16 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;

       examine the merits of legislation; and

       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 2019‑20 and over the Forward Estimates period (2020‑21 to 2022‑23). 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 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 16.1 provides an Output Group Expense Summary for the Legislative Council.

Table 16.1: Output Group Expense Summary

 

2018-19 

2019-20 

2020-21 

2021-22 

2022-23 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

President of the Legislative Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Output Group 1 - Legislative Council Support Services

 

 

 

 

 

1.1 Legislative Council Support Services

3 551 

3 632 

3 706 

3 775 

3 841 

1.2 Committee Support Services

12 

12 

12 

12 

12 

 

3 563 

3 644 

3 718 

3 787 

3 853 

Output Group 2 - Payments Administered by the Legislative Council

 

 

 

 

 

2.1 Payments Administered by the Legislative Council

3 500 

3 493 

3 562 

3 661 

3 729 

 

3 500 

3 493 

3 562 

3 661 

3 729 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

7 063 

7 137 

7 280 

7 448 

7 582 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Output Group 1: Legislative Council Support Services

1.1 Legislative Council Support Services

This Output provides the following functions:

       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 16.2: Statement of Comprehensive Income

 

2018-19 

2019-20 

2020-21 

2021-22 

2022-23 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue and other income from transactions

 

 

 

 

 

Appropriation revenue - operating

7 048 

7 122 

7 265 

7 433 

7 567 

Total revenue and other income from transactions

7 048 

7 122 

7 265 

7 433 

7 567 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expenses from transactions

 

 

 

 

 

Employee benefits

6 262 

6 326 

6 461 

6 581 

6 698 

Depreciation and amortisation

32 

32 

32 

32 

Supplies and consumables

798 

779 

787 

835 

852 

Total expenses from transactions

7 063 

7 137 

7 280 

7 448 

7 582 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net result from transactions (net operating balance)

(15)

(15)

(15)

(15)

(15)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net result

(15)

(15)

(15)

(15)

(15)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive result

(15)

(15)

(15)

(15)

(15)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Table 16.3: Revenue from Appropriation by Output

 

2018-19 

2019-20 

2020-21 

2021-22 

2022-23 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

President of the Legislative Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Output Group 1 - Legislative Council Support Services

 

 

 

 

 

1.1 Legislative Council Support Services

3 536 

3 617 

3 691 

3 760 

3 826 

1.2 Committee Support Services

12 

12 

12 

12 

12 

 

3 548 

3 629 

3 703 

3 772 

3 838 

Output Group 2 - Payments Administered by the Legislative Council

 

 

 

 

 

2.1 Payments Administered by the Legislative Council

387 

387 

387 

420 

428 

 

387 

387 

387 

420 

428 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legislative Council

 

 

 

 

 

Total Operating Services Expenditure

3 935 

4 016 

4 090 

4 192 

4 266 

 

3 935 

4 016 

4 090 

4 192 

4 266 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reserved by Law

 

 

 

 

 

Members' Committee Fees and Allowances

(Parliamentary Salaries, Superannuation and

Allowances Act 2012)

36 

36 

36 

37 

37 

Parliamentary Salaries and Allowances (Parliamentary

Salaries, Superannuation and Allowances Act 2012)

2 924 

2 917 

2 986 

3 051 

3 111 

Travelling Allowances (Parliamentary Salaries,

Superannuation and Allowances Act 2012)

153 

153 

153 

153 

153 

 

3 113 

3 106 

3 175 

3 241 

3 301 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Revenue from Appropriation

7 048 

7 122 

7 265 

7 433 

7 567 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Controlled Revenue from Appropriation

7 048 

7 122 

7 265 

7 433 

7 567 

 

7 048 

7 122 

7 265 

7 433 

7 567 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Table 16.4: Statement of Financial Position as at 30 June

 

2019 

2020 

2021 

2022 

2023 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

Financial assets

 

 

 

 

 

Receivables

28 

 

28 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-financial assets

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment1

789 

2 377 

2 374 

2 371 

2 368 

Heritage and cultural assets1

1 619 

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

Other assets

.... 

351 

351 

351 

351 

 

2 408 

2 728 

2 725 

2 722 

2 719 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

2 436 

2 735 

2 732 

2 729 

2 726 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Payables

58 

62 

62 

62 

62 

Interest bearing liabilities

.... 

351 

351 

351 

351 

Employee benefits

580 

597 

609 

621 

633 

Total liabilities

638 

1 010 

1 022 

1 034 

1 046 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets (liabilities)

1 798 

1 725 

1 710 

1 695 

1 680 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

Reserves

764 

764 

764 

764 

764 

Accumulated funds

1 034 

961 

946 

931 

916 

Total equity

1 798 

1 725 

1 710 

1 695 

1 680 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note:

1.    The variation in this item reflects Heritage and cultural assets now being included as Property, plant and equipment.

 


 

Table 16.5: Statement of Cash Flows

 

2018-19 

2019-20 

2020-21 

2021-22 

2022-23 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

Cash inflows

 

 

 

 

 

Appropriation receipts - operating

7 048 

7 122 

7 265 

7 433 

7 567 

GST receipts

70 

70 

70 

70 

70 

Total cash inflows

7 118 

7 192 

7 335 

7 503 

7 637 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash outflows

 

 

 

 

 

Employee benefits

(5 823)

(5 882)

(6 007)

(6 118)

(6 226)

Superannuation

(427)

(432)

(442)

(451)

(460)

GST payments

(70)

(70)

(70)

(70)

(70)

Supplies and consumables

(798)

(808)

(816)

(864)

(881)

Total cash outflows

(7 118)

(7 192)

(7 335)

(7 503)

(7 637)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

....