17    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 2019-20 and over the Forward Estimates period (2020‑21 to 2022‑23). Further information about Legislature-General is provided at www.parliament.tas.gov.au.

Key Deliverables

Table 17.1 provides a summary of the Budget and Forward Estimate allocations for key deliverables within Legislature‑General. In addition, the ongoing 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.

Table 17.1:       Key Deliverables Statement

 

2019-20

 

Budget

2020-21

Forward

Estimate

2021-22

Forward

Estimate

2022-23

Forward

Estimate

 

$'000

$'000

$'000

$'000

 

 

 

 

 

Additional Resource for the Parliamentary Library

150

150

150

150

Parliament Garden Lighting Project

26

5

5

5

Parliament Television Broadcast System

145

....

....

....

Security Services funding

210

210

210

210

 

 

 

 

 

Additional Resource for the Parliamentary Library

Funding of $150 000 per annum is provided to enable legislative drafting support for Members of Parliament in consultation with the Office of Parliamentary Council.

Parliament Garden Lighting Project

Funding of $292 000 was provided over two years from 2018‑19 to upgrade and replace the original lighting infrastructure in the Parliament gardens and the spotlights illuminating the Parliamentary complex at night. This funding reflects the remaining capital expenditure and ongoing costs.

Parliament Television Broadcast System

Funding of $1.4 million was provided over two years from 2018‑19 to replace the Television Broadcast System at Parliament House, which is integral for the delivery of key parliamentary services. This funding reflects the remaining project cost.

Security Services funding

An increase in funding of $210 000 per annum is provided for security services for Parliament House and the Salamanca Building.


 

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 17.2 provides an Output Group Expense Summary for Legislature-General.

Table 17.2:       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 and the Speaker of the House of Assembly acting jointly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Output Group 1 - Parliamentary Reporting Service

 

 

 

 

 

1.1 Production and Printing of Parliamentary Reports

1 051 

1 061 

1 085 

1 111 

1 132 

 

1 051 

1 061 

1 085 

1 111 

1 132 

Output Group 2 - Parliamentary Library Service

 

 

 

 

 

2.1 Parliamentary Library Service1

1 095 

1 258 

1 283 

1 308 

1 331 

 

1 095 

1 258 

1 283 

1 308 

1 331 

Output Group 3 - Parliamentary Printing and Systems

 

 

 

 

 

3.1 Parliamentary Printing

501 

513 

526 

539 

552 

3.2 Parliamentary Systems

839 

854 

875 

895 

916 

 

1 340 

1 367 

1 401 

1 434 

1 468 

Output Group 4 - Joint Services

 

 

 

 

 

4.1 Buildings and Operations Management2

2 516 

2 778 

2 839 

2 894 

2 951 

4.2 Joint Management Services

414 

416 

423 

439 

449 

4.3 Services to Members

921 

931 

949 

973 

991 

4.4 Corporate Services for Parliamentary Agencies

109 

109 

109 

109 

109 

 

3 960 

4 234 

4 320 

4 415 

4 500 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capital Investment Program3

.... 

145 

.... 

.... 

.... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

7 446 

8 065 

8 089 

8 268 

8 431 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

1.    The increase in Parliamentary Library Service from 2019-20 reflects the provision of an additional funding to provide legislative drafting support for Members of Parliament in consultation with the Office of the Parliamentary Council.

2.    The increase in Buildings and Operations Management from 2019-20 reflects additional funding for security services and the Parliament Garden Lighting Project.

3.    The increase in Capital Investment Program in 2019-20 reflects additional funding for the Parliament Television Broadcast System that will not be capitalised.

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.

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.

Capital Investment Program

Table 17.3 provides financial information for the Capital Investment Program for Legislature‑General. More information on the Capital Investment Program is provided in chapter 6 of The Budget, Budget Paper No 1.

Table 17.3:       Capital Investment Program

 

Estimated 

2019-20 

2020-21 

2021-22 

2022-23 

 

Total 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Cost 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

President of the Legislative Council and the Speaker of the House of Assembly acting jointly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parliament Garden Lighting Project1

292 

26 

.... 

.... 

.... 

Parliament Television Broadcast System1

1 445 

145 

.... 

.... 

.... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total CIP Allocations

 

171 

.... 

.... 

.... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note:

1.    A description for each of these projects is included in the Key Deliverables section at the commencement of this chapter.


 

Detailed Budget Statements

Table 17.4:       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

6 726 

7 200 

7 369 

7 548 

7 711 

Appropriation revenue - capital1

.... 

171 

.... 

.... 

.... 

Sales of goods and services

172 

172 

172 

172 

172 

Total revenue and other income from transactions

6 898 

7 543 

7 541 

7 720 

7 883 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expenses from transactions

 

 

 

 

 

Employee benefits2

3 507 

3 696 

3 780 

3 853 

3 928 

Depreciation and amortisation

588 

914 

914 

914 

914 

Supplies and consumables

3 246 

3 302 

3 242 

3 348 

3 436 

Grants and subsidies

59 

59 

59 

59 

59 

Borrowing costs

.... 

48 

48 

48 

48 

Other expenses

46 

46 

46 

46 

46 

Total expenses from transactions

7 446 

8 065 

8 089 

8 268 

8 431 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net result from transactions (net operating balance)

(548)

(522)

(548)

(548)

(548)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net result

(548)

(522)

(548)

(548)

(548)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive result

(548)

(522)

(548)

(548)

(548)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

1.    The increase in Appropriation revenue ‑ capital reflects the additional resources provided for the Parliament Television Broadcast System and Parliament Garden Lighting Project.

