Department of Parliamentary Services

About the Department

The Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) is a service department that supports the work of the Federal Parliament.

DPS is the principal support agency for Parliament House—a building where more than 3,500 people work on sitting days and which nearly one million visitors visit each year. DPS works closely with the Department of the Senate and Department of the House of Representatives to support the operations of the Parliament and its Committees.  DPS has around 800 staff and an annual budget of around $120 million.

As well as its responsibility for the building, DPS provides Hansard and broadcasting services for the Parliament, and ICT, library and research services to members of Parliament, parliamentary committees, and other building occupants.

The Presiding Officers (the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives) jointly administer the Department.  The Secretary of the Department is responsible to the Presiding Officers for the Department’s efficient operation.

Work of the Department of Parliamentary Services

Who are we and what do we do?

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).

Our Services (PDF 167KB)

DPS is responsible for a wide range of services and facilities and the DPS Service Catalogue describes each of those services.

Environmental Management

DPS places a high priority on our responsibilities for management of the environmental aspects of Parliament House in a way that supports sustainable development objectives and promotes the public interest.

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