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Welcome to the ANZACATT web site

The Australia and New Zealand Association of Clerks-at-the-Table (ANZACATT) was formed in 2001 and now comprises 96 members from each House of Parliament in Australia, Norfolk Island and New Zealand. The Association was incorporated in 2010.

The objects of the Association are to advance the professional development of its members and to enable its members and other staff of Parliaments in Australia and New Zealand to expand their knowledge of the foundations and principles of parliamentary systems and parliamentary procedure in Australia and New Zealand as well as the administrative practices essential to the smooth operation of Parliament.

The sharing of professional experiences and knowledge about the institution of Parliament and the development of links with similar organizations are also amongst the Association's aims. Any officer of a House of Parliament in Australia and New Zealand who is employed in the capacity of Clerk-at-the-Table is eligible to be nominated for membership. Former Clerks-at-the-Table may also be honorary members of the Association. The Association is administered by an Executive which meets four times a year to determine policy and the directions of the Association.

A two day professional development seminar is held at the end of January each year which is open to both members of the Association and other parliamentary officers. The Annual General Meeting of the Association is held concurrently with the professional development seminar. An annual course in parliamentary law, practice and procedure has been held each year from 2004. The course is conducted under contract to ANZACATT - initially by the Queensland University of Technology and subsequently by the University of Tasmania. The seminar and course are administered by two committees appointed by the Executive, the Professional Development Committee and the Education Committee, respectively. The Association has also established a digest of case law from Australia, New Zealand and selected overseas countries on subjects of parliamentary significance. The digest coveres issues such as parliamentary privilege, constitutional law, electoral law and legal issues relevant to Parliaments, and is available to ANZACATT members through the website.

The principal publication of the Association is a half yearly bulletin which contains reports from each House on matters of procedural and administrative significance as well as comments on relevant legal cases and short articles on topical matters. The bulletin is prepared as a regular means of exchanging information between the Houses and alerting members to events that may be of interest. In addition, the Executive produces a quarterly newsletter designed to keep members up to date with its activities. Back copies are available on the website.

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