House of Representatives Committees
Standing Committee on Electoral Matters
Committee establishment, role and history
The joint committee is one of 13 joint committees in the Commonwealth
Parliament, and is established by a resolution of the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Further information on the establishment, role and powers of House of
Representatives committees including joint committees on which Members
of the House serve can be found at the Committee
Office home page and in chapters 16 and 17 of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives.
In summary, the role of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral matters
is to inquire into and report on such matters relating to electoral laws
and practices and their administration as may be referred to it by either
House of the Parliament or a Minister. The matters that may be referred
by the House include reports by the Commonwealth Auditor-General. The
Committee could also inquire into matters raised in annual reports of
Commonwealth Government departments and authorities.
The Committee has had the following name changes in recent Parliaments:
1983-87 Joint Select Committee on Electoral Reform.
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