14   Legislative Council

Agency Outline

The Governor, the Legislative Council and the House of Assembly together constitute the Parliament of Tasmania. The Legislative Council is the Upper House of Parliament and functions as a House of Review. The role of the Members of the Legislative Council is:

·       to authorise the raising of revenue and the expenditure of State monies;

·       to examine the merits of legislation; and

·       to provide a parliamentary check on the Government of the day.

The Legislative Council has expanded from being a purely legislative body to a House that involves itself with the examination and analysis of actions, decisions and workings of the Executive Government.

The Office of the Clerk of the Legislative Council provides apolitical support services and information to the elected Members of the Legislative Council in the interests of the people of Tasmania.

This chapter provides financial information about the Outputs to be delivered by the Legislative Council in 2016‑17 and over the Forward Estimates period (2017‑18 to 2019‑20). Further information about the Legislative Council is provided at www.parliament.tas.gov.au.

Key Deliverables

The key deliverables for the Legislative Council include:

·       supporting the Legislative Council in its constitutional role;

·       providing apolitical support with particular attention to administrative support, research, policy and procedural support and advice to the President of the Legislative Council and other elected Members;

·       accurately and effectively preparing and presenting legislation, once passed through both Houses, to Her Excellency the Governor for Royal Assent; and

·       promoting public awareness of the purpose, functions and work of the Legislative Council.


 

Output Information

Outputs of the Legislative Council are provided under the following Output Groups:

·       Output Group 1 ‑ Legislative Council Support Services; and

·       Output Group 2 ‑ Payments Administered by the Legislative Council.

Table 14.1 provides an Output Group Expense Summary for the Legislative Council.

Table 14.1:        Output Group Expense Summary

 

2015-16

 

Budget

2016-17

 

Budget

2017-18

Forward

Estimate

2018-19

Forward

Estimate

2019-20

Forward

Estimate

 

$'000

$'000

$'000

$'000

$'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Output Group 1 - Legislative Council Support Services

 

 

 

 

 

1.1  Legislative Council Support Services

 3 373

 3 488

 3 491

 3 551

 3 592

1.2  Committee Support Services

  12

  12

  12

  12

  12

 

 3 385

 3 500

 3 503

 3 563

 3 604

Output Group 2 - Payments Administered by the Legislative Council

 

 

 

 

 

2.1  Payments Administered by the Legislative Council

 3 066

 3 130

 3 196

 3 252

 3 286

 

 3 066

 3 130

 3 196

 3 252

 3 286

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 6 451

 6 630

 6 699

 6 815

 6 890

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Output Group 1:   Legislative Council Support Services

1.1 Legislative Council Support Services

This Output provides:

·       procedural, administrative and research support and advice to the President and Members;

·       support for the overall operations of the Legislative Council;

·       assistance to Members to carry out their constitutional duties and responsibilities as elected representatives of the people of Tasmania; and

·       equipment and research support allowances to Members.

1.2 Committee Support Services

This Output provides support and advice to Legislative Council Standing and Select Committees, Joint Parliamentary Standing and Select Committees, and Joint Statutory Committees.

Output Group 2:   Payments Administered by the Legislative Council

2.1 Payments Administered by the Legislative Council

This Output Group provides for the Parliamentary salaries and allowances of Members of the Legislative Council as prescribed in legislation.


Detailed Budget Statements

Table 14.2:        Statement of Comprehensive Income

 

2015-16)

 

Budget)

2016-17)

 

Budget)

2017-18)

Forward)

Estimate)

2018-19)

Forward)

Estimate)

2019-20)

Forward)

Estimate)

 

$'000)

$'000)

$'000)

$'000)

$'000)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue and other income from transactions

 

 

 

 

 

Appropriation revenue - recurrent

 6 497)

 6 547)

 6 684)

 6 800)

 6 875)

Total revenue and other income from transactions

 6 497)

 6 547)

 6 684)

 6 800)

 6 875)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expenses from transactions

 

 

 

 

 

Employee benefits1,2

 5 859)

 5 936)

 5 995)

 6 101)

 6 166)

Depreciation and amortisation3

  12)

  3)

  3)

  3)

  3)

Supplies and consumables1

  580)

  691)

  701)

  711)

  721)

Total expenses from transactions

 6 451)

 6 630)

 6 699)

 6 815)

 6 890)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net result from transactions (net operating balance)

  46)

(83)

(15)

(15)

(15)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net result

  46)

(83)

(15)

(15)

(15)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive result

  46)

(83)

(15)

(15)

(15)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

1.   The variations in Employee benefits and Supplies and consumables reflect a reallocation of Reserved by Law expenditure between Travelling Allowances (Parliamentary Salaries, Superannuation and Allowances Act 2012) and Parliamentary Salaries and Allowances (Parliamentary Salaries, Superannuation and Allowances Act 2012).

2.   Growth in salary expenditure has been based on the Government's Wages Policy of 2 per cent per annum across the Budget and Forward Estimates period.

3.   The decrease in Depreciation and amortisation reflects a reduction in the depreciation value of computer equipment.

 


 

Table 14.3:        Revenue from Appropriation by Output

 

2015-16)

 

Budget)

2016-17)

 

Budget)

2017-18)

Forward)

Estimate)

2018-19)

Forward)

Estimate)

2019-20)

Forward)

Estimate)

 

$'000)

$'000)

$'000)

$'000)

$'000)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legislative Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Output Group 1 - Legislative Council Support Services

 

 

 

 

 

1.1  Legislative Council Support Services

 3 419)

 3 405)

 3 476)

 3 536)

 3 577)

1.2  Committee Support Services

  12)

  12)

  12)

  12)

  12)

 

 3 431)

 3 417)

 3 488)

 3 548)

 3 589)

Output Group 2 - Payments Administered by the Legislative Council

 

 

 

 

 

2.1  Payments Administered by the Legislative Council1

....)

