Role of the President

The President is a Member of the Legislative Council, which is the "Upper House" in the Parliament of Victoria, equivalent to a State Senate in the United States of America.

The President is equivalent to a "Ministerial head" of the Department of the Legislative Council and is responsible for the oversight of its general administration.

The President represents the Legislative Council in official dealings with other Parliaments (both domestic and international) and other organisations. They assume important ceremonial responsibilities, and is jointly responsible with the Speaker for the oversight of the administration of the Parliament, Parliament House and the joint investigatory committees. 

The President is also referred to as the Presiding Officer of the Legislative Council, as they preside over meetings of the Legislative Council (except when the House is in Committee) and is responsible for maintaining order in the Council.

The President ensures that votes and proceedings in the Chamber are conducted in accordance with constitutional and statutory requirements, and the Standing Orders (rules of procedure and debate) and practices of the Council.

As Presiding Officer in the Council, the President acts as its Chairperson and makes rulings on a wide variety of matters affecting the operation of the Chamber. 

Presiding Officers should strive to demonstrate impartiality. Regardless of any political affiliations the Presiding Officer must be seen to act in a fair and impartial manner to all Members of the House.