Role and Responsibilities
Claressa Surtees is the Deputy Clerk of the House. The Deputy Clerk is the second most senior official of the Department of the House of Representatives is responsible for advising and assisting Members, their staff and officers on matters of parliamentary practice and law, and drafting private members bills and amendments. The Deputy assists the Clerk in the management of the department and during the Clerk’s absence performs the duties of Clerk.
Claressa has degrees in law and economics. She has worked in the Parliament since 1993, having previously worked in the Australian Public Service. Claressa has previously been Clerk Assistant (Committees), Clerk Assistant (Table) and Serjeant-at-Arms. Claressa is married with two children.
Department of the House of Representatives
Canberra ACT 2600
Telephone (02) 6277 4222
Fax (02) 6277 2006