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The Drugs and Crime Prevention Committee is a former Joint Investigatory Committee of the Parliament of Victoria. On 1 August 2013 it merged with the Law Reform Committee and became the Law Reform, Drugs and Crime Prevention Committee.

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The Committee was reissued with Terms of Reference to inquire into the Misuse/Abuse of Benzodiazepines and other forms of Pharmaceutical Drugs in Victoria on 1 March 2007.

The Committee tabled an Interim Report on the 24th of August 2006.

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The  Economic Development and Infrastructure Committee is a former Joint Investigatory Committee of the Parliament of Victoria. On 1 August 2013 it merged with the Outer Suburban/Interface Services and Development Committee and became the Economic Development, Infrastructure and Outer Suburban/Interface Services Committee.

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The Terms of Reference for this Inquiry were rescinded by Motion of the Legislative Assembly on 31 July 2008. No further actions will be taken by the Committee on this Inquiry.

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The Education and Training Committee is a former Joint Investigatory Committee of the 57th Parliament of Victoria. On the 21 April 2015 it merged with the Economic Development, Infrastructure and Outer Suburban/Interface Services Committee and became the Economic, Education, Jobs and Skills Committee.


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The Electoral Matters Committee is a joint investigatory committee of the Parliament of Victoria. In the 59th Parliament, members were appointed on 30 April, 2019.

 

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What was the inquiry about?

This inquiry looked at the conduct of the 2018 Victorian election. The Committee considered people's views on how the election was conducted and suggestions on how things could be improved. Issues examined include enrolling, being a candidate and voting.

What is the inquiry up to now?

We have now tabled the final report for this inquiry.

What happens next?

The Government has six months to respond in writing to any recommendations we have made. The response is public and will be put on this website when it is received. In its response, the Government will indicate whether it supports the Committee’s recommendations. It can also outline actions it may take.

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What was the inquiry about?

This inquiry looked at the impact of social media and online advertising on Victorian state elections. The terms of reference sets out the issues the inquiry considered.

What is the inquiry up to now?

We have now tabled the final report for this inquiry.

The Government has six months to respond to the recommendations in the report. The response will be published on this website when it is received. In its response, the Government will indicate whether it supports the Committee’s recommendations. It can also outline actions it may take.

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What was the inquiry about?
This inquiry looked at whether Victoria should participate in a national electoral roll platform (rather than the state of Victoria continuing to maintain its own electoral roll platform). More details can be found in the terms of reference.

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We have now tabled the final report for this inquiry.

The Government has six months to respond to the recommendations in the report. The response will be published on this website when it is received. In its response, the Government will indicate whether it supports the Committee’s recommendations. It can also outline actions it may take.

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The Environment and Natural Resources Committee is former joint investigatory committee of the 57th Parliament of Victoria. On the 16 April 2015 it merged with the Rural and Regional Committee and became the Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Committee.

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On 04 May 2011, the Committee's Inquiry into the Environment Effects Statement Process in Victoria was again referred to for inquiry, consideration and report. Work previously undertaken for the Inquiry during the 56th Parliament has already been published.

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The Family and Community Development Committee is a joint investigatory committee of the 58th Parliament of Victoria.

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The Law Reform Committee is a former Joint Investigatory Committee of the Parliament of Victoria. On 1 August 2013 it merged with the Drugs and Crime Prevention Committee and became the Law Reform, Drugs and Crime Prevention Committee.

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The Outer Suburban/Interface Services and Development Committee is a former Joint Investigatory Committee of the Parliament of Victoria. On 1 August 2013 it merged with the Economic Development and Infrastructure Committee and became the Economic Development, Infrastructure and Outer Suburban/Interface Services Committee.

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Following the introduction of the 2016-17 appropriation bills, the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee will hold public hearings with all Ministers and the Parliament's Presiding Officers.  The hearings allow the Committee to ask questions on a wide variety of issues relating to the Budget.

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Inquiry into the 2012-13 Budget Estimates

Financial Audit of the Victorian Auditor-General's Office - Section 17 of the Audit Act 1994 (Vic) and the performance audit of the Victorian Auditor-General and the Victorian Auditor-General's Office - Section 19 of the Audit Act 1994 (Vic).

 
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During the period May to June, the Committee holds public hearings to scrutinise the expenditure and activities of 43 portfolios and the Parliamentary Departments.

All Ministers and senior departmental officers are invited to appear before the Committee and are questioned on the proposed expenditure of departments for the next financial year.

Before the Budget is brought down by the Treasurer, the Committee forwards a questionnaire to all departments seeking information to supplement the details that will be contained in the Budget Papers. This information is analysed and background briefing papers are prepared that form the basis for many of the questions raised at the hearings.

The evidence given at the public hearings is reviewed and, where the Committee considers necessary, further information is sought.

The Committee's objective in its scrutiny of the budget estimates is to:

  • constructively contribute to improving the presentation of budget information, to the Parliament and the community of Victoria ;
  • facilitate a greater understanding of the budget estimates;
  • encourage clear, full and precise statements of the Government's objectives and planned budget outcomes; and
  • encourage economical, efficient and effective administration.

The Committee's report on the budget estimates is usually tabled in the spring session – in September or October each year.

  • Previous Inquiry into Budget Estimates (2004-2005)

The Committee tabled its report on 11 November 2004.

