Parliamentary Duties

In a parliamentarian’s capacity as a member of the Parliament, parliamentary duties include:

  • preparing for, participating in and attending to business arising from proceedings of the Parliament, whether by committee of the whole or otherwise
  • developing, reviewing or amending legislation or proposed legislation, and activities engaged in for that purpose
  • undertaking research, communication (including with stakeholders) or administration connected with the business of the Parliament, the member’s policy portfolio, or their role as a member
  • preparing for, participating in, or attending to matters arising from an official government, parliamentary or vice regal meeting, event or function
  • preparing for, participating in, or attending to matters arising from a meeting (including with stakeholders), event or function for the purposes of their role as a member, including in relation to the member’s policy portfolio
  • preparing for, participating in, or attending to matters arising from a non-Parliamentary committee, taskforce or other formal group in which the member participates
  • representing the Parliament, in accordance with an approval of the Parliament or a House of the Parliament, and engaging in associated activities for that purpose
  • representing a minister or office holder in their official capacity, at the request of that minister or office holder, at a meeting, event or function
  • representing the Government or Australia, with the approval of the Prime Minister.

Did you know? For ministers representing the Government or Australia in their capacity as a minister, it is considered part of their official duties.