Report No. 3, 55th Parliament - 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 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 28 August 2015, the Utilities, Science and Innovation Committee will question the Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy and Water Supply, and Minister for Housing and Public Works and Minister for Science and Innovation 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.


Utilities, Science and Innovation Committee - Hearing program - 28 August 2015 is available here.

The Hearing transcript and broadcast is now available - 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 Thursday 10 September 2015. You can view the report here.
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