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Role of the Clerk

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The role of Clerk

The Clerk of the Legislative Council advises the President and members of the house on the standing orders (rules of debate) and matters of procedure. The Clerk is apolitical in the performance of his/her duties.

The Clerk of the Legislative Council also has the title of Clerk of the Parliaments and has the additional responsibility of preparing and certifying bills that have passed both houses of Parliament for presentation to the Governor to give the royal assent.

The Clerk is also the chief executive officer of the Legislative Council, responsible for the administration of the Legislative Council and its committees. The Clerk also works closely with the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly and Executive Manager Parliamentary Services in providing advice to the Presiding Officers for the management of the Parliament and surrounding precinct.

About our Clerk

Nigel Pratt commenced with the Legislative Council of the Parliament of Western Australia in 1999 as an advisory officer before being appointed to the role of Clerk Assistant. In 2007, Nigel furthered his parliamentary officer career in Tasmania as Deputy Clerk of the Tasmanian Legislative Council. In 2014, Nigel was appointed Clerk of the Legislative Council and Clerk of the Parliaments at the Parliament of Western Australia.

Nigel has a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Jurisprudence and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Australia.