Inquiry into the 2019-20 Budget Estimates


The process by which the Committee scrutinises the budget estimates includes the following stages:

General questionnaire

Before the budget papers are tabled the Committee sends a general questionnaire to all departments. It seeks information about how the anticipated Budget affects each department, including how budget allocations are connected to service delivery, infrastructure projects and assets, and other key economic, financial management and emerging issues.

Public hearings

Around May, the Committee holds two weeks of public hearings with all Ministers and the Parliamentary Presiding Officers. At the hearings the Committee asks questions about a variety of matters, including the decisions that led to the framing of the Budget, departmental performance targets, and issues of financial significance to the State. Witnesses may take some questions on notice or agree to provide the Committee with further information if it is not available at the time of the public hearings. The Committee will set a due date for the return of responses to questions on notice.

Further information gathering

After the public hearings, the Committee may send a witness or a department follow up questions regarding matters not addressed at the public hearings or that require clarification. The Committee may also send a further questionnaire to departments to seek additional information relevant to its inquiry.


Around October, the Committee reports its analysis of the budget estimates to Parliament and makes recommendations to the Government.

The Budget's journety through Parliament and the role of the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee is illustrated here.

Questionnaire responses

On 2 April 2019 the Committee sent a general questionnaire to each department requesting information to assist it with its Inquiry into the 2019-20 Budget Estimates.

The Committee expects to receive responses to the questionnaire in time for them to be considered before the Budget Estimates hearings. This approach seeks to ensure the Committee undertakes its consideration of the annual budget estimates with access to all the information that is relevant to its inquiry.

The table below sets out the when the questionnaire response was received from the department and a link to the response. Responses were requested by 28 May 2019.


Departmental responses to the 2019-20 budget estimates general questionnaire

 Department Received Questionnaire response
Education and Training 28 May 2019 pdfDET 2019-20 BEQ Response2.49 MB
Environment, Land, Water and Planning 29 May 2019 pdfDELWP 2019-20 BEQ Response2.35 MB
Health and Human Services  05 June 2019 pdfDHHS 2019-20 BEQ Response1.63 MB
Justice and Community Safety  31 May 2019 pdfDJCS 2019-20 BEQ Response3.05 MB
Jobs, Precincts and Regions 28 May 2019 pdfDJPR 2019-20 BEQ Response2.10 MB
Premier and Cabinet 28 May 2019 pdfDPC 2019-20 BEQ Response1.28 MB
Parliamentary Services 28 May 2019 pdfDPS 2019-20 BEQ Response1.14 MB
Transport 28 May 2019 pdfDOT 2019-20 BEQ Response2.48 MB
Treasury and Finance 28 May 2019 pdfDTF 2019-20 BEQ Response2.77 MB
Court Services Victoria* 29 May 2019 pdfCSV 2019-20 BEQ Response1.16 MB

As an independent statutory body corporate, Court Services Victoria (CSV) is required to respond


Schedule and Transcripts

Following the introduction of the 2019-20 Appropriation Bills, the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee held public hearings with all Ministers and the Parliament's Presiding Officers. The hearings allow the Committee to ask questions on a wide variety of issues relating to the Budget. The 2019-20 Budget Estimates hearings commenced on Friday 31 May 2019.

A printable schedule can be found here pdf2019-20 Budget Estimates Schedule94.32 KB

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 At the 2019-20 Budget Estimates hearings witnesses took questions on notice or agreed to supply further information about particular issues. Responses to these questions and further information can be found here.


Friday 31 May 2019

Time Minister Portfolio Presentations  Transcripts
8.30am Hon. Tim Pallas MP     Treasurer

pdfPresentation508.47 KB

pdfTranscript381.93 KB

pdfTabled Document2.60 MB

11.30am Economic Development

pdfPresentation790.55 KB

pdfTranscript58.90 KB
12.05pm Industrial Relations

pdfPresentation347.39 KB

pdfTranscript164.03 KB
1.30pm Hon. Daniel Andrews MP Premier

pdfPresentation697.74 KB

pdfTranscript364.16 KB
4.30pm   Mr Andrew Greaves Victorian Auditor-General's Office

pdfPresentation386.40 KB

pdfTranscript145.16 KB
5.05pm Hon. Colin Brooks MP (Speaker)
Hon. Shaun Leane MLC (President) 
Parliamentary Departments 

