Usher of the Black Rod
Ms Moore was appointed as the Usher of the Black Rod on 28 January 2020.
The role of the Usher
The Usher of the Black Rod is the most senior protocol position in the Council. The name Usher of the Black Rod comes from the ebony cane carried by the Usher of the Black Rod as a symbol of authority. On important ceremonial occasions, such as the opening of Parliament, the Usher of the Black Rod leads the ceremony while carrying the Black Rod. When the Council is sitting, the Usher’s main responsibility in the Chamber is to help the President maintain order in the House. This includes removing members from the Chamber when ordered to do so by the President. Outside the chamber, the Usher of the Black Rod has ceremonial responsibility in the relation to visits by the Governor and other dignitaries, the management of security, and the use of the public areas at Parliament House.
The Parliament of New South Wales acknowledges and respects the traditional lands of all Aboriginal people, and pays respects to all Elders past and present. We acknowledge the Gadigal people as the traditional custodians of the land on which the Parliament of New South Wales stands.