17    Legislature‑General

Agency Outline

Legislature‑General provides support services to both Houses of Parliament and their Members through the Joint House support staff including 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 in 2023‑24 and over the Forward Estimates (2024‑25 to 2026‑27). 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 Estimates allocations for key deliverables being undertaken by Legislature‑General.

Table 17.1:       Key Deliverables Statement

 

2023‑24

 

Budget

2024‑25

Forward

Estimate

2025‑26

Forward

Estimate

2026‑27

Forward

Estimate

 

$'000

$'000

$'000

$'000

 

 

 

 

 

Strategic Asset Management Plan

 150

....

....

....

 

 

 

 

 

Strategic Asset Management Plan

This initiative will deliver a Strategic Asset Management Plan for Legislature‑General to guide planning and development of a future capital works program. This initiative will be funded from the Structured Infrastructure Investment Review Process within Finance‑General.


 

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

 

2022‑23 

2023‑24 

2024‑25 

2025‑26 

2026‑27 

 

 

 

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

964 

1 023 

1 060 

1 104 

1 136 

 

964 

1 023 

1 060 

1 104 

1 136 

Output Group 2 ‑ Parliamentary Library Service

 

 

 

 

 

2.1 Parliamentary Library Service

1 155 

1 212 

1 238 

1 268 

1 301 

 

1 155 

1 212 

1 238 

1 268 

1 301 

Output Group 3 ‑ Parliamentary Printing and Systems

 

 

 

 

 

3.1 Parliamentary Printing

158 

161 

164 

167 

171 

3.2 Parliamentary Systems

1 024 

1 053 

1 072 

1 093 

1 115 

 

1 182 

1 214 

1 236 

1 260 

1 286 

Output Group 4 ‑ Joint Services

 

 

 

 

 

4.1 Buildings and Operations Management1

3 181 

4 929 

5 015 

5 106 

5 197 

4.2 Joint Management Services

1 155 

1 353 

1 218 

1 232 

1 250 

4.3 Services to Members

996 

1 024 

1 042 

1 066 

1 088 

4.4 Corporate Services for Parliamentary Agencies

109 

109 

109 

109 

109 

 

5 441 

7 415 

7 384 

7 513 

7 644 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

8 742 

10 864 

10 918 

11 145 

11 367 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note:

1.    The increase in Buildings and Operations Management from 2023‑24 reflects the reallocation of office accommodation costs for Parliament Square from Finance‑General to Legislature‑General.

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 evidence presented to Parliamentary Committees.

Performance Information Comments

Delivery of Hansard

The primary focus of the Hansard operation is to produce a daily transcript for Members as efficiently as possible, usually by the following day, with part of the transcript 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 to assist Members of Parliament and Parliamentary Committees undertake their duties. The Parliamentary Library also manages special and historical collections, the Parliamentary Museum and its repository for all Tasmanian Parliament publications.

Performance Information Comments

Parliamentary Library Service

The Parliamentary Library Service aims to:

·       perform 95 per cent of enquiries within the clients’ deadlines;

·       upload daily newspaper clippings and press releases to the Intranet by 11am;

·       ensure television news is available on the Intranet by 10am daily and audio digital capture (ABC Radio) is available on request;

·       prepare 95 per cent of media transcription requests within the clients’ deadlines;

·       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 printed 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 one week 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 provides services to 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 services to maintain computerised systems for:

·       the Parliamentary Reporting Service;

·       Members of both Houses of Parliament including regional offices;

·       the Parliament website, Intranet, Internet and databases;

·       television, broadcasting and archiving of sessions of both Houses of Parliament; and

·       security of the precinct including access control and CCTV.

Output Group 4:    Joint Services

4.1 Buildings and Operations Management

This Output provides for buildings and operations management and purchasing and maintenance services for the Parliamentary complex, gardens and other offices, including rentals, security and cleaning.

4.2 Joint Management Services

This Output provides for services to Legislature‑General, including human resources and financial administration and other functional areas not directly under the control of either House of Parliament.

4.3 Services to Members

This Output principally provides for the operating costs of the Parliamentary Catering Service, including food and beverages services to the Parliamentary Dining Rooms, Parliamentary Committee meetings, external stakeholder functions sponsored by Members, and State events. The Output also provides for services to the Leader of the Opposition and certain Parliamentary Committees not directly related to either House of Parliament.

4.4 Corporate Services for Parliamentary Agencies

This Output provides administrative services to the Clerks of each House of Parliament.

Detailed Budget Statements

Table 17.3:       Statement of Comprehensive Income

 

2022‑23 

2023‑24 

2024‑25 

2025‑26 

2026‑27 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue and other income

 

 

 

 

 

Appropriation revenue ‑ operating1

8 182 

9 994 

10 198 

10 425 

10 813 

Grants2

.... 

150 

.... 

.... 

.... 

Sales of goods and services

172 

172 

172 

172 

172 

Total revenue

8 354 

10 316 

10 370 

10 597 

10 985 

Total income

8 354 

10 316 

10 370 

10 597 

10 985 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expenses

 

 

 

 

 

Employee benefits

4 280 

4 490 

4 588 

4 704 

4 810 

Depreciation and amortisation

588 

588 

588 

588 

588 

Supplies and consumables1

3 769 

5 681 

5 637 

5 748 

5 864 

Grants and subsidies

59 

59 

59 

59 

59 

Other expenses

46 

46 

46 

46 

46 

Total expenses

8 742 

10 864 

10 918 

11 145 

11 367 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net result

(388)

(548)

(548)

(548)

(382)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive result

(388)

(548)

(548)

(548)

(382)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

1.    The increase in Appropriation revenue ‑ operating and Supplies and consumables from 2023‑24 reflects the reallocation of office accommodation costs for Parliament Square from Finance‑General to Legislature‑General.

