Budget Estimates

Ministers and senior public servants attend an annual Budget Estimates inquiry to answer questions about the expenditure, performance and effectiveness of their agencies.

The Budget Estimates are a key process for government accountability and transparency. The inquiries involve detailed questioning on the decisions, actions and advice of ministers, as well as officers of departments, statutory bodies or corporations.

The Budget Estimates inquiry is conducted by the Legislative Council’s seven Portfolio Committees. For more information ​​on Budget Estimates processes, please refer to the Budget Estimates 2019-2020 Guide.

For the dates of this year’s Budget Estimates, view the Parliamentary Sitting Calendar.

For the most recent hearing schedules, transcripts, questions and answers, visit the NSW Parliament Budget Estimates page