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Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2007-2008

Part 1 Preliminary

   

1   Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Act (No. 1) 2007-2008 .

2   Commencement

                   This Act commences on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.

3   Definitions

                   In this Act:

administered assets and liabilities item means an amount set out in Schedule 1 in relation to a Parliamentary Department opposite the heading “Administered Assets and Liabilities”.

administered item means an amount set out in Schedule 1 opposite an outcome of a Parliamentary Department under the heading “Administered Expenses”.

Agency has the same meaning as in the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 .

Note:          Each Parliamentary Department is an Agency for the purposes of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 .

Chief Executive has the same meaning as in the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 .

current year means the financial year ending on 30 June 2008.

departmental item means the total amount set out in Schedule 1 in relation to a Parliamentary Department under the heading “Departmental Outputs”.

Note:          The amounts set out opposite outcomes, under the heading “Departmental Outputs”, are “notional”. They are not part of the item, and do not in any way restrict the scope of the expenditure authorised by the item.

expenditure means payments for expenses, acquiring assets, making loans or paying liabilities.

Finance Minister means the Minister administering this Act.

item means any of the following:

                     (a)  a departmental item;

                     (b)  an administered item;

                     (c)  an administered assets and liabilities item;

                     (d)  an other departmental item.

other departmental item means an amount set out in Schedule 1 in relation to a Parliamentary Department:

                     (a)  opposite the heading “Equity Injections”; or

                     (b)  opposite the heading “Loans”; or

                     (c)  opposite the heading “Previous Years’ Outputs”.

Parliamentary Department means any of the following:

                     (a)  the Department of the Senate;

                     (b)  the Department of the House of Representatives;

                     (c)  the Department of Parliamentary Services.

Portfolio Budget Statements means the Portfolio Budget Statements that were tabled in the Senate or the House of Representatives in relation to the Bill for this Act.

President means the President of the Senate.

responsible Presiding Officer means:

                     (a)  in relation to the Department of the Senate—the President; or

                     (b)  in relation to the Department of the House of Representatives—the Speaker; or

                     (c)  in relation to the Department of Parliamentary Services—the President and the Speaker together.

section 31 agreement means an agreement under section 31 of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 .

Speaker means the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Special Account has the same meaning as in the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 .

4   Portfolio Budget Statements

             (1)  The Portfolio Budget Statements are hereby declared to be relevant documents for the purposes of section 15AB of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 .

Note:          See paragraph 15AB(2)(g) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 .

             (2)  If the Portfolio Budget Statements indicate that activities of a particular kind were intended to be treated as activities in respect of a particular outcome, then expenditure for the purpose of carrying out those activities is taken to be expenditure for the purpose of contributing to achieving the outcome.

5   Notional payments, receipts etc.

                   For the purposes of this Act, notional transactions between Agencies are to be treated as if they were real transactions.

Note:          This section applies, for example, to a “payment” between Agencies that are both part of the Commonwealth. One of the effects of this section is that the payment will be debited from an appropriation for the paying Agency, even though no payment is actually made from the Consolidated Revenue Fund.