Legislative Assembly

Ongoing Resolutions

Opening the proceedings of the House with a Prayer

The Speaker, on taking the Chair each day, should read the Lord’s Prayer.

VP 38, 4 October 1928, p 69

Acknowledgement of Country

This House authorises the Speaker to give an Acknowledgement of Country each sitting day.

VP 29, 13 August 2019, p 167 

Appropriation

An appropriation is interpreted as any expenditure from the consolidated fund but not a reduction in revenue flowing to the fund.

VP 54, 4 March 2004, p 313

Anticipation, the budget and question time

The rule of anticipation is waived for the purposes of the budget discussion in question time.

VP 62, 5 May 2004, p 367

Irregular bills — Application of SO 60

This House does not consider a bill to be irregular for the purposes of SO 60 if the clauses are not numbered consecutively due to clauses being inserted or omitted by an amendment in either House.

VP 9, 7 March 2019, p 83

Parliamentary integrity adviser

This House establishes the position of Parliamentary Integrity Adviser in accordance with the following terms:

(1) Provision of advice

(a) The Parliamentary Integrity Adviser is to advise any member of Parliament, including former members of Parliament, when asked to do so by that member, on ethical issues and integrity matters concerning the exercise of his or her role as a member of Parliament.

(b) The Parliamentary Integrity Adviser’s advice may be sought on a range of parliamentary matters including, but not limited to, the application of any legislation or other guidelines adopted by Parliament that are relevant to members in their capacity as members of Parliament, the use of members’ entitlements and declaration of potential conflicts of interest.

(c) Any advice given by the Parliamentary Integrity Adviser should be consistent with legislation, regulations and any other rules or guidelines adopted by Parliament, but must not constitute legal advice.

(2) Education and training

(a) The Parliamentary Integrity Adviser is to provide periodic education and training to members of Parliament about ethical issues and integrity matters concerning, but not limited to, the functions, roles, powers, and responsibilities of members of Parliament.

(b) The Parliamentary Integrity Adviser must provide —

(i) training to new members of Parliament at the start of each Parliament;

(ii) training to new members of Parliament who are elected at a by-election or appointed to fill a casual vacancy; and

(iii) training on any amendments or changes to the parliamentary standards and integrity system.

(3) Records

(a) The Parliamentary Integrity Adviser is required to keep, for the duration of his or her tenure, a record of all advice given, including any supporting material and information upon which the advice is based.

(b) Subject to (3)(e)(ii), the Parliamentary Integrity Adviser must not divulge, to any person, entity or committee of either House, other than the person who requested the advice —

(i) any information provided to him or her in the course of his or her duties under this Resolution;

(ii) the content or details of any advice given in accordance with this Resolution —

unless the person who requested the advice has given express permission for such information and/or advice to be made public.

(c) The Parliamentary Integrity Adviser must not comply with any order for the production of records by either House relating to advice given by the Parliamentary Integrity Adviser unless the person who requested the advice —

(i) is a member or former member of the House that made the order; and

(ii) in the case of advice given under (1)(a)–(c), has sought to rely on the advice for any reason; and

(iii) has given express permission for the records to be released to the relevant House.

(d) Subject to 3(e), if the Parliamentary Integrity Adviser considers that the confidential advice provided to a member or former member has been publicly misrepresented, the Parliamentary Integrity Adviser may release a statement to correct the misrepresentation.

(e) In releasing a statement under (3)(d), the Parliamentary Integrity Adviser —

(i) must not publicise the advice provided unless the person who requested the advice has given express permission for it to be made public; or

(ii) if the person who requested the advice refuses permission for it to be made public, may release the advice to the Privileges Committee of the relevant House if that Committee makes a request as part of a related inquiry connected to that person.

(4) Reporting

(a) At least once every 12 months, the Parliamentary Integrity Adviser will meet jointly with the Privileges Committees of the Assembly and the Council to discuss matters relevant to and issues arising from the operation and application of the parliamentary standards framework.

(b) The Parliamentary Integrity Adviser must, every 12 months, report to the Parliament on —

(i) advisory functions including —

(A) the number of ethical matters raised during the reporting period;

(B) the number of members and former members who sought advice during the reporting period;

(C) the number of times advice was given during the reporting period; and

(D) the amount of time spent in the course of performing duties under the terms of this Resolution during the reporting period; and

(ii) education functions including —

(A) the number of training sessions provided during the reporting period, and the number of members who attended each training session; and

(B) a brief description of the content of training sessions and any other training provided during the reporting period.

(c) The Parliamentary Integrity Adviser may, at his or her discretion, report to the Parliament from time to time on —

(i) any issues with the parliamentary standards framework arising from requests for ethics or integrity advice, including suggested proposals to address such issues;

(ii) the provision of guidance to members of Parliament on particular issues, including publication of de-identified case studies in order to educate members on their obligations;

(iii) any other matter the Parliamentary Integrity Adviser considers appropriate.

