Bureau of Age

Last updated on 27/10/2015

The Bureau of Age is the temporary body of government formed after the opening of the constituent sitting of the Senate; it remains operative until the final or interim bureau is formed. Its functions are limited to resolving on initial procedures and proceeding immediately to vote on the final bureau. It is then dissolved after the votes have been counted. It takes its name from the fact that, as a temporary, non-elect body, age is used to determine its members: it is chaired by the oldest senator of those present, assisted by the four youngest, acting as secretaries. (Art. 3 Standing Orders of the Senate)