Joint statements by the Presiding Officers

  • Strategic review of Parliamentary Library services

    The Parliamentary Library is a vital information and research resource for the Australian Parliament and consistently receives strong client evaluation results.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 25 March 2022


  • Joint statement by the Presiding Officers on building operations at the Australian Parliament House

    Following ongoing discussions with Commonwealth health officials and agencies, the settings in Parliament House for the Budget sittings, commencing 29 March 2022, will remain largely unchanged from current operations.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 17 March 2022


  • Joint statement by the Presiding Officers

    Consistent with the ongoing community transmission of COVID-19, there are currently three cases in Parliament House.

    Media release issue date: Tuesday, 15 February 2022


  • Statement of Acknowledgement

    The Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Hon Andrew Wallace and the President of the Senate, Senator the Hon Slade Brockman, have delivered the Statement of Acknowledgement on behalf of the cross-party Leadership Taskforce overseeing the implementation of the recommendations of the Independent Review into Commonwealth Parliamentary Workplaces by the Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins.

    Media release issue date: Tuesday, 8 February 2022


  • Joint statement by the Presiding Officers on building operations at the Australian Parliament House

    Following ongoing discussions with Commonwealth health officials and agencies, restrictions will be in place for the upcoming sitting of Parliament (7-18 February) which includes a week of Additional Estimates, to ensure the Commonwealth Parliament can continue it essential work while reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 27 January 2022


  • Joint statement by the Presiding Officers regarding the lifting of restrictions at Australian Parliament House

    After scheduled discussions today with Commonwealth and ACT Health authorities, the Presiding Officers have decided to lift the restrictions applied to Parliament House on the weekend (4 & 5 December).

    Media release issue date: Tuesday, 7 December 2021


  • Joint statement by the Presiding Officers on building operations at Australian Parliament House

    Following changes to ACT restrictions, building occupants of Parliament House will no longer be required to wear masks in the workplace from today (12 November) up until the beginning of the last parliamentary sitting period for 2021 (from Sunday 21 November).

    Media release issue date: Friday, 12 November 2021


  • Joint statement by the Presiding Officers on building operations at the Australian Parliament House

    Following our ongoing discussions with Commonwealth and ACT health officials the following temporary and precautionary changes are in place at Parliament House.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 29 October 2021


  • Joint statement by the Presiding Officers on building operations at the Australian Parliament House

    The precautionary measures introduced before the last sitting of Parliament in August and September will remain in place for the next sitting fortnight from 18 October 2021 to ensure the Commonwealth Parliament can continue its essential work while reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

    Media release issue date: Tuesday, 12 October 2021


  • Joint statement by the Presiding Officers on building operations at the Australian Parliament House

    Following our ongoing discussions and correspondence with Commonwealth health officials and agencies including the Chief Medical Officer, the following temporary and precautionary changes are in place at Australian Parliament House (APH) in order to ensure the Commonwealth Parliament can continue its essential work while reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 20 August 2021


  • Joint statement by the Presiding Officers on building operations at the Australian Parliament House

    The ACT Government has announced a strict seven-day lockdown, which commenced at 5pm today.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 12 August 2021


  • Joint statement by the Presiding Officers on building operations at the Australian Parliament House

    Following our ongoing discussions and correspondence with Commonwealth health officials and agencies including the Chief Medical Officer, the following temporary and precautionary changes have been made to operations at Australian Parliament House (APH) in order to ensure the Commonwealth Parliament can continue its essential work while reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 26 July 2021


  • Statement by the Presiding Officers regarding new COVID-19 precautions

    Senators, members and staff will all be aware of the unique nature of Parliament House as a workplace, with people travelling to sitting weeks from around the country. Given the evolving situation in Victoria, we consulted with Commonwealth Health officials this morning to discuss matters related to the coming sitting week, travel and building operations.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 26 May 2021


  • Joint statement by the Presiding Officers on building operations at the Australian Parliament House 2021

    Changes to the ACT Government’s COVID restrictions have allowed a further easing of the measures in place at Australian Parliament House.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 10 May 2021


  • COVID-19 Statement by the Presiding Officers regarding Australian Parliament House access and operations

    Following consultation between the Presiding Officers, parliamentary departments and relevant health officials, access arrangements to Australian Parliament House (APH) for the coming sitting fortnight will remain as they were for the first sitting week this year (2-4 February).

