Following dissolution of a parliament, Members are asked to undertake the steps noted below as soon as possible. Additional detail is available in the Members Seeking Re-Election and Members Not Seeking Re-Election sections.
At the dissolution of the Legislative Assembly:
- All Members provide working termination notice to their staff.
- All Members provide a lease termination notice to the landlord of their constituency office (a template is available on the Constituency Office Portal).
- All Members’ staff determine if they will be involved in the election, and provide the appropriate letters to Payroll Services, if applicable.
- Members not seeking re-election provide a lease termination notice to the landlord of their Victoria accommodation, if applicable.
During the election period (dissolution to general voting day):
Members may no longer refer to themselves as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in advertising or any other communications.
- Members’ staff are on leave without pay or on vacation if participating in election activities.
- Facilities and assets paid for with public funds cannot be used for campaign purposes.
- Constituency office signage is removed or obscured, where practical.
- Constituency offices may continue to provide services, may operate on reduced hours, or may close, at the discretion of the Member.
- Constituency office expenses are limited to unavoidable costs, such as any remaining staffing costs, lease costs, and utilities. All discretionary constituency office spending is suspended.
- Members’ travel card is suspended.
- In-constituency travel costs cannot be incurred.
Members not seeking re-election:
- Conduct an inventory of constituency office assets and submit it to Financial Services.
- May survey local candidates for interest in maintaining the same constituency office space and furniture.