2.    The increase in Employee benefits reflects the provision of additional funding to provide legislative drafting support for Members of Parliament in consultation with the Office of the Parliamentary Council.

 


 

Table 17.5:       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 and the Speaker of the House of Assembly acting jointly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Output Group 1 - Parliamentary Reporting Service

 

 

 

 

 

1.1 Production and Printing of Parliamentary Reports

1 048 

1 058 

1 082 

1 108 

1 129 

 

1 048 

1 058 

1 082 

1 108 

1 129 

Output Group 2 - Parliamentary Library Service

 

 

 

 

 

2.1 Parliamentary Library Service

1 093 

1 256 

1 281 

1 306 

1 329 

 

1 093 

1 256 

1 281 

1 306 

1 329 

Output Group 3 - Parliamentary Printing and Systems

 

 

 

 

 

3.1 Parliamentary Printing

501 

513 

526 

539 

552 

3.2 Parliamentary Systems

839 

854 

875 

895 

916 

 

1 340 

1 367 

1 401 

1 434 

1 468 

Output Group 4 - Joint Services

 

 

 

 

 

4.1 Buildings and Operations Management

1 976 

2 238 

2 299 

2 354 

2 411 

4.2 Joint Management Services

413 

415 

422 

438 

448 

4.3 Services to Members

747 

757 

775 

799 

817 

4.4 Corporate Services for Parliamentary Agencies

109 

109 

109 

109 

109 

 

3 245 

3 519 

3 605 

3 700 

3 785 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capital Investment Program

.... 

171 

.... 

.... 

.... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legislature-General

 

 

 

 

 

Total Operating Services Expenditure

6 726 

7 200 

7 369 

7 548 

7 711 

Total Capital Services Expenditure

.... 

171 

.... 

.... 

.... 

 

6 726 

7 371 

7 369 

7 548 

7 711 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Revenue from Appropriation

6 726 

7 371 

7 369 

7 548 

7 711 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Controlled Revenue from Appropriation

6 726 

7 371 

7 369 

7 548 

7 711 

 

6 726 

7 371 

7 369 

7 548 

7 711 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Table 17.6:       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

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and deposits1

121 

106 

106 

106 

106 

Receivables1

76 

120 

120 

120 

120 

 

197 

226 

226 

226 

226 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-financial assets

 

 

 

 

 

Inventories

37 

37 

37 

37 

37 

Property, plant and equipment1

34 074 

34 692 

34 154 

33 616 

33 078 

Heritage and cultural assets1

552 

567 

567 

567 

567 

Other assets

48 

4 399 

4 073 

3 775 

3 449 

 

34 711 

39 695 

38 831 

37 995 

37 131 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

34 908 

39 921 

39 057 

38 221 

37 357 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Payables1

207 

100 

100 

100 

100 

Interest bearing liabilities

.... 

4 304 

3 978 

3 680 

3 354 

Employee benefits1

1 054 

1 081 

1 091 

1 101 

1 111 

Other liabilities

19 

20 

20 

20 

20 

Total liabilities

1 280 

5 505 

5 189 

4 901 

4 585 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets (liabilities)

33 628 

34 416 

33 868 

33 320 

32 772 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

Reserves

26 746 

27 598 

27 598 

27 598 

27 598 

Accumulated funds

6 882 

6 818 

6 270 

5 722 

5 174 

Total equity

33 628 

34 416 

33 868 

33 320 

32 772 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note:

1.    The variation in this item reflects revised estimates based on 30 June 2018 actuals.


 

Table 17.7:       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

6 726 

7 200 

7 369 

7 548 

7 711 

Appropriation receipts - capital1

.... 

171 

.... 

.... 

.... 

Sales of goods and services

172 

172 

172 

172 

172 

GST receipts

364 

364 

364 

364 

364 

Total cash inflows

7 262 

7 907 

7 905 

8 084 

8 247 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash outflows

 

 

 

 

 

Employee benefits2

(3 156)

(3 328)

(3 405)

(3 470)

(3 536)

Superannuation

(341)

(358)

(365)

(373)

(382)

GST payments

(364)

(364)

(364)

(364)

(364)

Grants and subsidies

(59)

(59)

(59)

(59)

(59)

Supplies and consumables

(3 246)

(3 676)

(3 616)

(3 722)

(3 810)

Other cash payments

(46)

(46)

(46)

(46)

(46)

Total cash outflows

(7 212)

(7 831)

(7 855)

(8 034)

(8 197)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash from (used by) operating activities

50 

76 

50 

50 

50 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Payments for acquisition of non-financial assets

(50)

(76)

(50)

(50)

(50)

Net cash from (used by) investing activities

(50)

(76)

(50)

(50)

(50)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents held

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and deposits at the beginning of the reporting period

121 

106 

106 

106 

106 

Cash and deposits at the end of the reporting period

121 

106 

106 

106 

106 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

1.    The increase in Appropriation receipts ‑ capital reflects the additional funding for the Parliament Television Broadcast System and Parliament Garden Lighting Project.

2.    The increase in Employee benefits reflects the provision of additional funding to provide legislative drafting support for Members of Parliament in consultation with the Office of the Parliamentary Council.