What does the Serjeant-at-Arms do?
The Serjeant-at-Arms carrying the Mace.
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A man wearing a black suit with a white tie and white gloves is walking into a green room. He carries a large gold mace with the crown over his right shoulder. People are walking in behind him.
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The Serjeant-at-Arms assists the House of Representatives do its work. In the House they do this by:
- escorting the Speaker of the House of Representatives into and out of the House, while carrying the Mace
- assisting the Speaker to maintain order
- recording attendance of members
- standing guard during divisions
- delivering formal messages
- helping to organise ceremonial occasions.
The Serjeant-at-Arms also has an important role outside of the House, including:
- organising office accommodation and supplies for members and staff
- maintaining security in the House of Representatives
- organising bookings for visitors to the House of Representatives.