Use ParlInfo to search and obtain Australian Parliamentary information including hansards, bills, senate journals, votes and proceedings, notice papers, committee reports, the Parliamentary Papers and Handbook, newspaper clippings, media, publications and much more.
Tips: It's a very powerful database but can be difficult to navigate. Advanced search allows you to limit the type of publications,e.g. hansard, parliamentary papers, and others.
A bill is a proposal for a law or a change to an existing law. A bill becomes law (an Act) when it is passed by both houses of Parliament and assented to by the Governor-General.
Use the Bills and Legislation page from the Parliament of Australia website to search and browse for bills, also includes links to bills being considered by Parliament and awaiting Royal Assent and previous bills that have received Royal Assent and bills otherwise disposed of.
These are the official records of the debates of the Australian parliament. Daily Hansard is available on the internet the day after sitting. Hansard is available online from the First Federal Parliament in 1901 .
Library Holdings: House of Representatives
Library Holdings: Senate
• Parliamentary debates, Senate, official Hansard. Australia. Parliament. Senate. 1996-
• Parliamentary debates (Hansard) : Senate / Commonwealth of Australia. Australia. Parliament. Senate. 1953-
• Parliamentary debates (Hansard) / Senate and House of Representatives Australia. Parliament.1946-1953
• Parliamentary debates / Senate and House of Representatives, Commonwealth of Australia. Australia. Parliament. 1902-1945
: weekly issues have a contents list at front; bound sessional volumes, indexed by speaker / title /subject, in last volume.
Much of the work of Parliament is carried out by Parliamentary Committees. These may be Joint Committees, Standing Committees, or Special Purpose Committees.
Please go to Parliamentary Committees website to find more about what they do and different types of committees.
Parliamentary committees conduct inquiries into specified matters which includes taking submissions, hearing witnesses, sifting evidence, discussing matters in detail and formulating reasoned conclusions.