The Usher of the Black Rod
Ms Rachel Callinan
Usher of the Black Rod
Ms Callinan was appointed Usher of the Black Rod on 4 March 2013.
The role of the Usher
The Usher of the Black Rod is the most senior protocol position in the Council. The name Usher of the Black Rod comes from the ebony cane carried by the Usher of the Black Rod as a symbol of authority. On important ceremonial occasions, such as the opening of Parliament, the Usher of the Black Rod leads the ceremony while carrying the Black Rod.
When the Council is sitting, the Usher’s main responsibility in the Chamber is to help the President maintain order in the House. This includes removing members from the Chamber when ordered to do so by the President.
Outside the chamber, the Usher of the Black Rod has ceremonial responsibility in the relation to visits by the Governor and other dignitaries, the management of security, and the use of the public areas at Parliament House.