Hansard is the written record of proceedings and debates in Parliament, similar to a transcript. It is not a strictly verbatim record, but rather a verified and accurate record. Repetitions and redundancies may be omitted and obvious mistakes corrected. Interjections not responded to by the principal speaker are omitted. Hansard has no editorial policy other than the pursuit of accuracy and consistency.
A draft copy is published online progressively throughout the day with a full draft transcript usually available within 3 hours of the last House rising. Members may make suggestions for corrections to their speeches but these should only relate to inaccuracies and new matters cannot be introduced.
The Business Paper lists notices of motion and orders of the day. A notice of motion is a statement of intention to move a motion on a particular day. A member may not move a motion unless notice of the member’s intention to move the motion appears in the business paper, except as otherwise provided by leave, standing or sessional orders or resolutions of the House. This means that in most cases notice must be given at least one day before the motion is moved. A notice of motion sets out the words of the motion. Members give notices of motions for bills, government business, and for business accorded precedence (motions of no confidence or censure and other motions for business with precedence).
Notices of motion given in the Legislative Assembly by a particular member can also be accessed via the Notice Tracking function.The Votes and Proceedings or "Votes" document is the official record of the proceedings in the Legislative Assembly. They are the formal minutes of proceedings of the House, i.e. they record the resolutions of the House and other events rather than giving a transcript of proceedings. The Votes include a record of the proceedings when a bill or other matter is considered in detail.
Scanned copies of indexes and records of the NSW Legislative Assembly from the 1st (1856) to the 49th (1988-91) Parliament.can now be viewed. These records have been created in a searchable PDF format as part of a wider digitalisation project.
Questions and Answers Paper - Questions which Members of the Legislative Assembly wish to put to Ministers in writing (as opposed to oral questions asked at Question Time), together with the answers when they are received, are recorded in the official publication titled “Questions and Answers”. Members’ questions are published in full when the question is first asked and once again when the answer is received. The Questions and Answers Paper is published each sitting day, and during any adjournment of the House for two weeks or more a paper is published from time to time containing answers received. In addition, a final edition (containing all the unanswered questions) is published after the House is prorogued.
Questions can also be accessed via the Questions and Answers tracking function by:
The Minutes of Proceedings are the official record of the votes and deliberations in the Legislative Council. Amongst other things, the Minutes record papers tabled in the House, messages received from the Governor or Legislative Assembly, important rulings of the Chair, details of bills and motions considered and decision made by the House.
The draft Minutes are published on the Parliament's website at the conclusion of each sitting day.