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Appendix 8: Parliamentary capacity-building activities

This appendix contains summary information on parliamentary capacity-building activities supported by the Department of the House of Representatives in 2017–18.

13 September 2017 and
21 June 2018

Pacific Parliamentary Partnerships Fund

Two executive sub-committee meetings
were supported at the Australian Parliament.

28 June–10 July 2017

Fiji Parliamentary Support Program

A senior researcher from the Australian Parliamentary Library and a research officer from the Victorian Parliamentary Library assisted staff from the Fiji parliament’s research and library service to produce budget briefings for members of parliament.

Fiji

5 July 2017

Pacific Parliamentary Partnerships Fund

Officers from the Australian Parliament attended the annual executive meeting in Sydney.

24–28 July 2017

Fiji Parliamentary Support Program

A Hansard officer from the Victorian parliament provided advice regarding the broadcasting of committee proceedings in the Fijian parliament.

Fiji

8 August 2017

Study visit program

Myanmar parliamentarians visited the Australian Parliament as part of the Myanmar political mentoring program for parliamentarians run by the International Women’s Development Agency and funded by the Australian Government.

Myanmar

28–30 August 2017

Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians conference

Women parliamentarians and staff from five Pacific island states were supported to attend the 2017 Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians conference at the Victorian parliament in Melbourne.

Cook Islands, Nauru, Niue, Samoa and Tonga

17–27 September 2017

Parliamentary strengthening

The Clerk and Clerk Assistant (Table) assisted with executive and mid-level management training at the Myanmar parliament in a program organised by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

Myanmar

25–28 September 2017

Pacific Women’s Parliamentary Partnerships project

Sixty women from 17 Pacific parliaments participated in the fifth annual forum held in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

Australia (Federal Parliament, Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Queensland), Autonomous Region of Bougainville (Papua New Guinea), Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau and Tonga

3–4 October 2017

Australia–Samoa Parliamentary Partnerships Seminar Series

Seminar 3 for members and staff of the Samoan Legislative Assembly on parliamentary privilege, procedure and ethics was delivered by a former Speaker and senior executive staff from the Australian Parliament.

Samoa

9–13 October 2017

Study visit program

Staff from the lower houses of the Indian and Kenyan parliaments visited the Australian Parliament for a week-long study program on parliamentary procedure and administration.

India and Kenya

3–17 November 2017

Samoa Parliamentary Partnerships project

Two staff of the Australian Parliament undertook committee and procedural support placements in the Office of the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly.

Samoa

6–28 November 2017

Pacific Women’s Parliamentary Partnerships project

Research scholars from the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (Papua New Guinea), Fiji and Samoan parliaments were attached to the Australian Parliamentary Library for three weeks and then spent one week with their twinned parliaments.

Autonomous Region of Bougainville (Papua New Guinea), Fiji and Samoa

13–15 November 2017

Study visit program

Staff from the Senate of the Philippines visited the Australian Parliament for a three-day program on parliamentary procedure and administration, with a focus on the legislative process.

Philippines

22–24 November 2017

Australasian Parliamentary Educators conference

Officers from Pacific parliaments that had run ‘outrigger’ gender equality training for staff or members in their country were supported to attend the 2017 conference in Melbourne.

Autonomous Region of Bougainville (Papua New Guinea), Samoa and Solomon Islands

23–28 November 2017

Inter-Parliamentary Study Program for Deputy Speakers of Pacific parliaments

An inaugural program offering professional development and networking opportunities was delivered to 12 Deputy Speakers in the region at the Australian Parliament, with input from the Deputy Speaker and Deputy President, senior executive officers from the Australian Parliament and a former Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Autonomous Region of Bougainville (Papua New Guinea), Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Tuvalu and Vanuatu

12 February 2018

Study visit program

Government officials from Kenya visited the Australian Parliament to learn about integrity systems.

Kenya

4 May–1 June 2018

Parliamentary strengthening

An officer from the Australian Parliament contributed to a UNDP-funded parliamentary strengthening project at the Myanmar parliament (Union Hluttaw), focusing on the development of committees.

Myanmar

12–19 June 2018

Inter-Parliamentary Study Program

A study program for 17 senior parliamentary officers from 15 overseas parliaments and two Australian states and territories was held at the Australian Parliament, looking at parliamentary practice and procedure, and administration.

Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Fiji, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Morocco, Nepal, Niue, Northern Territory, Republic of Korea, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Victoria, Vietnam and Zambia

21 June 2018

Pacific Parliamentary Partnerships Fund

Virus protection software licences for the parliament’s computing network for three years, recording equipment to support Hansard and English language training was funded and supplied.

Solomon Islands

21 June 2018

Pacific Parliamentary Partnerships Fund

Two photocopiers were purchased to support parliamentary operations.

Niue

26–30 June 2018

Fiji Parliamentary Support Program

Two corporate services staff from the parliament of Fiji attended training with the Victorian parliament.

Victorian parliament

27 June–7 July 2018

Fiji Parliamentary Support Program

A committee secretary from the Victorian parliament assisted the parliament of Fiji with budget analysis work.

Fiji

30 June 2018

Pacific Parliamentary Partnerships Fund

Audio recording and mixing equipment was supplied.

Cook Islands