Services

Legislation (bills)

Information about which bills are before the parliament and the progress made on those bills.

Contact details

  • Contact Area - Senate Inquiries Office
  • Telephone - (02) 6277 3010 or (02) 6277 3009
  • Facsimile - (02) 6277 3448
  • Email - table.inquiries.sen@aph.gov.au
  • Hours - 8.30am - 5.00pm (non-sitting days); 8.30am - adjournment (sitting days)

Links


Senate Proceedings

Information about the Senate's daily program, business conducted on sitting days and information about all business before the Senate.

Contact details

  • Contact Area - Senate Inquiries Office
  • Telephone - (02) 6277 3010 or 3009
  • Facsimile - (02) 6277 3448
  • Email - table.inquiries.sen@aph.gov.au
  • Hours - 8.30am - 5.00pm (non-sitting days); 8.30am - adjournment (sitting days)

Links

  • The Senate daily program ( the Order of Business), the Journals of the Senate and the Senate Notice Paper are available from Senate chamber documents.


Documents presented to the Senate

Details of which documents have been presented to the Senate.

Contact details

  • Contact Area - Senate Inquiries Office
  • Telephone - (02) 6277 3010 or (02) 6277 3009
  • Facsimile - (02) 6277 3448
  • Email - table.inquiries.sen@aph.gov.au
  • Hours - 8.30am - 5.00pm (non-sitting days); 8.30am - adjournment (sitting days)

Links

  • Documents to be tabled in the Senate are listed in the daily Order of Business available from Senate chamber documents.
  • Apart from reports of committees, tabled documents are not available on the Senate web site.


Senate Committees

The Senate has an extensive committee system which investigates all manner of policy and legislation. The committees consider the activities of all Commonwealth agencies and analyse Government’s budgetary proposals and the performance of its responsibilities. Any questions relating to the operation of committees, particular inquiries, committee reports, how to participate in committee inquiries and how to monitor the committee inquiries of the Senate can be handled by the Committee Office of the Department of the Senate.

Contact details

  • Contact Area - Clerk Assistant (Committees) or Senior Clerk (Committees)
  • Telephone - (02) 6277 3371 or (02) 6277 3506 respectively
  • Facsimile - (02) 6277 3199 or (02) 6277 3899
  • Email - Ca.Committees.sen@aph.gov.au or Seniorclerk.committees.sen@aph.gov.au
  • Hours - 9.00am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday
  • Inquiries can be made directly to the the specific committee directly by using the phone number on that committee’s home page.

Links

  • Senate Committees home page provides a list of committee activities, public hearings and current inquiries, advice on how to make a submission to a committee and any procedural information required about committee operations.
  • The activities of the Senate’s committees interact directly with the activities of the Senate chamber and the progress of legislation.
  • A common area for confusion is between Senate, House of Representatives and Joint Committees. For a comprehensive listing of Committees.


General information about senators and support services

The Department of the Senate maintains information about senators and provides services to support them in their parliamentary duties. These services include payment of their salary & allowances, budgeting and administration, the provision of accommodation in Parliament House and general office facilities.

Contact details

  • General information & services - Black Rod's Office
  • Telephone - (02) 6277 3500
  • Email - blackrod.sen@aph.gov.au
  • Hours - 8.30am - 5.00pm (non-sitting days); 8.30am - adjournment (sitting days)
  • Salaries & allowances - Black Rod's Office
  • Telephone - (02) 6277 3470
  • Email - hrm.sen@aph.gov.au
  • Hours - 8.30am - 5.00pm

Links


Parliamentary history and procedures - general information

Information about the Australian government and parliament, with an emphasis on the history and procedures of the Senate; parliamentary procedures, particularly pertaining to the Australian Senate but also on the Australian Parliament as a whole and other parliaments throughout the world.

Contact details

  • Contact Area - Research Section
  • Telephone
    - Parliamentary and procedural inquiries: Director of Research (02) 6277 3078 or Senior Research Officer (02) 6277 3164.
    - Publications: (02) 6277 3074
  • Email - research.sen@aph.gov.au
  • Hours - 8.30am - 5.00pm Monday-Friday

Links


Public lectures, seminars, exhibitions

Public lectures: regular public lectures on parliamentary and constitutional topics; Seminars: on Parliament and the Senate to promote understanding of the role and workings of the Parliament and the Senate; Exhibitions: to promote public awareness of the history, role and functioning of the Parliament and the government.

Contact details

  • Contact Area - Research Section
  • Telephone
    - Public lectures: (02) 6277 3074
    - Seminars: (02) 6277 3072
  • Email - research.sen@aph.gov.au
  • Hours - 8.30am - 5.00pm Monday-Friday

Links


Parliamentary Education Office (PEO)

The PEO provides students and teachers with innovative resources and teaching strategies. It operates an Education Centre program in Parliament House and exports these programs to regional centres throughout Australia. The PEO, through its teaching fellowship program, provides an opportunity for educators with an interest in parliamentary education to visit Parliament House in Canberra for one week. It also assists community groups in the running of seminars and conventions related to parliamentary matters.

Provides advice to curriculum developers; hosts overseas visitors; collaborates with other institutions in developing resources and programs in civics; contributes to conferences & seminars by professional organisations.

Contact details

  • Telephone
    - General inquiries and requests for resource (02) 6277 3147
    - School Bookings and Education Centre inquiries (02) 6277 3508
  • Facsimile - (02) 6277 5775
  • Email - peo@aph.gov.au
  • Hours - 8.30am - 5.00pm Monday-Friday

Links

  • The PEO Web site offers information about operations of the Senate and the House of Representatives .
  • Bookings for the Education Centre program, also known as the School Visits program, can be made by telephoning toll free 1 800 646 337 or (02) 6277 4890.

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