Function of the Committee

The Public Accounts and Estimates Committee is constituted under section 14 of the Parliamentary Committees Act 2003.

The committee's functions are:

  1. to inquire into, consider and report to the Parliament on:
    1. any proposal, matter or thing concerned with public administration or public sector finances
    2. 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
    3. audit priorities for the purposes of the Audit Act 1994
  2. to monitor and review the performance of the duties and functions of the Victorian Inspectorate in respect of Victorian Auditor-General's Office (VAGO) officers
  3. to report to both Houses of the Parliament on any matter connected with the performance of the duties and functions of the Victorian Inspectorate in respect of VAGO officers that requires the attention of the Parliament
  4. to examine any reports made by the Victorian Inspectorate in respect of VAGO officers
  5. the functions conferred on the Committee under the Audit Act 1994 and Part V of the Constitution Act 1975.
     

The Public Accounts and Estimates Committee cannot:

  1. investigate a matter relating to particular conduct the subject of any report made by the Victorian Inspectorate in respect of VAGO officers
  2. review any decision to investigate, not to investigate, or to discontinue the investigation of a particular complaint made to the Victorian Inspectorate in accordance with the Victorian Inspectorate Act 2011 in respect of a VAGO officer
  3. review any findings, recommendations, determinations or other decisions of the Victorian Inspectorate in relation to a particular complaint made to, or investigation conducted by, the Victorian Inspectorate in accordance with the Victorian Inspectorate Act 2011 in respect of a VAGO officer
  4. disclose any information relating to the performance of a duty or function or exercise of a power by the Victorian Inspectorate which may:
    1. prejudice any criminal investigation or criminal proceedings
    2. prejudice an audit being conducted by the Auditor-General or an investigation being conducted by the Independant Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission or the Victorian Inspectorate
    3. contravene any secrecy or confidentiality provision in any relevant Act.