Parliamentary Papers Database - FAQs
Frequently asked questions
Some of the reports presented to (tabled in) Parliament are called parliamentary papers.
The Parliament orders these reports to be printed. This does not mean that Parliament organised the physical printing of the reports. It means that Parliament is the authority for their publication.
That authority gives the reports legal protection (absolute privilege). This means that the authors cannot be sued over the contents.
This database includes all parliamentary papers presented to the Parliament of Victoria.
Today parliamentary papers are those reports that might need legal protection or reports by organisations with a special relationship with the parliament.
Common parliamentary papers are:
- parliamentary committee reports
- Ombudsman’s reports
- Auditor General’s reports
- royal commissions.
However, in the past any report considered to be important was made a parliamentary paper.
The database therefore includes a wide range of reports presented to Parliament.
Not all reports presented to parliament are parliamentary papers. So the report might not be included in this database.
Today most reports presented to Parliament are NOT parliamentary papers.
To search all reports presented to Parliament use the tabled documents database.That database lists all reports presented to parliament since 2012.
The database is updated about four times a year.
The Victorian State Library has a hardcopy of each parliamentary paper.
Some university libraries also keep the parliamentary paper series.
You can also request permission to view the original version presented to Parliament at the Public Record Office, Victoria. Contact us for more information.
Sometimes called a PP number or Parl Paper No.
You can use the PP number and session to identify or search for a report.
Requests to reproduce or publish parliamentary papers must be referred to the Speaker or President. Contact us for more information.
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- Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 October 2013 17:22