19 March 2020
Galleries in the Assembly building are now closed to the public until further notice. Media release
17 March 2020
Speaker Joy Burch MLA has announced a number of changes to normal operating arrangements at the Legislative Assembly precincts. Read more
26 November 2019
Speaker of the Assembly, Joy Burch MLA, has announced the 2019 winners of the Assembly's awards for emerging artists. Media release
Tuesday 30 July 2019
This morning Mr Deepak-Raj Gupta was sworn in as the new member for Yerrabi. Watch Mr Gupta's inaugural speech.
Tuesday 23 July 2019
Mr Deepak-Raj Gupta has now been declared the new member for Yerrabi. He will be sworn in when the Assembly sits next week.
Monday 22 July 2019
Following a count-back of votes from the 2016 election, Mr Deepak-Raj Gupta is set to replace outgoing member for Yerrabi, Meegan Fitzharris. The next step in the process is for the result to be officially declared by the ACT Electoral Commissioner, Damian Cantwell AM. The declaration is a public event and will take place in the Assembly building on Tuesday 23 July at 3:00pm. Learn how the count-back works.
Monday 8 July 2019
Meegan Fitzharris MLA, member for Yerrabi, has presented her resignation from the Legislative Assembly to the acting Speaker. Her resignation will be effective from midnight tonight.
The Assembly is different to other parliaments in Australia, and fills causal vacancies by count back of the votes from the last election. Learn how the count back works.
Saturday 11 May 2019
The Assembly's 30th anniversary open day included anniversary-day sausages, building tours, community choirs and dance performances. We also debated the merits of one house versus two, in the Assembly Chamber. Photos
10 May 2019
10 May 2019
A ceremonial sitting took place to acknowledge 30 years of self-government in the ACT, and the anniversary of the first sitting of the Legislative Assembly. Watch proceedings.
9 May 2019
9 May 2019
The inaugural meeting of the Former Members’ Association of the ACT Legislative Assembly took place on the eve of the Assembly's 30th anniversary.
Our exhibition, SelfGov30 opened. The exhibition tells the story of what came before self government in the territory, how it came about, what we've dealt with since, and asks what should come next in our self-government story.
5 February 2019
Speaker of the Assembly, Joy Burch MLA, has witnessed the affirmation of new ACT Auditor-General, Michael Harris. Mr Harris will commence his seven-year term on 8 February. Media release
27 November 2018
Speaker of the Assembly, Joy Burch MLA, has announced the 2018 winners of the Assembly awards for emerging artists. Media release
The Assembly is now a member of the Breastfeeding welcome here program. Staff at the entrance can show parents to a space where they can feed their baby.
19 October 2018
Joy Burch MLA, Speaker of the Assembly, has announced the appointment of an independent legal arbiter to evaluate the Icon Water contracts with ActewAGL. The Speaker made the appointment in accordance with the resolution passed by the Assembly on 20 September 2018. The independent legal arbiter for this task will be the Hon Richard Refshauge. Media release
13 September 2018
24 August 2018
The Government has announced a number of Ministerial and portfolio changes along with the expansion of the Ministry. The eighth Minister will be member for Murrumbidgee, Chris Steel. Chris Steel will be Minister for City Services, Minister for Community Services and Facilities, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, and Minister for Roads.
16 August 2018
The Assembly has ‘remonstrated’ (protested) the Senate’s rejection of Territory rights to make laws on assisted dying. Remonstrance motions are rarely-used, and this is the first remonstration to pass the Assembly in its 29 year history. Watch the motion. One previous remonstrance motion was moved in the Assembly in June 2009, but this motion was amended and passed as a regular motion.
6 August 2018
The Speaker of the Assembly has farewelled ACT Auditor-General, Dr Maxine Cooper. During her seven year term, Dr Cooper has made a significant contribution to the administration and public accountability of the Territory. Media release.
13 February 2018
Candice Burch is sworn in as the new member for Kurrajong, following her election in December.
13 December 2017
Following the death of Steve Doszpot MLA, a countback of votes from the 2016 election was held on 11 December, to fill the casual vacancy in the seat of Kurrajong. This was the first countback since the 2016 election. The candidate with the most votes, Candice Burch, has been declared formally elected. She will be sworn in during the first sitting day in 2018.
27 November 2017
Speaker of the Assembly, Joy Burch MLA, as announced this year's winners of the Assembly awards for emerging artists. Media release.
25 November 2017
Steve Doszpot MLA has died after a long illness. Mr Doszpot made a valedictory statement to the Assembly on 24 October, advising his intention to resign as a member on 5 December. Mr Doszpot is the first member of the Assembly to die while in office.
