Government Publications: Parliamentary Papers

A brief guide to locating federal and state government publication for Australia, and selected other countries.

Parliamentary Papers

Significant Government reports tabled in Parliament including annual reports, budget papers, reports of committees, royal commissions, committees of inquiry, Ombudsman's reports, Ministerial policy statements, Green and White papers etc. Papers are given a parliamentary paper number when tabled in parliament. Note that only a small number of government reports are actually tabled.

Parliamentary papers are not available online as a series, but many have been made available online by Government Agencies/Departments. Use the Online Indexes listed on the right to  find relevant titles then try a google search to see if the item is available online.  

The Library has a complete collection of  Parliamentary Papers in print.

Library Holdings


Australia. Parliament. (1967- ), Parliamentary papers / The Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia, Commonwealth Govt. Printer, Canberra.
Indexes: 1977 - to the latest bound issue. The index is in the last volume of each year.

Indexes-Paper and Online( Online  from 1996/7/8-searchable PDF files for each Parliamentary session) )

Parliamentary papers, indexes [various titles]
Includes three cumulated indexes covering 1901-72


Indexes: Current