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  5. Review of the Budget Papers (PDF 361Kb)
  6. Parliamentary Departments (PDF 377Kb)
  7. Education and Training (PDF 395Kb)
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  12. Premier and Cabinet (PDF 379Kb)
  13. Primary Industries (PDF 366Kb)
  14. Sustainability and the Environment (PDF 426Kb)
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  16. Victorian Communities (PDF 559Kb)
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The report was tabled on 19th of May 2005

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The Committee released an issues paper.

The final report was tabled on the 10th of November 2004.

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The government response to the recommendations in the report was received on 27 July 2005.

 

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During the period May to June, the Committee holds public hearings to scrutinise the expenditure and activities of all government portfolios and the Parliamentary Departments.

All Ministers and senior departmental officers are invited to appear before the Committee and are questioned on the proposed expenditure of departments for the next financial year.

Before the Budget is brought down by the Treasurer, the Committee forwards a questionnaire to all departments seeking information to supplement the details that will be contained in the Budget Papers.

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  • facilitate a greater understanding of the budget estimates;
  • encourage clear, full and precise statements of the Government's objectives and planned budget outcomes; and
  • encourage economical, efficient and effective administration.


The aim of the Committee is to table the report during debate on the appropriation bills in the Parliament.

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An important aspect of the Committee’s work is to follow up on matters raised by the Auditor-General in various reports to the Parliament. The Auditor-General’s reports draw Parliament’s attention to financial concerns or issues relating to any public sector agency. The Committee can follow up these matters by virtue of its powers to hold public hearings and take evidence. In this way, matters raised by the Auditor-General are put under the microscope for the benefit of the Parliament and the community.

Under its functions and powers set out in sections 14 and 33 of the Parliamentary Committees Act 2003, the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee has been following up audit reports tabled in Parliament by the Auditor-General every six months.  The Committee prioritises these reports using various criteria including consideration of seriousness of impacts or implications of audit findings, public interest, risks, social impacts, criticality and unresolved disputes, materiality and opportunities to enhance accountability.

The Committee has resolved to retain a broad scope for its terms of reference, that is, to review any aspects of the findings and recommendations contained within those reports.

 

Review of the Findings and Recommendations of the Auditor-General's Reports tabled during July to December 2008

The Committee recently conducted a review of the findings of the Auditor-General reports tabled during July to December 2008. The Committee prioritised the following reports for review and public hearings:

  • Managing Acute Patient Flows (November 2008); and
  • BioSecurity Incidents: Planning and Risk Management for Livestock Disease (November  2008).

 

Public Hearings and Transcripts of Evidence

The Committee held public hearings in relation to:

  • Managing Acute Patient Flows (November 2008); and
  • BioSecurity Incidents: Planning and Risk Management for Livestock Disease (November  2008).


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The Committee also reviewed, without public hearings, the following reports:

  • Private Practice Arrangements in Health Services (October 2008);
  • Managing Complaints Against Ticket Inspectors (July 2008);
  • Enforcement of Planning Permits (November 2008); and
  • School Buildings: Planning, Maintenance and Renewal (November 2008).

 

 

 

Report

The Committee tabled the pdf Review of the Findings and Recommendations of the Auditor-General's Reports 2008 1.74 Mb in August 2010.

 

Review of the Findings and Recommendations of the Auditor-General's Reports tabled during March to June 2008

The Committee conducted a review of the findings of the following Auditor-General reports tabled during March to June 2008:

  • Planning for Water Infrastructure in Victoria (April 2008);
  • Patient Safety in Public Hospitals (May 2008);
  • Records Management in the Victorian Public Sector (March 2008);
  • Delivering HealthSMART (April 2008);
  • Victoria's Planning Framework for Land Use and Development (May 2008);
  • Coordinating Services and Initiatives for Aboriginal People (June 2008); and
  • Implementation of the Criminal Justice Enhancement Program (CJEP) (June 2008).

 

 

Public Hearings and Transcripts of Evidence

The Committee held public hearings in relation to:
  • Planning for Water Infrastructure in Victoria (April 2008); and
  • Patient Safety in Public Hospitals (May 2008).
 
 
The hearing schedule and transcripts of evidence are available here.

 

 
 

Report

 

 

Further reports can be found on the Publications page, under 'Review of the Auditor-General reports'.

 

 

The Committee is holding public hearings from Monday 10 May 2010 to Thursday 20 May 2010 inclusive in the Legislative Council Committee Room, Parliament House, Melbourne.

 

 
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Financial Audit of the Victorian Auditor-General's Office - Section 17 of the Audit Act 1994 (Vic) and the performance audit of the Victorian Auditor-General and the Victorian Auditor-General's Office - Section 19 of the Audit Act 1994 (Vic).

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The Committee has commenced an inquiry into Victoria’s public finance practices and legislation under section 33(3) of the Parliamentary Committees Act 2003.

The Notification of a New Inquiry into Victoria's public finance practices and legislation was tabled on 11 June 2008.

 

The closing date for submissions was 11 May 2007. The Committee is no longer accepting submissions.

Hearings were held in relation to the inquiry on 1 and 2 August 2007.

Final Report (PDF 1.21Mb), tabled 4 April 2008

The government response was tabled on 9 September 2008.

Executive Officer
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Parliament House, Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002
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The Report on the 2008-09 Budget Estimates - Part Three as tabled on 15 October 2008.

