Who are we?
An effective parliament needs excellent support services and administration. For the Australian Parliament, these functions are provided by the Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) and the two chamber departments (the Department of the Senate and the Department of the House of Representatives).
DPS is the principal support agency for the operations of Parliament House—a building where more than 3,500 people work on sitting days and which nearly one million people visit each year.
To fulfil the DPS mission of “serving the Australian people by supporting the Parliament and caring for Parliament House”, DPS has approximately 800 staff with a huge diversity of skills. DPS has an annual operations budget of around $100 million to deliver a wide variety of services, including security, building maintenance, catering, information communication and technology, Hansard, broadcasting, and library and research services to the Parliament, parliamentary committees, Members and Senators and their staff and other building occupants.
- provides service to assist visitors to the building;
- delivers a substantial capital works program, including improved security systems, improved IT systems, and replacement and modernisation of ageing mechanical, electrical and broadcast systems; and
- is the landlord for various commercial tenants within the building.
DPS provides professional advice and support for the Parliament independent of the Executive Government of the Commonwealth.
The Presiding Officers (the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives) are jointly responsible for the department. The Secretary of DPS is responsible to the Presiding Officers for the department’s efficient operation.