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 2020‑21 and over the Forward Estimates (2021‑22 to 2023‑24). 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

 

2019‑20 

2020‑21 

2021‑22 

2022‑23 

2023‑24 

 

 

 

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

3 632 

3 808 

3 804 

3 872 

3 951 

1.2 Committee Support Services

12 

12 

12 

12 

13 

 

3 644 

3 820 

3 816 

3 884 

3 964 

Output Group 2 - Payments Administered by the Legislative Council

 

 

 

 

 

2.1 Payments Administered by the Legislative Council

3 493 

3 573 

3 679 

3 751 

3 835 

 

3 493 

3 573 

3 679 

3 751 

3 835 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

7 137 

7 393 

7 495 

7 635 

7 799 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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

 

2019‑20 

2020‑21 

2021‑22 

2022‑23 

2023‑24 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue and other income

 

 

 

 

 

Appropriation revenue - operating

7 122 

7 378 

7 480 

7 620 

7 784 

Total revenue

7 122 

7 378 

7 480 

7 620 

7 784 

Total income

7 122 

7 378 

7 480 

7 620 

7 784 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expenses

 

 

 

 

 

Employee benefits

6 326 

6 499 

6 640 

6 767 

6 914 

Depreciation and amortisation1

32 

Supplies and consumables1

779 

891 

852 

865 

882 

Total expenses

7 137 

7 393 

7 495 

7 635 

7 799 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net result

(15)

(15)

(15)

(15)

(15)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive result

(15)

(15)

(15)

(15)

(15)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note:

1.    The decrease in Depreciation and amortisation and part of the increase in Supplies and consumables, in 2020‑21, reflects a change in the accounting treatment for the recognition of leases. Further information on this change is provided in chapter 1 of this Budget Paper.

 


 

Table 16.3: Revenue from Appropriation by Output

 

2019‑20 

2020‑21 

2021‑22 

2022‑23 

2023‑24 

 

 

 

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

3 617 

3 793 

3 789 

3 857 

3 936 

1.2 Committee Support Services

12 

12 

12 

12 

13 

 

3 629 

3 805 

3 801 

3 869 

3 949 

Output Group 2 - Payments Administered by the Legislative Council

 

 

 

 

 

2.1 Payments Administered by the Legislative Council

387 

386 

418 

423 

431 

 

387 

386 

418 

423 

431 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legislative Council

 

 

 

 

 

Total Operating Services Expenditure

4 016 

4 191 

4 219 

4 292 

4 380 

 

4 016 

4 191 

4 219 

4 292 

4 380 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reserved by Law

 

 

 

 

 

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

36 

40 

40 

40 

41 

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

2 917 

2 994 

3 068 

3 135 

3 210 

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

153 

153 

153 

153 

153 

 

3 106 

3 187 

3 261 

3 328 

3 404 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Revenue from Appropriation

7 122 

7 378 

7 480 

7 620 

7 784 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Controlled Revenue from Appropriation

7 122 

7 378 

7 480 

7 620 

7 784 

 

7 122 

7 378 

7 480 

7 620 

7 784 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Table 16.4: Statement of Financial Position as at 30 June

 

2020 

2021 

2022 

2023 

2024 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

Financial assets

 

 

 

 

 

Receivables

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-financial assets

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

2 377 

2 374 

2 371 

2 368 

2 365 

Other assets1

351 

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

 

2 728 

2 374 

2 371 

2 368 

2 365 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

2 735 

2 381 

2 378 

2 375 

2 372 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Payables

62 

62 

62 

62 

62 

Interest bearing liabilities1

351 

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

Employee benefits

597 

609 

621 

633 

645 

Total liabilities

1 010 

671 

683 

695 

707 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets (liabilities)

1 725 

1 710 

1 695 

1 680 

1 665 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

Reserves

764 

764 

764 

764 

764 

Accumulated funds

961 

946 

931 

916 

901 

Total equity

1 725 

1 710 

1 695 

1 680 

1 665 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note:

1.    The decrease in Other assets and Interest bearing liabilities primarily reflects a change in the accounting treatment for the recognition of leases. Further information on this change is provided in chapter 1 of this Budget Paper.


 

Table 16.5: Statement of Cash Flows

 

2019‑20 

2020‑21 

2021‑22 

2022‑23 

2023‑24 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

Cash inflows

 

 

 

 

 

Appropriation receipts - operating

7 122 

7 378 

7 480 

7 620 

7 784 

GST receipts

70 

70 

70 

70 

70 

Total cash inflows

7 192 

7 448 

7 550 

7 690 

7 854 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash outflows

 

 

 

 

 

Employee benefits

(5 882)

(6 044)

(6 174)

(6 292)

(6 429)

Superannuation

(432)

(443)

(454)

(463)

(473)

GST payments

(70)

(70)

(70)

(70)

(70)

Supplies and consumables

(808)

(891)

(852)

(865)

(882)

Total cash outflows

(7 192)

(7 448)

(7 550)

(7 690)

(7 854)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

....