About Parliamentary Committees

Parliamentary committees inquire into issues that are important to the people of New South Wales. 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.

There are several types of Legislative Council (Upper House) committees - standing committees and select committees. 

 

Standing Committees

Standing committees are established for the life of each Parliament (four years). The current standing committees of the Legislative Council are The Standing Committee on Law and Justice which focuses on legal and constitutional issues, The Standing Committee on Social Issues which examines matters relating to the state’s social development and the wellbeing of its people and The Standing Committee on State Development which considers opportunities for growth and development throughout New South Wales.

The Legislative Council also has seven General Purpose Standing Committees, which focus on government accountability. There are seven of these committees, and each is responsible for oversight of certain government portfolios, such as health, education and transport.

 

Select Committees

Select committees are established by the Upper House to inquire into particular issues, and cease to exist once an inquiry has been completed. Joint select committees are comprised of members from both Houses - the Legislative Assembly (Lower House) and the Legislative Council (Upper House).

 

The Privileges Committee

The Privileges Committee examines matters regarding parliamentary privilege and considers submissions from citizens seeking a right of reply to statements made about them in Parliament.

 

Committees of the 57th Parliament were appointed on 8th May 2019 and more information can be found here.

 

 

 
20 Nov

Women

Women

“We are committed to achieving justice and equality for the women of NSW through policy, innovation and collaboration”

- The Hon Natasha Maclaren-Jones MLC

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20 Nov

Families and Communities

Families & Communities

“The NSW Government is committed to protecting the most vulnerable in our society – children, victims of crime, and those experiencing hardship and disadvantage.”

- The Hon Natasha Maclaren-Jones MLC

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20 Nov

Regional NSW

Regional NSW

“Our Plan recognises the strategic importance of regional NSW and focuses on harnessing the capacity of our regions, providing opportunity to prosper.”

- The Hon Natasha Maclaren-Jones MLC

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20 Nov

Health - Quote

Health

“We are committed to ensuring Australian patients have access to a 21st century health system that provides the right care, in the right place, at the right time”

- The Hon Natasha Maclaren-Jones MLC

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20 Nov

Economy - Quote

Economy

We have put in place the economic framework that encourages growth and job creation

- The Hon Natasha Maclaren-Jones MLC

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