General Information about the Parliamentary Departments
Department of the House of Representatives
The Department of the House of Representatives provides services to support the efficient conduct of the House of Representatives, its committees and certain joint committees as well as a range of services and facilities for Members in Parliament House. The department also promotes the work of the House in the community and supports the conduct of the Parliament’s international and regional relations. The Department of the House of Representatives is Investors in People accredited. Investors in People is an internationally recognised quality standard that sets a level of good practice for improving performance through people. Investing in people gives us a practical link between our personal development and corporate goals.
Department of the Senate
The Department of the Senate provides the Senate, its committees, the President of the Senate and senators with a broad range of advisory and support services related to the exercise of the legislative power of the Commonwealth. In supporting the operations of the Senate and its committees, the Department of the Senate provides services in four main categories: Senate support, committee support, senators’ services and public education and awareness. The Department of the Senate is responsible, not to the government of the day, but to the Senate and all senators, and maintains impartiality in serving all senators equally.
Parliamentary Budget Office
The Parliamentary Budget Office is an independent and non-partisan institution of the Parliament responsible for providing independent and non-partisan analysis of the budget cycle, fiscal policy and the financial implications of proposals. Through this mandate, the Parliamentary Budget Office engages with the Parliament to help improve the integrity of the policy development process, better inform public policy debates and strengthen budget and fiscal policy transparency.
Department of Parliamentary Services
The Department of Parliamentary Services supports the Parliament and parliamentarians through the provision of professional services, advice and facilities. The Department of Parliamentary Services provides security, research, ICT, and reporting and broadcast services, as well as catering and recreation facilities. The Department of Parliamentary Services maintains Parliament House and its landscape, caring for it as a working building and provides a range of services to almost one million people who visit Parliament House every year.