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  • Inquiry into Financial and Performance Outcomes 2012-13
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  • Inquiry into the 2014-15 Budget Estimates
  • Inquiry into the 2015–16 Budget Estimates

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  • Inquiry into the Impact on Victorian Government Service Delivery of Changes to National Partnership Agreements

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  • Inquiry into Allegations made against the Auditor-General

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  • Inquiry into 2013-14 and 2014-15 Financial and Performance Outcomes

    This inquiry has been completed.

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  • Inquiry into the Performance Audit of VAGO 2015-16

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  • Recruitment of the new Victorian Auditor General 2016

    This inquiry has been completed.

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  • Inquiry into the 2016-17 Budget Estimates

    Following the introduction of the 2016-17 appropriation bills, the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee will hold 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.

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  • Inquiry into the Financial Audit of VAGO 2016
  • Inquiry into the 2011-12 Budget Estimates

    Inquiry into the 2011-12 Budget Estimates

  • Inquiry into Effective Decision Making for the Successful Delivery of Significant Infrastructure Projects

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  • Inquiry into Victorian Auditor General's Office Reports January to June 2009

     

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  • Inquiry into Financial and Performance Outcomes 2009-10 and 2010-11
     
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  • Inquiry into the 2012-13 Budget Estimates

    Inquiry into the 2012-13 Budget Estimates

  • Inquiry to Financial Audit of VAGO 2012

    Financial Audit of the Victorian Auditor-General's Office - Section 17 of the Audit Act 1994 (Vic) and the performance audit of the Victorian Auditor-General and the Victorian Auditor-General's Office - Section 19 of the Audit Act 1994 (Vic).

  • Inquiry into Financial and Performance Outcomes 2011-12
     
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  • Inquiry into the 2013-14 Budget Estimates

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  • Performance Audit of VAGO 2013

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  • Inquiry into Budget Estimates 2005-2006

    During the period May to June, the Committee holds public hearings to scrutinise the expenditure and activities of 43 portfolios and the Parliamentary Departments.

    All Ministers and senior departmental officers are invited to appear before the Committee and are questioned on the proposed expenditure of departments for the next financial year.

    Before the Budget is brought down by the Treasurer, the Committee forwards a questionnaire to all departments seeking information to supplement the details that will be contained in the Budget Papers. This information is analysed and background briefing papers are prepared that form the basis for many of the questions raised at the hearings.

    The evidence given at the public hearings is reviewed and, where the Committee considers necessary, further information is sought.

    The Committee's objective in its scrutiny of the budget estimates is to:

    • constructively contribute to improving the presentation of budget information, to the Parliament and the community of Victoria ;
    • facilitate a greater understanding of the budget estimates;
    • encourage clear, full and precise statements of the Government's objectives and planned budget outcomes; and
    • encourage economical, efficient and effective administration.

    The Committee's report on the budget estimates is usually tabled in the spring session – in September or October each year.

    • Previous Inquiry into Budget Estimates (2004-2005)
  • Inquiry into Budget Estimates 2004-2005

    The Committee tabled its report on 11 November 2004.

    Government Response

    Final Report

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    2. Introduction (PDF 206Kb)
    3. Government Response 2002-4 (PDF 356Kb)
    4. Overview (PDF 395Kb)
    5. Review of the Budget Papers (PDF 361Kb)
    6. Parliamentary Departments (PDF 377Kb)
    7. Education and Training (PDF 395Kb)
    8. Human Services (PDF 601Kb)
    9. Infrastructure (PDF 478Kb)
    10. Innovation, Industry and Regional Development (PDF 445Kb)
    11. Justice (PDF 782Kb)
    12. Premier and Cabinet (PDF 379Kb)
    13. Primary Industries (PDF 366Kb)
    14. Sustainability and the Environment (PDF 426Kb)
    15. Treasury and Finance (PDF 471Kb)
    16. Victorian Communities (PDF 559Kb)
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  • Inquiry into Budget Estimates 2003-2004

    The inquiry has been completed and a final report is available.

     

  • Inquiry into Budget Estimates 2002-2003

    The inquiry has been completed and a final report is available.

