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.
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.
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.
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