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 and the Assembly Sessional Orders. Both Standing Orders and Sessional Orders must be read together.

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 as well as the question paper.

What is a constituency question?

A constituency question is an oral question from a member of Parliament see king information from a minister relating to a constituency matter. There are ten constituency questions asked each question time, with five allocated to government members and five to non-government members. Each member has one minute to ask their question. Constituency questions are published in Hansard and also this database.

Find out more: Legislative Assembly Fact Sheet B2: Question time.

When is a question without notice ruled unresponsive?

If a member thinks that a minister has not responded to a question without notice in question time, he or she can tell the Speaker. If the Speaker agrees, the Speaker directs the minister to provide a written response. The minister has until 2.00 pm on the next sitting day to provide the written response. The question and the written response are then published in this database.


Find out more: Legislative Assembly Fact Sheet B2: Question time.

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. The period for raising matters is 30 minutes, or until 10 members have spoken, whichever is shorter. Within that overall period, a member may speak for a maximum of three minutes. Ministers in the Chamber respond to the issues raised within their areas of responsibility. Other ministers respond later in& ; ;nbs p;writing and their responses are published in this 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 either be "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?

Questions and adjournment matters in the Legislative Assembly must be responded to 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

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. For example, you might want to select the portfolio and also a search term. Once the search is submitted, results will be displayed in a table below the search screen. Results in green are Assembly results. Results in pink are Council results (note the Council no longer use this database see here for more detail). 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". Questions on notice are allocated question numbers in the question paper. Constituency questions and adjournment matters are allocated numbers in Hansard.

Useful search terms include:

  • Question on notice
  • Constituency question
  • Adjournment matter
  • Ruled unresponsive
  • Ruled out of order

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 m inister. For details of ministers and portf olios, check the current Victorian ministry.

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 selecting the print icon at the top right of the screen. A new window will appear with a print preview. Press the print icon at the top right of the new window. Finally, 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. Select the check boxes to the left of the items you wish to print. 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. Press the print icon at the top right of the new window. Finally, press "Print" in the printer window that appears. All of the selected questions and/or adjournment matters and any responses that have been published will be printed.