What does the Serjeant-at-Arms do?

The Serjeant-at-Arms carrying the Mace in the House of Representatives.

The Serjeant-at-Arms carrying the Mace.

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The Serjeant-at-Arms carrying the Mace.

The Serjeant-at-Arms carrying the Mace in the House of Representatives.

David Foote/DPS Auspic

Description

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.

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.