A large part of the work for Members of the Legislative Council takes place in committees. Parliamentary committees are established to investigate specific matters in more detail than is possible if the matter were considered in the House including policy, government administration or performance and proposals for legislation.
Furthermore committees provide a forum for the public to participate in policy making and have their say on issues before the Parliament. Committees can call for written submissions, conduct hearings where witnesses give evidence and seek advice from experts. Committees report their findings and recommendations for government action to the Parliament.