Dealing with Parliamentary Committees

To everyone interested in the work of parliamentary Committees

Much of the detailed scrutiny and accountability work of the Commonwealth Parliament is conducted through parliamentary committees.

Parliamentary committees scrutinise the operation of government departments, examine policy issues and review some legislation before it is enacted.

They also provide an opportunity for the community to be directly involved in the work of the Parliament.

If you want to become involved in the work of committees, this document will help by explaining the type and standards of service you can expect from committee staff in the Department of the House of Representatives.

These standards represent a commitment from us to provide quality information and advice about the committees we support.

We report annually on our performance and would welcome any comments you have on the services we provide.

Clerk Assistant (Committees)
Department of the House of Representatives

Telephone: 02 6277 4397

Our commitment

If you want to know more about the work of parliamentary committees, we will provide you with information and advice that matches your needs.

If you want to contribute to a particular committee inquiry or activity, we will help you by providing information and advice about:

We are guided in our work by the Parliamentary Service Values and the Parliamentary Service Code of Conduct. In particular, we will:

Our service standards

If you telephone us, we will:

If the information you request is not immediately available, we will tell you when you can expect it.

If you write, fax or e-mail us, we will:

We will ensure that up-to-date information about committees supported by the Department of the House of Representatives is maintained on the Parliament’s Internet site. The site will contain:


We welcome feedback on our performance so we can improve our standards of service. If you have any comments or suggestions for improvement please let us know.

If you have any concerns about the information or advice we have given you, please raise this with the secretary of the committee concerned. We will try to resolve the problem immediately.

If this is not successful, please contact the Clerk Assistant (Committees), who will respond to your concerns.

How to contact us

We can be contacted on the telephone numbers shown on each Committee home page or by contacting the Clerk Assistant (Committees).

The mailing address for all parliamentary committees is:
PO Box 6021, Parliament House, CANBERRA ACT 2600.

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Contact information for House Committees

Contact the secretary of the committee conducting the particular inquiry or from:

Clerk Assistant (Committees)
House of Representatives
PO Box 6021
Parliament House

Phone: +61 2 6277 4397

Fax: +61 2 6277 4034


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