  • Inquiry into Corporate Governance in the Victorian Public Sector

     

    The report was tabled on 19th of May 2005

    Government response

    The Committee released an issues paper.

  • Inquiry into Parliamentary Control and Management of Appropriations
  • Inquiry into Victorian Rural Ambulance Services

    The final report was tabled on the 10th of November 2004.

    Report

    Government Response

    The government response to the recommendations in the report was received on 27 July 2005.

  • Inquiry into Victoria’s Audit Act 1994

     

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  • Inquiry into 2009-2010 Budget Estimates

    During the period May to June, the Committee holds public hearings to scrutinise the expenditure and activities of all government portfolios and the Parliamentary Departments.

    All Ministers and senior departmental officers are invited to appear before the Committee and are questioned on the proposed expenditure of departments for the next financial year.

    Before the Budget is brought down by the Treasurer, the Committee forwards a questionnaire to all departments seeking information to supplement the details that will be contained in the Budget Papers.

    The Committee's objective in its scrutiny of the budget estimates is to:

    • constructively contribute to improving the presentation of budget information, to the Parliament and the community of Victoria;
    • facilitate a greater understanding of the budget estimates;
    • encourage clear, full and precise statements of the Government's objectives and planned budget outcomes; and
    • encourage economical, efficient and effective administration.


    The aim of the Committee is to table the report during debate on the appropriation bills in the Parliament.

  • Inquiry into Victorian Auditor General's Office Reports

    Contents

    An important aspect of the Committee’s work is to follow up on matters raised by the Auditor-General in various reports to the Parliament. The Auditor-General’s reports draw Parliament’s attention to financial concerns or issues relating to any public sector agency. The Committee can follow up these matters by virtue of its powers to hold public hearings and take evidence. In this way, matters raised by the Auditor-General are put under the microscope for the benefit of the Parliament and the community.

    Under its functions and powers set out in sections 14 and 33 of the Parliamentary Committees Act 2003, the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee has been following up audit reports tabled in Parliament by the Auditor-General every six months.  The Committee prioritises these reports using various criteria including consideration of seriousness of impacts or implications of audit findings, public interest, risks, social impacts, criticality and unresolved disputes, materiality and opportunities to enhance accountability.

    The Committee has resolved to retain a broad scope for its terms of reference, that is, to review any aspects of the findings and recommendations contained within those reports.

     

    Review of the Findings and Recommendations of the Auditor-General's Reports tabled during July to December 2008

    The Committee recently conducted a review of the findings of the Auditor-General reports tabled during July to December 2008. The Committee prioritised the following reports for review and public hearings:

    • Managing Acute Patient Flows (November 2008); and
    • BioSecurity Incidents: Planning and Risk Management for Livestock Disease (November  2008).

     

    Public Hearings and Transcripts of Evidence

    The Committee held public hearings in relation to:

    • Managing Acute Patient Flows (November 2008); and
    • BioSecurity Incidents: Planning and Risk Management for Livestock Disease (November  2008).


    The hearing schedule and transcripts of evidence are available here.

     

     
     

    The Committee also reviewed, without public hearings, the following reports:

    • Private Practice Arrangements in Health Services (October 2008);
    • Managing Complaints Against Ticket Inspectors (July 2008);
    • Enforcement of Planning Permits (November 2008); and
    • School Buildings: Planning, Maintenance and Renewal (November 2008).

     

     

     

    Report

    The Committee tabled the pdf Review of the Findings and Recommendations of the Auditor-General's Reports 2008 1.74 Mb in August 2010.

     

    Review of the Findings and Recommendations of the Auditor-General's Reports tabled during March to June 2008

    The Committee conducted a review of the findings of the following Auditor-General reports tabled during March to June 2008:

    • Planning for Water Infrastructure in Victoria (April 2008);
    • Patient Safety in Public Hospitals (May 2008);
    • Records Management in the Victorian Public Sector (March 2008);
    • Delivering HealthSMART (April 2008);
    • Victoria's Planning Framework for Land Use and Development (May 2008);
    • Coordinating Services and Initiatives for Aboriginal People (June 2008); and
    • Implementation of the Criminal Justice Enhancement Program (CJEP) (June 2008).

