15   Legislature-General

Agency Outline

Legislature‑General provides support services to both Houses of Parliament and their Members through the Joint House support staff, the Parliamentary Reporting Service, the Parliamentary Library Service and the Parliamentary Printing, Systems and Broadcasting Services.

This chapter provides financial information about the Outputs to be delivered by Legislature‑General during 2015‑16 and over the Forward Estimates period (2016‑17 to 2018‑19). Further information about Legislature‑General is provided at www.parliament.tas.gov.au.

Key Deliverables

The key deliverables for Legislature‑General include:

·       supporting both Houses of Parliament and their Members;

·       providing Parliamentary Reporting Services, with particular attention to the accuracy and timeliness of Hansard;

·       providing support to Members of Parliament and the public, through the Parliamentary Library Service with particular attention to the provision of research facilities;

·       providing Parliamentary Printing, Systems and Broadcasting Services; and

·       continuing support for Joint Committees.

Other Deliverables

In 2015‑16 Legislature‑General will also progress the following capital and asset restoration projects:

·       media room equipment replacement and Parliament roof re‑sealing following recent flood events; and

·       the redevelopment of security and reception areas in Parliament House.

These projects will be funded through central funding sources including the Tasmanian Risk Management Fund and the Finance‑General Structured Infrastructure Investment Review Process allocation.


 

Output Information

Outputs of Legislature‑General are provided under the following Output Groups:

·       Output Group 1 ‑ Parliamentary Reporting Service;

·       Output Group 2 ‑ Parliamentary Library Service;

·       Output Group 3 ‑ Parliamentary Printing and Systems; and

·       Output Group 4 ‑ Joint Services.

Table 15.1 provides an Output Group Expense Summary for Legislature‑General.

Table 15.1:        Output Group Expense Summary

 

2014-15)

 

Budget)

2015-16)

 

Budget1)

2016-17)

Forward)

Estimate)

2017-18)

Forward)

Estimate)

2018-19)

Forward)

Estimate)

 

$'000)

$'000)

$'000)

$'000)

$'000)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Output Group 1 - Parliamentary Reporting Service

 

 

 

 

 

1.1  Production and Printing of Parliamentary Reports

  985)

 1 019)

 1 017)

 1 032)

 1 051)

 

  985)

 1 019)

 1 017)

 1 032)

 1 051)

Output Group 2 - Parliamentary Library Service

 

 

 

 

 

2.1  Parliamentary Library Service

 1 023)

 1 039)

 1 047)

 1 074)

 1 095)

 

 1 023)

 1 039)

 1 047)

 1 074)

 1 095)

Output Group 3 - Parliamentary Printing and Systems

 

 

 

 

 

3.1  Parliamentary Printing

  456)

  465)

  477)

  489)

  501)

3.2  Parliamentary Systems

  747)

  764)

  776)

  794)

  812)

 

 1 203)

 1 229)

 1 253)

 1 283)

 1 313)

Output Group 4 - Joint Services

 

 

 

 

 

4.1  Buildings and Operations Management

 2 037)

 2 074)

 2 106)

 2 145)

 2 184)

4.2  Joint Management Services

  290)

  345)

  400)

  408)

  414)

4.3  Services to Members

  863)

  877)

  887)

  905)

  921)

4.4  Corporate Services for Parliamentary Agencies

  109)

  109)

  109)

  109)

  109)

 

 3 299)

 3 405)

 3 502)

 3 567)

 3 628)

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 6 510)

 6 692)

 6 819)

 6 956)

 7 087)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note:

1.   The increase in 2015‑16 reflects the provision of additional funding of $160 000 for parliamentary processes.

Output Group 1:   Parliamentary Reporting Service

1.1 Production and Printing of Parliamentary Reports

This Output provides for the Parliamentary Reporting Service, which produces an accurate and timely official record of debates in both Houses of Parliament and of evidence presented to Parliamentary Committees.

Performance Information Comments

Delivery of Hansard

The primary focus for the Hansard operation is to produce a daily transcript for Members as quickly as possible ‑ certainly by the following day. Part of the transcript is delivered to Members later the same day.

A full week's transcript is available on the Internet (public access) by the end of the following week.

Delivery of Hansard transcripts for the Legislative Council meets a similar range of deadlines, depending on sitting hours.

Some of these times will vary when either House sits for extended hours or during an extended period of several weeks of continuous sitting.

Output Group 2:   Parliamentary Library Service

2.1 Parliamentary Library Service

This Output represents the Parliamentary Library Service which provides information and research services specifically designed to assist Members of Parliament and Parliamentary Committees in performing their duties. The Parliamentary Library also manages special and historical collections, the Parliamentary Museum and is the repository for all Tasmanian Parliament publications.

