Glossary of terms - coming soon
A dictionary of parliamentary terms
Federation: establishing Australia's national capital
Delve into the history of federation and how the ACT came into being.
Levels of government in Australia
Who is responsible for what? This factsheet explains the responsibilities of each level of government in Australia.
Establishing self-government in the ACT
A timeline on when and how self-government was introduced in the ACT.
Westminster system of government in the ACT
Explains the features of the Westminster system and the separation of powers between the three arms of government.
Structure of the parliament
How is government in the ACT formed? Who appoints the executive? Why do we have an opposition? This fact sheet explains how the parliament is formed.
Electing members of the ACT Legislative Assembly
Unravel the mysteries of the Hare-Clark electoral system used to elect members to the Legislative Assembly for the ACT.
Responsibilities of Members of the ACT Legislative Assembly
What do your members do? Find out about the roles of responsibilities of all members, whether they are in government, the opposition or on the cross bench.
Ever wondered how Assembly committees work and how you can be involved? This factsheet explains the purpose of committees and outlines the inquiry process.
The Assembly chamber
What are the features of our chamber? Who sits where? Find out all about the Legislative Assembly chamber.
Documents of the Assembly
Where do you look to find out what is happening in the Assembly chamber? A useful guide to all the relevant documents produced during the parliamentary process.
Symbols of parliament and the Australian Capital Territory
Find out about the ACT flag, coat of arms and ACT emblems.
When the Assembly sits
What happens and when? You guide to a typical sitting week at the Assembly.
Explore the differences between questions without notice and questions on notice and why question time is an important part of the parliamentary process.
The legislative process
The law making process - learn how a bill becomes and Act in the Legislative Assembly.
The budget process
A simple guide to budget formulation and scrutiny in the ACT.
Hansard and other records of proceedings
History of the Hansard family and how Hansard became the official transcript of parliamentary proceedings.
Contribute to the parliamentary process through petitions tabled in the Assembly.
Citizen's right of reply
What can you do if you object to something said about you in the Assembly?