Inter-Parliamentary Study Program for senior parliamentary staff
The Australian Parliament’s Inter-Parliamentary Study Program brings together parliamentary staff from around the world to:
- Learn about the procedures and practices of the Australian Parliament
- Share knowledge, ideas and experiences of parliamentary processes and administration
- Reflect on their own parliamentary practices and how they can be developed
- Establish networks for ongoing information sharing among parliamentary staff
The program runs over two weeks, generally in late February-early March each year.
The first week involves a series of presentations by senior Australian parliamentary officers outlining the history, structure, procedures and operations of the Australian Parliament, including the House of Representatives, the Senate and the three parliamentary departments which administer the parliament.
In the second week Parliament is in session and participants have the opportunity to observe processes in practice. Visits to key sections of the Parliament enable in-depth exploration of procedures and administration. Participants make contact with specialists that allows for detailed discussions on issues of special interest.
Each program can accommodate up to 16 participants. The program is designed for senior parliamentary officials who have had sufficient experience working for the parliaments in their countries to make the program worthwhile. The information exchanged is often quite technical and suits those with a passion for standing orders!
The program is conducted at Parliament House in Australia’s national capital Canberra.
Below: Inter-Parliamentary Study Program participants at Parliament House.