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 11 February 2021


  • COVID-19 Statement by the Presiding Officers regarding Australian Parliament House access and operations

    Following consultation between the Presiding Officers, parliamentary departments and relevant health officials, the following access arrangements to Australian Parliament House (APH) are now in place and will remain so for both sitting and non-sitting weeks until further notice.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 29 January 2021


  • COVID-19 Statement by the Presiding Officers regarding on-going APH access

    Following consultations between the Presiding Officers, parliamentary departments and relevant health officials, the operations of Australian Parliament House (APH) will be as they were during the last sitting week.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 26 November 2020


  • COVID-19 Statement by the Presiding Officers regarding on-going APH access

    Following consultations between the Presiding Officers, parliamentary departments and relevant health officials, new access arrangements to Australian Parliament House (APH) are now in place and will remain so for both sitting and non-sitting weeks until further notice.

    Media release issue date: Tuesday, 3 November 2020


  • Appointment of the Parliamentary Budget Officer Dr Stein Helgeby

    The Presiding Officers are pleased to announce Dr Stein Helgeby has been appointed as the new Parliamentary Budget Officer for a four-year term from 18 November 2020.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 23 October 2020


  • Sittings of Parliament and Senate Estimates 19 to 30 October 2020

    The following arrangements will be put in place regarding operations and activities at Australian Parliament House (APH) for the upcoming parliamentary sitting period comprising the House of Representatives and Senate Budget Estimates hearings.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 15 October 2020


  • Arrangements for Budget week sitting period

    The Presiding Officers have advised that during Budget week, commencing from 5 October 2020, the same measures which were in place for the 24 August 2020 to 3 September 2020 sittings of Parliament will be implemented.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 14 September 2020


  • Reopening of Australian Parliament House to the public on 7 September 2020

    On 17 August 2020 we advised of arrangements made regarding operations and activities at Australian Parliament House (APH) for the parliamentary sitting period.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 4 September 2020


  • Sittings of Parliament – for the period 24 August 2020 to 3 September 2020

    Following consultations between the Presiding Officers, Parliamentary Departments and relevant Commonwealth officers and agencies including the Acting Chief Medical Officer and ACT Health the following arrangements have been made regarding operations and activities at Parliament House for the upcoming sittings, along with specific requests to persons travelling to the ACT.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 17 August 2020


  • COVID Safe and cautious reopening of APH to the public on 4 July 2020

    Joint statement from the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Hon Tony Smith MP and the President of the Senate, Senator the Hon Scott Ryan

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 2 July 2020


  • Updating changes to Parliament House operations

    On 16 March 2020 we advised of temporary and precautionary changes implemented as part of pandemic planning measures regarding the operations of Australian Parliament House (APH).

    Media release issue date: Friday, 5 June 2020


  • Temporary and precautionary changes to Parliament House operations

    On 16 March 2020 we advised of temporary and precautionary changes implemented as part of pandemic planning measures regarding the operations of Australian Parliament House (APH).

    Media release issue date: Monday, 11 May 2020


  • Temporary and precautionary changes to Parliament House operations

    Following implementation of pandemic planning measures, ongoing consultations between the Presiding Officers, Parliamentary Departments and relevant Commonwealth officers and agencies including the Chief Medical Officer, the following temporary and precautionary changes have been made regarding the operations of Parliament House.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 16 March 2020


  • Poppies carpet Parliament House forecourt to mark centenary of armistice

    Eight-hundred square metres of handcrafted poppies carpet the majestic Parliament House forecourt from this Friday until 18 November, to commemorate the centenary of the signing of the Armistice that ended the First World War.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 7 November 2018