The Senate and the House of Representatives each have a Clerk, who is the top-level parliamentary officer. The Clerks are the only non-elected people who regularly speak in the Senate or House. They have a thorough understanding of the rules of the House of Representatives and Senate, called the Standing Orders. They also have a strong understanding of other sources of rules for the parliament, including the Australian Constitution, Odgers Australian Senate Practice, and House of Representatives Practice.
The Clerks have several responsibilities in the Senate or House, including:
The Senate and House also have a Deputy Clerk and several Clerk Assistants who support the Clerks in their duties.