Purpose of the Estimates of Appropriations
The Estimates of Appropriations (the Estimates) provides members of Parliament with details of the terms of all proposed appropriations and departmental net asset balances. This ensures that Parliament can exercise an appropriate level of scrutiny and control over the Government's operating and investing activities.
The Estimates and associated volumes of Information Supporting the Estimates are presented to the House of Representatives on the same day as the government introduces the first Appropriation Bill for each financial year.
New Votes since the 2010/11 Estimates are Vote Canterbury Earthquake Recovery and Vote Tertiary Education (which has been split out of Vote Education). These appropriations that were in Vote Crown Research Institutes and Vote State-Owned Enterprises are now in Vote Finance. Vote Research, Science and Technology has been renamed to Vote Science and Innovation.