Chapter 1

Chapter 1

Overview

1.1        On 14 February 2019 the Senate referred the following documents to the Education and Employment Legislation Committee (the committee) for examination and report:

1.2        On 14 February 2019, the Senate further resolved that these documents 'with the final budget outcome 2017-18...and the advances under the Appropriation Acts for 2017-18...be referred to committees for examination and report'.[2]

Portfolio coverage

1.3        In accordance with a resolution of the Senate on 31 August 2016, as amended on 12 February 2018, the committee is responsible for the examination of the expenditure and outcomes of the following portfolios:

1.4        A full list of agencies is available at Appendix 1.

Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements 2018-19

1.5        The Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements (PAES) 2018-19 for the Jobs and Small Business portfolio and Education and Training portfolio were tabled in the Senate on 14 February 2019.[5]

Jobs and Small Business portfolio

1.6        ┬áThe 2018-19 PAES for the Jobs and Small Business portfolio provides information on the revised estimates for the portfolio and highlights the Australian Government's jobs and small business portfolio priorities including:

1.7        Further details on the priorities of the Jobs and Small Business portfolio can be found in the Portfolio Budget Statements 2018-19 or the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee's Budget Estimates Report 2018-19.[7]

1.8        The Department of Jobs and Small Business has the following two outcomes:

Education and Training portfolio

1.9        The 2018-19 PAES for the Education and Training portfolio provides information on the revised estimates for the portfolio and highlights the Australian Government's education and training priorities including:

1.10      The Department of Education and Training has the following two outcomes:

Hearings

1.11      On 28 November 2018 the Senate resolved that Additional Estimates hearings for the committee would occur on 20 and 21 February 2019.[11] Accordingly the committee considered particulars of additional expenditure as follows:

1.12      The committee heard evidence from the following Ministers:

1.13      Evidence was also provided by the following departmental secretaries who were accompanied by officers of the portfolio departments and agencies:

1.14      The committee extends its appreciation to the Ministers and officers of the departments and agencies who assisted the committee in its conduct of the 2018-19 Additional Estimates hearings.

1.15      An index of proceedings is available at Appendix 2.

Questions on notice

1.16      In accordance with Standing Order 26(9)(a), the committee agreed that the date for the return of answers in response to questions placed on notice from the Additional Estimates 2018-19 hearings on 20 and 21 February would be 29 March 2019.

1.17      Answers to questions on notice are published as they become available on the committee's website: www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Senate_Estimates/ee.

Hansard transcripts

1.18      Committee Hansard transcripts are accessible on the committee’s website: www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Senate_Estimates/ee/2018-19_Additional_estimates.

1.19      In this report, references to the most recent Committee Hansard are to the proof transcripts. Page numbers may vary between the transcripts of the Proof Hansard and the Official Hansard.

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