Functions of the Committee

The Public Accounts and Estimates Committee is constituted under section 14 of the Parliamentary Committees Act 2003. The Committee has three main functions – public accounts, estimates and oversight.

 Responsibilities of the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee

  The committee's functions are to inquire into, consider and report to the Parliament on:

  • any proposal, matter or thing concerned with public administration or public sector finances

  • the annual estimates or receipts and payments and other Budget papers and any supplementary estimates of receipts or payments presented to the Assembly and the Council

  • audit priorities for the purposes of the Audit Act 1994.

Functions are also conferred on the Committee under the Audit Act 1994, Part V of the Constitution Act 1975 and the Parliamentary Budget Officer Act 2017. The Committee has statutory responsibilities and limitations in relation to monitoring and reviewing the performance of the Victorian Inspectorate with regards to VAGO officers.