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

When can questions on notice be asked?

Members can submit written questions to the Assembly Procedure Office at any time; however, questions are only published on sitting days. Questions on notice are published each sitting day in this database.

Where are Constituency Questions?

The rules about constituency questions ended in 2018. They might be introduced again, currently the Assembly does not have constituency questions.

 

ADJOURNMENT MATTERS

What is an adjournment matter?

Each sitting day ends with the Legislative Assembly 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 indicates 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 th en scroll down to the ‘Answer' heading.

When will the Minister respond?

There are currently no time limits for Ministers to respond to questions however Ministers must respond to adjournment matters within 30 days.

The minister or department provides a copy of the response to the Assembly Procedure 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 en ter 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 minister, select the portfolio from the ‘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 no longer use this database, however the archive includes all Council

 questions on notice from the 56th Parliament (2006-10).

 

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 app ears.

 

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.       Press ‘Print' in the printer window that appears. All of the selected questions and/or adjournment matters and responses will be printed.