Contacting members of Parliament
Find out how you can call or write to your local members of Parliament.
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Reasons to contact a member
Members of Parliament are your elected representatives. You can contact a member if you:
- want to discuss the needs of your local area
- want an issue to be raised in Parliament
- wish to discuss a public policy issue
- have an idea for a new law or government project which will improve your community
Some members are also ministers, in charge of a government department. You can contact the relevant department for information about current Victorian laws and government services.
Finding contact information
There is a ‘contact’ tab on each member profile. It shows the member's email address and office phone number.
On some member profiles there are two sets of contact details. This is usually because the member is a minister and has both an electorate office and a ministerial office.
- Contact your local member’s electorate office to discuss the needs of your local area or raise an issue with Parliament. You have six local members: one in the Assembly and five in the Council.
- Contact the relevant government department or the member’s ministerial office for information about current Victorian laws and government services.
Calling an electoral or ministerial office
You can call a member’s office during opening hours to seek advice or ask a question. The phone number is on the ‘contact’ tab of each member’s profile.
When calling a member's office it is likely that you will talk to an electorate officer. This is a person employed to help the member with their duties.
Sending an email or letter
You can email or write to a member to seek advice or ask a question. These contact details are on the ‘contact’ tab of each member’s profile.
Your email or letter may be read by an electorate officer. This is a person employed to help the member with their duties. They may also respond to your email on behalf of the member.
Member titles and prefixes
If the member does not have a title or prefix, you can address your letter or email as you would any other. For example: ‘Dear Mr Citizen…’
Members can choose to use the prefix 'The Hon.' if they are a minister or former minister, or the current President or Speaker.
You should only use 'The Hon.' when addressing an envelope. You do not need to use it in the content of your email or letter.
Some members have a title, such as Premier, Leader of the Opposition or Minister.
If you are writing to that member because they are your local representative, you do not need to use their title.
If you are writing to that member because of their position in the Parliament or the government, you should use their title. For example:
- Dear Premier…
- Dear Leader of the Opposition…
- Dear President….
- Dear Speaker…
- Dear Minister...