The President is a senator who is chosen by all the senators to be the Presiding Officer. This means that in addition to representing their state or territory, the President is responsible for running the meetings of the Senate.
The President has several responsibilities including:
- running meetings of the Senate, much like a chairperson runs a meeting
- making sure that the rules of the Senate, known as the standing orders, are obeyed
- participating in special ceremonial occasions, such as the opening of Parliament
- overall responsibility for the Department of the Senate.