How to Write a Submission to Select Committee

Tips for writing a submission to a Parliamentary Select Committee.
Structure your submission as follows.

Submission on the …….. Policy (or Bill)
To the ……….. committee

Personal Details.
a) This is a submission from ……..(name of person, group, or organisation, address, and post code).
b) Details about yourself, or your organisation, it’s purpose, membership, structure, other relevant details as to your/your group’s experience in this area, and people involved in writing the submission.
c) We can be contacted at (contact details).

Submission (under 800 words).
a) We support/oppose the intent of this bill because ……
b) Community experience – this is your chance to capture hearts, so don’t just give facts, include personal stories.
c) Recommendations – list the specific recommendations which you, your group, or your organisation wants the committee to take into consideration.

We wish/do not wish to make an oral submission before the committee.

Committees may have dozens or even hundreds of submissions to get through – they don’t want to read more than two pages. Again, if you keep it short and to the point you will make more of an impact.

It is important to note that if you intend to give an oral submission, you are only allowed to talk about the things you have mentioned in your submission – so for example you might want to mention healthcare access rather than surgery access, which gives you more scope for elaboration.

Submissions are either entered online, or 2 hard copies are required if submitted by post. These must be received by the committee secretariat before the closing date.

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