     

     

    Public Hearings and Transcripts of Evidence

    The Committee held public hearings in relation to:
    • Planning for Water Infrastructure in Victoria (April 2008); and
    • Patient Safety in Public Hospitals (May 2008).
     
     
    The hearing schedule and transcripts of evidence are available here.

     

     
     

    Report

     

     

    Further reports can be found on the Publications page, under 'Review of the Auditor-General reports'.

     

     

  • Inquiry into the 2010-2011 Budget Estimates

    The Committee is holding public hearings from Monday 10 May 2010 to Thursday 20 May 2010 inclusive in the Legislative Council Committee Room, Parliament House, Melbourne.

     

  • Inquiry into Financial and Performance Outcomes 2008-09
     
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  • Annual Reports
     
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  • Inquiry into Financial and Performance Audit of AG and VAGO 2010

    Financial Audit of the Victorian Auditor-General's Office - Section 17 of the Audit Act 1994 (Vic) and the performance audit of the Victorian Auditor-General and the Victorian Auditor-General's Office - Section 19 of the Audit Act 1994 (Vic).

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  • Inquiry into Financial and Performance Outcomes 2007-08
     
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  • Inquiry into Victoria's Public Finance Practices and Legislation

    The Committee has commenced an inquiry into Victoria’s public finance practices and legislation under section 33(3) of the Parliamentary Committees Act 2003.

    The Notification of a New Inquiry into Victoria's public finance practices and legislation was tabled on 11 June 2008.

     

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  • Inquiry into Strengthening Government and Parliamentary Accountability in Victoria

    The closing date for submissions was 11 May 2007. The Committee is no longer accepting submissions.

    Hearings were held in relation to the inquiry on 1 and 2 August 2007.

    Final Report (PDF 1.21Mb), tabled 4 April 2008

    The government response was tabled on 9 September 2008.

    Executive Officer
    Public Accounts and Estimates Committee
    Parliament House, Spring Street
    East Melbourne, VIC 3002
    Email: paec@parliament.vic.gov.au

  • Inquiry into Trustee Arrangements for Governing the Parliamentary Contributory Superannuation Fund

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  • Inquiry into Budget Estimates 2008-2009

    The Report on the 2008-09 Budget Estimates - Part Three as tabled on 15 October 2008.

    The Report on the 2008-09 Budget Estimates - Part Two was tabled on 12 June 2008.

    The Committee tabled the Report on the 2008-09 Budget Estimates - Part One on 29 May 2008.

     

    Previous Inquiry

    • 2007-08 Budget Estimates
  • Inquiry into Budget Estimates 2007-2008

     

    The Committee tabled its Report on 2007-08 Budget Estimates - Part One on 24 May 2007.

    Report on the 2007-08 Budget Estimates - Part One

    The Committee tabled its Report on the 2007-08 Budget Estimates - Part Two on 7 June 2007.

    Report on the 2007-08 Budget Estimates - Part Two

    The Committee tabled its Report on 2007-08 Budget Estimates - Part Three on 20 September 2007.

    Report on the 2007-08 Budget Estimates - Part Three

    Departmental questionnaire responses - examples of comprehensive responses

    • Department of Human Services (PDF 449Kb)
    • Department of Infrastructure (PDF 407Kb)
    • Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development (PDF 276Kb)
    • Department of Justice (PDF 507Kb)

    Government response (PDF 269Kb)

    Previous Inquiry

    • 2006-07 Budget Estimates
  • Inquiry into Private Investment in Public Infrastructure

    Contents

     

    The Report on Private investment in public infrastructure was tabled in the Parliament on 4 October 2006.

    • Report on Private investment in public infrastructure (MS Word 2210 Kb)
    • Report on Private investment in public infrastructure (PDF 1084 Kb)

    The Report on the evidence obtained overseas in connection with the Inquiry into Private Sector Investment in Public Infrastructure.

  • Inquiry into Budget Estimates 2006-2007

     

    The Committee tabled its final report on 14 September 2006

    Final Report

    Government Response

    Previous Inquiry

    • 2005-06 Budget Estimates
  • Inquiry into Legislative Framework for Statutory Independent Officers of Parliament

     

    As a result of representations from the Auditor-General, the Committee undertook an Inquiry into the need for an appropriate legislative framework for Victorian officers of Parliament.

