ACT Legislative Assembly

Parliamentary roles

All members have parliamentary, electorate, and party responsibilities (if they belong to a political party). The work a member performs is influenced by many factors including whether they:

  • are part of the government, opposition or crossbench;
  • have elected parliamentary roles, such as Speaker or Chief Minister;
  • have ministerial responsibilities;
  • have shadow ministry responsibilities; or
  • have party whip responsibilities.

A series of videos has been created to outline the numerous roles undertaken by both Members of the Legislative Assembly(MLAs) and parliamentary officers working in the Assembly.

Being Speaker

What does it mean to be Speaker? Your Speaker Joy Burch MLA explains (4 minutes 55 seconds)

Being Chief Minister

What does it mean to be Chief Minister? Your Chief Minister Andrew Barr MLA explains (3 minutes 16 seconds)

Being a minister

What does it mean to be a minister? Your executive members explain (4 minutes 16 seconds)

Role of the opposition

What does the opposition do in the Assembly? Opposition members explain their role (5 minutes 6 seconds)

Being whip

What does it mean to be a whip? The three party whips explain (3 minutes)

The role of the clerk

What does it mean to be a clerk? Tom Duncan the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly explains (1 minute 56 seconds). Video transcript.


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Page last updated on 9 October 2019
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