The Report on the 2008-09 Budget Estimates - Part Two was tabled on 12 June 2008.

The Committee tabled the Report on the 2008-09 Budget Estimates - Part One on 29 May 2008.

 

Previous Inquiry

  • 2007-08 Budget Estimates

 

The Committee tabled its Report on 2007-08 Budget Estimates - Part One on 24 May 2007.

Report on the 2007-08 Budget Estimates - Part One

The Committee tabled its Report on the 2007-08 Budget Estimates - Part Two on 7 June 2007.

Report on the 2007-08 Budget Estimates - Part Two

The Committee tabled its Report on 2007-08 Budget Estimates - Part Three on 20 September 2007.

Report on the 2007-08 Budget Estimates - Part Three

Departmental questionnaire responses - examples of comprehensive responses

  • Department of Human Services (PDF 449Kb)
  • Department of Infrastructure (PDF 407Kb)
  • Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development (PDF 276Kb)
  • Department of Justice (PDF 507Kb)

Government response (PDF 269Kb)

Previous Inquiry

  • 2006-07 Budget Estimates

Contents

 

The Report on Private investment in public infrastructure was tabled in the Parliament on 4 October 2006.

  • Report on Private investment in public infrastructure (MS Word 2210 Kb)
  • Report on Private investment in public infrastructure (PDF 1084 Kb)

The Report on the evidence obtained overseas in connection with the Inquiry into Private Sector Investment in Public Infrastructure.

 

The Committee tabled its final report on 14 September 2006

Final Report

Government Response

Previous Inquiry

  • 2005-06 Budget Estimates

 

As a result of representations from the Auditor-General, the Committee undertook an Inquiry into the need for an appropriate legislative framework for Victorian officers of Parliament.

The committee tabled the final report 8 February 2006.

 

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Background

Each year around May, the Government tables the budget papers and the Appropriation Bills in the Parliament. The budget papers include estimated projections of government revenue over the forward estimates (three years) and expenditure for the next financial year. They also outline the fiscal outlook for the State’s economy and the Government’s proposed major initiatives.

The appropriation bills reflect the spending proposals contained in the budget papers and the Parliament must pass the bills to authorise the expenditure of public money. The budget papers and the appropriation bills form the basis of accountability for financial and performance management for each government department.

On behalf of the Parliament, the Committee conducts detailed scrutiny of the Government’s annual spending and revenue (the budget estimates).

 Objectives

The Committee’s budget estimates inquiry aims to benefit the Parliament and the community by:

  • promoting the accountability, transparency and integrity of the executive and the public sector
  • encouraging effective and efficient delivery of public services and assets
  • enhancing the understanding of the budget estimates and the wider economic environment and
  • assisting members of Parliament in their deliberation on the appropriation bills.

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The Inquiry into Gender Responsive Budgeting has been reopened. The July 2021 hearings that were cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions have been rescheduled to 11 and 25 October 2021. Submissions are being accepted until 30 November 2021.

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The Committee resolved at its meeting on 23 September 2019 to conduct a follow up inquiry into the Victorian Auditor-General’s report no.202: Meeting obligations to protect Ramsar Wetlands, tabled on 14 September 2016.

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This report was tabled in Parliament on 17 July 2020.

Overview

The Committee’s inquiry into the financial and performance outcomes assists Parliament and the community to gauge what the Government achieved in the last financial year(s) compared to what the Government planned to achieve. This inquiry complements the Committee’s scrutiny of the budget estimates and aims to:

• improve the accountability of Victorian Government departments and agencies
• improve the transparency and clarity in the reporting of public sector performance
• provide the Parliament and community with more meaningful information about the outcomes delivered in the last financial year(s).

 

 

 

Schedule 

The 2020-21 Budget Estimates Inquiry hearings was held concurrently with the third round of COVID-19 Inquiry hearings in November and December 2020. See the schedule here.

Background

Each year around May, the Government tables the budget papers and the Appropriation Bills in the Parliament. The budget papers include estimated projections of government revenue over the forward estimates (three years) and expenditure for the next financial year. They also outline the fiscal outlook for the State’s economy and the Government’s proposed major initiatives.

The appropriation bills reflect the spending proposals contained in the budget papers and the Parliament must pass the bills to authorise the expenditure of public money. The budget papers and the appropriation bills form the basis of accountability for financial and performance management for each government department.

On behalf of the Parliament, the Committee conducts detailed scrutiny of the Government’s annual spending and revenue (the budget estimates).

 Objectives

The Committee’s budget estimates inquiry aims to benefit the Parliament and the community by:

  • promoting the accountability, transparency and integrity of the executive and the public sector
  • encouraging effective and efficient delivery of public services and assets
  • enhancing the understanding of the budget estimates and the wider economic environment and
  • assisting members of Parliament in their deliberation on the appropriation bills.

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The Committee’s inquiry into the financial and performance outcomes assists Parliament and the community to gauge what the Government achieved in the last financial year(s) compared to what the Government planned to achieve. This inquiry complements the Committee’s scrutiny of the budget estimates and aims to:

• improve the accountability of Victorian Government departments and agencies
• improve the transparency and clarity in the reporting of public sector performance
• provide the Parliament and community with more meaningful information about the outcomes delivered in the last financial year(s).

