1.1 Appropriations and other resources
Table 1.1 on the following page shows the total resources from all origins. The table summarises how resources will be applied by outcome and, in relation to administered resources, reference to the relevant authorised department.
The total appropriation for the department in the 2012-13 Budget is $21.1m (compared with $21.6m appropriated in 2011-12). The significant decrease compared to the previous budget period, is a result of the application of an additional “one-off” efficiency dividend. The application of the one-off efficiency dividend, however, will impact the appropriation base permanently. The current 2012-13 budget also includes funding of ($0.5m) for the Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform, which is due to cease at the end of 2012-13. Additional funding ($0.4m) has been provided for the newly formed Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights
The department will continue to have third party access to special appropriations to drawdown the funds for the payment of senators' salaries and allowances; superannuation; and postage and freight expenses. During the 2011-12 budget year the department agreed to provide additional ongoing services on behalf of the Department of Finance for the payment of the Ministers of State Allowances. The resourcing of these special appropriations is detailed in the statements prepared by the relevant authorised departments.
- The department’s total resources are $32.2m, of which 65.7% ($21.1m) is contributed by total budget year appropriations. The majority of the balance of $10.4m (32.4 %) represents an estimate of prior year appropriations available at the commencement of the 2012-13 budget year. Revenue from sales of goods and services ($0.6 m) is 1.9% of total resources.
1.2 Resource statement
Table 1.1 summarises how resources will be applied by outcome and by administered and departmental classification.
Table 1.1: Resource statement — Budget estimates for 2012-13
as at Budget May 2012
1.3 Budget Measures
Budget measures relating to the Department of the Senate are detailed in Budget paper No. 2 and are summarised below in Table 1.2
Table 1.2 Agency 2012-13 Budget Measures
The Commonwealth has provided funding for the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, established on 13 March 2012 under the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011.
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