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Vote Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment

APPROPRIATION MINISTER(S): Speaker of the House of Representatives (M78)

APPROPRIATION ADMINISTRATOR: Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment

RESPONSIBLE MINISTER FOR PARLIAMENTARY COMMISSIONER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT: Speaker of the House of Representatives

Overview of the Vote

The position of the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment was established by the Environment Act 1986 to provide Members of Parliament with independent, high quality advice about environmental matters. Advice is generally in the form of reports on investigations, and presentations and submissions to select committees.

The Commissioner has seven statutory functions under the Environment Act to investigate environmental issues, processes, and public agencies. As an Officer of Parliament, the Commissioner has a unique opportunity to provide Parliament with independent advice in its consideration of any matters that may have an impact on the quality of the environment. The Commissioner also communicates her advice to a wider public audience.

The Commissioner is required to deliver one output, Reports and Advice. The Vote comprises:

  • one output expense of $2.990 million for Reports and Advice
  • other expense of $323,000 for the Commissioners Remuneration under Permanent Legislative Authority, and
  • capital expenditure of $72,000 under Permanent Legislative Authority for office equipment, furniture and fittings.

Details of these appropriations are set out in Parts 2-4.

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