An introduction to the Parliament of Australia House of Representatives and its composition, functions, sitting pattern, committees, the Chamber, the main committee, the Speaker etc.
An introduction to the Parliament of Australia Senate and its powers, composition, role, sitting pattern, the senate chamber, senate committees etc.
The Parliament House building is the focal point of Canberra, the capital city of Australia. This page links to information on the House's architecture, landscape and artworks and a history of Parliament House. Includes a virtual tour, the Parliament House Art Collection and a photo gallery.
The Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act. Includes a link to Australia’s Constitution pocket edition : with overview and notes by the Australian Government Solicitor (92KB PDF).
Describes the powers, practices and procedures of the Australian Parliament, Executive Government including the Ministry, the Governor-General and the Queen, and the Judiciary.
A bill is a proposal for a law or a change to an existing law. A bill becomes law (an Act) when agreed to in identical form by both houses of Parliament and assented to by the Governor-General.
Links to current and previous bills and other resources.
Parliamentary committees investigate specific matters of policy or government administration or performance.
Links to current Senate, House and Joint Parliamentary Committees.
You can search for your local member by name, postcode or electorate, Members homepages provide parliamentary and electorate address and contact details.
You can also browse all current members by electorate, party, gender, surname or state.
Contact list of senators and members with address labels, CSV files and how to address senators and members
Links to the Abbott Ministry list showing Ministers and their portfolios.
Explanatory memorandum accompanies and provides an explanation of the content of the first reading of a Bill.
Gives answers to frequently asked questions about Parliament, the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Lists the current Australian Government Ministers and their portfolios. Also has links to previous ministries.
Hansard is the name given to the edited transcripts of debates in the Senate, House of Representatives, Main Committee and parliamentary committees. They are published shortly after the chamber or committee proceedings have concluded.
The House of Representatives is one of the two houses of Australia's Commonwealth Parliament. There are 150 representatives elected by the Australian people. The House of Representatives is the house in which government is formed.
The House committees page provides a list of the committees; information on how to participate in committee inquiry processes; the role, powers and procedures of committees; committee reports and contact details.
This guide contains links to Internet resources and documents in the area of federal criminal law, as well as providing links to other guides and directories which contain material on State and Territory and overseas law.
Links to calendars of events that provide a focus on social issues. Also includes links to international days, weeks and years proclaimed by the United Nations.
This guide contains links to Internet resources and documents in the area of federal family law, as well as providing links to other guides and directories which contain material on State and Territory and overseas law.
This guide contains links to Internet resources and documents in the area of federal law, as well as providing links to other guides and directories which contain material on State and Territory and overseas law.
You can browse current members by electorate, party, gender, surname or state; or you can search for your local member by name, postcode or electorate. Members homepages provide parliamentary and electorate address and contact details, their biography, first speech and external links.
Gives a descriptive overview of the Australian Parliament. It discusses the Parliamentary system, the separation of powers, Commonwealth Parliament, executive government and the federal judicature as well as providing links to further information.
Provides a wealth of information on the current Australian Commonwealth Parliament, together with historical information on the Parliament since Federation.
Key internet links to Australian political parties and organisations as well as to political parties in Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States and other countries.
The House of Representatives publishes a range of information about the work of the House and the Parliament. This page contains Infosheets, research, external resources and links to discover your house, education and powers, practices and procedures.
There are 76 senators, 12 from each state and two each from the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory. A partner with the House in the legislative process, the Senate conducts much of its work through an established committee system, including the budget estimates accountability process.
A series of briefs which aim to give a basic introduction to the Senate and its work.
Includes links to the list of Senate committees, current membership, current inquiries, recently tabled reports, completed inquiries, today's hearings, upcoming hearings and information about committees.
Estimates of government expenditure are referred to Senate committees as part of the annual budget cycle.
Senate estimates hearings are broadcast live over the internet.
You can browse current senators by commencement date, service expiry date, their date or place of birth, state or see all women senators. You can also search for your state senators by name, postcode or electorate. Senators homepages provide parliamentary and electorate address and contact details, their biography, first speech and external links.
Lists the current Shadow Ministers and their portfolios. Also has links to previous ministries.
Scheduled sitting days of the Parliament of Australia. Links to printable and text only versions of this calendar are available from this page.
Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP, Speaker of the House of Representatives.
List of the current state governors with links to their websites.
Australia has three levels of law-making – sometimes referred to as three levels of government – that work together to provide Australians with the services they need.
A visit to Parliament House offers you the chance to be a part of democracy in action. This page links to information for intending visitors - opening hours, getting there, tours, special events, parking and facilities at the House.