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 six Portfolio Committees. For more information ​​on Budget Estimates processes, please refer to the Budget Estimates 2017-2018 Guide.


Click on the links below to see videos and transcripts of Adam Searle’s questions to Ministers and senior public servants in their respective Budget Estimates hearings:

1 September 2017 – Resources & Energy Hearing with Minister Don Harwin

1 September 2017 – Trade & Industry Hearing with Minister Niall Blair

6 September 2017 – Treasury Hearing with Treasurer Dominic Perrottet

6 September 2017 – Industrial Relations Hearing with Minister Dominic Perrottet

7 September 2017 – Premier & Finance Hearing with Premier Gladys Berejiklian

8 September 2017 – Legal Affairs Hearing with Attorney-General Mark Speakman