3 October 2017
Speaker Joy Burch has announced the ACT's new electoral commissioner. Brigadier (Retired) Damian Cantwell AM will be appointed for a five-year term on 1 November 2017.
19 June 2017
Speaker of the Assembly, Joy Burch MLA, has announced the decision of the independent legal arbiter regarding a claim of executive privilege by the Chief Minister. Media release.
30 May 2017
Phil Green, the ACT's first full-time electoral commissioner, has announced he will retire in August 2017.
25 November 2016
Speaker of the Assembly, Joy Burch MLA, has announced this year’s winners of the Assembly awards for emerging artists.
15 July 2016
Mr Brendan Smyth, Member for Brindabella, has resigned from the Assembly effective today. This creates a vacancy that will be filled by count back of the votes from the last election. Learn more about the process for filling a vacancy
29 June 2016
Speaker of your Assembly, Mrs Vicki Dunne, has accepted an important appointment as acting Treasurer of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). The invitation was made in recognition of her length of service and contributions to the work of the CPA, and Mrs Dunne felt it was a great honour to be considered. The position will be filled permanently at the next meeting in Dhaka in September 2016.
17 March 2016
The first ASPG event for 2016 took place in the APH theatre. English votes for English laws.
15 March 2016
Mrs Vicki Dunne, MLA, Speaker of the Assembly, has hosted Commonwealth Day celebrations for the Assembly. Luke Gersekowski, College Captain of St Edmunds College, read the Commonwealth Day message from Her Majesty the Queen.
8 March 2016
New member for Ginninderra, Mr Jayson Hinder, has made his inaugural speech, following his swearing in this morning.
18 February 2016
Mary Porter AM MLA has announced her intention to resign from the Assembly on Friday 19 February. This creates a vacancy that will be filled by count back of the votes from the last election. Learn more about the process for filling a vacancy
21 January 2016
On 21 January 2016, the Speaker approved the following changes to the membership of Assembly committees:
Standing Committee on Health, Ageing, Community and Social Services
Discharge Dr Bourke and Ms Fitzharris and appoint Ms Burch and Ms Porter in their places.
Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety
Discharge Dr Bourke and appoint Ms Burch in his place.
Standing Committee on Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services
Discharge Dr Bourke and Ms Fitzharris and appoint Ms Burch and Ms Porter in their places.
Standing Committee on Public Accounts
Discharge Ms Fitzharris and appoint Ms Burch in her place.
Pursuant to standing order 223, the Speaker may approve a committee membership change if it is considered necessary for the functioning of a committee. The Speaker has formed the view that the changes support the operations of the committees concerned and has thus granted her approval. She will formally report on this when the Assembly next sits.
Visit your Assembly
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e-Petition your Assembly – you can use an e-petition to formally request action from the Assembly. Find out more about e-petitions.
Construction work has begun in the Assembly building, following the removal of the art collection for safe keeping last month.
2014-2015 Annual Report
Interested in the activities of the Office of the Legislative Assembly? Our 2014-2015 annual report is now available.
18 January 2016
This week the Clerk of the Assembly, Tom Duncan, is attending a seminar in New Zealand on keeping parliaments relevant. More
17 December 2015
Signature art works in the Assembly building, including the iconic glass sculpture in the building's foyer, are being removed for safe keeping ahead of building refurbishment.
16 December 2015
Clerk of the ACT Legislative Assembly Tom Duncan Clerk has attended a benchmarking workshop for democratic parliaments, with colleagues from Asia, India, and South Asia regions.
2 December 2015
Speaker of the ACT Legislative Assembly Vicki Dunne has welcomed over 100 new Australian citizens to the territory. Find out more about the citizenship evening....
1 December 2015
Representatives from the Assembly have met with parliamentarians from across the Commonwealth to discuss vulnerability. More...
27 November 2015
Speaker of the ACT Legislative Assembly Vicki Dunne has congratulated this year’s winners of the Legislative Assembly Awards for Art. Due to be announced at an award ceremony as part of the ANU School of Art’s graduating exhibition, the recipients of the two awards are Christine Ramsay and Brooke Jarvis. More...
2 November 2015
The Assembly hosted an event by the ACT Chapter of the Australasian Study of Parliament Group. The session, presented by Speaker Vicki Dunne MLA, and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services Shane Rattenbury MLA, explored the age old tension that sometimes arises between the prerogatives of executive government and the accountability and scrutiny functions of the legislature. More
27 October 2015
The committee report into Draft Variation 343 to the territory plan for blocks affected by the loose fill asbestos insulation eradication scheme has been tabled. Report
20 September 2015
The Legislative Assembly is staging an opportunity to see behind the scenes in your Assembly building. Open day events are held once every Assembly (every four years).
