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Letter of transmittal

Letter of transmittal

About this report

The Department of the House of Representatives provides services that allow the House to fulfil its role as a representative and legislative body of the Australian Parliament.

This annual report details our activities during the 2015–16 financial year.

The overviews section includes a report by the Clerk of the House of Representatives, David Elder, who is also the chief executive of our department. The departmental overview describes our purpose, role, organisational structure, and outcome and program structure.

The performance section describes the main activities of our program components, and measures our performance against our targets during the year.

The management and accountability section spells out our approach to corporate governance, the management of our people and assets, and our obligations under various laws. This section also provides an outlook on the next financial year.

The financial statements (PDF 725KB) show how we spent the money allocated to us by the parliament.

The appendixes give detailed information about our work for the House, its committees and visitors, and about our publications and staffing.

Finally, to aid in navigating and interpreting the report, there is a list of abbreviations and acronyms. An index is available in the full PDF version of the report.

Online guide

This online guide and About this report will help you find your way around the House of Representatives
Annual Report 2015–16.

Online navigating

The contents page has links to the HTML and PDF versions of the report. On the HTML version, navigation to the next or previous sections is on the foot of each page.

Download and printing

The report is available for download as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file that can be viewed offline. PDF is the best format for printing. The report is available from the contents page as a single PDF document or as individual parts.

This report is available in PDF, and an accessible HTML version.

If you have any difficulty accessing the report, please contact the Annual Report Contact Officer or the House of Representatives Web Administrator.

Inquiries and feedback about this report

The department welcomes your comments on this report. To make a comment, or to request more information, please contact:

Department of the House of Representatives
Canberra Act 2600
Telephone: +61 2 6277 4444
Fax: +61 2 6277 2006

© Commonwealth of Australia 2016

ISSN 0157-3233 (Print)
ISSN 2201-1730 (Online)

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Australia Licence.

The details of this licence are available on the Creative Commons website:

Use of the Coat of Arms

The terms under which the Coat of Arms can be used are detailed on the website of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet at

Produced by: Department of the House of Representatives

Editing and indexing by Wilton Hanford Hanover
Printing by CanPrint Communications
Printed and online version by: Parliamentary and Business Information Services Office (PBIS)
Graphic Design by Lisa McDonald
Web Design by Yvette Cazabon

Unless otherwise acknowledged, all photographs in this report were taken by staff of the Department of the House of Representatives.

Front cover image: House of Representatives Chamber.

Photo: David Foote AUSPIC/DPS.


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