Senior Officers

Clerk of the Senate

Clerk of the Senate

Mr Richard Pye commenced as as Clerk of the Senate in 2017 and may serve in that role for a single term of up to ten years. As Clerk, he is principal adviser to the President and senators on proceedings in the Senate, parliamentary privilege, committee proceedings and other parliamentary matters. Mr Pye is also secretary and adviser to the Senate Procedure Committee, is the administrative head of the Department of the Senate, and leads the Senate Public Information Office. Mr Pye produces procedural information about the Senate and its committees, including Odgers’ Australian Senate Practice, the Annotated Standing Orders of the Australian Senate and the Procedural Information Bulletin.

Mr Pye holds degrees from Sydney University in Economics and Law, and joined the Senate department in 1992. Prior to his appointment as Clerk, Mr Pye held the position of Deputy Clerk. He previously led the Table Office and the Procedure Office and was secretary to various committees.

Contact information:

Department of the Senate
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Telephone (02) 6277 3350
Email clerk.sen@aph.gov.au

Deputy Clerk of the Senate

Deputy Clerk of the Senate

Ms Maureen Weeks is Deputy Clerk of the Senate. She supports the Clerk in providing advice on Senate and committee proceedings and leading and managing the Senate department. She is secretary to the Senate Privileges Committee and represents the department in numerous forums across the parliamentary service, including the Presiding Officers' ICT Advisory Board.

Her corporate governance roles include chairing the department's Program Managers group and its Audit Committee, and overseeing the department’s learning and development program.

Prior to her role as Deputy Clerk, Ms Weeks was Clerk Assistant (Procedure), Clerk Assistant (Table), Clerk Assistant (Committees) and secretary to various committees. She has also held a number of senior positions in the secretariat to the ACT Legislative Assembly. She has a Honours (Arts) degree from the Australian National University.

Contact information:

Department of the Senate
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Telephone (02) 6277 3260
Email depclerk.sen@aph.gov.au

Clerk Assistant (Table)

Clerk Assistant (Table), Rachel Callinan

Ms Rachel Callinan is is the Clerk Assistant (Table). Her primary responsibilities include the leadership of the Table Office, and the provision of procedural advice and programming services for the Senate. She is also the secretary to the Selection of Bills Committee.  The Table Office processes legislation and tabled documents, prepares and publishes records of Senate proceedings, and provides secretariat support to the Appropriations, Staffing and Security, and Publications committees.

Previously, Ms Callinan was the Usher of the Black Rod, and before joining the department, she was the Usher of the Black Rod with the New South Wales Legislative Council. She has extensive experience as a parliamentary officer, including as a committee secretary. Ms Callinan has an Arts/Law degree from the Australian National University.

Contact information:

Department of the Senate
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Telephone (02) 6277 3020

Email rachel.callinan@aph.gov.au

Clerk Assistant (Procedure)

Ms Jackie MorrisMs Jackie Morris is the Clerk Assistant (Procedure). Ms Morris manages the Procedure Office which provides procedural advice and legislative drafting services, principally to non-government senators; provides the secretariats for three legislative scrutiny committees; and develops and presents public information about the role of the Senate and the parliamentary system. The Parliamentary Education Office, jointly funded by the Departments of the Senate and the House of Representatives, is also part of the Procedure Office.

Ms Morris has worked in several roles with the Department of the Senate, most recently as Senior Clerk of Committees. Prior to joining the department, she worked for the Indigenous Land Corporation in both policy and project roles. She holds degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Queensland.

Contact information:

Department of the Senate
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Telephone (02) 6277 3380
Email Jackie.Morris@aph.gov.au

Clerk Assistant (Committees)

Clerk Assistant (Committees), Brien HallettMr Tim Bryant is the Clerk Assistant (Committees). Mr Bryant manages the functions, resources and staffing of the Senate Committee Office, as well as providing procedural advice and training to senators and staff.

Mr Bryant commenced with the Department of the Senate in 2011 as a committee secretary and has since worked in the Procedure Office with a focus on public awareness work. Prior to joining the department, he worked in the Department of Education and has also been a teacher. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Fine Arts from the University of Sydney.

  

  

Contact information:

Department of the Senate
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Telephone (02) 6277 3371
Email tim.bryant@aph.gov.au

Usher of the Black Rod

Usher of the Black Rod, Brien HallettMr Brien Hallett is the Usher of the Black Rod. Mr Hallett assists the President to maintain order in the Senate chamber and its galleries, undertakes certain ceremonial duties and works as a clerk at the table. Mr Hallett is also secretary to the Senators' Interests Committee. His Office is responsible for providing support services to the Senate chamber and committees and to senators when they are at Parliament House, as well as delivering corporate services to the Senate department.

Mr Hallett has previously performed the roles of Usher of the Black Rod and Clerk Assistant Committees. Prior to that he was Deputy Official Secretary to the Governor-General and an Assistant Commissioner at the Australian Electoral Commission. He holds degrees in Arts and Education from the University of Melbourne and a B Litt from Deakin University.

 

Contact information:

Department of the Senate
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Telephone (02) 6277 3398
Email  blackrod.sen@aph.gov.au

Clerks at the Table

Clerks at the TableThroughout any sitting day, two senior Senate officers are on duty at the table of the Senate, deputising for the Clerk or Deputy Clerk, to assist with the conduct of proceedings and provide procedural advice. The Clerks Assistant and the Usher of the Black Rod share most of the chamber duties. They in turn are assisted by other procedural specialists, all of whom sit in the Deputy Clerk's chair.

The handwritten notes kept by the Clerks at the Table are instrumental in compiling both the Journals of the Senate (the official record of proceedings), and the Notice Paper (the full listing of business before the Senate).

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