The 2019-20 Financial and Performance Outcomes Inquiry hearings were held from 22-25 February 2021.
See the schedule here for the 2019-20 Financial and Performance Outcomes Inquiry hearings.

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In response to the public health restrictions announced on 27 May and 2 June, the public hearings for the Inquiry into the 2021-22 Budget Estimates scheduled for 28 May-4 June were deferred. The hearings resumed on 16 June 2021. 

Click here to view the updated estimates hearing schedule. 

Background

Each year around May, the Government tables the budget papers and the Appropriation Bills in the Parliament. The budget papers include estimated projections of government revenue over the forward estimates (three years) and expenditure for the next financial year. They also outline the fiscal outlook for the State’s economy and the Government’s proposed major initiatives.

The appropriation bills reflect the spending proposals contained in the budget papers and the Parliament must pass the bills to authorise the expenditure of public money. The budget papers and the appropriation bills form the basis of accountability for financial and performance management for each government department.

On behalf of the Parliament, the Committee conducts detailed scrutiny of the Government’s annual spending and revenue (the budget estimates).

 Objectives

The Committee’s budget estimates inquiry aims to benefit the Parliament and the community by:

  • promoting the accountability, transparency and integrity of the executive and the public sector
  • encouraging effective and efficient delivery of public services and assets
  • enhancing the understanding of the budget estimates and the wider economic environment and
  • assisting members of Parliament in their deliberation on the appropriation bills.

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Background

Each year around May, the Government tables the budget papers and the Appropriation Bills in the Parliament. The budget papers include estimated projections of government revenue over the forward estimates (three years) and expenditure for the next financial year. They also outline the fiscal outlook for the State’s economy and the Government’s proposed major initiatives.

The appropriation bills reflect the spending proposals contained in the budget papers and the Parliament must pass the bills to authorise the expenditure of public money. The budget papers and the appropriation bills form the basis of accountability for financial and performance management for each government department.

On behalf of the Parliament, the Committee conducts detailed scrutiny of the Government’s annual spending and revenue (the budget estimates).

Objectives

The Committee’s budget estimates inquiry aims to benefit the Parliament and the community by:

  • promoting the accountability, transparency and integrity of the executive and the public sector

  • encouraging effective and efficient delivery of public services and assets

  • enhancing the understanding of the budget estimates and the wider economic environment and

  • assisting members of Parliament in their deliberation on the appropriation bills. 

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The Road Safety Committee is a former Joint Investigatory Committee of the 57th Parliament of Victoria. On the 21 April 2015 it merged with the Law Reform, Drugs and Crime Prevention Committee and became the Law Reform, Road and Community Safety Committee.

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    The Committee is to report to Parliament on the incidence, causes and appropriate means of addressing crashes involving vehicles leaving the road and colliding with roadside objects, including the liability and accountability issues relating to roadside utility poles, trees and other fixed objects; and the appropriate risk management guidelines and practices for roadside hazard management in the various speed zones.

    Current Status

    The Government Response was tabled in Parliament in October 2005.

    The Committee tabled its report in Parliament on 22 March 2005.

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    The Rural and Regional Committee is a former Joint Investigatory Committee of the 57th Parliament of Victoria. On the 16 April 2015 it merged with the Environment and Natural Resources Committee and became the Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Committee.

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    The Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee is an all-party Joint House Committee, which examines all Bills introduced into the Victorian Parliament.

    The Terms of Reference of the Committee contain principles of scrutiny that enable it to operate in the best traditions of non-partisan legislative scrutiny. These traditions have developed since the first Australian scrutiny of bills committee of the Australian Senate commenced scrutiny of bills in 1982. They are precedents and traditions followed by all Australian scrutiny committees.

    The Committee does not make comments on the policy aspects of legislation. Non-policy scrutiny principles within its terms of reference allow the Committee to alert the Parliament to the use of certain legislative practices and allows the Parliament to consider whether the use of these practices is necessary, appropriate or desirable in all the circumstances.

    The Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 provides that the Committee must consider any Bill introduced into Parliament and must report to the Parliament whether the Bill is incompatible with Human Rights.

    To see which Bills are currently before the Committee please note the following links

    • Bills this week lists all Bills Parliament is working on during a sitting week
    • Bills Status List provides the status of all bills introduced into the Parliament during the year


    The Committee also has a role to examine all regulations, and certain legislative instruments (defined in the Subordinate Legislation Act 1994), against terms of reference in like terms for the scrutiny of Bills. For more information, see Scrutiny of Regulations

    Charter Review 2015

    In March 2015, Attorney-General, the Hon Martin Pakula MP, appointed Mr Michael Brett Young as an independent reviewer for the eight-year review of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities.

    To view the report and government response, visit 2015 Review of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006.

    In light of the present circumstances the Scrutiny Conference has been postponed. Further advice will be provided in due course.

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    On 19 April 2011 the Committee received a reference to review the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 and the first four years of the Charter's operation. See pdf Victorian Government Gazette S128 36.19 Kb

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    The Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee examines all Bills presented to the Parliament and publishes its findings in a report called the Alert Digest.

    The Terms of Reference of the Committee contain principles of scrutiny that enable it to operate in the best traditions of non-partisan legislative scrutiny. These traditions have developed since the first Australian scrutiny of bills committee of the Australian Senate commenced scrutiny of bills in 1981. They are precedents and traditions followed by all Australian scrutiny committees.

