Joint Committee on Public Accounts and Estimates

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Establishment and Function

The Public Accounts and Estimates Committee was established under the Parliamentary Committees (Amendment) Act 1992 (No.64). The purpose of the committee was to:

" inquire into, consider and report to the Parliament on -

(a) any proposal, matter or thing connected with public administration or public sector finances;

(b) 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

if the Committee is required or permitted so to do by or under this Act." [new S. 4EB].

This was one of two Committees established by this Act which effectively replaced the Economic and Budget Review Committee (VA 3138), the other being the Economic Development Committee (VA 3139).

Joint investigatory committees

The Public Accounts and Estimates Committee is a joint investigatory committee of the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council. As such it may comprise no more than nine members of which no more than two members could be appointed by the Council and no less than two appointed by the Assembly.

As a joint investigatory committee, the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee could inquire into matters referred to it by a resolution of either House or by order of the Governor-In-Council. It may also inquire, consider or report to Parliament on any annual report or document relevant to its functions laid before either House. Recommendations made by the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee (and any other joint investigatory committee other than the Public Bodies Review Committee) are not automatically accepted by Parliament. The appropriate responsible Minister, however, is required to table a report stating action to be taken regarding these recommendations within 6 months of the tabling of the report.

Location of Records

Records of the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee are listed below.

**Special Access Conditions**

Although records transferred from this agency are available for public inspection, special access conditions apply. The records have been transferred to the Public Record Office on the understanding that they remain the property of the Parliament of Victoria. Parliamentary records are transferred on condition that all requests for access will be referred to the Clerk of the Legislative Council/Legislative Assembly as appropriate, for determination in each case.

Application to inspect the records should be made to the appropriate officer and written authorisation must be presented at the PROV Reading Rooms before records can be made available for inspection.

Data time period: [1992 TO 3000]

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