Events include: a viewing of the replica of the Magna Carta and a debate about its relevance in today’s democracy adjudicated by The Honourable Justice Richard Refshauge; choral performances by the Canberra Children’s Choir and adult choir Latin Lovers; art tours by our curatorial advisor; talks by local artists who have works on display in the building; MLAs hosting tours of the building and cooking the BBQ lunch; a Correa Bells plant for the first 100 families. More ...
Mrs Vicki Dunne MLA, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly for the ACT, along with Mr Andrew Wall MLA, Dr Chris Bourke MLA and Ms Mary Porter AM MLA, this morning met with youth ambassadors from Taiwan. Photo
13 August 2015
The committee report on the inquiry into the proposed use of medical cannabis in the ACT has been tabled. Read the report
4 August 2015
The Select Committee on Estimates was established in early 2015 to examine expenditure proposals put forward in the Appropriation Bill 2015-2016, the Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2015-2016, and revenue estimates proposed by the Government in the 2015-2016 Budget.
In addition to the submissions received from 15 community and industry groups, the Committee held public hearings over 11 days in June, hearing evidence from 178 witnesses across all ministerial portfolios; the officers of all Territory Owned Corporations, all ACT statutory officers, Officers of the Legislative Assembly and from community groups.
The report has been tabled in your Assembly. Media Release Committee report - Appropriation Bill 2015-2016 and the Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2015-2016 (PDF, 131.09 KB) Read report
30-31 July 2015
Over 50 students took part in the 2015 ACT Schools Constitutional Convention on 30-21 July. The convention, a collaborative effort between the National Archives, the Museum of Australian Democracy and the ACT Legislative Assembly, aims to give students an opportunity to examine current constitutional issues and learn about the original constitution convention in the 1890s, including the modern procedures and practices of parliament.
The question explored at this year’s convention was ‘Should the Commonwealth Parliament have specific powers to legislate for the environment?’
This year's students had the opportunity to investigate the Constitution and its fundamental role in Australia’s system of government; visit the Museum of Australian Democracy to part in the “Our Voices, Our Choices” interactive trail; experience the stories of those who have lobbied and petitioned to create change in the community; debate the reach of constitutional powers and the role of the Commonwealth Parliament in legislating on environmental matters; and participate in a mock referendum.
31 March 2015
The Speaker has officially received a painting, on loan from the Australian War Memorial, by acclaimed Australian war artist Will Longstaff. The painting, Villers-Bretonneux, ruins of the church, is a poignant reminder of the aftermath of a battle that forged a special bond of friendship between Australia, Britain and France.
26 March 2015
After a merit-based recruitment process the Electoral Commissioner, Phil Green, has been reappointed for a term of five years.
Vicki Dunne MLA, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, made the appointment on behalf of the Assembly. This is the first time the Speaker has overseen the recruitment and appointment process, following amendments to the Electoral Act last year. Media release
10 March 2015
The Assembly celebrates Commonwealth Day today, with an event that brings together members of the diplomatic corps with the leadership of Canberra's senior colleges. Media release
10 February 2015
Meeghan Fitzharris has been officially sworn in as the new member for Molonglo during the first sitting day for 2015. Ms Fitzharris won a countback to fill the seat vacated by former Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, in December.
10 February 2015
The latest review of the implementation of Latimer House Principles in the ACT has been tabled in the Assembly by the Speaker. This report was compiled by Bill Burmester, Mark Evans, Meredith Edwards, and Richard Reid, from the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra.
4 February 2015
16 January 2015
Meegan Fitzharris has been announced as the new MLA for Molonglo following a countback of votes from the 2012 election by Elections ACT. Meegan Fitzharris replaces former Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, who resigned from the Assembly in December 2014.
1 January 2015
The ACT's Lobbyist Register has come into effect.
All individuals, partnerships or companies wishing to lobby a Member of the Legislative Assembly, their staff, or ACT public sector employees must now be registered. Details can be provided online, and will appear on the register, on average, within two business days of the receipt of properly completed registration forms. Online registration.
23 December 2014
The Speaker has advised the ACT Electoral Commissioner of a casual vacancy, following the official resignation of Katy Gallagher from the Assembly on 23 December. The process for filling the vacancy is managed by Elections ACT.
11 December 2014
The Speaker announced a special sitting of the Assembly today to elect a new Chief Minister, Andrew Barr MLA. The ACT's new Deputy Chief Minister is Simon Corbell MLA.
8 December 2014
Last week Katy Gallagher MLA announced that she would resign her position as Chief Minister. Lots of things happen behind the scenes at the Assembly to formalise this.