    The Committee does not make comments on the policy aspects of legislation. Non-policy scrutiny principles within its terms of reference allow the Committee to alert the Parliament to the use of certain legislative practices and allows the Parliament to consider whether the use of these practices is necessary, appropriate or desirable in all the circumstances.

    The Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 provides that the Committee must consider any Bill introduced into Parliament and must report to the Parliament whether the Bill is incompatible with Human Rights.

    Where the Committee seeks further information concerning a bill from a Minister or member, it will include any correspondence on the bill in a subsequent (Alert Digest) report to Parliament.

    To see which Bills are currently before the Committee please note the following links

    • Bills this week lists all Bills Parliament is working on during a sitting week
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    The Committee is responsible for examining regulations and legislative instruments to ensure that they do not exceed the powers conferred by an Act and do not unduly trespass on rights and freedoms.

    The Committee checks regulations against the heads of review contained in section 21 of the Subordinate Legislation Act 1994 (the Act) and legislative instruments against those contained in section 25A of the Act.

    While the Committee focuses on the principles contained in sections 21 and 25A, it also ensures that there has been compliance with the practical or procedural requirements of the Act.

    Substantial contravention of the practical requirements of the Subordinate Legislation Act 1994 in fact constitutes a head of review in sections 21 or 25A of the Act. Where a regulations or legislative instrument do not comply with the procedures or the principles in sections 21 and 25A of the Act, the Committee may report to Parliament and recommend that the regulations or legislative instrument be disallowed in whole or part.

    The Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 provides that the Committee must also review all regulations and legislative instruments and report to Parliament if it considers the regulations or legislative instrument to be incompatible with human rights.

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    The role of the Committee in considering a Bill is to ensure that the amendments sought to be made are not of a substantive policy nature, rather that they are strictly confined to the correction of minor errors or omissions such as cross-references, spelling, drafting or grammatical errors. Other acceptable statute law revision amendments update nomenclature such as the names of government agencies, successor Act names or repeal spent sections, divisions or parts of Acts. In other instances amendments correct ineffective legislative instructions that have failed to make the amendment originally proposed. The Committee accepts that such house keeping amendments are intended to clarify the original intent of the Act or update provisions in those Acts.

    Where statute law revision amendments are intended to apply retrospectively the Committee seeks to ensure that there is a rationale and legitimate reason for applying the amendment to the particular retrospective date required.

    Where Acts are to be repealed the objective of the Committee is to ensure that the Acts sought to be repealed are spent or no longer necessary to remain on the Victorian Statute books and that necessary transitional or savings provisions are preserved appropriately.

    In considering statute law revision Bills the Committee is mindful of the accepted principles of statutory interpretation regarding such Bills. In this respect the Committee notes the following extract from a leading Australian authority on statutory interpretation– 

    This case* is illustrative of the approach that has usually been followed by the courts assuming that statute law revision Acts are not intended to change the substance of the law. They are used to tidy up the statute book, often before consolidation or reprinting occurs. The result of this approach has been to make the courts slow to infer that a change of substance has been made to an Act where an interpretation not changing the previous operation of the Act is tenable.

    D. C. Pearce and R. S. Geddes, Statutory Interpretation in Australia (Butterworths, 6th Edition (2006), at p. 262).
    *Laird v Portland Municipality [1958] Tas SR 90

    The Summary Offences Act 1966 contains provisions relating to a wide variety of areas, including everything from pigeons, to kite-flying to harassing witnesses. As such, the Act contains sections which deal with very serious matters that demand criminal punishment, such as assault, trespass and property damage, harassing witnesses, assaulting and resisting police and making false reports to police.

    The Act also contains other sections that deal with less serious matters, behaviours of which do not even appear to warrant constituting an offence at all. Examples of this include kite-flying and playing games in a public place to the annoyance of any person.

    This report reviews the Summary Offences Act 1966 and makes recommendations for its improvement.

     

    Terms of Reference

    On 28 October 2008, the Committee agreed to the following resolution:

    To inquire into and report on Victorian departmental and agency performance and operations for the previous financial year.

    On 2 June 2009, the Committee amended the above terms of reference by the deletion of the words 'for the previous financial year.'

    Completed Investigations

    The Committee has conducted investigations into the performance and operations of the following Departments and agencies to date:

     

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    Terms of Reference

    On 7 September 2009, the Committee agreed to the following resolution:

    To inquire into and report on:

    • the effectiveness of the current mandatory last resort Builders Warranty Insurance scheme in providing necessary and appropriate consumer protection and industry management;
    • the specific role of government agencies in their effectiveness in managing and representing Victoria’s registered builders under the current Builders Warranty Insurance scheme;
    • any possible alternatives to the current Builders Warranty Insurance Scheme in Victoria; and
    • any related matter

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    Terms of Reference

    On 27 February 2008, the Legislative Council agreed to the following resolution:

    That the Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration be required to examine the business case for the Port Phillip Bay channel deepening project as presented by the Port of Melbourne Corporation (PMC) and the Victorian government and the legal and financial arrangements between the PMC and Boskalis Australia Pty Ltd and/or its parent company, Royal Boskalis Westminster NV, and report its findings by 30 June 2008.

