Since 1994, committees of the Parliament have undertaken the estimates process, which is one of the key mechanisms to examine government expenditure, performance and effectiveness. It holds ministers to account and provides a level of transparency to the public. Budget Estimates aids the Parliament in its scrutiny of the Government's proposed expenditure by examining and reporting on the proposed expenditures contained in the Appropriation Bill and the Appropriation (Parliament) Bill.

In 2023 the examination of the Appropriation Bill will be carried out by the 7 portfolio committees, with each committee examining the budget estimates of its responsible portfolios. The examination of the Appropriation (Parliament) Bill will be carried out by the Economics and Governance Committee.

During the estimates process (from 1 to 10 August 2023), each portfolio committee will hold a public hearing at which the Speaker and Ministers (and certain senior public servants and officers) will be questioned regarding the 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.

The dates of portfolio committee public hearings are set out below.

Information on the 2023 budget process will be available on each committee's Estimates inquiry page by clicking on the Consideration of 2023/24 portfolio budget estimates inquiry details links below. The hearing schedule for each committee can be accessed by clicking on the relevant date and also on the individual committee's Estimates inquiry page. These links will be provided as they become available. 

When the committee’s hearings are completed, the committee members meet, discuss the information gained and compile a report for tabling in Parliament. Reports are to be tabled by 18 August 2023. The reports are then debated by the Parliament as part of its consideration of the Appropriation Bills.

Estimates hearings will be broadcast live via the main Parliament.TV page.

Portfolio Committee


 Economics and Governance Committee

    • Speaker
    • Premier and Minister for Olympic and Paralympic Games
    • Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment
    • Minister for Tourism, Innovation and Sport and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Olympics and Paralympics Sport and Engagement 

    Consideration of 2023/2024 portfolio budget estimates inquiry details » 

    1 August 2023

    State Development and Regional Industries Committee

      • Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister Assisting the Premier on Olympic and Paralympic Games Infrastructure 
      • Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities
      • Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing and Minister for Water

      Consideration of 2023/2024 portfolio budget estimates inquiry details »

      2 August 2023

       Education, Employment and Training Committee

      • Minister for Education, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Racing
      • Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development and Minister for Youth Justice

      Consideration of 2023/2024 portfolio budget estimates inquiry details »

      3 August 2023

       Health and Environment Committee

      • Minister for Health, Mental Health and Ambulance Services and Minister for Women
      • Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for Multicultural Affairs 

      Consideration of 2023/2024 portfolio budget estimates inquiry details »

      4 August 2023

       Transport and Resources Committee

      • Minister for Transport and Main Roads and Minister for Digital Services
      • Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen and Minister for Public Works and Procurement
      • Minister for Resources 

      Consideration of 2023/2024 portfolio budget estimates inquiry details »

      8 August 2023

       Legal Affairs and Safety Committee

      • Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Minister for the Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence 
      • Minister for Police and Corrective Services and Minister for Fire and Emergency Services

      Consideration of 2023/2024 portfolio budget estimates inquiry details »

      9 August 2023

       Community Support and Services Committee

      • Minister for Treaty, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Minister for Communities and Minister for the Arts
      • Minister for Housing
      • Minister for Child Safety and Minister for Seniors and Disability Services 

      Consideration of 2023/2024 portfolio budget estimates inquiry details »

      10 August 2023

      Further information will be placed on each committee’s inquiry page when it is available.

      Estimates transcripts will also be available from the Records of Proceedings webpages. Go to this link and click on the date of the hearing in 2023 to access the transcript:

      For more information see the Estimates Committees fact sheet 3.12.