Powers, practice and procedure
House of Representatives Practice is the comprehensive and authoritative text on the procedure and practice of the House of Representatives.
This 6th Edition was published in September 2012. Links to updated information since publication are available from the House of Representatives Practice (6th Edition) home page.
House of Representatives Practice is available in the following formats:
House of Representatives Practice is available to purchase.
- Order form: House of Representatives Practice, 6th Edition (PDF 49KB)
Editions 1 to 5 of House of Representatives Practice (published 1981, 1987, 1997, 2001 and 2005) are also available from the House of Representatives Practice page.
New edition: 26 March 2015
The rules of procedure for the House of Representatives as at 26 March 2015.
Currently available in PDF format.
Resolutions relating to the operation of the House are published in the standing orders.
Printed copies of the new edition of Standing Orders are available to purchase.
- Order form: House of Representatives Standing Orders as at 26 March 2015 (PDF 48KB)
Guide to Procedures is a concise introduction to the procedures of the House of Representatives, intended for participants in and observers of proceedings in the Chamber of the House and the Federation Chamber.
This 5th Edition was published in February 2014.
Printed copies of the new edition of Guide to Procedures (5th Edition) are available to purchase.
- Order form: Guide to Procedures, 5th Edition (PDF 48KB)
This series of 22 Infosheets contains detailed information about the workings of the House. The information is suitable for students and people who want to know more about how the Parliament works. Infosheets are available in PDF and HTML format, are updated regularly and are free to download from our website. The current list of Infosheets are:
- Infosheet 1 – Questions
- Infosheet 2 – A typical sitting day
- Infosheet 3 – The Speaker
- Infosheet 4 – Committees
- Infosheet 5 – Parliamentary privilege
- Infosheet 6 – Opportunities for private Members
- Infosheet 7 – Making laws
- Infosheet 8 – Elections for the House of Representatives
- Infosheet 9 – A new parliament
- Infosheet 10 – The budget and financial legislation
- Infosheet 11 – Petitions
- Infosheet 12 – Finding out about the House
- Infosheet 13 – The Constitution
- Infosheet 14 – Making decisions: debate and division
- Infosheet 15 – The work of a Member of Parliament
- Infosheet 16 – The Federation Chamber (formerly known as the Main Committee)
- Infosheet 17 – Citizen's right of reply
- Infosheet 18 - Double dissolution
- Infosheet 19 - The House, Government and Opposition
- Infosheet 20 – The Australian system of government
- Infosheet 21 – The Clerk and other officials
- Infosheet 22 - Political parties
Procedural Digest is a record of selected procedural events in the House of Representatives Chamber and the Federation Chamber. It includes Speaker's rulings, precedents and unusual situations.
Procedural Digest is published at the conclusion of a House sitting period, either a sitting week or sitting fortnight. It is available in PDF format and are free to download from our website.
Procedural Digest for the current Parliament and for the 42nd and 43rd Parliaments area available.
For statistics on the work of the House go to Statistical Digest.
Parliamentary committees are one mechanism the House uses to keep a check on the activities of the Government. Because they have extensive powers to call for people, including public servants, and documents to come before them, committees can thoroughly investigate questions of government administration and service delivery.
Committees can contribute to better informed policy-making and legislative processes. They help Members to access a wide range of community and expert views so that through the committee process, the Parliament is able to be better informed of community issues and attitudes.
For more information about House of Representatives Committees and Joint Committees managed by the House of Representatives, including information on how to participate in the Committee process, visit our Committee home page.
The House of Representatives publishes a range of other information about the work of the House and the Parliament. This includes:
Our Research and Education page includes links to these and other publications as well as information about external organisations with an interest in parliamentary procedings.
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