    The committee tabled the final report 8 February 2006.

     

  • Inquiry into 2015-16 Financial and Performance Outcomes

    This inquiry has been completed.

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  • Inquiry into the 2017-18 Budget Estimates

    This inquiry has been completed.

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  • Inquiry into 2016-17 Financial and Performance Outcomes

    This inquiry has been completed.

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  • Inquiry into the 2018-19 Budget Estimates

    This inquiry has been completed.

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  • Inquiry into the 2019-20 Budget Estimates

    Background

    Each year around May, the Government tables the budget papers and the Appropriation Bills in the Parliament. The budget papers include estimated projections of government revenue over the forward estimates (three years) and expenditure for the next financial year. They also outline the fiscal outlook for the State’s economy and the Government’s proposed major initiatives.

    The appropriation bills reflect the spending proposals contained in the budget papers and the Parliament must pass the bills to authorise the expenditure of public money. The budget papers and the appropriation bills form the basis of accountability for financial and performance management for each government department.

    On behalf of the Parliament, the Committee conducts detailed scrutiny of the Government’s annual spending and revenue (the budget estimates).

     Objectives

    The Committee’s budget estimates inquiry aims to benefit the Parliament and the community by:

    • promoting the accountability, transparency and integrity of the executive and the public sector
    • encouraging effective and efficient delivery of public services and assets
    • enhancing the understanding of the budget estimates and the wider economic environment and
    • assisting members of Parliament in their deliberation on the appropriation bills.
  • Report on the appointment of a person to conduct the financial audit of the Victorian Auditor-General's Office
  • Inquiry into Gender Responsive Budgeting

    Latest News

    The report was tabled in Parliament on 22 March 2022. Click here to view the report.

     

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  • Inquiry into Auditor-General’s report No. 253: Managing School Infrastructure (2017)

    Latest News
    The interim report was tabled in Parliament on 5 April 2022. Click here to view the interim report.

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  • Inquiry into Auditor-General’s report No. 202: Meeting Obligations to Protect Ramsar Wetlands (2016)

    The Committee resolved at its meeting on 23 September 2019 to conduct a follow up inquiry into the Victorian Auditor-General’s report no.202: Meeting obligations to protect Ramsar Wetlands, tabled on 14 September 2016.

    Latest News
    The report was tabled on 16 June 2020.

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  • Inquiry into the 2017-18 and 2018-19 Financial and Performance Outcomes

    Latest News

    This report was tabled in Parliament on 17 July 2020.

    Overview

    The Committee’s inquiry into the financial and performance outcomes assists Parliament and the community to gauge what the Government achieved in the last financial year(s) compared to what the Government planned to achieve. This inquiry complements the Committee’s scrutiny of the budget estimates and aims to:

    • improve the accountability of Victorian Government departments and agencies
    • improve the transparency and clarity in the reporting of public sector performance
    • provide the Parliament and community with more meaningful information about the outcomes delivered in the last financial year(s).

     

     

     

  • Inquiry into the 2020-21 Budget Estimates

    Schedule 

    The 2020-21 Budget Estimates Inquiry hearings was held concurrently with the third round of COVID-19 Inquiry hearings in November and December 2020. See the schedule here.

    Background

    Each year around May, the Government tables the budget papers and the Appropriation Bills in the Parliament. The budget papers include estimated projections of government revenue over the forward estimates (three years) and expenditure for the next financial year. They also outline the fiscal outlook for the State’s economy and the Government’s proposed major initiatives.

    The appropriation bills reflect the spending proposals contained in the budget papers and the Parliament must pass the bills to authorise the expenditure of public money. The budget papers and the appropriation bills form the basis of accountability for financial and performance management for each government department.

    On behalf of the Parliament, the Committee conducts detailed scrutiny of the Government’s annual spending and revenue (the budget estimates).