pdfPresentation751.88 KB

pdfTranscript211.33 KB


Friday 7 June 2019

Time Minister Portfolio Presentations Transcripts
8.30am Hon. Robin Scott MP

Assistant Treasurer

pdfPresentation205.59 KB

pdfTranscript241.23 KB
10.05am Veterans pdfPresentation1.54 MB pdfTranscript144.55 KB
2.30pm Hon. Richard Wynne MP Planning pdfPresentation2.34 MB pdfTranscript229.21 KB
3.45pm Housing pdfPresentation790.49 KB pdfTranscript157.89 KB
4.30pm Multicultural Affairs pdfPresentation1.04 MB pdfTranscript168.66 KB
5.30pm Hon. James Merlino MP Education pdfPresentation4.74 MB pdfTranscript266.16 KB
8.00pm Hon. Gayle Tierney MLC Training and Skills / Higher Education pdfPresentation2.43 MB pdfTranscript256.88 KB


Tuesday 11 June 2019

Time Minister Portfolio Presentations Transcripts
9.00am Hon. Gavin Jennings MLC Special Minister of State pdfPresentation720.92 KB pdfTranscript250.02 KB
10.30am Priority Precincts pdfPresentation4.02 MB pdfTranscript163.51 KB
11.05am Aboriginal Affairs pdfPresentation939.19 KB pdfTranscript161.67 KB
12.00pm Hon. Lily D'Ambrosio MP Energy, Environment and Climate Change pdfPresentation1.40 MB pdfTranscript320.45 KB
2.05pm Solar Homes pdfPresentation552.76 KB pdfTranscript141.70 KB
3.00pm Hon. Martin Pakula MP Racing pdfPresentation162.90 KB pdfTranscript164.13 KB
3.35pm Jobs, Innovation and Trade pdfPresentation848.87 KB pdfTranscript221.29 KB
5.05pm Tourism, Sport and Major Events pdfPresentation820.53 KB pdfTranscript206.09 KB
6.30pm Hon. Marlene Kairouz MP Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation

pdfPresentation139.47 KB

pdfTranscript167.99 KB
7.05pm Suburban Development

pdfPresentation2.03 MB

pdfTranscript174.71 KB
7.40pm Hon. Adem Somyurek MLC Small Business pdfPresentation1.09 MB pdfTranscript161.68 KB
8.15pm Local Government pdfPresentation1.57 MB pdfTranscript192.70 KB


Wednesday 12 June 2019

Time Minister Portfolio Presentations Transcripts
8.30am Hon. Jacinta Allan MP Transport Infrastructure

pdfPresentation1.82 MB

pdfTranscript221.73 KB
11.00am Hon. Jaala Pulford MLC Roads / Road Safety and the TAC

pdfPresentation1.35 MB

pdfTranscript304.56 KB
1.05pm Fishing and Boating

pdfPresentation963.77 KB

pdfTranscript140.32 KB
2.30pm Hon. Melissa Horne MP Public Transport pdfPresentation2.83 MB

pdfTranscript249.14 KB

pdfTranscript Clarification31.90 KB

4.05pm Ports and Freight pdfPresentation962.59 KB pdfTranscript158.50 KB
5.00pm Hon. Jaclyn Symes MLC Agriculture pdfPresentation268.62 KB pdfTranscript265.00 KB
6.35pm Regional Development pdfPresentation1.01 MB pdfTranscript218.84 KB
7.40pm Resources pdfPresentation586.83 KB pdfTranscript228.27 KB


Thursday 13 June 2019

Time Minister Portfolio Presentations Transcripts
8.30am Hon. Jenny Mikakos MLC  Health pdfPresentation721.19 KB pdfTranscript394.32 KB
11.30am Ambulance Services pdfPresentation461.21 KB pdfTranscript209.07 KB
1.15pm Hon. Gabrielle Williams MP Prevention of Family Violence pdfPresentation349.47 KB pdfTranscript225.06 KB
2.20pm Women pdfPresentation1.09 MB pdfTranscript215.62 KB
3.25pm Youth pdfPresentation2.01 MB pdfTranscript162.00 KB
4.15pm Hon. Martin Foley MP Mental Health pdfPresentation1.19 MB pdfTranscript110.98 KB
5.35pm Equality pdfPresentation 623.12 KB pdfTranscript50.10 KB
6.10pm Creative Industries pdfPresentation626.26 KB  pdfTranscript54.36 KB
7.10pm Hon. Luke Donnellan MP Child Protection pdfPresentation 323.40 KB

pdfTranscript212.90 KB 

pdfTranscript clarification932.40 KB

8.15pm Disability, Ageing and Carers pdfPresentation359.14 KB  pdfTranscript200.54 KB