     

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    Terms of Reference

    On 3 March 2010, the Committee agreed to the following resolution:

    To inquire into and report on Victorian Government decision making, consultation and approval processes, and any knowledge and/or involvement of Ministers, Ministerial staff and/or Victorian Government officers since 1 December 2006 and in particular issues arising from media plans prepared within the Victorian Government since 1 December 2006.

    Submissions

    Written submissions to the inquiry closed 23 April 2010. To view sumbissions received, select the submissions link above.

    Documents Released by Committee

    Pursuant to Legislative Council Standing Order 24.13(2) the Committee may authorise the publication of any documents, papers and submissions presented to it. To view the documents released to date, select the link above.

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    Standing Orders provide for the establishment of a Select Committee to inquire into any issue.

    The function of a Select Committee is to inquire into a specific issue in a set timeframe. When it reports back to the House it can include any findings and recommendations for further action by either the Government or the House.

    The establishment and powers of Select Committees are set out in Chapter 23 of the Council's Standing Orders.

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    No Select Committees were established in the 55th Parliament

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    Select Committee on the Urban and Regional Land Corporation Managing Director

    Select Committee on the Frankston Central Activity District Development

    The Select Committee on Train Services tabled its final report in the Legislative Council on 17 September 2010. The function and operation of the Committee has now ceased.

    To view reports produced by the Committee and related information, select the links above.

    The Select Committee on Public Land Development tabled its final report in the Legislative Council on 11 September 2008. The function and operation of the Committee has now ceased.

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    The Select Committee on Gaming Licensing tabled its final report in the Legislative Council on 8 May 2008. The function and operation of the Committee has now ceased.

     

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    The Legislative Council has a Privileges Committee which inquires into and reports upon complaints of breach of parliamentary privilege referred to it by resolution of the House. The Privileges Committee is appointed at the start of each Parliament and meets as required.

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    The Committee can be contacted through its Secretary at the following address:

    Mr Stephen Redenbach
    Assistant Clerk - House & Usher of the Black Rod
    Department of the Legislative Council
    Parliament House
    East Melbourne, 3002
    Phone: (03) 9651 8857

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    The Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly each agreed to a resolution establishing the parliamentary integrity adviser in the sitting week of 30 April 2019 (the 2019 resolution).

    Under the 2019 resolution, the Privileges Committees of the Council and Assembly (the Committee) are required to report on:
    (a) a person recommended for appointment as Parliamentary Integrity Adviser; and
    (b) the terms and conditions of appointment of the Parliamentary Integrity Adviser, including any remuneration, as agreed in consultation with the Speaker and the President.

    The 2019 resolution authorises the committees to meet and confer jointly for the purposes of making these recommendations.

    The role of the Privileges Committee is to examine and report to the Legislative Assembly on breaches of Parliamentary privilege. Matters are referred to the Committee by resolution of the House and involve investigation of possible breaches of privilege.

    As well, the Committee is authorised by the Standing Orders of the House to examine and report on complaints made by citizens who believe they have been adversely commented on by a Member or Members in the House during Parliamentary debate. Such complaints are termed 'a right of reply'.

    For further information see Fact Sheet G4: Your Rights if Members mention you in Debate.

    In the 59th Parliament, members were appointed on the 21 March, 2019.

     

    The Assembly referred the matter to the Privileges Committee on 27 November 2013.

    The Privileges Committee is authorised by the standing orders of the House to examine and report on complaints made by citizens who believe they have been adversely commented on by a member or members in the House during parliamentary debate. Such complaints are termed 'a right of reply'.

    The procedure for right of reply is set out in Standing Order 227 and information is also available in Fact Sheet G4: Your Rights if Members mention you in Debate

    Use the 'reports' link above for right of reply reports from the 58th Parliament (December 2014 - October 2018). 

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    At the commencement of each Parliament the Council will appoint a Procedure Committee to consider any matter regarding the practices and procedures of the House. Prior to 2010, the Committee was known as the Standing Orders Committee. In the 59th Parliament, members were appointed on 21 March 2019.

    Contact

    The Committee can be contacted through its Secretary at the following address:

    Keir Delaney
    Secretary, Assistant Clerk Procedure
    Department of the Legislative Council
    Parliament House
    East Melbourne, 3002

    Phone: (03) 9651 8673
     

     

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    In the 55th Parliament the Committee tabled an Interim Report on a Review of the Standing Orders, recommending the appointment of a Legislation Committee in the form of trial Sessional Orders.

    The Council agreed to the Sessional Orders recommended by the Standing Orders Committee and a Legislation Committee was subsequently trialled in the first half of 2006.

    The Standing Orders Committee continued its review of all Standing and Sessional Orders, including the operation of the Legislation Committee throughout the year and tabled its Final Report on a Review of the Standing Orders on 23 August 2006. The Report was considered by the Council prior to the conclusion of the 55th Parliament, culminating in a resolution that new Standing Orders come into operation at the commencement of the next Parliament.

    To view the reports of the Committee, select the links above.

    On 10 September 2008, the Standing Orders Committee was given the following reference by the Legislative Council:

    That the Standing Orders Committee be required to inquire into and report no later than 30 November 2008* on the establishment of new standing committees for the Legislative Council, including —
    (1)      the number, composition, structure and functions of those committees; and
    (2)      the staffing and resources required for the effective operation of those committees.

    *The reporting date was later amended to 5 May 2010.

    On 7 May 2009, the Committee tabled an interim report and on 5 May 2010, the Committee tabled its final report. To download the reports, see the links above.

