|1.||There is hereby appointed a Standing Committee to be known as the Estimates and Financial Operations Committee.|
|2.||The Committee consists of 5 members.|
|3.||The functions of the Committee are to consider and report on -|
|(a)|| the estimates of expenditure laid before the Council each year; and|
|(b)||any matter relating to the financial administration of the State.|
|4.||The Committee shall report on the estimates referred under clause 3 by or within one sitting day of the day on which the second reading of the Appropriation (Consolidated Revenue Fund) Bill is moved.|
|5.||For the purposes of clause 3(a), the House may appoint not more than 6 members at any stage of its examination.|
|6.||A reference in clause 3 to "estimates of expenditure" includes continuing appropriations, however expressed, that do not require annual appropriations.|
|7.||The Committee may initiate investigations under clause 3(b) without prejudice to the right of the Council to refer any such matter.|
The Committee was first appointed on 21 December 1989 and consists of 5 members of the Legislative Council. The purpose of the Committee is to assess the financial administration of government agencies in terms of the performance, processes and outcomes of their policies and programs.
The Legislative Council has authorised the Committee to consider and report on the estimates of expenditure laid before it each year. It examines both capital and recurrent estimates and releases a report on the hearings before the end of June each year. The Committee may also consider and report on any matter relating to the financial administration of the State.
The range of matters in respect of which the Committee has carried out inquiries is diverse. For example, the Committee inquired into the circumstances surrounding the resignation of Mr Gary Byron, Director General of the Ministry of Justice and is currently inquiring into the provision of health services in the Kimberely region of Western Australia.