Glossary and abbreviations list

Glossary and abbreviations list

amendments and requests for amendments
Proposals to alter a bill, which may be moved by any senator or member. Any amendments made by one House must be agreed to by the other House before a bill can become law. The Senate may not amend bills imposing taxation or appropriating money for the Commonwealth's ordinary annual services; nor may it amend an appropriation bill so as to increase a charge or burden on the people. The Senate may 'request' the House of Representatives to make such amendments.

ANZACATT
Australia and New Zealand Association of Clerks-at-the-Table

AusTender
Australian Government tender system

bill
A proposal for a law that is introduced into parliament. Bills are considered consecutively by the two Houses of the Commonwealth Parliament, the House of Representatives and the Senate. The two Houses must agree to a bill in identical terms before it can be transmitted to the Governor-General for assent, which marks its passage into law.

clerks at the table
Clerks, including the Clerk (the head of the department), the Deputy Clerk and other senior officers of the department, who sit in the Senate and provide procedural advice while taking the minutes of Senate proceedings.

Comcare
Agency responsible for workplace safety, rehabilitation and compensation for Australian Government employees

committee of the whole amendments
Amendments proposed to the text of bills dealt with by a committee consisting of all the members of the Senate formed to consider a bill in detail

DPS
Department of Parliamentary Services

estimates committees
The term commonly used to describe the consideration of the annual and additional estimates of expenditure of government departments and agencies.

FMA Act
Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 (Cth)

ICT
information and communications technology

IPRO
International and Parliamentary Relations Office

IPU
Inter-Parliamentary Union

motions
Proposals for the Senate to agree to something, which must be expressed in a way that conforms with the standing orders.

parliamentary privilege
Two significant aspects of the law relating to parliament: the privileges or immunities of the Houses of the Commonwealth Parliament; and the powers of the Houses to protect the integrity of their processes, particularly the power to punish contempts.

PEO
Parliamentary Education Office

PEP-UP
Parliamentary Executive Professional Upgrade Program

PGPA Act
Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013

PICTAB
Parliamentary ICT Advisory Board

PPS
Parliamentary Papers Series

PSC
Parliamentary Skills Centre

Presiding Officers
The President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives are the Presiding Officers. Each presides over the proceedings of his or her respective House. Administratively, each is responsible for his or her respective House department and together they are responsible for the Department of Parliamentary Services and the Parliamentary Budget Office.

procedural scripts
Scripts containing both routine and complex wording to be used by senators to ensure compliance with standing orders when taking part in proceedings in the Senate.

questions on notice
When referred to in the context of the Senate, these are written questions to ministers from other senators. Questions on notice in the context of estimates proceedings are written or oral questions from committee members to a minister and/or the minister's departmental officers, which require written answers from the minister or the minister's department.

running sheet
A checklist of amendments used by senators when considering bills in the committee of the whole.

schedules of amendments
Lists of amendments to bills, agreed to by the Senate, which are forwarded to the House of Representatives for consideration.

SCID
The Shared Committees Information Database which is used to manage information and documents to support committee inquiries.

second reading amendments
Proposed resolutions which comment on or affect the passage of bills, but do not propose specific changes to the text of bills.

SES
Senior Executive Service

SPIO
Senate Public Information Office

Standing Orders
Procedural rules that govern the conduct of proceedings in the Senate and its committees.

TOPS
Table Office Production System