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.
AusTender
Australian Government tender information 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.
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
DHR
Department of the House of Representatives
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.
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
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.
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
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