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© Commonwealth of Australia 2017

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

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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

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: Getty Images.

Back cover image: Roof detail inside the House of Representatives Chamber. Photo: Penny Bradford, AUSPIC/DPS.

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 2016–17 financial year.


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


The performance section includes the annual performance statement, which assesses the department’s performance using measures and targets as set out in its corporate plan for 2016–17. The section also includes reports on the main activities supported during the year for each program area.

Management and accountability

The management and accountability section describes the department’s approach to corporate governance, the management of its people and assets, and its obligations under various laws.

Financial statements

The financial statements section includes an independent auditor’s report, a statement by the Clerk and Chief Financial Officer, and financial statements showing how the department spent the money allocated to it by the parliament.


The appendixes give detailed information about the department’s staffing, and its work in supporting the House, the parliament, committees and visitors.

List of abbreviations and acronyms and index

Finally, to aid in navigating and interpreting the report, there is a list of abbreviations and acronyms, and an index.

Our department—a snapshot

Our department - a snapshot


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