General information about the participating 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 is focused on supporting the House of Representatives to fulfil its role as a representative and legislative body. The Department also promotes the work of the House in the community and supports the conduct of the Parliament’s international and regional relations.
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Department of the Senate
The Department of the Senate provides the secretariat to the Senate—enabling its legislative and accountability activities—and to dozens of parliamentary committees, whose work encompasses the Senate’s scrutiny functions and its exercise of Parliament’s broad investigative powers. In doing so, departmental officers provide the Senate, its committees, the President and other senators expert, impartial advice about Senate and committee operations.
The Department of the Senate also publishes the Senate’s records and produces an array of information resources so that people may understand and engage in its work. With colleagues across the Parliamentary Service, the Department of the Senate also provides specialised advice and logistical support to senators so they may undertake their duties.
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Parliamentary Budget Office
The PBO is a small, vibrant agency of around 44 staff. The PBO commenced operations as an independent institution of the Australian Parliament on 23 July 2012.
The purpose of the PBO is to inform the Parliament by providing independent and non-partisan analysis of the budget cycle, fiscal policy and the financial implication of policy proposals.
The PBO seeks to help level the political playing field by preparing policy costings and budget analyses for any parliamentarian who requests such services. The PBO also promotes transparency and public understanding of the budget and fiscal policy settings through its self-initiated program of published research.
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