Section 21 of the Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988 states that the Assembly may make orders in respect to the conduct of business and proceedings in the Assembly.
Standing orders are the formal rules of a parliament and govern the way the chamber and committees conduct business. Standing orders may be reviewed and amended, and the Assembly regularly revises them.
The Companion to the standing orders provides a more detailed explanation of the application and interpretation of the standing orders. It also includes the informal procedures and practices that are not covered by the standing orders.