Information Types - Law
Parliamentary papers and committee reports
What are parliamentary papers?
Why should I use parliamentary papers and committee reports?
Where do I find parliamentary papers and committee reports?
What about submissions to inquiries? Are these available to read?
Papers presented to Parliament.
Includes documents such as
- annual reports of government agencies
- reports of royal commissions and other government inquiries
- parliamentary committee reports
Parliamentary papers, particularly reports of commissions or inquiries, can be very useful.
Sometimes, these reports will suggest changes to the law and lead to the introduction of a Bill.
Other times, these reports will investigate a current Bill.
As such, they can be useful
- to read in conjunction with an EM or Hansard to determine the purpose of legislation
- when analysing the law or legal system - e.g. if it works, if it can be improved, etc.
You can often find parliamentary papers and committee reports on parliamentary websites.
Some older papers may only be available in print in the Library.
More information and links can be found on the Legislation Search Smart Guide.
If there is information about the committee or inquiry online, there will often be a link to submissions as well.