Australian Government, 2011‑12 Budget
Budget

Part 2: Expense Measures (Continued)

Parliament

Parliament — additional operational support

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of the House of Representatives 1.0 1.0 0.5 0.5
Department of the Senate 0.3 0.5 0.5
Department of Parliamentary Services 0.3 0.3
Total 0.3 1.9 1.9 0.5 0.5

The Government will provide $5.1 million over five years for additional support for the operation of Parliament. This includes $1.0 million over two years for the Department of the House of Representatives and $0.7 million over two years for the Department of Parliamentary Services for additional staffing, Hansard, broadcasting and security costs arising from additional scheduled sitting hours in the House of Representatives and the Main Committee over the life of the 43rd Parliament.

The Government will also provide additional funds to support the establishment of new Parliamentary committees:

  • $2.1 million over four years to the Department of the House of Representatives to support the Joint Committee on the National Broadband Network. The Committee will provide reports to Parliament and to shareholder Ministers every six months until the National Broadband Network is completed; and
  • $1.4 million over three years to the Department of the Senate to support the Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform that was established on 30 September 2010. The Committee is due to present its final report by no later than 30 June 2013.

Further information on the Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform can be found in the press release of 30 September 2010 issued by the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

Parliamentary Budget Office

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Parliamentary Budget Office 6.0 6.1 6.7 6.2
Department of Parliamentary Services ‑0.5
Total 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.2

The Government will provide $24.9 million over four years to establish a Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO). The PBO will be headed by a statutory officer, the Parliamentary Budget Officer.

The PBO will be established as a new entity and will provide Parliament with independent advice and policy analysis on the Budget, fiscal policy and the financial impacts of policy proposals.

The Government will redirect $0.5 million in 2013‑14, provided to the Parliamentary Library to assist in development of policy by non‑government parties, to the PBO to allow it to perform a similar function. This measure delivers on the Government's commitment to establish a PBO as part of the Agreement for a Better Parliament: Parliamentary Reform.

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