Parliamentary committees are groups of members of Parliament appointed to assist the Parliament in the performance of its functions. Committees can be appointed by either or both Houses to examine issues in more detail than is possible if the matter were considered in the House.
Committees increase public awareness and debate on issues under consideration by Parliament. They benefit the community by reviewing proposed laws, facilitating more informed policy-making and ensuring greater government accountability.
Committees can call for written submissions, conduct hearings where witnesses give evidence and seek advice from experts. They provide a forum for the public to have their say on issues before the Parliament. Committees report their findings and recommendations for government action to the Parliament.