60th Report


Standing order 19 (2) and (3) requires that the Committee determine the amounts to be included in the parliamentary appropriation bills for the Department of the Senate.

Proposed Appropriations for 2018-19

The Committee notes that the Senate Department’s 2018-19 appropriations have been calculated in accordance with the current Commonwealth funding policy. The additional funding of $3.7 million per annum that commenced in 2017-18 (and was previously endorsed by the Committee) has enabled the department to better align its resources to support that demand.

The proposed appropriation for 2018-19 (which rounds to $24.3m in the Portfolio Budget Statement) has been calculated as follows:

Part 1 - Departmental Annual Appropriation

The current year’s budget for departmental expenses
(as disclosed in the 2017-18 PBS) $24.301m
Agreed budget measures:
Other adjustments (economic parameters)  -0.063m
Total departmental appropriation for 2018-19 $24.238m


Part 2 – Accumulated Prior Year Appropriations, Operating Results and Capital Expenditure

Balance of prior year appropriations (estimate as at Budget May 2017)   $9.062m


Part 3 - Special Appropriations (senators' remuneration and entitlements)

Made up of the following components (for this and next year):

Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990 $0.083m
Parliamentary Superannuation Act 2004 $2.379m
Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973 $9.605m
Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1901 $1.637m
Parliamentary Business Resources Act 2017  $10.296m
Total Special Appropriations for 2017-18 $24.000m
Parliamentary Superannuation Act 2004 $2.564m
Parliamentary Business Resources Act 2017 $20.919m
Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1901 $1.500m
Total Special Appropriations for 2018-19 $24.983m

The total appropriation to be approved by the Parliament in the appropriation bill for 2018-19 will be $24.238m (compared to $24.301m in 2017-18).

Special appropriations of $24.983m will also be drawn down during the year (compared to an estimate of $24.000m in 2017-18).


The Committee welcomes the Department's ongoing supplementation of $3.7m in 2017-18 which continues to assist in realigning the Department's resourcing requirements given continuing elevated levels of legislative and, particularly, committee activity.


The Committee determines that the total appropriation to be approved by the Parliament in the Appropriations (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2018-19 is $24.238m and reports to the Senate accordingly.

Senator the Hon Scott Ryan Chair
June 2018

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