Frequently asked questions - Record of Proceedings (Hansard)

What is the Record of Proceedings?

The Record of Proceedings integrates the Votes and Proceedings and Hansard into one document. The Votes and Proceedings recorded the procedural events of the House; Hansard recorded the debates of the House. The Record of Proceedings is the official record of the debates and procedures of the House; that is, it is a record of what is said in the House and a record of the procedural events of the House. The formal production of the Record of Proceedings commenced on 12 February 2008.

The Record of Proceedings is still commonly referred to as 'Hansard'.

How do I find the Record of Proceedings?

At the Record of Proceedings (Hansard) web page click on “latest Record/Agenda ”. On this page you will find a .pdf of the last three to four sitting days.

If you require Record of Proceedings from previous years click on ‘Browse by Sitting Dates’ for the current and previous Parliaments.

When are the Record of Proceedings (Hansard) transcripts published for each sitting day?

The Record of Proceedings is published on the internet throughout a sitting day at 2.30 pm, 4.15 pm and within two hours of the House rising.

How do I search the Record of Proceedings (Hansard)?

At the Record of Proceedings (Hansard) web page click on ‘search Record of Proceedings ’. Click in the year/s required for the search or ‘all years’ if unsure. Enter in the code words of your search. Click OK.

If your search is successful a list of files will be displayed.

If your search was unsuccessful, it is suggested that just one key word be entered into the search field or you search ‘all years’.

How do I get a copy of estimates transcripts?

Estimate hearing transcripts for the current year are available on the Hansard web page under ‘latest Hansard’.

Transcripts prior to the current year can be obtained from the Former Estimates Hearings page.