15 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 2018‑19 and over the Forward Estimates period (2019‑20 to 2021‑22). 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;

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

       the completion of upgrades to the Council Chamber to address occupational health and safety and disability access issues.


 

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 15.1 provides an Output Group Expense Summary for the Legislative Council.

Table 15.1: Output Group Expense Summary1

 

2017-18 

2018-19 

2019-20 

2020-21 

2021-22 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Output Group 1 - Legislative Council Support

Services

 

 

 

 

 

1.1 Legislative Council Support Services

3 491 

3 551 

3 592 

3 666 

3 747 

1.2 Committee Support Services

12 

12 

12 

12 

12 

 

3 503 

3 563 

3 604 

3 678 

3 759 

Output Group 2 - Payments Administered by the

Legislative Council

 

 

 

 

 

2.1 Payments Administered by the Legislative Council2

3 404 

3 500 

3 534 

3 602 

3 677 

 

3 404 

3 500 

3 534 

3 602 

3 677 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

6 907 

7 063 

7 138 

7 280 

7 436 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

1. Agency estimates do not include the indexation impact of any variations to agency expenditure that have been made since the finalisation of the Revised Estimates Report 2017‑18 (including the December Quarterly Report). For further information see chapter 1 of this Budget Paper.

2. The increase in Payments Administered by the Legislative Council in 2018‑19 primarily reflects the reinstatement of funding for Member Allowances.

 


 

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 15.2: Statement of Comprehensive Income

 

2017-18 

2018-19 

2019-20 

2020-21 

2021-22 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue and other income from transactions

 

 

 

 

 

Appropriation revenue - recurrent1

6 892 

7 048 

7 123 

7 265 

7 421 

Appropriation revenue - works & services2

700 

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

Total revenue and other income from transactions

7 592 

7 048 

7 123 

7 265 

7 421 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expenses from transactions

 

 

 

 

 

Employee benefits

6 116 

6 262 

6 327 

6 459 

6 604 

Depreciation and amortisation

Supplies and consumables1

788 

798 

808 

818 

829 

Total expenses from transactions

6 907 

7 063 

7 138 

7 280 

7 436 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net result from transactions (net operating balance)

685 

(15)

(15)

(15)

(15)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net result

685 

(15)

(15)

(15)

(15)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive result

685 

(15)

(15)

(15)

(15)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

1. The increases in Appropriation revenue - recurrent and Supplies and Consumables in 2018‑19 primarily reflects the reinstatement of funding for Member Allowances.

2. The decrease in Appropriation revenue - works & services in 2018‑19 reflects the one‑off funding provided in 2017‑18 to address occupational health and safety and disability access issues in the Legislative Council Chamber.

 


 

Table 15.3: Revenue from Appropriation by Output

 

2017-18 

2018-19 

2019-20 

2020-21 

2021-22 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legislative Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Output Group 1 - Legislative Council Support

Services

 

 

 

 

 

1.1 Legislative Council Support Services

3 476 

3 536 

3 577 

3 651 

3 732 

1.2 Committee Support Services

12 

12 

12 

12 

12 

 

3 488 

3 548 

3 589 

3 663 

3 744 

Output Group 2 - Payments Administered by the

Legislative Council

 

 

 

 

 

2.1 Payments Administered by the Legislative Council

387 

387 

387 

387 

387 

 

387 

387 

387 

387 

387 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capital Investment Program1

700 

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legislative Council

 

 

 

 

 

Total Recurrent Services

3 875 

3 935 

3 976 

4 050 

4 131 

Total Works and Services

700 

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

 

4 575 

3 935 

3 976 

4 050 

4 131 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reserved by Law

 

 

 

 

 

Members' Committee Fees and Allowances

(Parliamentary Salaries, Superannuation and

Allowances Act 2012)

36 

36 

36 

36 

36 

Parliamentary Salaries and Allowances (Parliamentary

Salaries, Superannuation and Allowances Act 2012)2

2 828 

2 924 

2 958 

3 026 

3 101 

Travelling Allowances (Parliamentary Salaries,

Superannuation and Allowances Act 2012)

153 

153 

153 

153 

153 

 

3 017 

3 113 

3 147 

3 215 

3 290 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Revenue from Appropriation

7 592 

7 048 

7 123 

7 265 

7 421 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Controlled Revenue from Appropriation

7 592 

7 048 

7 123 

7 265 

7 421 

 

7 592 

7 048 

7 123 

7 265 

7 421 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

1. The decrease in Capital Investment Program in 2018‑19 reflects the one‑off funding provided in 2017‑18 to address occupational health and safety and disability access issues in the Legislative Council Chamber.

2. The increase in Parliamentary Salaries and Allowances in 2018‑19 primarily reflects the reinstatement of funding for Member Allowances.

 

Table 15.4: Statement of Financial Position as at 30 June

 

2018 

2019 

2020 

2021 

2022 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

Financial assets

 

 

 

 

 

Receivables1

17 

28 

28 

28 

28 

 

17 

28 

28 

28 

28 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-financial assets

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment1

801 

789 

786 

783 

780 

Heritage and cultural assets

1 619 

1 619 

1 619 

1 619 

1 619 

 

2 420 

2 408 

2 405 

2 402 

2 399 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

2 437 

2 436 

2 433 

2 430 

2 427 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Payables1

63 

58 

58 

58 

58 

Employee benefits1

730 

580 

592 

604 

616 

Total liabilities

793 

638 

650 

662 

674 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets (liabilities)

1 644 

1 798 

1 783 

1 768 

1 753 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

Reserves

764 

764 

764 

764 

764 

Accumulated funds

880 

1 034 

1 019 

1 004 

989 

Total equity

1 644 

1 798 

1 783 

1 768 

1 753 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note:

1. The variation in this item reflects revised estimates based on 30 June 2017 actuals.

 


 

Table 15.5: Statement of Cash Flows

 

2017-18 

2018-19 

2019-20 

2020-21 

2021-22 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

Cash inflows

 

 

 

 

 

Appropriation receipts - recurrent1

6 892 

7 048 

7 123 

7 265 

7 421 

Appropriation receipts - capital2

700 

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

GST receipts

70 

70 

70 

70 

70 

Total cash inflows

7 662 

7 118 

7 193 

7 335 

7 491 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash outflows

 

 

 

 

 

Employee benefits

(5 685)

(5 823)

(5 884)

(6 007)

(6 143)

Superannuation

(419)

(427)

(431)

(440)

(449)

GST payments

(70)

(70)

(70)

(70)

(70)

Supplies and consumables1

(788)

(798)

(808)

(818)

(829)

Total cash outflows

(6 962)

(7 118)

(7 193)

(7 335)

(7 491)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash from (used by) operating activities

700 

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Payments for acquisition of non-financial assets2

(700)

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

Net cash from (used by) investing activities

(700)

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 increases in Appropriation receipts - recurrent and Supplies and consumables in 2018‑19 primarily reflect the reinstatement of funding for Member Allowances.

2. The decreases in Appropriation receipts - capital and Payments for acquisition of non‑financial assets in 2018‑19 reflect the one‑off funding provided in 2017‑18 to address occupational health and safety and disability access issues in the Legislative Council Chamber.