4.19 Parliamentary Departments

There are four departments which support the Australian Parliament: the Department of the Senate; the Department of the House of Representatives; the Department of Parliamentary Services; and the Parliamentary Budget Office.

The Departments of the Parliament receive total resourcing of $193.2 million of which $20.8 million is administered funding and $172.4 million is departmental funding. The majority of staff in the departments are employed in the Department of Parliamentary Services (around 700).

 

Table 4.19.1: Departmental resourcing: Departments of the Parliament

Funding ($'000)

Staffing

Entity

Departmental

Administered

Total

ASL

Department of the Senate

                 22,505

                            -

                  22,505

             155

Department of the House of Representatives

                 23,863

                       325

                  24,188

             158

Department of Parliamentary Services

               118,371

                 20,437

               138,808

             705

Parliamentary Budget Office

                    7,702

                            -

                    7,702

               39

PORTFOLIO (1)

172,441

20,762

193,203

1,057

Source: Department of Finance. 201314 Budget updated for machinery of government changes.
(1) As individual entity resourcing includes inter-agency transfers and payments, total resourcing for the portfolio may be overstated by this amount.

 

The Department of the Senate (DoS) is responsible for the provision of services to support the Senate. The DoS provides support to Senators and the Senate Chamber, its committees and certain joint committees, support services for Senators in their Parliament House offices, and public education on the work of the Senate.

The Clerk of the Senate is the chief executive of DoS and reports to the President of the Senate.

The Department of the House of Representatives (DHoR) is responsible for the provision of services to the House of Representatives. The DHoR provides support to the Members of the House of Representatives and the Chamber, its committees and certain joint committees, advice and support on inter-parliamentary issues, support for Members of the House of Representatives (MHR) in their Parliament House offices, and public education on the work of the Parliament.

The Clerk of the House of Representatives is the chief executive of DHoR and reports to the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

The Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) is responsible for ensuring that occupants of Parliament House are supported by integrated services and facilities, that Parliament functions effectively and that its work and buildings are accessible to the public.

The DPS provides a range of services including the Parliamentary Library, Hansard reporting and Parliamentary records, rebuilding and occupant services, and infrastructure services. DPS also undertakes an extensive works programme for the Parliament House building, furniture, artworks, gardens and landscapes.

The Secretary to the DPS reports to both of the Presiding Officers of the Parliament (the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives).

The Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) is responsible for informing the Parliament by providing independent and non-partisan analysis of the Budget cycle, fiscal policy and the financial implications of proposals. The Parliamentary Budget Officer is a statutory office holder.