The main functions of the Officers of Parliament Committee are to recommend appointments of officers of Parliament when vacancies arise and to consider funding levels for the officers. The committee is chaired by the Speaker.
Officers of Parliament carry out important work for the public on behalf of the House. They typically have watchdog powers and functions in respect of the Government and report on their activities to the House of Representatives. These functions and powers are prescribed in law. To carry out this work, an Officer of Parliament must be impartial and have the confidence of the whole House and the public.
The current officers of Parliament are the Ombudsmen, the Controller and Auditor-General, and the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment.