills, and the Minister for Police Fire and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrective Services 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.


The Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee Estimates hearing will be held on Thursday 20 August, 2015.  The program is available here.

Hearing transcript and broadcast - Hearing Transcript

The broadcast of the hearing is available to view by clicking on the movie icon within the transcript. The icon is at the start of each session. 


The committee tabled its report on Friday 11 September 2015.  It can be viewed under the Related Publications tab.

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