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What is a Parliamentary Committee

The Legislative Assembly has established the following parliamentary committees to assist the Queensland Parliament to operate more effectively.

  • Committee of the Legislative Assembly
  • Agriculture, Resources and Environment Committee
  • Education and Innovation Committee
  • Ethics Committee
  • Finance and Administration Committee
  • Health and Community Services Committee
  • Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee
  • Parliamentary Crime and Misconduct Committee
  • State Development, Infrastructure and Industry Committee
  • Transport, Housing and Local Government Committee

How Committees Work

Committees investigate specific issues and report back to the Parliament. Some committees also have continuing roles to monitor and review public sector organisations or keep areas of the law or activity under review.

From this site you can find out the areas of responsibility of each committee, committee activities and inquiries, contact officers of the committee, forward submissions on committee inquiries and review reports of current and past committees.

Why Committees Are Important

A strong, active committee system is an asset in any functioning parliamentary democracy. A comprehensive system of parliamentary committees provides greater accountability by making the policy and administrative functions of Government more open and accountable. Committees provide a forum for investigation into matters of public importance and give Members the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of such issues.

In short, they allow the Parliament to ensure that the right decisions are being made at the right time and for the right reasons. At the same time they effectively enhance the democratic process by taking the Parliament to the people and giving them a role in its operations.

Since the re-invigoration of the committee system in the Queensland Parliament during the late 1980s and 1990s, committees have made a positive and beneficial impact on the Parliament and the process of Government.