Ms Gallagher is due to formally resign as Chief Minister on 10 December 2014 by providing written advice to the Speaker, Vicki Dunne MLA. Once this has happened, the Speaker will call a special sitting of the Assembly to elect a new Chief Minister.
In addition to resigning as Chief Minister, Ms Gallagher has indicated that she will resign her position as an MLA before Christmas. This will create a vacancy in the Assembly that will be filled by count back of the votes from the last election.
4 December 2014
The report into the Inquiry in the proposed Appropriation (Loose-fill Asbestos Insulation Eradication) Bill has been released. Report
4 December 2014
In a significant show of support for transparency in the decision-making process across the ACT public sector, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly for the ACT, Vicki Dunne MLA, has announced the commencement of a register of lobbyists. Media release HTML PDF (317KB)
4 December 2014
Speaker announces winners of this year's Legislative Assembly Awards: Joel Arthur for his oil and acrylic painting; and Harriet Lee Robinson for her work made of hand beaten copper. Media Release HTML PDF (430.3KB)
26 November 2014
The Speaker congratulates sculptor Kensuke Todo, and painter Annika Harding on recent ACT art awards. Their works are included in recent Assembly art acquisitions, and are now proudly on display. Media Release HTML PDF (298KB)
6 August 2014
In a significant reaffirmation of the independence of the Legislative Assembly, Vicki Dunne MLA, Speaker of the Assembly, tabled a set of budget protocols for the Office of the Legislative Assembly.
21 July 2014
A condolence book, located in the public entrance of the Assembly building, was opened for people wanting to pay their respects to victims of Flight MH17.
8 July 2014
This week, Speaker Vicki Dunne MLA presided over the swearing-in of the inaugural Officers of the Legislative Assembly. This formalised the appointments of the ACT Auditor-General, ACT Ombudsman, and members of the ACT Electoral Commission as Officers of the Legislative Assembly. Media Release HTML PDF 314.2KB
4 July 2014
New Administrative Arrangements 2014 have been notified following the announcement of the expanded Cabinet. See the new Ministerial Responsibilities.
30 June 2014
The Select Committee into Amendments to the Electoral Act 1992 has finalised its inquiry into Amendments to the Electoral Act 1992 and released its report.
12 June 2014
Vicki Dunne MLA, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, has welcomed the arrival at the Assembly of an important piece of Australian art history.
The painting has been loaned to the Assembly as part of the commemoration of the centenary of World War I. Villers-Bretonneux, ruins of the church by William Longstaff, is on display outside of the Speaker’s hospitality room at the Assembly building.
The Speaker extended her thanks to the Australian War Memorial and its Director, Dr Brendan Nelson, for the generous loan.
Since occupying the iconic South Building on London Circuit in 1994, the Assembly has developed a collection of visual art that reflects the calibre and diversity of artists working in the region.
Acquisitions are made each year on the advice of the Legislative Assembly Art Advisory Committee, and new works are displayed temporarily on the ground floor corridor of the Assembly building facing London Circuit.
Explore a selection of works in our online gallery.
16 May 2014
Today we recognised the years of service of our longest standing staff members.
7 April 2014
Commencing for the sitting week of 8 April, Question Time and adjournment debates will now be replayed on community radio station ArtSound FM.
1 April 2014
The Standing Committee on Health, Ageing, Community and Social Services, has finalised their inquiry into ACT Public Service Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment. Media release and Report PDF (3.6MB)
Week of 17 March 2014
This week we acknowledged and celebrated Commonwealth Day. Thank you to Phyllida Behm (CGGS), who read HM the Queen’s message at a function hosted by the Speaker, Vicki Dunne, at the Assembly on 18 March. Media release and speeches
11 March 2014
Canberra's centenary time capsule was sealed on City Hill this week. Our gifts to future Canberras included copies of speeches from Canberra's 100th birthday, and handwritten letters from Assembly Speaker, Vicki Dunne; Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher; ACT Opposition Leader, Jeremy Hanson; and Greens Leader, Shane Rattenbury.
14 February 2014
Dr Ken Crispin QC is announced as the inaugural Legislative Assembly Commissioner for Standards.
4 December 2013
On Wednesday 4 December 2013, the Speaker, Vicki Dunne MLA, welcomed guests from across the ACT arts community and beyond to the official handing over of the ‘Great Centenary Tapestry’.
29 November 2013
The Speaker, Vicki Dunne MLA, has announced the latest recipients of the Assembly's art prizes.
31 October 2013
The Assembly has resolved that a Commissioner for Standards be appointed. The position will be filled for an initial period of two years.
26 September 2013
The 2012-13 Annual Report for the Office of the Legislative Assembly is now available online.