Department of the Legislative Assembly

Get involved

Engaging with Committees

How Committees Work

Assembly committees inquire into matters on behalf of the Assembly and report their findings to the Assembly. Committees are an extension of the Assembly and comprise a number of Government, Opposition and Independent Members who are able to consider specific issues in greater detail than the whole Assembly. Committees increase consultation as individuals and organisations in the community can have their say recorded on the Assembly’s public record.

Committee inquiry process

Making Submissions

Submissions to committees can be made by any individual or organisation to present facts, opinions, arguments or recommendations to a committee. Submissions assist a committee’s knowledge and understanding of an issue and may influence a committee’s recommendations to the Assembly. This process allows the public to play an important role in the work of the Assembly.

Guidelines for making a submission

Hearings

Public hearings provide an opportunity for committees to hear directly from people who have knowledge and opinions regarding a matter under inquiry. The committee decides which individuals and organisations will be invited as witnesses to speak at a hearing. These hearings are usually open to the public and broadcast through the Assembly’s website, however in some instances a committee may decide to hold private hearings.

Guidelines to appearing as a witness at a committee hearing

Procedures for the protection of witnesses

Stay informed

There are a number of ways that you can stay informed about the work of the Legislative Assembly and its Committees.

Watch the sittings of the Legislative Assembly and Committee Hearings on the Broadcast here

Subscribe to the Committee email alert service here

Follow the Legislative Assembly on Facebook here

Follow the Legislative Assembly on Twitter here

Last updated: 25 Aug 2017