The Speaker

Speaker of the House of Representatives

The Speaker is the principal office holder in the House of Representatives. He or she is the House's representative or spokesman and chairs its meetings. The Speaker is elected from among the 151 Members of the House and is usually a person of considerable parliamentary experience. The Speaker also performs a role similar to that of a Minister in relation to a government department, and oversees the administration of the Department of the House of Representatives. Electing a Speaker is the first thing that the House does when it meets for the first time after a general election.

The Speaker makes sure that Members obey the rules (standing orders) of the House and follow the correct procedures. The Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate together are known as the Parliament’s Presiding Officers. They jointly have responsibility for the provision of services to the Parliament by the Department of Parliamentary Services.

The current Speaker is the Hon. Andrew Wallace MP, Member for Fisher, Queensland, who was elected Speaker on 23 November 2021.

Deputy Speaker

The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives is Mr Llew OBrien MP, Member for Wide Bay, Queensland. He was first elected as Deputy Speaker on 10 February 2020.

If the Speaker is absent the Deputy Speaker becomes the Acting Speaker. The Deputy Speaker takes the Chair of the Federation Chamber.

Second Deputy Speaker

The Second Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives is Mr Rob Mitchell MP, Member for McEwen, Victoria. He was first elected in 2013 and then re-elected as Second Deputy Speaker on 30 August 2016 and again on 2 July 2019.

If the Speaker is absent the Deputy Speaker becomes the Acting Speaker and the Second Deputy Speaker the Acting Deputy Speaker. If both the Speaker and Deputy Speaker are absent the Second Deputy Speaker becomes Acting Speaker.