Appendix 7: Publications

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This appendix contains summary information on Department of the House of Representatives publications in 2014–15.

Type Title
House of Representatives pages on Parliament of Australia website
The site includes members’ home pages and home pages for House of Representatives committees and for joint committees administered by the Department of the House of Representatives

Most of the publications listed below are available on the site

Publications directly related to the work of the House and its committees

About the House

Magazine containing news of the House and its members. Two hard-copy and two digital issues were produced during the year

Committee Office brochures


A House for the nation

History project including CD-ROM, documentary and study guide on 100 years of Australia’s House of Representatives (1901–2001)

House of Representatives facts and figures: Forty-fourth Parliament, second edition

A document produced primarily for use by Parliament House visitors’ guides, December 2014

House of Representatives guide to procedures, fifth edition

A concise introduction to the procedures of the House of Representatives, January 2014

House of Representatives infosheets

  1. Questions, February 2014
  2. A typical sitting day, February 2014
  3. The Speaker, January 2014
  4. Committees, February 2014
  5. Parliamentary privilege, February 2014
  6. Opportunities for private members, May 2014
  7. Making laws, February 2014
  8. Elections for the House of Representatives, February 2014
  9. A new parliament, February 2014
  10. The Budget and financial legislation, February 2014
  11. Petitions, February 2014
  12. Finding out about the House, February 2014
  13. The Constitution, February 2014
  14. Making decisions—debate and division, March 2014
  15. The work of a member of parliament, February 2014
  16. The Federation Chamber, August 2014
  17. Citizens’ right of reply, February 2014
  18. Double dissolution, February 2014
  19. The House, government and opposition, February 2014
  20. The Australian system of government, February 2014
  21. The Clerk and other officials, February 2014
  22. Political parties, January 2014

House of Representatives practice, sixth edition

The official authority for issues of practice and procedure, 2012

Images of the House

A pictorial record of the people and events that shaped the House from 1901 to 2001, June 2002

Members’ notes

  1. First speech, January 2014
  2. The registration of Members’ interests, August 2014
  3. Introduction to the Chamber environment, January 2014
  4. Etiquette in the Chamber, January 2014
  5. House business documents and guidance, January 2014
  6. Motions, debate and voting, March 2014
  7. Bills, August 2014
  8. Raising a matter in the House, February 2014
  9. Private Members’ motions, January 2014
  10. Private Members’ bills and amendments, January 2014
  11. Procedural motions, January 2014
  12. Parliamentary privilege, January 2014
  13. Presenting a petition, March 2014

Members’ handbook

A guide to services and facilities for members of the House of Representatives, 2013

Procedural digest

A record of procedural events in the House of Representatives, published each sitting week or fortnight

Procedural publications and research papers
Does a chamber need a majority to be effective? address to the Australasian Study of Parliament Group, ACT Chapter, David Elder, Clerk of the House of Representatives, May 2015 (available online at


The Speaker of the House of Representatives, second edition

An illustrated history of the office, role and duties of the Speaker, April 2008

Standing Orders of the House of Representatives
The permanent rules of procedure, as at 26 March 2015

Amendments to the standing orders were were made on 13 February 2014, 19 March 2014 and 26 March 2015

Statistical Digest
A statistical record of the work of the House of Representatives, published each sitting week or fortnight


Work of the Session
A periodic summary of the business of the House and its committees, published twice a year: Autumn and Winter 2014 and Spring 2014


Working with parliamentary committees, June 2014

Publications of an administrative nature

Department of the House of Representatives annual report 2013–14

The annual report on the operations of the department, presented to the House pursuant to the Parliamentary Service Act 1999

Department of the House of Representatives Corporate Plan 2013–16

Department of the House of Representatives Enterprise Agreement 2012–15

Department of the House of Representatives Portfolio Budget Statements 2015–16

Department of the House of Representatives Service Charter: Community Service Standards, April 2013