General information about the participating Parliamentary departments
Department of the House of Representatives
The Department of the House of Representatives supports the House of Representatives, and the wider Parliament, in the role of a representative and legislative body primarily by providing advice and services, and through engaging with the community and other parliaments. The department provides high quality advice and services to support the efficient and effective conduct of the House of Representatives chambers, its committees and certain joint committees. The department also provides a range of services and facilities for the 151 Members of the House of Representatives.
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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 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 also provides specialised advice and logistical support to senators so they may undertake their duties.
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Parliamentary Budget Office
The Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) is a small, high performing agency of around 44 staff. The Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) was established in 2012 to inform the Parliament by providing independent and non‑partisan analysis of the budget cycle, fiscal policy and the financial implications of proposals.
We do this in 3 main ways:
- responding to requests made by senators and members for costings of policy proposals or for analysis of matters relating to the Australian Government's budget.
- publishing a report after every election that provides transparency around the fiscal impact of the election commitments of major parties.
- conducting and publishing self-initiated work, including interactive tools, that enhance public understanding of budget and fiscal policy settings.
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