Frequently Asked Questions

QUESTIONS

 

What is a question on notice?

A question on notice is a written question from a Member of Parliament seeking information from another member. Usually, it involves non-government members seeking information or statistics from ministers on matters of government administration relating to their portfolio responsibilities.

Find out more: Legislative Assembly Fact Sheet F2: Questions on Notice.

 

Also, see procedural rules relating to questions on notice in Chapter 8 of the Assembly Standing Orders or Chapter 8 of the Council Standing Orders.

 

When can questions on notice be asked?

Members can submit written questions to the Assembly Procedure Office and the Council Table Office at any time; however, questions are only published on sitting days. Questions on notice are published each sitting day in this database. Council Questions will be published at the end of each sitting week.

 

Where are Constituency Questions?

Constituency Questions for the Assembly are recorded in the database, however, Constituency Questions for the Council are not.

 

 

ADJOURNMENT MATTERS

 

What is an adjournment matter?

Each sitting day ends with the Assembly and Council adjourning. As part of the adjournment process, members raise matters with ministers in the adjournment debate. The adjournment debate gives members the chance to request action on topical issues from the relevant minister. Ten matters are raised every sitting day. Ministers in the Chamber respond to the issues raised within their areas of responsibility. Other ministers respond later in writing. All responses are in the database.

Find out more: Legislative Assembly Fact Sheet B5: Adjournment Debate.

 

 

RESPONSES

 

How do I find if the minister has responded?

The status of a question or adjournment matter indicate s whether it has been responded to. The status will be either ‘Unanswered', meaning a response is yet to be provided, or ‘Answered', meaning the response has been published.

 

How do I find the response?

If a question or adjournment matter has been responded to, the response can be found in this database underneath the question or matter. Search for the question or adjournment matter (see below), open it and then scroll down to the ‘Answer' heading.

 

When will the Minister respond?

Ministers have thirty days to respond to questions asked in the database.

The minister or department provides a copy of the response to the Assembly Procedure Office or Council Table Office. The member who asked the question or raised the adjournment matter is notified once the response is published in the database.

 

 

SEARCHING THE DATABASE

 

How do I search the database?

The database can be searched by selecting the ‘Quick Search' or ‘Advanced Search' link on the left hand navigation list.

Enter the relevant search criteria, and select 'Search' at the bottom of the search screen

 

You can enter one or multiple search criteria e.g., you might want to select the portfolio and a search term.

 

Once the search is submitted, results will be displayed in a table below the search screen.

 

To see the full text of the question, click on the question number in the results list.

 

If you are looking for a particular question or adjournment matter and already know its number, you can simply enter the number in the ‘Question Number' search criteria and click ‘Search'.

 

How do I find all questions asked yesterday?

To search for questions or adjournment matters asked yesterday or on any particular date:

 

  1. Use the advanced search.
  2. Select the date range in the 'Questions by date - from' and 'Questions by date - to'.
  3. Click 'Search'.

 

How do I find all questions asked to a certain minister?

To search for questions or adjournment matters asked to a certain ministe r, select the portfolio from th e ‘Portfolio' list . You can only search by portfolio, not by the name of the minister. For details of ministers and portfolios, check the current Victorian ministry.

 

Where are older questions and responses?

Questions and responses from previous sessions of Parliament are in the Archives section of the database. You can search the Archives database using the same quick and advanced search functions.

 

Where are the Council's questions and responses?

The Council did not use the database for the 58th Parliament but are now using the database for questions on notice only.

 

PRINTING

 

How do I print a question or adjournment matter?

When you are viewing a question or adjournment matter, you can choose to print it (including any response published) by:

 

  1. Selecting the print icon at the top right of the screen. A new window will appear with a print preview.
  2. Press the print icon at the top right of the new window.
  3. Press ‘Print' in the printer window that appears.

 

How do I print more than one question and/or adjournment matter?

Once you have submitted a search and the list of results appears beneath the search box, you can select the questions and/or adjournment matters you want to print:

 

  1. Select the check boxes to the left of the items you wish to print.
  2. Scroll up to the top of the search box and press the print icon on the top right. A new window will appear with a print preview.
  3. Press the print icon at the top right of the new window.
  4. Click ‘Print' in the printer window that appears. All of the selected questions and/or adjournment matters and responses will be printed.