Department of Parliamentary Services

The Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) is one of four parliamentary departments supporting the Australian Parliament. DPS reports to the Presiding Officers of the Parliament (the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives).

Who we are

school tourDPS supports Australia’s Parliament and parliamentarians through innovative, unified and client focused services. DPS is proud to be the custodian for Australian Parliament House (APH) as the working symbol of Australian democracy and as a significant destination for our citizens and international visitors alike. It is a place where more than 3,500 people work on sitting days and which nearly one million people visit each year.

What we do

Leanne ClarkeDPS provides services and products to support the functioning of the Australian Parliament, and the work of parliamentarians. Working in collaboration with the Department of the Senate and the Department of the House of Representatives, DPS provides, or facilitates the following:

  • library and research services

  • information and communication technology services

  • security services

  • building, ground and design integrity services

  • audio visual and Hansard services

  • art services

  • visitor services

  • food and beverage services

  • retail, health, banking, and childcare services, and

  • corporate, administrative and strategic services for DPS.

In planning its activities, the department has separated the distinct elements it covers into the following four strategic themes:

  • respond to the changing needs of the Parliament

  • enhance the Parliament’s engagement with the community

  • effective stewardship of Australian Parliament House, and

  • effective delivery of the Australian Parliament House Works Program.

The activities that align to each them are set out in the department’s Corporate Plan.

More information about the role and activities of DPS can be found in the following documents:

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