Parliamentary Service Act 1988 – 1 June 2015
Parliamentary Service Act 1988 – 1 June 2015
Parliamentary Service By-law 2013 – 1 July 2016
Parliamentary Service Rule 2010 – 6 January 2015
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The Speaker (of Parliament) has the control of: (a) accommodation and services in the parliamentary precinct; and (b) accommodation and services supplied elsewhere by the Legislative Assembly for its members. The general role of the Speaker in relation to the parliamentary service is to: (a) decide major policies to guide the operation and management of the parliamentary service; and (b) prepare budgets; and (c) decide the size and organisation of the parliamentary service and the services to be supplied by the parliamentary service; and (d) supervise the management and delivery of services by the parliamentary service. For the definition of ‘parliamentary precinct’, refer to section 4 of the Act.
- Sections 4, 5, 6, 7, 9
There shall from time to time be appointed an officer of the Legislative Assembly to be known as the Clerk of the Parliament. The Clerk of the Parliament shall be responsible for: (a) the noting of all proceedings of the Legislative Assembly; (b) the carrying out of such duties and the exercising of such powers as may be conferred on the Clerk by law or by the standing rules and orders, customs and practices of the Legislative Assembly. Pursuant to section 20 of the Act, the Clerk, as the chief executive of the parliamentary service, shall be responsible to the Speaker for the efficient and economical management of the parliamentary service.
- Sections 18, 19, 20, 26
There is hereby established a parliamentary service. The parliamentary service shall consist of: (a) officers of the Legislative Assembly being: (i) the Clerk who shall be the chief executive of the parliamentary service; and (ii) other officers required to sit at the table of the House; and (iii) the parliamentary librarian; and (iv) the chief reporter; and (b) other officers of and employees in the parliamentary service. The functions of the parliamentary service are to provide administrative and support services to the Legislative Assembly and to members and committees thereof which may include: (a) the provision of sufficient clerical staff, attendants and other staff to enable the Legislative Assembly and committees thereof to operate efficiently; and (b) the provision of advice on parliamentary procedures and the functions of Parliament generally; and (c) an accurate and efficient reporting of proceedings of the Legislative Assembly and of meetings of committees thereof as required; and (d) the provision of adequate library and research facilities and services for members of the Legislative Assembly; and (e) the provision of dining facilities; and (f) the care of the parliamentary gardens and grounds; and (g) the provision of ceremonial and security services; and (h) the maintenance of parliamentary buildings.
- Sections 23, 24
On the recommendation of a member, the Clerk may appoint a person as an officer in the member’s electorate office to help the member to effectively discharge the member’s duties.
- Section 26AA
An officer of or employee in the parliamentary service is liable to disciplinary action upon any of the following grounds shown to the satisfaction of the Clerk to exist, namely: (a) incompetence or inefficiency in the discharge of his or her duties; (b) negligence, carelessness or indolence in the discharge of his or her duties; (c) misconduct; (d) absence from duty except: (i) upon leave duly granted as prescribed; or (ii) with reasonable cause; (e) wilful failure to comply with a lawful direction issued to the officer or employee by any person having authority over him or her; (f) wilful failure to comply with any provision of a code of conduct approved by the Clerk for officers of and employees in the parliamentary service.
- Sections 4, 40
All persons entering or upon the parliamentary precinct shall comply with the directions of the Speaker as to the behaviour, demeanour and conduct of such persons. Directions of the Speaker may take the form of by-laws prescribing behaviour and conduct made from time to time by the Speaker. A by-law is subordinate legislation. Note: Directions given under this section do not apply to members of the Legislative Assembly in the conduct of their parliamentary business. For the by-laws made to date, see the Parliamentary Service By-law 2013.
- Section 50; By-law 2 of the Parliamentary Service By-law 2013
The Speaker may make rules under this Act. A rule may make provision about the parliamentary service and, in particular: (a) the entitlements, responsibilities, authorities, obligations and liabilities of parliamentary service officers and employees; and (b) appeals about promotional appointments and disciplinary action within the parliamentary service. Note: A rule is subordinate legislation.
- Section 55
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