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© Commonwealth of Australia 2018

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

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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 2017–18 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 and functions, organisational structure, outcome and program structure, and financial performance. It also contains the entity resource statement.


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 2017–18. 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, its obligations under various laws, and the management of financial resources.

Financial statements

The financial statements section includes an independent auditor’s report, a statement by the Clerk and Chief Finance 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 work in supporting the House, the parliament, committees and visitors. The appendixes also include a contact directory, and a list of mandatory requirements for annual reports and where they can be found.

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.


  1. Departmental structure at 30 June 2018
  2. Outcome and program structure, 2017–18
  3. Financial performance, 2013–14 to 2017–18
  4. Government and private members’ business and business of the House (Chamber and Federation Chamber), 2014–18
  5. Number of committee meetings supported by the Committee Office, 2013–14 to 2017–18
  6. Number of reports tabled by committees, 2013–14 to 2017–18
  7. Staff survey satisfaction elements, 2014–18

List of tables

  1. Performance summary, Chamber and Federation Chamber, 2015–16 to 2017–18
  2. Questions in writing to ministers and answers to questions in writing, 2013–14 to 2017–18
  3. Number of bills introduced in the House, and number of bills assented to, 2013–14 to 2017–18
  4. Private members’ bills introduced and amendments moved (Chamber and Federation Chamber), 2013–14 to 2017–18
  5. Petitions and signatories to petitions, 2013–14 to 2017–18
  6. Committees supported by the Chamber and Federation Chamber activity, 2017–18
  7. Committees of the Forty-fifth Parliament supported by the Committee Office
  8. Students visiting Parliament House, by location and year, 2012–13 to 2017–18
  9. Classification and gender at 30 June 2017
  10. Classification and gender at 30 June 2018
  11. Employment type by full-time and part-time status, 2016–17 and 2017–18
  12. Employment type by location
  13. Indigenous employee staffing
  14. Staff attendance at training courses
  15. Salary scales of staff covered by the 2017–20 enterprise agreement


Our department—a snapshot

Infographic illustrating the department's activities: staff 60% female; executive 50% female. We supported 548 hours over 60 sitting days; 231 hours of meetings; 141 divisions; 222 bills introduced and 128 passed; 734 meetings of 32 committees, which presented 147 reports; and 7 by-elections, 3 of which occurred in 2017-18. We have 4736 YouTube subscribers, 1840 newsletter subscribers, 6466 Facebook followers and 42,810 Twitter followers.