Members of parliament have staff to help them do their jobs. Sometimes Members of the House of Representatives and Senators need the help of their staff while they are in the chambers. For example, a minister might need information to answer a question during Question Time or a member of the opposition requires information during a debate on a bill.
In both the House of Representatives and Senate parliamentary staff can be invited to sit in the advisors’ box. These seats are located at the end of the government and opposition benches close to the Speaker and President’s chairs. This is the only place they are allowed to sit and they can’t move about the chamber. Members of parliament must move to the advisors’ box if they need to speak with their staff member.