Black Rod

Black Rod

The black rod is a symbol of authority placed in the Legislative Council chamber by the Usher of the Black Rod during each sitting day.

The Legislative Council’s black rod is made of ebony and silver, has a shield with the coat-of-arms, and is modelled on the black rod in the English House of Lords.  The black rod is also carried by the Usher of the Black Rod when performing important ceremonial duties, such as the opening of a new parliament, and when executing the direction of the President to remove a member from the Legislative Council Chamber.