Performance Information Comments

Parliamentary Library

A number of performance measures have been established for the Parliamentary Library Service. These are:

·       enquiries: perform 95 per cent of enquiries within the clients' deadlines;

·       newspapers and media releases: upload daily newspaper clippings and press releases to the intranet by 11 am;

·       media‑monitoring: television news available on the Intranet by 9 am daily and audio digital capture (ABC Radio) available on request;

·       prepare 95 per cent of media transcription requests within the clients' deadlines;

·       databases: input 90 per cent of Questions, Answers and Adjournments to the database within one week of receipt of Hansard; and

·       input 95 per cent of tabled parliamentary papers within one week of tabling or receipt.

Parliamentary Research Service

The Parliamentary Research Service aims to:

·       meet 95 per cent of the clients' requests within their deadlines;

·       update statistics on the Intranet within two days of ABS data arrival; and

·       complete 95 per cent of background briefings and submission summaries to Parliamentary Committees prior to the hearing of witnesses.

Output Group 3:   Parliamentary Printing and Systems

3.1 Parliamentary Printing

This Output involves the provision of services which meet the printing needs of Parliament, including the production of Parliamentary Papers; Votes and Proceedings; Notice Papers and Bills; and the printing requirements of Members.

3.2 Parliamentary Systems

This Output provides for the maintenance of computerised systems for:

·       the computer requirements of the Parliamentary Reporting Service;

·       the computer and communication requirements of Members of both Houses of Parliament including Regional Offices;

·       the Parliament website, Intranet, Internet and databases;

·       the television, broadcasting and archiving of sessions of both Houses of Parliament;

·       the security of the precinct including access control and CCTV; and

·       the Parliament's financial management.

Output Group 4:   Joint Services

4.1 Buildings and Operations Management

This Output provides for the management of buildings and operations management as well as the provision of purchasing and maintenance services for the Parliamentary complex, gardens and other offices (including rentals, security, cleaning and communication services).

4.2 Joint Management Services

This Output provides for services to Legislature‑General, including the Joint House Committee and other functional areas not directly under the control of either House of Parliament.

4.3 Services to Members

This Output provides for services not directly related to the Legislative Council or House of Assembly for certain Parliamentary Committees and the Leader of the Opposition.

4.4 Corporate Services for Parliamentary Agencies

This Output provides for administrative services to the Clerks of both Houses, including responsibility for all human resources and financial administration.


 

Detailed Budget Statements

Table 15.2:        Statement of Comprehensive Income

 

2014-15)

 

Budget)

2015-16)

 

Budget)

2016-17)

Forward)

Estimate)

2017-18)

Forward)

Estimate)

2018-19)

Forward)

Estimate)

 

$'000)

$'000)

$'000)

$'000)

$'000)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue and other income from transactions

 

 

 

 

 

Appropriation revenue - recurrent1

 5 790)

 6 051)

 6 091)

 6 236)

 6 367)

Sales of goods and services

  172)

  172)

  172)

  172)

  172)

Total revenue and other income from transactions

 5 962)

 6 223)

 6 263)

 6 408)

 6 539)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expenses from transactions

 

 

 

 

 

Employee benefits1

 3 166)

 3 295)

 3 363)

 3 439)

 3 507)

Depreciation and amortisation

  588)

  588)

  588)

  588)

  588)

Supplies and consumables

 2 651)

 2 704)

 2 763)

 2 824)

 2 887)

Grants and subsidies

  59)

  59)

  59)

  59)

  59)

Other expenses

  46)

  46)

  46)

  46)

  46)

Total expenses from transactions

 6 510)

 6 692)

 6 819)

 6 956)

 7 087)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net result from transactions (net operating balance)

(548)

(469)

(556)

(548)

(548)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net result

(548)

(469)

(556)

(548)

(548)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive result

(548)

(469)

(556)

(548)

(548)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note:

1.   The increase in Appropriation revenue ‑ recurrent and Employee benefits in 2015‑16 reflects the provision of additional funding of $160 000 for parliamentary processes.


 

Table 15.3:        Revenue from Appropriation by Output

 

2014-15)

 

Budget)

2015-16)

 

Budget1)

2016-17)

Forward)

Estimate)

2017-18)

Forward)

Estimate)

2018-19)

Forward)

Estimate)

 

$'000)

$'000)

$'000)

$'000)

$'000)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Output Group 1 - Parliamentary Reporting Service

 

 

 

 

 

1.1  Production and Printing of Parliamentary Reports

  982)

 1 095)

 1 006)

 1 029)

 1 048)

 

  982)

 1 095)

 1 006)

 1 029)

 1 048)

Output Group 2 - Parliamentary Library Service

 

 

 

 

 

2.1  Parliamentary Library Service

 1 021)

 1 037)

 1 045)

 1 072)

 1 093)

 

 1 021)

 1 037)

 1 045)

 1 072)

 1 093)

Output Group 3 - Parliamentary Printing and Systems

 

 

 

 

 

3.1  Parliamentary Printing

  456)

  465)

  477)

  489)

  501)

3.2  Parliamentary Systems

  747)

  764)

  776)

  794)

  812)

 

 1 203)

 1 229)

 1 253)

 1 283)

 1 313)

