COVID-19 - Temporary changes to operations

Updated 7 May 2020

With the declaration of a public health emergency in the ACT, the Speaker, Joy Burch MLA, has introduced a number of changes to normal operating arrangements at the Legislative Assembly precincts. These measures are intended to limit potential exposure to COVID-19 and exercise the Assembly's duty of care to members, staff, and the public.

Sitting dates added

The Assembly has agreed to add the following sitting dates:
  • Thursday 21 May
  • Thursday 4 June
  • Thursday 2 July
  • Thursday 23 July
  • Thursday 30 July
  • Thursday 20 August

See the full sitting calendar

Assembly building closed to the public

From Wednesday 8 April, the Legislative Assembly building will be closed to the public.

Members of the public are still able to contact their MLAs via telephone or email and watch proceedings either live or on demand through Assembly on Demand.

Further changes to sitting dates

Further to changes to the March sitting dates, which meant the scheduled dates of Tuesday 31 March and Wednesday 1 April did not take place, the Assembly has agreed to revise their sitting calendar up to the end of August. Only the scheduled Thursday sittings will now take place:

  • Thursday 7 May
  • Thursday 27 August
  • Thursday 18 June
  • Thursday 13 August
  • Thursday 27 August

The Assembly will be focusing on essential business only, and other dates that were published previously, have been cancelled.

New COVID-19 committee is set up

A new committee has been set up to inquire into COVID-19 in the ACT. The committee will be inquiring into the ACT's health and financial response, and other issues related to the pandemic. Visit the COVID-19 Response Committee page.

Committee meetings move to video conference

A motion has been passed through the Assembly to change standing orders, to enable committees to meet via video conference. This will allow them to continue their inquiries until normal operating arrangements resume.

Tours and groups

The use of reception and exhibition rooms by external groups has been suspended. School and community group visits, seminars and work experience placements at the Assembly have been cancelled.

These arrangements will be reassessed on 30 June, unless advised earlier.

Stay up to date with changes

We will continue to publish information on social media about sitting days, committee inquiries, and advise of updates to these arrangements. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date.

For more information

The Assembly’s COVID-19 response plan is available to view either in Microsoft Word (97.4KB) or PDF (334KB)

Follow the advice of health authorities regarding the need to seek medical advice and treatment. Up-to-date official information is available at ACT Health.

If you're a business seeking advice or assitence during the COVID-19 public health emergency, please visit the ACT Government website.

We will continue to provide regular updates.