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Tabling update

A resolution of the Council of 21 September 2022 allows for reports to be released while the House is not sitting (until 31 October).

Every Friday, all reports received for tabling in the preceding week will be published on the tabled documents database and a list emailed to Council members.

All reports published this way will also be tabled in both Houses on the next sitting day (which we expect will be the first sitting day of the next Parliament).

If your Act allows for tabling out of session, please follow the usual process (outlined below).

Anything received for tabling after 5.00 pm on 31 October will be tabled and then published on the first sitting day of the next Parliament.

Guide to tabling

Use this guide for an overview of tabling including what you need to provide to parliament to table a document — letters, copies etc.

Guide to tabling

Tabling by leave

If there is no Act requiring a document to be tabled, the document can still be tabled by leave. Use this guide for an explanation of ‘leave’ and the procedure for tabling by leave. 

Tabling by leave

Parliamentary papers

Parliamentary papers are protected from legal action. Use this guide for an explanation of parliamentary privilege, a list of documents automatically accepted as parliamentary papers and how other documents can get parliamentary paper status. It also includes the text that must be printed in a parliamentary paper and the printing requirements.

Parliamentary papers

Government responses to parliamentary committee reports

When a parliamentary committee report makes recommendations to the Government, a minister must table a government response addressing those recommendations. This guide sets out how to table the government response in Parliament. What you need to do depends on what type of committee it is.

Government responses

Tabling when Parliament is not sitting

Some documents can be tabled on a non-sitting day. Use this guide to help you work out if your document can be tabled on a non-sitting day and the procedure for tabling on a non-sitting day.

Tabling when Parliament is not sitting

Errors in tabled documents

Use this guide if you need to correct an error in a document after your minister/agency has tabled the document in Parliament. The guide sets out who to contact initially, the types of errors, and the process for correcting an error.

Errors in tabled documents

Lodging under the Interpretation of Legislation Act 1984

Use this guide if you need to ‘lodge’ a document with the Clerk of the Parliaments under section 32(3) and (4) of the Interpretation of Legislation Act 1984.

Lodging under the Interpretation of Legislation Act 1984

Contact us

Send PDF reports and documents

tabling@parliament.vic.gov.au

Legislative Assembly

Procedure Office

Parliament House, Spring Street, East Melbourne Vic 3002

03 9651 8563

assembly@parliament.vic.gov.au

Legislative Council

Chamber Support Office

Parliament House, Spring Street, East Melbourne Vic 3002

03 9651 8678

council@parliament.vic.gov.au