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The Legislature

Functional responsibility

The Legislature, for the purposes of this Report, comprises the:

  • House of Assembly established under the Constitution Act 1934
  • Legislative Council established under the Constitution Act 1934
  • Joint Parliamentary Service (JPS) established under the Parliament (Joint Services) Act 1985.

The House of Assembly and the Legislative Council constitute the Parliament of South Australia. The main purpose of Parliament is to legislate for peace, order and responsible governance of South Australia.

The JPS provides services to Parliament including Hansard reporting, library facilities, catering, financial administration and building accommodation. The JPS is administered by the Joint Parliamentary Service Committee comprising the Speaker and two Members of the House of Assembly and the President and two Members of the Legislative Council.


Financial statistics
 
House of Assembly $'million

Legislative Council $’million
Joint Parliamentary Service $’million
Net cost of services: 13.9 8.6 11.1
Total appropriation: 14.0 8.6 10.9
Members’ salaries and allowances: 8.4 4.8 n/a

 
House of Assembly Number

Legislative Council Number
Joint Parliamentary Service Number
Members: 47 22 n/a
Employees (FTEs): 26 18 68

Financial statement opinion
Modified

The Auditor-General has issued a disclaimer of opinion on the JPS’s financial statements since we were not provided with unrestricted access to the following information:

  • minutes of the Joint Parliamentary Service Committee meetings
  • catering division financial information.
Unmodified

The Auditor-General has issued unmodified opinions on the financial statements of the House of Assembly and the Legislative Council.