Session year of the Indonesian House commences on August 16th and ends on August 15th of the next year, and when August the 16th falls on a national holiday, the opening of the Session Year is held one day in advance.
Session and Recess Periods
One Session Year is divided into four Session Periods, which include Session and Recess Periods, except for the last session of the five-year term of parliamentary membership, when recess period is not available. Session period is when the Indonesian House performs its tasks, particularly inside the House of Representatives. Meanwhile, recess period is the time when MPs go on their off-session period, particularly outside their office to conduct working visits, either individually or collectively.
The main agenda at the beginning of a Session Year is the State Address delivered by President of the Republic of Indonesia at the Plenary Session.
Should the President be unable to present at the Plenary Session, the State Address is delivered by the Vice President.
Leaders of the House deliver their opening address, mainly to outline the parliamentary activity plans throughout the ongoing Sitting and Recess Period, and issues that are deemed important. This speech is delivered on the first Plenary Session of a Sitting Period.
Leaders of the House deliver their closing address, mainly to outline results of the activities carried out during the past Sitting and Recess Period. This speech is delivered on the last Plenary Session of a Sitting Period.
Leaders of the House close the Sitting Period and Session Year with a closing address where they outline the parliamentary activity results for the whole Session Year in a closing Plenary Session of the last Sitting Period of a Session Year.
By the final Sitting Period of a five-year term of parliamentary membership, the Plenary Session discusses the parliamentary activity results throughout the whole five-year term of office.