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    This inquiry has been completed.

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    The Penalty Rates and Fair Pay Select Committee is a former Legislative Assembly committee of the 58th Parliament of Victoria. 

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    This inquiry has been completed.

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    The Fire Services Bill Select Committee is a former Legislative Assembly committee of the 58th Parliament of Victoria.

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    This inquiry has been completed.

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    The Integrity and Oversight Committee is a joint investigatory committee of the Parliament of Victoria. 

    The Committee was created when the Accountability and Oversight Committee and the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission Committee were amalgamated.

    In the 59th Parliament, members were appointed on the 21 March, 2019.

    The Integrity and Oversight Committee is responsible for monitoring and reviewing the performance of the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC), the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner (OVIC), the Victorian Inspectorate and the Victorian Ombudsman.

    In undertaking this work, the Committee will analyse the annual reports of these integrity agencies and examine their written responses to the Committee’s questions on the reports. The Committee will also be undertaking public hearings.

    The report was tabled in Parliament on 19 April 2022.

    The Integrity and Oversight Committee is responsible for monitoring and reviewing the performance of the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC), the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner (OVIC), the Victorian Inspectorate and the Victorian Ombudsman.

    In undertaking this work, the Committee will analyse the annual reports of these integrity agencies and examine their written responses to the Committee’s questions on the reports.

    For further information please contact the Committee Secretariat.

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    The Economy and Infrastructure Committee is a standing committee appointed by the Legislative Assembly. In the 59th Parliament, members were appointed on the 21 March, 2019.

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    Some activities relating to Committee inquiries, such as Public Hearings, may be suspended or delayed in response to COVID-19. Report tabling deadlines may also change.

    Please check this website for updates or contact eic.assembly@parliament.vic.gov.au.

    Final report

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     Parliament of Victoria feature article Seeing a different future for people with disability.

     Submissions received

    The Committee received a number of submissions for this inquiry – see the Submissions page for more information.

    The call for submissions was widely promoted, including by advertising on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, as well as a video in Auslan and an Easy English guide.

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    The report was tabled on 19 August 2020.

    Click here to view the report.

    Social media pack

    Please use the social media pack to promote the Inquiry into sustainable employment for disadvantaged jobseekers. The pack includes images and sample Facebook and Twitter messages.

    Media release

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    Final report

    The final report was tabled on 10 March 2022.

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    The Committee is calling for submissions for this inquiry - see the Submissions page for more information.

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    The Environment and Planning Committee is a standing committee appointed by the Legislative Assembly. In the 59th Parliament, members were appointed on the 21 March, 2019.

    COVID-19

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    Report tabled

    The report was tabled in Parliament on 25 November 2020. The report can be downloaded from the Report page.

    Public hearing

    Transcripts from public hearings are available on the Hearings and Transcripts page.

    Submissions

    Submissions for this inquiry have now closed. Please see the Submissions page to view submissions accepted by the Committee.

    Social media pack

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    Final report tabled

    The final report was tabled in Parliament on 9 February 2022. See the Report page to download a copy.

    Public hearings

    See the Hearings and Transcripts page for published transcripts.

    Submissions

    Submissions for this inquiry have closed. See the Submissions page for a list of submissions accepted by the Committee.

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    Public hearings

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    Submissions

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    Reporting date extended

    The reporting date was extended to 31 August 2022 by resolution of the Legislative Assembly on 8 March 2022.

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    The Legal and Social Issues Committee is a standing committee appointed by the Legislative Assembly. In the 59th Parliament, members were appointed on the 21 March, 2019.

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    Tabling Date

    The report was tabled on 17 September 2020. Click here to view the report. 

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    Inquiry Overview

    The Committee is doing an inquiry on early childhood engagement of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.

    For the purposes of the inquiry, ‘early childhood’ is from 0 to 8 years old. ‘Early childhood engagement’ could involve programs and services in health, learning, childcare, play groups, family centres, sport and recreation, and local libraries.

    Resources have been developed to promote the inquiry and to assist people make a submission. If you want information that is easy to read and understand, download the Easy English document. Easy English uses simple language and images to help people understand complex information.

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    The inquiry poster can also be used to promote the inquiry, which is available in Arabic, Chin, Chinese (traditional and simplified), Dari, Dinka, Khmer, Karen, Punjabi, Persian, Spanish, Somali and Vietnamese.   

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    Report tabled

    The report was tabled in Parliament on 8 September 2021. Click here to view the report.

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    Watch the video on the tabling of the report here.

    Government response

    The Victorian Government has six months to respond in writing to any recommendations made.

    The response is public and will be published on the Government Response page of Parliament’s website when it is received.

    In its response, the Government indicates whether it supports the Committee’s recommendations. The Government can also outline actions it may take. 

    The  Committee is not responsible for implementing recommendations made in the report. 

    Public hearings

    Transcripts from public hearings are available on the Hearings and Transcripts page.

    Submissions

    Submissions for this inquiry have now closed. Please see the Submissions page to view submissions accepted by the Committee.

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    Report tabled

    The report was tabled in Parliament on 3 March 2021. Click here to view the report.

