Each year Ministers, agency heads and key senior executives attend annual Budget Estimates hearings to answer questions about agencies' expenditure, performance and effectiveness.
The Budget Estimates hearings are a key process for government accountability and transparency. It involves detailed questioning on the decisions, actions and advice of ministers and agencies.
As a senior executive you will need to adequately prepare your agency head and relevant Minister to appear before estimates, provide responses to questions on notice and adhere to your internal processes on estimates preparation.
Budget Estimates typically occurs in August every year, with supplementary hearings in October and March the following year, if required. Supplementary hearings may not be applicable for all agencies.
The Parliament of New South Wales publishes the Parliament sitting day calendar, including dates for Budget Estimates, at the beginning of every year. These key dates may be useful to assist you with forward planning and resource allocation.
Agencies and Ministers may have their own preferred template for Budget Estimates preparation.
Your agency’s Ministerial and/or Parliamentary Services team, and relevant Minister’s Office/s will be able to provide you with more information regarding estimates preparation, supplementary hearings (if applicable), key dates, and templates.
This is a busy time of year for most executives and is likely to be a key event in your year.