Bills Digest 88 1995-96 Supply (Parliamentary Departments) Bill 1996-97

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This Digest was available from 23 May 1996


Passage History

Date introduced: 8 May 1996
House: House of Representatives
Portfolio: Finance
Commencement: Royal Assent


To appropriate $67 670 000 from the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) for expenditure by the Parliamentary Departments on capital works and ordinary annual services during the 1996-97 financial year.


Prior to 1981 appropriations for Parliamentary Departments was included in Appropriation and Supply Bills (No. 1), which appropriate funds for the ordinary annual services of the Government for the upcoming financial year.

Since 1982, appropriations for the Parliamentary Departments has been by separate Bills following the Government's consideration of the report of the Senate Select Committee on Parliament's Appropriations and Staffing tabled on 18 August 1981. The Government agreed to a separate Bills for Parliamentary Departments and further agreed that the Bills would not be treated as Bills for the ordinary annual services of the Government. The Bills are intended to cover both recurrent and capital expenditure and recognises that detailed control by the Parliament over individual items in this area is not necessary.

The Public Service Act 1922 provides that the administration of the Parliament is conducted by five Parliamentary Departments - the Department of the House of Representatives, the Department of the Senate, the Department of the Parliamentary Library, the Department of the Parliamentary Reporting Staff and the Joint House Department.

The Department of the House of Representatives and the Department of the Senate are responsible for the provision of procedural, information and administrative services to Members and Senators respectively. The Department of the Parliamentary Library is responsible for the provision of library, reference and research services to Members and Senators. The Department of the Parliamentary Reporting Staff provides reporting, information technology, telecommunications and broadcasting services to the Parliament through Hansard, the Parliamentary Information Systems Office (PISO) and the Sound and Vision Office (SAVO). The Joint House Department performs building management, maintenance and catering functions associated with Parliament House.

This Bill appropriates money to each of the above mentioned Parliamentary Departments.

The $67 670 000 appropriated for the Parliamentary Departments represents a small fraction of the total amount allocated in Supply Bill (No. 1) 1996-97 ($14 659 174 000) and Supply Bill (No. 2) 1996-97 ($1 719 603 000).

The largest amount appropriated by this Bill goes to the Joint House Department, $17 858 000. The majority of this total, $16 764 000, are for its running costs.

Main Provisions

The Minister for Finance will be authorised to issue $67 670 000 from the CRF during 1996-97 for the purposes detailed in the Schedule to the Bill (clause 3).

Clause 4 will allow the Minister for Finance, at any time before 1 December 1996, to issue funds from the CRF to meet increases in salaries and wages arising from any law, order or determination which becomes payable after 23 April 1996.

Clause 7 allows the President or Speaker, separately, to make advances up to $300 000 for expenditure to cover unforseen, erroneously omitted or understated circumstances in the appropriations proposed by this Bill in relation to the Senate or the House of Representatives. The President and Speaker can also make a joint advance, up to $1 million, to cover urgent and unforeseen circumstances in relation to the Department of the Parliamentary Reporting Staff, the Parliamentary Library or the Joint House Department.

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17 May 1996
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ISSN 1323-9032
© Commonwealth of Australia 1996

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Published by the Department of the Parliamentary Library, 1996.

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Last updated: 23 May 1996

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