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    Community responses to report

    "The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) welcomes the report by the Victorian parliamentary committee into the effectiveness of the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001 (RRTA). In particular, AIJAC is pleased that the committee has recommended lowering the legal threshold for incitement-based vilification and comments introducing a harm-based vilification provision to make it easier to substantiate a complaint. AIJAC’s Executive Director Colin Rubenstein said, “At a time of rising racist extremism, the Committee’s review is critically important to ensure that Victoria’s anti-vilification laws become more effective, which in turn helps foster a more harmonious multicultural society.” AIJAC also supports in principle the recommendation to call on the Victorian Government “to establish a criminal offence that prohibits the display of symbols of Nazi ideology, including the Nazi swastika with considered exceptions to the prohibition.” "Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council media release, 3 March 2021

    "The Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare welcomes recommendations made by the Victorian Legislative Assembly’s Legal and Social Issues Committee to extend anti-vilification laws to cover a range of attributes not currently specified in legislation, particularly those that relate to the wellbeing and livelihoods of children and young people. The Centre applauds the Committee for explicitly considering the needs of children and young people and how they are uniquely impacted by vilification. Children deserve to feel safe, supported and cared for at home, at school and in the community. The recommendations reflect the importance of proactively targeting prejudice among all age groups and communities to ensure it does not become further entrenched and systemic.Website post by the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare

    "Centre for Multicultural Youth welcomes the Final Report of @vicparliament Inquiry into Anti-Vilification Protections. It makes 36 recommendations to strengthen the RRTA & address #hate & #vilification in Victoria inc expanding protections to #LGPTIQ+ & people with a #disabilityCentre For Multicultural Youth tweet, 4 March 2021

    The Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV) welcomes the tabling of the Legal and Social Issues Committee’s ‘Inquiry into anti-vilification protections’ final report. Throughout the inquiry, the Committee received evidence from a diverse range of stakeholders and individual members of the community including the ICV. The report contains 36 recommendations to the Victorian Government including 10 of which have been recognised from the ICV’s submission which we hope will strengthen Victoria’s anti-vilification laws and help to prevent and address vilification in Victoria.Islamic Council of Victoria e-newsletter, 4 March 2021

    "A diverse group of multicultural, faith-based, LGBTIQ+ and other community organisations have joined together to welcome the recommendations of the Inquiry into Anti-Vilification Protections, tabled earlier today in the Victorian Parliament, but have also warned the Victorian Government that the role of enforcement cannot be left to the victims of hate alone. The Legal and Social Issues Committee’s report recommends expanding protections against vilification to protect people based on gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, sex characteristics, and HIV/AIDS status, in addition to race and religion. Equality Australia, the Human Rights Law Centre, the Victorian Pride Lobby, Jewish Community Council of Victoria, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights and the Asian Australian Alliance are united in their support for the recommendations of the report." - Joint media release, 3 March 2021

    "The Law Institute of Victoria welcomes reforms recommended by Parliament’s Legal and Social Issues Committee to expand anti-vilification protections"Law Institute of Victoria tweet, 4 March 2021

    "The Online Hate Prevention Institute warmly welcomes the report of the Inquiry into anti-vilification protections which was tabled today in the Victorian Parliament. The Inquiry undertook extensive consultation. Committee members were deeply engaged and worked in a spirit of cooperation to ensure the best possible outcome could be reached for the Victorian community."Online Hate Prevention Institute media release, 3 March 2021

    "Thrilled the Victorian Report of the Inquiry into Anti-Vilification Protections is out today. Some great recommendations. Centrally there's a call to protect all groups of people equally by extending the anti-vilification provisions. This is critical."Dr James Roffee, Dean, International, Swinburne Law School, tweet, 3 March 2021

    "The Victorian Parliament’s inquiry into anti-vilification protection has made recommendations that recognise the harm caused by racial and other kinds of vilification and suggested useful improvements to current laws and systems. ‘We are pleased the Committee has recommended increased protections for Victorians who experience hate speech and the removal of technical barriers that currently make it almost impossible to prove vilification,’ said Melanie Schleiger, Program Manager Equality Law." - Victoria Legal Aid, statement, 3 March 2021

     

    Submissions received

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    Inquiry overview

    The Committee is doing an inquiry on support for older Victorians from culturally diverse backgrounds.

    This includes an examination of the adequacy of Victorian support services and challenges faced by older Victorians, such as social isolation, civic participation, digital literacy, elder abuse, dementia and access to aged care and home care services. The Inquiry is also exploring ways to improve the overall physical and mental health and wellbeing of older Victorians from culturally diverse backgrounds.

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    Submissions 

    Submissions for this inquiry are closed. If you would like to make a late submission, contact the Committee Secretariat.

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    Everyone is welcome to use the social media pack, brochure and poster to promote the inquiry. The pdfsocial media pack includes images and sample Facebook and Twitter messages.

    The pdfbrochure3.96 MB and pdfposterare targeted towards older Victorians from culturally diverse backgrounds and includes prompts on what they can include in a submission and how to make a submission.

    The brochure and poster have been translated into 20 different languages, available on the Translated resources page. You can request hard copies of the promotional materials by contacting the Committee Secretariat.

    You can also watch a video on the Committee's public hearings in Ballarat, Geelong and Coburg below.

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    To receive updates on the progress of the Inquiry, email news@parliament.vic.gov.au, and request older Victorians Inquiry updates.
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    The Pandemic Declaration Accountability and Oversight Committee is a joint investigatory committee of the Parliament of Victoria. 

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