2.    The increase in Grants in 2023‑24 reflects funding for the Strategic Asset Management Plan initiative.


3.     

Table 17.4:       Revenue from Appropriation by Output

 

2022‑23 

2023‑24 

2024‑25 

2025‑26 

2026‑27 

 

 

 

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

961 

1 020 

1 057 

1 101 

1 180 

 

961 

1 020 

1 057 

1 101 

1 180 

Output Group 2 ‑ Parliamentary Library Service

 

 

 

 

 

2.1 Parliamentary Library Service1

1 153 

1 210 

1 236 

1 266 

1 346 

 

1 153 

1 210 

1 236 

1 266 

1 346 

Output Group 3 ‑ Parliamentary Printing and Systems

 

 

 

 

 

3.1 Parliamentary Printing

158 

161 

164 

167 

171 

3.2 Parliamentary Systems

1 024 

1 053 

1 072 

1 093 

1 134 

 

1 182 

1 214 

1 236 

1 260 

1 305 

Output Group 4 ‑ Joint Services

 

 

 

 

 

4.1 Buildings and Operations Management2

2 801 

4 389 

4 475 

4 566 

4 670 

4.2 Joint Management Services

1 154 

1 202 

1 217 

1 231 

1 263 

4.3 Services to Members1

822 

850 

868 

892 

940 

4.4 Corporate Services for Parliamentary Agencies

109 

109 

109 

109 

109 

 

4 886 

6 550 

6 669 

6 798 

6 982 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legislature‑General

 

 

 

 

 

Total Operating Services

8 182 

9 994 

10 198 

10 425 

10 813 

 

8 182 

9 994 

10 198 

10 425 

10 813 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Revenue from Appropriation

8 182 

9 994 

10 198 

10 425 

10 813 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Controlled Revenue from Appropriation

8 182 

9 994 

10 198 

10 425 

10 813 

 

8 182 

9 994 

10 198 

10 425 

10 813 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

1.    The 2026‑27 Forward Estimate for Parliamentary Library Service and Services to Members includes an additional appropriation for expenditure associated with the 27th pay occurring in that financial year.

2.    The increase in Buildings and Operations Management from 2023‑24 reflects the reallocation of office accommodation costs for Parliament Square from Finance‑General to Legislature‑General.

Table 17.5:       Statement of Financial Position as at 30 June

 

2023 

2024 

2025 

2026 

2027 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

Financial assets

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and deposits

100 

141 

141 

141 

141 

Receivables1

63 

16 

16 

16 

16 

 

163 

157 

157 

157 

157 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non‑financial assets

 

 

 

 

 

Inventories

32 

32 

32 

32 

32 

Property, plant and equipment

39 176 

38 033 

37 495 

36 957 

36 419 

Heritage and cultural assets

491 

491 

491 

491 

491 

Intangibles1

59 

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

Other assets1

84 

822 

822 

822 

822 

 

39 842 

39 378 

38 840 

38 302 

37 764 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

40 005 

39 535 

38 997 

38 459 

37 921 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Payables

279 

310 

310 

310 

310 

Interest bearing liabilities1

848 

722 

722 

722 

722 

Provisions

89 

90 

90 

90 

90 

Employee benefits2

1 241 

1 181 

1 191 

1 201 

1 045 

Total liabilities

2 457 

2 303 

2 313 

2 323 

2 167 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets (liabilities)

37 548 

37 232 

36 684 

36 136 

35 754 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

Reserves

31 036 

31 036 

31 036 

31 036 

31 036 

Accumulated funds

6 512 

6 196 

5 648 

5 100 

4 718 

Total equity

37 548 

37 232 

36 684 

36 136 

35 754 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

1.    The variation in this item from 2024 reflects revised estimates based on 30 June 2022 actuals.

2.    The decrease in Employee benefits in 2027 recognises the payment of the 27th pay in 2026‑27 and the reduction in the associated liability accrued over prior years for this purpose.

Table 17.6:       Statement of Cash Flows

 

2022‑23 

2023‑24 

2024‑25 

2025‑26 

2026‑27 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

Cash inflows

 

 

 

 

 

Appropriation receipts ‑ operating

8 182 

9 994 

10 198 

10 425 

10 813 

Grants

.... 

150 

.... 

.... 

.... 

Sales of goods and services

204 

172 

172 

172 

172 

GST receipts

364 

364 

364 

364 

364 

Total cash inflows

8 750 

10 680 

10 734 

10 961 

11 349 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash outflows

 

 

 

 

 

Employee benefits

(3 861)

(4 042)

(4 118)

(4 208)

(4 449)

Superannuation

(409)

(438)

(460)

(486)

(517)

GST payments

(364)

(364)

(364)

(364)

(364)

Grants and subsidies

(59)

(59)

(59)

(59)

(59)

Supplies and consumables

(3 769)

(5 681)

(5 637)

(5 748)

(5 864)

Other cash payments

(46)

(46)

(46)

(46)

(46)

Total cash outflows

(8 508)

(10 630)

(10 684)

(10 911)

(11 299)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash from (used by) operating activities

242 

50 

50 

50 

50 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Payments for acquisition of non‑financial assets

(210)

(50)

(50)

(50)

(50)

Net cash from (used by) investing activities

(210)

(50)

(50)

(50)

(50)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents held

32 

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and deposits at the beginning of the reporting period

68 

141 

141 

141 

141 

Cash and deposits at the end of the reporting period

100 

141 

141 

141 

141