(d) A report of the Parliamentary Integrity Adviser under (4)(b) or (4)(c) —

(i) will be tabled in each House; and

(ii) must not divulge or cause to be divulged the identity of any person who has requested advice in accordance with this Resolution.

(e) A House or committee of the Parliament cannot —

(i) refer a matter to the Parliamentary Integrity Adviser;

(ii) require the Parliamentary Integrity Adviser to report on the conduct of a specific member or former member, or a specified group of members and/or former members, of Parliament; or

(iii) require the Parliamentary Integrity Adviser to investigate any allegations of misconduct.

(5) Appointment, resignation and removal

(a) A person will be appointed by resolution of the Council and the Assembly, on the joint recommendation of the Privileges Committees of the Council and the Assembly in accordance with (5)(c), as Parliamentary Integrity Adviser.

(b) An appointment under (5)(a) must —

(i) subject to (5)(b)(iii), be made whenever the position becomes vacant; and

(ii) be for a period that terminates on the day that is four months after the general election that is held immediately following the Parliament during which the appointment is made; and

(iii) in the case of the first appointment of the Parliamentary Integrity Adviser, be made within four months after this Resolution has been agreed to by both Houses.

(c) Prior to a resolution under (5)(a), a joint report of the Privileges Committees of the Council and the Assembly will be tabled in each House specifying —

(i) a person recommended for appointment as Parliamentary Integrity Adviser; and

(ii) the terms and conditions of appointment of the Parliamentary Integrity Adviser, including any remuneration, as agreed in consultation with the Speaker and the President.

(d) If, within three months of the position becoming vacant, the Privileges Committees of the Council and the Assembly fail to report under (5)(c), a joint sitting of Parliament in accordance with JSO 22 will be held to appoint a person as Parliamentary Integrity Adviser on the terms and conditions, including any remuneration, agreed by the Speaker and the President.

(e) The Parliamentary Integrity Adviser may engage in any outside employment that does not conflict with his or her role as Parliamentary Integrity Adviser.

(f) The Parliamentary Integrity Adviser may resign in writing to the President and the Speaker.

(g) The Parliamentary Integrity Adviser may be removed from office by resolution of the Council and the Assembly for —

(i) insolvency; or

(ii) proven misbehaviour; or

(iii) mental incapacity.

(h) Prior to a resolution under (5)(g), the Privileges Committees of the Council and the Assembly must meet and confer jointly on the alleged grounds for removal and, if the grounds are found to be valid, make a joint recommendation to Parliament that the Parliamentary Integrity Adviser be removed from office.

(i) A joint recommendation under (5)(h) will —

(i) be tabled in each House; and

(ii) include the reasons for the recommendation unless the Privileges Committees agree that it would be contrary to the public interest to do so.

(j) The Parliamentary Integrity Adviser may be suspended from office whilst any alleged grounds for removal from office are dealt with under the terms of this Resolution.

(6) Review

The Privileges Committees of the Council and the Assembly must, in the final year of each Parliament —

(a) cause a joint review to be made of the operation of this Resolution; and

(b) table a report of the review in each House before the expiration of the Assembly under section 38 of the Constitution Act 1975.

(7) Privileges Committee 

(a) The Privileges Committee of this House is authorised and required to meet and confer jointly with the Privileges Committee of the other House for the purposes of exercising its role, functions and powers in accordance with the terms of this Resolution.

(b) The provisions relating to the role, functions and powers of the Privileges Committee under the terms of this Resolution constitute a standing reference to the Committee for the Parliament during which its members are appointed until the dissolution or other lawful determination of the Assembly.

(c) For the purposes of joint meetings of the Privileges Committees of the Council and the Assembly under the terms of this Resolution —

(i) the Chair of the Assembly Privileges Committee and the Chair of the Council Privileges Committee are joint chairs; and

(ii) meetings shall be chaired by the joint chairs on an alternating basis; and

(iii) a joint chair shall take the Chair whenever the other joint chair is not present; and

(iv) every Committee member shall have a deliberative vote only; and

(v) the Standing Orders of the Assembly shall otherwise apply insofar as they are not inconsistent with the terms of this Resolution. 

VP 17, 1 May 2019 pp 111–16
LCM 13, 30 April 2019, pp 112–15

 

 

 

 

Assembly standing orders - historical

On this page you can find previous editions of the standing orders. The early editions (pre-2004) are scanned from volumes that were in use at the time. Therefore some are annotated and have additional notes pasted in.

1800s

1857    1868    1871    1874    1888    1898

1900s

1912   1920    1926    1935    1969    1973    1975    1982    1996

2000s

2004    2006    2010   2011    2016    2018    2019    2020    2021

Current

The current standing orders are available here.

Guides for departments

This page includes guides for government department and agency staff. 