Friday 14 June 2019

Time Minister Portfolio Presentations Transcripts
8.30am Hon. Jill Hennessy MP Attorney-General pdfPresentation218.42 KB pdfTranscript 274.73 KB
10.15am Workplace Safety pdfPresentation127.83 KB pdfTranscript167.07 KB
11.05am Hon. Lisa Neville MP Water pdfPresentation2.49 MB pdfTranscript212.31 KB
1.00pm Police pdfPresentation 3.70 MB pdfTranscript 360.99 KB
2.32pm Emergency Services
4.00pm Hon. Ben Carroll MP Corrections pdfPresentation518.64 KB pdfTranscript213.05 KB
5.05pm Victim Support pdfPresentation235.62 KB pdfTranscript165.58 KB
5.40pm Crime Prevention pdfPresentation279.01 KB pdfTranscript168.77 KB
6.15pm Youth Justice pdfPresentation 288.15 KB pdfTranscript222.55 KB



At the 2019-20 Budget Estimates hearings witnesses took questions on notice or agreed to supply further information about particular issues. Responses to these questions and further information can be found here.

Questions on Notice

At the 2019-20 Budget Estimates hearings witnesses took questions on notice or agreed to supply further information about particular issues. The Committee requested responses to these questions on notice taken at the hearings and further information by 4 July 2019.

Following the 2019-20 Budget Estimates hearings Committee members asked written questions on notice. The Committee requested responses to these written questions by 25 July 2019.

The table below sets out when responses were received from each portfolio and a link to the response.





Responses to Questions on Notice

Portfolio Questions on Notice taken at hearings  Written Questions on Notice
Treasurer pdf28 June 20191.17 MB  
Economic Development N/A   
Industrial Relations pdf1 July 2019612.68 KB  
Premier pdf4 July 2019753.61 KB  
Victorian Auditor-General's Office N/A  N/A 
Parliamentary Departments  pdf8 July 20191.07 MB   
Assistant Treasurer pdf4 July 20191.34 MB  
Veterans pdf3 July 2019651.98 KB  
Planning pdf5 July 2019886.29 KB  
Housing pdf12 July 2019815.92 KB  
Multicultural Affairs N/A   
Education pdf4 July 2019915.92 KB  
Training and Skills / Higher Education pdf4 July 2019874.59 KB  
Special Minister of State pdf4 July 2019660.13 KB   
Priority Precincts pdf4 July 20191.07 MB   
Aboriginal Affairs pdf4 July 2019946.27 KB  
Energy, Environment and Climate Change pdf5 July 2019812.76 KB   
Solar Homes pdf5 July 2019666.99 KB   
Racing pdf10 July 2019681.09 KB  
Jobs, Innovation and Trade pdf10 July 2019997.39 KB  
Tourism, Sport and Major Events pdf10 July 2019881.14 KB  
Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation pdf4 July 2019687.41 KB   
Suburban Development pdf4 July 2019625.14 KB  
Small Business pdf4 July 2019672.60 KB  
Local Government pdf4 July 2019692.03 KB  
Transport Infrastructure pdf4 July 2019835.79 KB  
Roads / Road Safety and the TAC pdf4 July 2019855.06 KB  
Fishing and Boating pdf4 July 2019790.26 KB  
Public Transport pdf8 July 2019832.11 KB   
Ports and Freight pdf8 July 2019672.85 KB  
Agriculture pdf4 July 20191.68 MB  
Regional Development pdf4 July 2019652.41 KB   
Resources pdf4 July 2019719.70 KB  
Health pdf12 July 2019764.71 KB  
Ambulance Services pdf12 July 2019733.89 KB  
Prevention of Family Violence pdf12 July 2019684.21 KB  
Women pdf10 July 2019645.98 KB   
Mental Health pdf12 July 2019719.80 KB  
Equality   pdf12 July 2019730.73 KB
Creative Industries pdf4 July 2019687.51 KB  
Child Protection N/A   
Disability, Ageing and Carers pdf12 July 2019693.59 KB  
Attorney-General pdf4 July 2019779.74 KB  
Workplace Safety pdf4 July 2019778.24 KB  
Water pdf5 July 2019699.45 KB   
Police and Emergency Services pdf5 July 2019881.09 KB   
Corrections pdf4 July 2019900.55 KB  
Victim Support pdf4 July 2019820.10 KB  
Crime Prevention pdf4 July 2019840.60 KB  
Youth Justice pdf4 July 20191.05 MB  

*Responses will be posted as they become available.