Tasmanian government publications

A guide to accessing Tasmanian government publications at our library and online.

About votes and proceedings

Votes and proceedings are the minutes of the chambers, they set out what the chambers have done rather than what was said (see Hansard).

Since the establishment of the two chambers of the Tasmanian Parliament, the title Journals has been used for the minutes of both the houses. The title Votes and proceedings was used for the minutes of the Legislative Council of Van Diemen’s Land before 1856.

Votes and proceedings are not published as a separate series but are included in volumes with the parliamentary parliamentary papers, currently titled Journals and printed papers of the Parliament of Tasmania. State Library Victoria holds up until 2009 in print, from 2013 onwards they are available in a digital format through National edeposit on Trove.

The Tasmanian Parliament website also gives full text access for votes and proceedings from 1992 onwards, and includes search functionality. 

Online

Online Search

There is a search facility on the Tasmanian Parliament website which gives full text access for votes and proceedings from 1992 onwards. Select the "votes and proceedings" in the drop down box beside the search button. 

From 1999, you can view the proposed sitting dates online for both the House of Assembly and Legislative Council. You can also search the votes and proceedings from each House separately, see below. 

1992–
Legislative Council Votes and Proceedings

1992–
House of Assembly Votes and Proceedings

Published series

Votes and proceedings are not a separate series but are included in volumes with the parliamentary parpers. Series available online from 2013.

2013–
Journals and printed papers of the Parliament of Tasmania, available through National edesposit on Trove.

Notice Papers

Notice papers are the agendas for the two Houses and outline the anticipated order of business for each sitting day. From 1992 these papers are online and can be search through the Tasmanian Parliament website. Select the "Notice Papers" in the drop down box beside the search button, or you can search each House separately, see below.

1992–
Legislative Council Notice Papers

1992–
House of Assembly Notice Papers


Early records

1826-1848; 1849; 1860-1919
Parliament of Tasmania webpage Early records of the Tasmanian Parliament includes the following records:

  • 1826-1848 Votes and Proceedings of the Legislative Council
  • 1849 Legislative Council papers
  • 1860-1919 House of Assembly letterbooks of the clerk
  • 1870 Reports of Select Committees

1837-1855
Van Diemen’s Land. Legislative Council. Votes and proceedings of the Legislative Council has been digitised and is available online from the State Library of Tasmania.

Printed

Published series

Votes and proceedings are published with the parliamentary papers. Multiple volumes cover each session of Parliament and include parliamentary papers as well as journals. State Library Victoria holds the print version until 2009, from 2013 onwards access the publication online.

1884-2010
Journals and printed papers of the Parliament of Tasmania
Since the mid-1970s the votes and proceedings are printed in the volume in each set labeled Votes and proceedings. There are separate sections for each house. Before 1970 however, it is difficult to work out which volume contains the votes and proceedings so it may be necessary to retrieve all volumes for the relevant year.

1856-1883
Journals of the House of Assembly 

1856-1883
Journals of the Legislative Council 

1837-1855
Van Diemen’s Land. Legislative Council. Votes and proceedings of the Legislative Council. Also available online from the State Library of Tasmania.

1840-1851
Papers of the Legislative Council of Van Diemen’s Land. Annual volumes. State Library Victoria does not have 1843.

Indexes

1837-2010
The separate volumes of the Journals and printed papers of the Parliament of Tasmania, Journals of the House of Assembly, Journals of the Legislative Council and Votes and proceedings of the Legislative Council have indexes. Sometimes they are at the front of the volume, sometimes at the back. After 1992 it is easier to use the search facility on the Tasmania parliament website.  

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