Bills

Second reading speeches and statements of compatibility — delivering to Parliamentpdf

When a minister moves that a bill be read a second time, the minister must have copies of the second reading speech and the statement of compatibility ready to circulate in the Chamber. This document explains how to deliver a second reading speech to Parliament and answers several frequently asked questions about the process.

Tabling

See our tabling guides for departments page for infomation about tabling documents in Parliament — providing copies, tabling by leave, correcting errors etc.

Contact Details

Legislative Assembly Procedure Office 
Parliament House
Spring Street
East Melbourne Vic 3002
Ph: 03 9651 8563
Email: 
assembly@parliament.vic.gov.au

Legislative Council Chamber Support Office
Parliament House
Spring Street
East Melbourne Vic 3002
Ph: 03 9651 8678
Email: 
council@parliament.vic.gov.au

If you have any other suggestions for new guides, let us know.

Questions and responses - archive

58th Parliament

2014–18

 

23 December 2014

Question Nos 1 to 7

 
10 February 2015

Question Nos 8 to 30

 
24 February 2015

Question Nos 31 to 60

Question Nos 61 to 65

 
25 February 2015

Question Nos 66 to 81

 
26 February 2015

Question Nos 82 to 92

 
17 March 2015

Question Nos 93 to 102

 
18 March 2015

Question Nos 103 to 112

 
19 March 2015

Question Nos 113 to 126

 
14 April 2015

Question Nos 127 to 142

 
15 April 2015

Question Nos 143 to 155

 
16 April 2015

Question Nos 156 to 166

 
5 May 2015

Question Nos 167 to 178

 
6 May 2015

Question Nos 179 to 188

 
7 May 2015

Question Nos 189 to 201

Attachment to No 189docx

 

Tabling guides for departments

Tabling guides for departments

This page includes guides for government department and agency staff on tabling documents in Parliament.

Members of the public may not table documents. However, members of the public can contact their local member if they would like a petition tabled in Parliament. For information on petitions, visit the Assembly petitions page and the Council petitions page.

Annual reports

If you are currently preparing to table your annual report in Parliament, here are some handy hints.

Deadlines
For October and November 2021 we have changed our delivery times. We must receive your report and tabling letter by 12.00 noon the day before you want it tabled.

Pdf copy
Email the pdf of your report to tabling@parliament.vic.gov.au. You must provide a pdf.

Hard copies
We only require hard copies of your report if it:
• has more than 250 pages — we need 2 hard copies OR
• is a parliamentary paper produced by certain bodies (Auditor-General, Ombudsman, IBAC etc — see full list in the Guide to tabling) — we need 25 hard copies
COVID-19 arrangements: If you are unable to comply with these hard copy requirements due to COVID-19 restrictions, contact us to make other arrangements.

Tabling letter
Email your tabling letter to tabling@parliament.vic.gov.au. You can send us one letter, addressed to both clerks. See sample in the Guide to tabling.
You can specify your preferred tabling date in your letter or, if you don’t specificy a date, we will table your report on the next sitting day (once we have received the tabling letter, pdf and hard copies (if applicable)).

Guide to tablingpdf

Use this guide for an overview of tabling including what you need to provide to parliament to table a document — letters, copies etc.

Tabling by leavepdf  

If there is no Act requiring a document to be tabled, the document can still be tabled by leave. Use this guide for an explanation of ‘leave’ and the procedure for tabling by leave. 

Parliamentary paperspdf

Parliamentary papers are protected from legal action. Use this guide for an explanation of parliamentary privilege, a list of documents automatically accepted as parliamentary papers and how other documents can get parliamentary paper status. It also includes the text that must be printed in a parliamentary paper and the printing requirements.

Government responses to parliamentary committee reportspdf

When a parliamentary committee report makes recommendations to the Government, a minister must table a government response addressing those recommendations. This guide sets out how to table the government response in Parliament. What you need to do depends on what type of committee it is.

Tabling when Parliament is not sittingpdf

Some documents can be tabled on a non-sitting day. Use this guide to help you work out if your document can be tabled on a non-sitting day and the procedure for tabling on a non-sitting day.

Errors in tabled documentspdf

Use this guide if you need to correct an error in a document after your minister/agency has tabled the document in Parliament. The guide sets out who to contact initially, the types of errors, and the process for correcting an error.

Lodging under the Interpretation of Legislation Act 1994pdf

Use this guide if you need to ‘lodge’ a document with the Clerk of the Parliaments under section 32(3) of the Interpretation of Legislation Act 1984.

Contact Details

Legislative Assembly Procedure Office 
Parliament House
Spring Street
East Melbourne Vic 3002
Ph: 03 9651 8563
Email:
assembly@parliament.vic.gov.au

Legislative Council Chamber Support Office
Parliament House
Spring Street
East Melbourne Vic 3002
Ph: 03 9651 8678
Email:
council@parliament.vic.gov.au

  *Send PDF copies of reports or documents to tabling@parliament.vic.gov.au

 


 

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