Parliamentary services

The parliamentary team plays a key role in providing expertise and support to the department and our Ministers and portfolio agencies across a broad range of parliamentary matters. The team’s responsibilities include processing and quality-assuring ministerial correspondence and briefings, coordinating question time briefings, and providing high-level support to the Executive and Ministers’ offices during Senate Estimates.

In the second half of 2014, the department implemented the new parliamentary document management system. The rollout, which started with a pilot for two departmental groups in October 2014, was part of a whole-of-government parliamentary workflow solution that will provide government agencies with a consistent system by mid-2016. The remainder of the department transitioned to the new system in November 2014.

During 2014–15 the parliamentary team processed 4610 items of ministerial correspondence, 1750 Senate Estimates questions on notice and 965 briefings on behalf of the department and portfolio agencies.