Staff

The Clerk

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The head of the Department of the Legislative Council is the Clerk, Andrew Young. His responsibilities include:

  • providing policy, procedural and management advice to the President and Members on matters relating to the operations of the department
  • Table Officer duties during the sitting of the Council
  • accurately recording decisions and proceedings of the Council and ensuring that the passage of legislation is in accordance with legislative and procedural requirements
  • certifying Bills (proposed legislation) that have completed passage through the Council.

The Clerk acts as the Honorary Secretary to the Victoria Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

As Clerk of the Parliaments, Mr Young presents bills to the Governor for royal assent, maintains the Members of Parliament Register of Interests, and coordinates Parliament’s twinning program with Fiji, Tuvalu and Nauru.

Phone: (03) 9651 8682
Email: andrew.young@parliament.vic.gov.au

The Deputy Clerk

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The deputy head of the Department of the Legislative Council is the Deputy Clerk, Anne Sargent. Her responsibilities include:

  • assisting the Clerk in providing policy, procedural and management advice to the President and Members
  • managing the day to day operations of the Department in relation to matters
  • Table Officer duties in the Chamber when the House is sitting
  • assisting with maintaining an accurate record of the decisions and proceedings of the Council and ensuring that the passage of legislation is in accordance with legislative and procedural requirements
  • maintaining the Register of Members’ Interests on behalf of the Clerk of the Parliaments
  • managing projects, special events and Departmental staffing and finances.

The Deputy Clerk acts as the Honorary Treasurer to the Victoria Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

Phone: (03) 8682 2834
Email: anne.sargent@parliament.vic.gov.au

The Assistant Clerk Procedure 

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The Assistant Clerk Procedure is Keir Delaney. His responsibilities include:

  • providing procedural, research, writing and managerial support to the Council, the President and senior officers of the Department
  • overseeing the Bills and Research Officer and the Chamber Support Office which provide procedural and administrative support to Members and the Department
  • Table Officer duties in the Chamber when the House is sitting
  • supervising the editing and production of House documents, overseeing the coordination of amendments to bills and supervising the bills and amendments process in the House
  • assisting Members and their staff with procedural enquiries

The Assistant Clerk Procedure is the Secretary to the Legislative Council’s Procedure Committee. The Assistant Clerk Procedure also co-ordinates various procedural training for staff and external stakeholders, including regular seminars on the role of the Legislative Council.

Phone: (03) 8682 2834
Email: keir.delaney@parliament.vic.gov.au

The Assistant Clerk Committees

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The Assistant Clerk Committees is Richard Willis. His responsibilities include:

  • assisting the Clerk and Deputy Clerk in providing policy, procedural and management advice to the President and Members
  • Table Officer duties in the Chamber when the House is sitting
  • supervising the joint investigatory committees for which the department is administratively responsible and the Legislative Council Standing and Select Committees
  • overseeing the operations of the Committees on behalf of the President, including overseeing Committee Managers and committee staff
  • providing advice on Committee procedure, resources, conduct of inquiries and the presentation of reports to Parliament

The Assistant Clerk Committees is the Secretary to the Legislative Council’s Privileges Committee.

Phone: (03) 8682 2834
Email: richard.willis@parliament.vic.gov.au

The Chamber Support Office

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The Chamber Support Office (Table Office) is responsible for a number of administrative and procedural functions of the Department, including:

  • producing and distributing documents relating to sittings of the Council
  • preparing motions and amendments for Members
  • processing reports, petitions and official documents submitted for tabling
  • processing questions on notice and responses to various questions and adjournment matters
  • supporting the official record-keeping responsibilities of the Clerk
  • procedural research and statistics.

The Chamber Support Office is the public contact for the Department, with a focus on responding to queries and providing information relating to the Council’s functions and activities. The Office provides advice to Members regarding Chamber procedure and provides administrative support to Members, the Clerks and the public.

The Manager of the Chamber Support Office is Annemarie Burt. She assists the Clerks at the Table when the House is sitting and provides secretariat support to the Legislative Council’s Procedure Committee.

Phone: (03) 9651 8678
Email: council@parliament.vic.gov.au

Usher of the Black Rod

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The Usher of the Black Rod is Sally West. Her responsibilities include:

  •  providing advice and assistance on issues relating to the Clerk of the Parliament’s activities and the Clerk’s Office, including coordination of the twinned parliament program and visiting delegations
  • performing ceremonial duties and serving at the Table in the Chamber
  • managing the Attendant team and the Project Officer
  • overseeing Chamber security, emergency and evacuation responsibilities, occupational health and safety and visitor management (in conjunction with the Serjeant-at-Arms in the Legislative Assembly)

The Usher Rod provides secretariat support to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (Victoria Branch) and the Inter-Parliamentary relations workgroup.

Phone: (03) 9651 8218
Email: sally.west@parliament.vic.gov.au

The Attendants

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The Attendant group provides services for the sitting of the House, meetings of Parliamentary Committees and at functions held at Parliament House. Attendant staff are responsible for:

  • the set-up and maintenance of offices, meeting rooms and other areas of the Council precincts
  • providing security and enquiry services
  • daily courier services within and outside the building
  • public tour duties as part of the Parliament’s community engagement.

The Principal Attendant is Greg Mills. He manages and supervises the attendant staff.


Phone:
(03) 9651 8990
Email: greg.mills@parliament.vic.gov.au