Hansard is an edited transcript (written record) of what is said in the Senate, House of Representatives, Federation Chamber and committee hearings. In the House of Representatives and the Senate Hansard reporters sit at a small table in the middle of the chamber.
Hansard records the spoken word, such as members' speeches and questions. It also includes votes, the text of petitions and ministers' written statements. Hansard reporters don’t need to write down everything they hear in the chamber; these days computer-assisted transcription and voice recognition technology help them to record proceedings.
Each Hansard reporter is usually present only for a short period at a time in a chamber. They then return to the Hansard office to prepare the transcript.
To find out more about Hansard and other records of Parliament, check out this fact sheet.