  307)

  307)

  307)

  307)

 

....)

  307)

  307)

  307)

  307)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legislative Council

 

 

 

 

 

Total Recurrent Services

 3 431)

 3 724)

 3 795)

 3 855)

 3 896)

 

 3 431)

 3 724)

 3 795)

 3 855)

 3 896)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reserved by Law

 

 

 

 

 

Members' Committee Fees and Allowances (Parliamentary Salaries, Superannuation and Allowances Act 2012)

  40)

  40)

  40)

  40)

  40)

Parliamentary Salaries and Allowances (Parliamentary Salaries, Superannuation and Allowances Act 2012)1

 2 745)

 2 683)

 2 749)

 2 805)

 2 839)

Travelling Allowances (Parliamentary Salaries, Superannuation and Allowances Act 2012)1

  281)

  100)

  100)

  100)

  100)

 

 3 066)

 2 823)

 2 889)

 2 945)

 2 979)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Revenue from Appropriation

 6 497)

 6 547)

 6 684)

 6 800)

 6 875)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Controlled Revenue from Appropriation

 6 497)

 6 547)

 6 684)

 6 800)

 6 875)

 

 6 497)

 6 547)

 6 684)

 6 800)

 6 875)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note:

1.   Variations include the impact of a Budget neutral reallocation of $307 000 between Reserved by Law and general Consolidated Fund funding. Further information on this change is provided in chapter 1 of this Budget Paper. This variation also includes a reallocation of Reserved by Law expenditure between Travelling Allowances (Parliamentary Salaries, Superannuation and Allowances Act 2012) and Parliamentary Salaries and Allowances (Parliamentary Salaries, Superannuation and Allowances Act 2012).


 

Table 14.4:        Statement of Financial Position as at 30 June

 

2016)

 

Budget)

2017)

 

Budget)

2018)

Forward)

Estimate)

2019)

Forward)

Estimate)

2020)

Forward)

Estimate)

 

$'000)

$'000)

$'000)

$'000)

$'000)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

Financial assets

 

 

 

 

 

Receivables1

  15)

  5)

  5)

  5)

  5)

 

  15)

  5)

  5)

  5)

  5)

Non-financial assets

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment1

  75)

  65)

  62)

  59)

  56)

Heritage and cultural assets2

 1 545)

 1 652)

 1 652)

 1 652)

 1 652)

 

 1 620)

 1 717)

 1 714)

 1 711)

 1 708)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 1 635)

 1 722)

 1 719)

 1 716)

 1 713)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Payables1

  60)

  48)

  48)

  48)

  48)

Employee benefits

  727)

  747)

  759)

  771)

  783)

Total liabilities

  787)

  795)

  807)

  819)

  831)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets (liabilities)

  848)

  927)

  912)

  897)

  882)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

Reserves2

  690)

  797)

  797)

  797)

  797)

Accumulated funds

  158)

  130)

  115)

  100)

  85)

Total equity

  848)

  927)

  912)

  897)

  882)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

1.   The decreases in Receivables, Property, plant and equipment and Payables in 2017 reflect revised estimates based on 30 June 2015 actuals.

2.   The increases in Heritage and cultural assets and Reserves in 2017 reflect a revaluation of artworks and artefacts as at 30 June 2015.

 


 

Table 14.5:        Statement of Cash Flows

 

2015-16)

 

Budget)

2016-17)

 

Budget)

2017-18)

Forward)

Estimate)

2018-19)

Forward)

Estimate)

2019-20)

Forward)

Estimate)

 

$'000)

$'000)

$'000)

$'000)

$'000)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

Cash inflows

 

 

 

 

 

Appropriation receipts - recurrent

 6 497)

 6 547)

 6 684)

 6 800)

 6 875)

GST receipts

  70)

  70)

  70)

  70)

  70)

 Total cash inflows

 6 567)

 6 617)

 6 754)

 6 870)

 6 945)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash outflows

 

 

 

 

 

Employee benefits1,2

(5 499)

(5 442)

(5 564)

(5 662)

(5 723)

Superannuation

(418)

(414)

(419)

(427)

(431)

GST payments

(70)

(70)

(70)

(70)

(70)

Supplies and consumables1

(580)

(691)

(701)

(711)

(721)

Total cash outflows

(6 567)

(6 617)

(6 754)

(6 870)

(6 945)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents held

....)

....)

....)

....)

....)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and deposits at the beginning of the reporting period

....)

....)

....)

....)

....)

Cash and deposits at the end of the reporting period

....)

....)

....)

....)

....)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

1.   The variations in Employee benefits and Supplies and consumables reflect a reassignment of Reserved by Law expenditure between Travelling Allowances (Parliamentary Salaries, Superannuation and Allowances Act 2012) and Parliamentary Salaries and Allowances (Parliamentary Salaries, Superannuation and Allowances Act 2012).

2.   Growth in salary expenditure has been based on the Government's Wages Policy of 2 per cent per annum across the Budget and Forward Estimates period.