About this report

This annual report of the Department of the Senate documents the department's performance for the financial year ending 30 June 2008.

The report is presented in six parts.


Clerk's review: commentary on performance and significant matters that affected the department

Departmental overview: a description of the structure and functions of the department

Report on Performance

A summary of the department's overall performance

A description of the contribution of each output group to the department's planned outcome

Management and Accountability

A report on the management of the department, including its corporate governance and management of resources

Financial Statements

Audited financial statements and certificates required by legislation


Contact details

Detailed information required by legislation

Details of staffing

Details of publications and public information activities


A glossary of special terms and list of abbreviations

An index showing how this report meets the annual reporting requirements

An alphabetical index

The report is presented for tabling in the Senate pursuant to section 65 of the Parliamentary Service Act 1999. It is also produced to meet the information needs of interested parties, including:

  • individual senators and their staff
  • staff of the Senate and other Commonwealth parliamentary departments
  • other legislative institutions
  • executive government agencies
  • journalists
  • members of the public.

The report is available on the Senate website: www.aph.gov.au/senate.

© Commonwealth of Australia 2008

This work is copyright. Apart from any use as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, no part may be reproduced by any process without prior written permission from the Australian Government, available from the Attorney General's Department. Requests and inquiries concerning reproduction and rights should be addressed to the Commonwealth Copyright Administration, Copyright Law Branch, Attorney General's Department, National Circuit, Barton ACT 2601, or posted at http://www.ag.gov.au/cca.

ISSN 0812-1427

Web address of this report: www.aph.gov.au/senate/dept/annual08/index.htm

Produced by the Department of the Senate
Printed by the Department of the Senate
Coordinated and edited by WordsWorth Writing
Cover photograph courtesy of AUSPIC

Contact officer

For further information about the content of this report,
please contact the annual report coordinator:
Usher of the Black Rod
Department of the Senate
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: 02 6277 3398
Fax: 02 6277 3199
Email: blackrod.sen@aph.gov.au
Website: www.aph.gov.au/senate