What are Parliamentary Committees?

What are Parliamentary Committees?

While parliamentary committees almost 200 years old in NSW, don’t worry – you’re not the only one who is unsure what they do. 

The Parliament appoints committees made up of members (those not holding senior offices such as a Minister) to inquire into current issues and proposed new laws.

They can look into:

These committees hold hearings where they hear from witnesses about the issue they are looking into. The different elements of a committee are pictured below as they appear in a hearing:

Parliamentary Committees are part of the syllabus for legal studies and commerce students and covered in the below pages: