Parliamentary Papers Database - FAQs

Frequently asked questions

What is a parliamentary paper?

What reports are included?

I can't find the report I'm looking for

How often is the database updated?

Where can I see a hard copy of the report?

What is a parliamentary paper number?

Need to table a parliamentary paper?

I want to reproduce or republish a parliamentary paper

Contact us

What is a parliamentary paper?

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.


What reports are included?

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.


I can’t find the report I’m looking for

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.


How often is the database updated?

The database is updated about four times a year.

If you are looking for a more recent report, use the tabled documents database or contact us.


Where can I see a hard copy of the report?

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.


What is a parliamentary paper number?

Sometimes called a PP number or Parl Paper No.

Each parliamentary paper is issued with a PP number. The numbering starts from 1 in each session of the Parliament. (A session is the time between elections or between the prorogation of parliament.)

You can use the PP number and session to identify or search for a report.


Need to table a parliamentary paper?

If you work for a government agency and need to table a parliamentary paper read more in our Assembly fact sheet and Council information sheet or contact us.

I want to reproduce or republish a parliamentary paper

Requests to reproduce or publish parliamentary papers must be referred to the Speaker or President. Contact us for more information.


Contact us

Legislative Assembly Procedure Office
assembly@parliament.vic.gov.au
(03) 9651 8563

Council Table Office
council@parliament.vic.gov.au
(03) 9651 8674