The Deputy President and Chair of Committees acts as President when the President is absent, and may exercise and perform all the powers, authorities, duties and functions of the President.
The Deputy President may also take the chair in the Legislative Council when requested by the President to do so. When in the chair the Deputy President exercises the same authority and has the same duties and powers as the President.
In addition, the Chair of Committees presides over the consideration of bills, including amendments to bill, in a committee of the whole House.
The Deputy President is elected by the House in a similar manner to the President.