Clerk of the Australian Senate

The Clerk of the Australian Senate is the head of the Department of the Senate, which is the parliamentary department supporting the work of the Australian Senate. The parliamentary head of the department is the President of the Senate.

The Department of the Senate provides the Senate, its committees, the President of the Senate and senators with a broad range of advisory and support services related to the exercise of the legislative power of the Commonwealth.

The Clerk's Office is directly responsible for:

  • provision of high quality procedural and constitutional advice to senators in respect of the operations of the Senate and its committees
  • provision of secretariat, advisory and administrative support to the Procedure Committee and the Committee of Privileges
  • production, amendment and updating of Odgers' Australian Senate Practice
  • production and dissemination of material relating to the work of the Senate and its committees to the widest possible audience
  • corporate leadership of the Department of the Senate
  • secretariat services for the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

In addition, the office exercises overall responsibility for, and quality control of, all procedural and administrative activities of the department.

The longest-serving Clerk was Harry Evans, who served 21 years 1988-2009. During his term, legislation was passed to limit the terms of the Clerk of the Senate and the Clerk of the House of Representatives to 10 years. The change in the law did not affect the incumbents.

Clerks of the Senate

Edwin Gordon Blackmore CMG 1 April 1901 – 30 June 1908
Charles Broughton Boydell 1 July 1908 – 31 December 1916
Charles Gavan Duffy CMG 1 February 1917 – 27 August 1920
George Henry Monahan CMG 28 August 1920 – 31 December 1938
Robert Arthur Broinowski 1 January 1939 – 30 November 1942
John Ernest Edwards 1 December 1942 – 20 July 1955
Rupert Harry Colin Loof CBE 21 July 1955 – 14 August 1965
James Rowland Odgers CBE 16 August 1965 – 8 August 1979
Roy Edwards Bullock OBE 9 August 1979 – 15 July 1981
Keith Oscar Bradshaw 29 October 1980 – 15 July 1982
Alan Ritchie Cumming Thom 16 July 1982 – 15 February 1988
Harry Evans 17 February 1988 – 4 December 2009
Dr Rosemary Laing 5 December 2009 -

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