Output Group 4 - Joint Services

 

 

 

 

 

4.1  Buildings and Operations Management

 1 497)

 1 534)

 1 566)

 1 605)

 1 644)

4.2  Joint Management Services

  289)

  344)

  399)

  407)

  413)

4.3  Services to Members

  689)

  703)

  713)

  731)

  747)

4.4  Corporate Services for Parliamentary Agencies

  109)

  109)

  109)

  109)

  109)

 

 2 584)

 2 690)

 2 787)

 2 852)

 2 913)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legislature-General

 

 

 

 

 

Total Recurrent Services

 5 790)

 6 051)

 6 091)

 6 236)

 6 367)

 

 5 790)

 6 051)

 6 091)

 6 236)

 6 367)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Revenue from Appropriation

 5 790)

 6 051)

 6 091)

 6 236)

 6 367)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Controlled Revenue from Appropriation

 5 790)

 6 051)

 6 091)

 6 236)

 6 367)

 

 5 790)

 6 051)

 6 091)

 6 236)

 6 367)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note:

1.   The increase in 2015‑16 reflects the provision of additional funding of $160 000 for parliamentary processes.

 


 

Table 15.4:        Statement of Financial Position as at 30 June

 

2015)

 

Budget)

2016)

 

Budget)

2017)

Forward)

Estimate)

2018)

Forward)

Estimate)

2019)

Forward)

Estimate)

 

$'000)

$'000)

$'000)

$'000)

$'000)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

Financial assets

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and deposits1

  118)

  93)

  93)

  93)

  93)

Receivables1

  91)

  76)

  76)

  76)

  76)

 

  209)

  169)

  169)

  169)

  169)

Non-financial assets

 

 

 

 

 

Inventories1

  32)

  36)

  36)

  36)

  36)

Property, plant and equipment

 35 399)

 34 772)

 34 234)

 33 696)

 33 158)

Heritage and cultural assets

  508)

  508)

  508)

  508)

  508)

Other assets1

  14)

  59)

  59)

  59)

  59)

 

 35 953)

 35 375)

 34 837)

 34 299)

 33 761)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 36 162)

 35 544)

 35 006)

 34 468)

 33 930)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Payables1

  277)

  199)

  199)

  199)

  199)

Employee benefits

  873)

  874)

  892)

  902)

  912)

Other liabilities

  15)

  16)

  16)

  16)

  16)

Total liabilities

 1 165)

 1 089)

 1 107)

 1 117)

 1 127)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets (liabilities)

 34 997)

 34 455)

 33 899)

 33 351)

 32 803)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

Reserves

 26 717)

 26 717)

 26 717)

 26 717)

 26 717)

Accumulated funds

 8 280)

 7 738)

 7 182)

 6 634)

 6 086)

Total equity

 34 997)

 34 455)

 33 899)

 33 351)

 32 803)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note:

1.   The decrease in Cash and deposits, Receivables, and Payables and the increase in Inventories and Other assets in 2016 reflect revised estimates based on the 30 June 2014 actuals.

 


 

Table 15.5:        Statement of Cash Flows

 

2014-15)

 

Budget)

2015-16)

 

Budget)

2016-17)

Forward)

Estimate)

2017-18)

Forward)

Estimate)

2018-19)

Forward)

Estimate)

 

$'000)

$'000)

$'000)

$'000)

$'000)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

Cash inflows

 

 

 

 

 

Appropriation receipts - recurrent1

 5 790)

 6 051)

 6 091)

 6 236)

 6 367)

Sales of goods and services

  172)

  172)

  172)

  172)

  172)

GST receipts

  364)

  364)

  364)

  364)

  364)

 Total cash inflows

 6 326)

 6 587)

 6 627)

 6 772)

 6 903)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash outflows

 

 

 

 

 

Employee benefits1

(2 867)

(3 042)

(3 020)

(3 095)

(3 156)

Superannuation

(289)

(322)

(325)

(334)

(341)

GST payments

(364)

(364)

(364)

(364)

(364)

Grants and subsidies

(59)

(59)

(59)

(59)

(59)

Supplies and consumables

(2 651)

(2 704)

(2 763)

(2 824)

(2 887)

Other cash payments

(46)

(46)

(46)

(46)

(46)

Total cash outflows

(6 276)

(6 537)

(6 577)

(6 722)

(6 853)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash from (used by) operating activities

  50)

  50)

  50)

  50)

  50)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Payments for acquisition of non-financial assets

(50)

(50)

(50)

(50)

(50)

Net cash from (used by) investing activities

(50)

(50)

(50)

(50)

(50)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents held

....)

....)

....)

....)

....)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and deposits at the beginning of the reporting period

  118)

  93)

  93)

  93)

  93)

Cash and deposits at the end of the reporting period

  118)

  93)

  93)

  93)

  93)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note:

1.   The increase in Appropriation revenue ‑ recurrent and Employee benefits in 2015‑16 reflects the provision of additional funding of $160 000 for parliamentary processes.