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Appearing before parliamentary committees

Suitable for: EL 2-SES

Do you need to appear before a parliamentary committee in your current role?

Do you provide support to someone who does this? Learn about the committee system and the role you have to provide honest and accurate testimony.

Duration: Pre-workshop self-directed activities and 1-day workshop
Venue: APS Learning Centre, Canberra
Price: $675.00 (excl. GST)
Registration: Visit APS Learn for scheduled dates and to enrol for this program
Contact:Coreskillsdevelopment [at] apsc.gov.au
*This program is also delivered 'in agency'. For more information regarding terms and conditions, please contact Coreskillsdevelopment [at] apsc.gov.au.

Program overview

Appearing before  parliamentary committees takes an in-depth look at parliamentary committees  that scrutinise decisions and the information flow between the APS, the  parliament and the public. This program  will help you to prepare effectively and communicate information clearly.  You will also have the opportunity to  participate in a simulation of the committee process to crystalize your knowledge.

Participant benefits

  • Understand the role of committees in the parliamentary process
  • Learn the types of parliamentary committees and the restrictions on witnesses appearing before a committee
  • Practice answering the types of questions that could be asked at committee hearings and write and prepare briefs that answer these questions.


  • Phase 1 - Background reading, reflection questions, collection of agency resources and preparation for mock committee hearing in Phase 2
  • Phase 2 - One-day facilitated workshop
  • Phase 3 - Apply learning from Phase 1 and 2 in the workplace supported by a personal action plan.
Last reviewed: 
3 January 2019