(1) Subject to this Act, the employment of the Secretary of the Department of Parliamentary Services is governed by a contract of employment between the Secretary and the President and the Speaker.
(2) A contract must be in writing and be signed by or on behalf of the President and the Speaker and the Secretary.
(3) A contract must specify the date on which it expires which must not be more than 4 years after the date on which it comes into force.
(4) A contract must provide for the Secretary to be entitled to be paid the same salary and allowances as are from time to time payable to the Clerk of the Legislative Council and the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly or would have been so payable had such a Clerk's remuneration not been reduced under section 16.
(5) A contract of employment may be varied at any time by a further contract between the parties but its term may not be increased beyond 4 years nor the amount of salary or allowances payable under it be increased beyond that provided by subsection (4).
(6) If, at the time of entering into a contract of employment, the Secretary held the office of Secretary, then the contract constitutes a new instrument of appointment, and replaces any earlier instrument of appointment, for the purposes of this and any other Act.
(7) For the purposes of this Act the Secretary of the Department of Parliamentary Services is the Department Head of that Department.