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Procedural guides

This page provides pdf versions of each of the parliamentary procedural guides listed. Hard copies of those prepared for the general public and public servants are available free of charge from the Office of the Clerk.

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Procedural guides

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Effective House membership: A guide for Members of Parliament

This guide is intended to assist members of Parliament, particularly those newly elected, in understanding their role as members of the House of Representatives. It includes material relating to legal and ethical obligations and the functions of the House of Representatives.

Effective select committee membership: A guide for Members of Parliament

This guidebook gives members of Parliament an introduction to select committees and provides guidance on how to be effective as a select committee member.

Petitioning the House of Representatives

This booklet is designed to assist those who are preparing a petition for presentation to the House of Representatives.

Presentation of papers to the House

This circular sets out the procedures for the presentation of papers to the House from 19 June 2013.

Making a submission to a Parliamentary select committee

This booklet is designed to help those writing a submission to a select committee to produce it in a form that is easily read and understood by members of the committee.

Natural justice before select committees

The Standing Orders of the House of Representatives (rules for parliamentary procedure) place responsibilities on select committees to observe the principles of natural justice.

Officials and select committees - guidelines

These guidelines, published by the State Service Commission, provide guidance for public servants about their relationships with select committees. Public servants attending a select committee as a witness or an adviser will find these guidelines helpful.

Making a complaint to the Regulations Review Committee

This booklet is designed to help those making a complaint to the Regulations Review Committee to prepare it in a form that contains all the necessary information and is easily understood by the members of the committee.

Working with select committees

In producing this guidebook, our aim is to promote effective working relationships among select committee members, committee staff, and public sector officials required to work with select committees.

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