Role of the Committee

Terms of appointment

Standing order 19 provides for the appointment of a Standing Committee on Appropriations and Staffing to inquire into:

  1. proposals for the annual estimates and the additional estimates for the Senate;
  2. proposals to vary the staff structure of the Senate, and staffing and recruitment policies; and
  3. such other matters as are referred to it by the Senate.

Further, a resolution of the Senate declares, that no changes in the structure or responsibilities of the parliamentary departments should be made until:

  1. particulars of proposed changes have been provided to all Senators;
  2. the Standing Committee on Appropriations and Staffing has examined the proposed changes and reported to the Senate; and
  3. the Senate has approved of the changes.

The committee makes an annual report to the Senate on the operations of the Senate's appropriations and staffing and related matters.