Questions on Notice

Questions on Notice

Questions on Notice are written requests for information, asked by Members to Ministers, often requiring detailed responses concerning Government administration.

Standing Orders 8.09–8.13 govern the procedure for asking and answering Questions on Notice.

Questions submitted by Members are published at the back of the online Notice Paper each sitting day and all answers to questions are published in Hansard after they have been tabled.

Answers to questions on notice are due within 30 days of the question being published. 

Further information about Questions on Notice can be found in Information Sheet No. 3 — Questions.


Tracking the status of Questions and Answers

This spreadsheet lists all questions on notice asked in the Council. It also indicates whether a response has been tabled (and the date it was tabled). This is published after each sitting day.

Questions on Notice spreadsheet xlsxQuestions_on_Notice.xlsx43.31 KB


An Unanswered Questions on Notice booklet is also produced and published, listing the full text of all questions remaining unanswered at the end of each sitting week.


Guidelines and Templates

These links provide some guidelines for answers to questions on notice and a template for responses.

Answers to QONs - Guidelines for Departments and Agencies pdfAnswers to Questions on Notice - Guidelines for Departments and Agencies99.39 KB
Answer to QONs template docxLC_Answer_to_Question_on_Notice_template.docx98.24 KB


Questions on Notice Database

Please note that the Council no longer uses the Questions on Notice database to upload and track questions and answers.

The database is up to date for questions asked from the start of the 58th Parliament to 23 March 2016 and answers are available to 22 March 2016. No new questions or answers will be published by the Council in the database.


Archived Questions on Notice

Questions on notice asked and responses provided for the 58th Parliament can be accessed below.

58th Parliament

Questions on Notice 

xlsQuestions_on_Notice_-_58th_Parliament.xls5.32 MB