Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters

The Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters is a current joint standing committee, established 14 May 2004, re-established 22 June 2011.

The Committee inquires into and reports on matters that are referred by either House of the Parliament or a Minister relating to the administration of, and practices related to, the Parliamentary Electorates and Elections Act 1912 (other than Part 2) and the Election Funding, Expenditure and Disclosures Act 1981.

Inquiries (click to show)

During the current parliament, the following inquiries have been undertaken by the committee:

ReferredInquiry Name
21/07/2014 Preparations for the 2015 NSW State Election (Commenced)
13/11/2012 2012 Local Government elections (Completed)
13/06/2012 Administrative funding for minor parties (Completed)
03/04/2012 Review of the Parliamentary Electorates and Elections Act 1912 and the Election Funding, Expenditure and Disclosures Act 1981 (Completed)
25/11/2011 Administration of the 2011 NSW election and related matters (Completed)

Records of 6 earlier inquiries conducted by the committee are also available online.

Submissions invited (click to show)


The committee is not actively receiving submissions at present. Past submissions may be available under the relevant inquiry.

Reports and government responses (click to show)

Members (click to show)

Position
Chair: Mr Gareth WARD (Lib, LA Member).
Deputy Chair: The Hon. Robert BORSAK (Shooters and Fishers Party, LC Member).
Members:Mr Greg APLIN (Lib, LA Member)
 Mr Andrew FRASER (Nat, LA Member)
 The Hon. Paul LYNCH (ALP, LA Member)
 Mr John SIDOTI (Lib, LA Member)
 Mr Gareth WARD (Lib, LA Member)
 The Hon. Robert BORSAK (Shooters and Fishers Party, LC Member)
 The Hon. Amanda FAZIO (ALP, LC Member)
 The Hon. Trevor KHAN (Nat, LC Member)
 The Hon. Dr Peter PHELPS (Lib, LC Member)
 The Hon. Peter PRIMROSE (ALP, LC Member)

Contact (click to show)

RoleNamePhoneFaxEmail
Main contactJason Arditi(02) 9230 2096(02) 9230 3309electoralmatters.committee@parliament.nsw.gov.au
Research OfficerLeon Last(02) 9230 3051(02) 9230 3052electoralmatters.committee@parliament.nsw.gov.au
DirectorJonathan Elliott(02) 9230 2216(02) 9230 3309electoralmatters.committee@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Postal address (click to show)

Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Terms of Reference establishing Committee (click to show)

Resolution passed in the Legislative Assembly on 22 June 2011, Votes and Proceedings No 23, Item 12 (7). Resolution passed in the Legislative Council on 22 June 2011, Minutes No 23, Item 30 (5).

Legislative Assembly Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 22 June 2011, no 12 (7)--

(7) Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters
That:
(1) A Joint Standing Committee, to be known as the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters, be appointed.
(2) The Committee inquire into and report upon such matters as may be referred to it by either House of the Parliament or a Minister that relate to:
(a) The following electoral laws:
(i) Parliamentary Electorates and Elections Act 1912 (other than Part 2);
(ii) Election Funding, Expenditure and Disclosures Act 1981; and
(iii) Those provisions of the Constitution Act 1902 that relate to the procedures for, and conduct of, elections for members of the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council (other than sections 27, 28 and 28A);
(b) The administration of and practices associated with the electoral laws described at (a).
(3) All matters that relate to (2) (a) and (b) above in respect of the 26 March 2011 State Election, shall stand referred to the Committee for any inquiry the Committee may wish to make. The Committee shall report on the outcome of any such inquiry within 12 months of the date of this resolution being agreed to by both Houses.
(4) The Committee consist of seven members, as follows:
(a) two members of the Legislative Assembly, and
(b) five members of the Legislative Council.
(5) Mr Andrew Fraser and Mr Gareth Ward be appointed to serve on such committee as the members of the Legislative Assembly.
(6) Notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders of either House, at any meeting of the Committee, any four members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum, provided that the Committee meets as a joint committee at all times.
(7) The Committee have leave to sit and transact business during the sittings or any adjournment of either House, and despite any prorogation of the Houses of Parliament.
(8) The Committee have leave to make visits of inspection within the State of New South Wales and other States and Territories of Australia.
(9) A message be sent acquainting the Legislative Council of the resolution and requesting the Legislative Council to appoint five of its members to serve with the members of the Legislative Assembly upon the Committee, and to fix a time and place for the first meeting.

Legislative Council Minutes
Wednesday 22 June 2011, no 30 (5)--


(5) Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters
1. That this House agrees to the resolution in the Legislative Assembly’s message of Wednesday 22 June 2011 relating to the appointment of a Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters.
2. That the representatives of the Legislative Council on the Joint Standing Committee be Mr Trevor Khan, Mr Peter Phelps, Mr Peter Primrose, Ms Amanda Fazio and Mr Robert Borsak.
3. That the time and place for the first meeting be Thursday 23 June 2011 at 1:00 pm in Room 1153.

Amendment to Terms of Reference Establishing Committee
Resolution passed in the Legislative Assembly on 21 June 2012, Votes and Proceedings No 96 (10).
Resolution passed in the Legislative Council on 21 June 2011, Minutes No 95 (29).

Legislative Assembly Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 21 June 2012, No 96 (10) --

10 Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters


      Mr Brad Hazzard moved, by leave, That:

      (1) Clause (4) of the resolution of 22 June 2011 appointing the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters be amended to read as follows:

      “(4) The Committee consist of ten members, as follows:
          (a) five members of the Legislative Assembly, and
          (b) five members of the Legislative Council.”

      (2) A message be sent acquainting the Legislative Council of the resolution and requesting the Legislative Council to pass a similar resolution.

      (3) Should the Legislative Council agree to amend the committee’s terms of reference:
          (a) Mr Daryl Maguire and Mr Jai Rowell; and
          (b) One member nominated by the Leader of the Opposition,

          be appointed to serve on such committee as the additional members of the Legislative Assembly.

      Debate ensued.

      Question put and passed.

Legislative Council Minutes and Proceedings,
Thursday 21 June 2012, No 95 (29) --

29 Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters

Mr Gay moved: That this House agrees to the request of the Legislative Assembly in its message dated 21
June 2012 that clause (4) of the resolution of 22 June 2011 appointing the Joint Standing Committee on
Electoral Matters be amended to read as follows:

“(4) The Committee consist of ten members, as follows:

(a) five members of the Legislative Assembly, and
(b) five members of the Legislative Council.”

Question put and passed.