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 2021 the examination of the Appropriation Bill will be carried out by the 7 portfolio committees, and the Appropriation (Parliament) Bill will be carried out by the Economics and Governance Committee.

During the estimates process (from 16 July to 13 August 2021), 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 hearings are set out below.

Information on the 2021 budget process will be available on each committee's Estimates inquiry page by clicking on the Consideration of 2021/22 portfolio budget estimates inquiry details links below. The hearing schedule for each committee can be accessed by clicking on the relevant date below and also on the individual committee's Estimates inquiry page.

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 20 August 2021. The reports are then debated by the Parliament as part of its consideration of the Appropriation Bills.

Important note: Public attendance at Committee Proceedings - Suspended

Public attendance at Parliamentary Committee proceedings in Brisbane is currently suspended until 22 August 2021 due to limitations on room capacity in accordance with health directives.*

* Visitors attending as witnesses invited by a Committee will still be permitted.

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

 

Current COVID-19 Restrictions – as at 8 August 2021

While the current COVID-19 restrictions for South East Queensland remain in force all persons present at committee proceedings will be required to wear a facemask, to be removed only when speaking during the proceeding.

Advice from the Chief Health Officer - Queensland Health: COVID-Safe Estimates Hearings 2021 

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

Portfolio Committee

Date

 Economics and Governance Committee

    • Speaker
    • Premier and Minister for Trade
    • Treasurer and Minister for Investment
    • Minister for Tourism Industry Development and Innovation and Minister for Sport

    Consideration of 2021/2022 portfolio budget estimates inquiry details » 

    16 July 2021

    State Development and Regional Industries Committee

      • Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning
      • Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities
      • Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing and Minister for Water
       
      Consideration of 2021/2022 portfolio budget estimates inquiry details » 

       

       28 July 2021

       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

      Consideration of 2021/2022 portfolio budget estimates inquiry details »

       

      29 July 2021

       Health and Environment Committee

      • Minister for Health and Ambulance Services
      • Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef and Minister for Science and Youth Affairs
       
      Consideration of 2021/2022 portfolio budget estimates inquiry details »

       

      30 July 2021

       Transport and Resources Committee

      • Minister for Transport and Main Roads
      • Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen and Minister for Public Works and Procurement
      • Minister for Resources
       
      Consideration of 2021/2022 portfolio budget estimates inquiry details »

       

      10 August 2021

       Legal Affairs and Safety Committee

      • Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Minister for Women and Minister for Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence 
      • Minister for Police and Corrective Services and Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
       
      Consideration of 2021/2022 portfolio budget estimates inquiry details »

       

      12 August 2021

       Community Support and Services Committee

      • Minister for Communities and Housing, Minister for Digital Economy and Minister for the Arts
      • Minister for Seniors and Disability Services and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
      • Minister for Children and Youth Justice and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
       
      Consideration of 2021/2022 portfolio budget estimates inquiry details »

       

      13 August 2021

      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 2020 to access the transcript: http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/sitting-dates/dates.

      For more information see the Estimates Committees fact sheet 3.12.