9 Term of office
- At the commencement of the sittings next ensuing after the 30th day of June following each periodical election, or at the commencement of the session after a general election of the Senate, or when any vacancy occurs, the Senate shall appoint a senator to be Deputy President and Chair of Committees.
- The office of Deputy President and Chair of Committees shall become vacant:
- on the day next before the first sitting day of the Senate after the 30th day of June following a periodical election; and
- on the date of a proclamation dissolving the Senate.
(amended 6 May 1993)
10 Appointment of Deputy President
The Deputy President and Chair of Committees shall be appointed in a similar manner to the President.
11 Duty of Chair
The Chair of Committees shall take the chair of the committee at the table whenever a committee of the whole is constituted.
12 Temporary Chairs
The President shall nominate at the commencement of each Parliament a panel of not less than 2 senators who may act as Temporary Chairs of Committees when requested so to do by the Chair of Committees, or when the Chair of Committees is absent.