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About the Office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel

The Office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel drafts legislation for the government and the Parliament of Victoria.

The Office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel (OCPC) drafts legislation for the government and the Parliament of Victoria.

OCPC's key roles are:

  • publishing Victorian legislation 
  • providing advice on proposed legislation
  • drafting Bills and amendments to Bills
  • assisting Victorian courts and tribunals with the drafting of their rules

OCPC is part of the Department of Premier and Cabinet. 

We have approximately 43 staff, including:

  • 24 lawyers employed as legislative drafters
  • editorial, information technology and other support staff responsible for preparing and publishing legislation and legislative information 

The Chief Parliamentary Counsel is also the Government Printer. The Government Printer is responsible for the printing and publishing of legislation and the Government Gazette. 

Our people

The Chief Parliamentary Counsel is Marina Farnan. Her deputies are: 

  • John Butera (First Deputy Chief Parliamentary Counsel)
  • Jayne Atkins (Deputy Chief Parliamentary Counsel)
  • Jim Soundias (Deputy Chief Parliamentary Counsel)

Innes Dobell, our Law Publisher, is responsible for printing and publishing legislation. Simon Chu is Chief Information Officer and Andrea Mahony is the Manager, Human Resources and Corporate Services.

Reviewed 27 February 2020

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