     Objectives

    The Committee’s budget estimates inquiry aims to benefit the Parliament and the community by:

    • promoting the accountability, transparency and integrity of the executive and the public sector
    • encouraging effective and efficient delivery of public services and assets
    • enhancing the understanding of the budget estimates and the wider economic environment and
    • assisting members of Parliament in their deliberation on the appropriation bills.
  • Report on the appointment of a person to conduct the financial audit of the Victorian Auditor-General's Office
  • Inquiry into the Victorian Government's Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Latest News
    The report was tabled in Parliament on 2 February 2021. Click here to view the report.
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  • Inquiry into 2019-20 Financial and Performance Outcomes

    Overview

    The Committee’s inquiry into the financial and performance outcomes assists Parliament and the community to gauge what the Government achieved in the last financial year(s) compared to what the Government planned to achieve. This inquiry complements the Committee’s scrutiny of the budget estimates and aims to:

    • improve the accountability of Victorian Government departments and agencies
    • improve the transparency and clarity in the reporting of public sector performance
    • provide the Parliament and community with more meaningful information about the outcomes delivered in the last financial year(s).

    The 2019-20 Financial and Performance Outcomes Inquiry hearings were held from 22-25 February 2021.
    See the schedule here for the 2019-20 Financial and Performance Outcomes Inquiry hearings.

  • Inquiry into the Parliamentary Budget Officer

    The report was tabled in Parliament on 7 September 2021. Click here to view the report.

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  • Inquiry into the 2021-22 Budget Estimates

    In response to the public health restrictions announced on 27 May and 2 June, the public hearings for the Inquiry into the 2021-22 Budget Estimates scheduled for 28 May-4 June were deferred. The hearings resumed on 16 June 2021. 

    Click here to view the updated estimates hearing schedule. 

    Background

    Each year around May, the Government tables the budget papers and the Appropriation Bills in the Parliament. The budget papers include estimated projections of government revenue over the forward estimates (three years) and expenditure for the next financial year. They also outline the fiscal outlook for the State’s economy and the Government’s proposed major initiatives.

    The appropriation bills reflect the spending proposals contained in the budget papers and the Parliament must pass the bills to authorise the expenditure of public money. The budget papers and the appropriation bills form the basis of accountability for financial and performance management for each government department.

    On behalf of the Parliament, the Committee conducts detailed scrutiny of the Government’s annual spending and revenue (the budget estimates).

     Objectives

    The Committee’s budget estimates inquiry aims to benefit the Parliament and the community by:

    • promoting the accountability, transparency and integrity of the executive and the public sector
    • encouraging effective and efficient delivery of public services and assets
    • enhancing the understanding of the budget estimates and the wider economic environment and
    • assisting members of Parliament in their deliberation on the appropriation bills.

    Mailing List
    If you are interested in receiving news alerts from the Parliament of Victoria, including updates on the progress of the inquiry, email news@parliament.vic.gov.au, and ask for ‘all news alerts’.

    For further information please contact the Committee Secretariat.

  • Inquiry into the 2020-21 Financial and Performance Outcomes

    Latest News
    The report was tabled in Parliament on 5 April 2022. Click here to view the report.

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  • Inquiry into the 2022-23 Budget Estimates

    Background

    Each year around May, the Government tables the budget papers and the Appropriation Bills in the Parliament. The budget papers include estimated projections of government revenue over the forward estimates (three years) and expenditure for the next financial year. They also outline the fiscal outlook for the State’s economy and the Government’s proposed major initiatives.

    The appropriation bills reflect the spending proposals contained in the budget papers and the Parliament must pass the bills to authorise the expenditure of public money. The budget papers and the appropriation bills form the basis of accountability for financial and performance management for each government department.

    On behalf of the Parliament, the Committee conducts detailed scrutiny of the Government’s annual spending and revenue (the budget estimates).

    Objectives

    The Committee’s budget estimates inquiry aims to benefit the Parliament and the community by:

    • promoting the accountability, transparency and integrity of the executive and the public sector

    • encouraging effective and efficient delivery of public services and assets

    • enhancing the understanding of the budget estimates and the wider economic environment and

    • assisting members of Parliament in their deliberation on the appropriation bills. 

    Mailing List

    If you are interested in receiving news alerts from the Parliament of Victoria, including updates on the progress of the inquiry, email news@parliament.vic.gov.au, and ask for ‘all news alerts’.

    For further information please contact the Committee Secretariat.