Clerk of the Senate
Mr Richard Pye commenced as as Clerk of the Senate in 2017 and may serve in that role for a single term of up to ten years. As Clerk, he is principal adviser to the President and senators on proceedings in the Senate, parliamentary privilege, committee proceedings and other parliamentary matters. Mr Pye is also secretary and adviser to the Senate Procedure Committee, is the administrative head of the Department of the Senate, and leads the Senate Public Information Office. Mr Pye produces procedural information about the Senate and its committees, including Odgers’ Australian Senate Practice, the Annotated Standing Orders of the Australian Senate and the Procedural Information Bulletin.
Mr Pye holds degrees from Sydney University in Economics and Law, and joined the Senate department in 1992. Prior to his appointment as Clerk, Mr Pye held the position of Deputy Clerk. He previously led the Table Office and the Procedure Office and was secretary to various committees.
Department of the Senate
Canberra ACT 2600
Telephone (02) 6277 3350