17 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 2022‑23 and over the Forward Estimates (2023‑24 to 2025‑26). 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 17.1 provides an Output Group Expense Summary for the Legislative Council.

Table 17.1: Output Group Expense Summary

 

2021‑22 

2022‑23 

2023‑24 

2024‑25 

2025‑26 

 

 

 

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

3 906 

3 907 

4 022 

4 118 

4 210 

1.2 Committee Support Services

12 

12 

12 

13 

13 

 

3 918 

3 919 

4 034 

4 131 

4 223 

Output Group 2 ‑ Payments Administered by the Legislative Council

 

 

 

 

 

2.1 Payments Administered by the Legislative Council

3 680 

3 894 

3 998 

4 078 

4 191 

 

3 680 

3 894 

3 998 

4 078 

4 191 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

7 598 

7 813 

8 032 

8 209 

8 414 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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

 


 

Detailed Budget Statements

Table 17.2: Statement of Comprehensive Income

 

2021‑22 

2022‑23 

2023‑24 

2024‑25 

2025‑26 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue and other income

 

 

 

 

 

Appropriation revenue ‑ operating

7 503 

7 798 

8 017 

8 194 

8 399 

Other revenue from government

80 

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

Total revenue

7 583 

7 798 

8 017 

8 194 

8 399 

Total income

7 583 

7 798 

8 017 

8 194 

8 399 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expenses

 

 

 

 

 

Employee benefits

6 663 

6 938 

7 138 

7 294 

7 480 

Depreciation and amortisation

Supplies and consumables

932 

872 

891 

912 

931 

Total expenses

7 598 

7 813 

8 032 

8 209 

8 414 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net result

(15)

(15)

(15)

(15)

(15)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive result

(15)

(15)

(15)

(15)

(15)

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Table 17.3: Revenue from Appropriation by Output

 

2021‑22 

2022‑23 

2023‑24 

2024‑25 

2025‑26 

 

 

 

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

3 811 

3 892 

4 007 

4 103 

4 195 

1.2 Committee Support Services

12 

12 

12 

13 

13 

 

3 823 

3 904 

4 019 

4 116 

4 208 

Output Group 2 ‑ Payments Administered by the Legislative Council

 

 

 

 

 

2.1 Payments Administered by the Legislative Council

418 

427 

436 

444 

453 

 

418 

427 

436 

444 

453 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legislative Council

 

 

 

 

 

Total Operating Services

4 241 

4 331 

4 455 

4 560 

4 661 

 

4 241 

4 331 

4 455 

4 560 

4 661 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reserved by Law

 

 

 

 

 

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

40 

40 

40 

41 

41 

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

3 069 

3 274 

3 369 

3 440 

3 544 

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

153 

153 

153 

153 

153 

 

3 262 

3 467 

3 562 

3 634 

3 738 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appropriation Rollover

80 

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Revenue from Appropriation

7 583 

7 798 

8 017 

8 194 

8 399 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Controlled Revenue from Appropriation

7 583 

7 798 

8 017 

8 194 

8 399 

 

7 583 

7 798 

8 017 

8 194 

8 399 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Table 17.4: Statement of Financial Position as at 30 June

 

2022 

2023 

2024 

2025 

2026 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

Financial assets

 

 

 

 

 

Receivables1

17 

17 

17 

17 

 

17 

17 

17 

17 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non‑financial assets

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment1

2 413 

2 360 

2 357 

2 354 

2 351 

 

2 413 

2 360 

2 357 

2 354 

2 351 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

2 417 

2 377 

2 374 

2 371 

2 368 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Payables1

108 

75 

75 

75 

75 

Employee benefits1

923 

911 

923 

935 

947 

Total liabilities

1 031 

986 

998 

1 010 

1 022 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets (liabilities)

1 386 

1 391 

1 376 

1 361 

1 346 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

Reserves

848 

848 

848 

848 

848 

Accumulated funds

538 

543 

528 

513 

498 

Total equity

1 386 

1 391 

1 376 

1 361 

1 346 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note:

1.    The increase in Receivables, and the decrease in Property, Plant and equipment, Payables and Employee benefits, reflects revised estimates based on 30 June 2021 actuals.

Table 17.5: Statement of Cash Flows

 

2021‑22 

2022‑23 

2023‑24 

2024‑25 

2025‑26 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

Cash inflows

 

 

 

 

 

Appropriation receipts ‑ operating

7 503 

7 798 

8 017 

8 194 

8 399 

Appropriation receipts ‑ other

80 

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

GST receipts

70 

70 

70 

70 

70 

Total cash inflows

7 653 

7 868 

8 087 

8 264 

8 469 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash outflows

 

 

 

 

 

Employee benefits

(6 174)

(6 418)

(6 583)

(6 705)

(6 855)

Superannuation

(477)

(508)

(543)

(577)

(613)

GST payments

(70)

(70)

(70)

(70)

(70)

Supplies and consumables

(932)

(872)

(891)

(912)

(931)

Total cash outflows

(7 653)

(7 868)

(8 087)

(8 264)

(8 469)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

....