House of Representatives

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.

Role of the House of Representatives

The House of Representatives has a number of important functions:  it determines the government, debates and passes laws, watches over government administration and expenditure, and provides a forum for public debate on issues of national importance.

  • Members of Parliament

    There are currently 150 members who have been chosen at a general election to represent the interests of the community.

  • About the House of Representatives

    More information about how the House of Representatives operates, its history, the role of the Speaker, and the ways in which you can become involved in the work of the Parliament.

  • Powers, practice and Procedure

    If you would like to learn more about how the House of Representatives operates, how bills are made, and what happens on a sitting day, there are a number of documents that will help you understand.

    In addition to guidance on House operations there are resources for more detailed research and education on the work of the House.

Work of the House of Representatives

  • House of Representatives chamber documents

    Every sitting day a number of documents are published to let people know what business will be dealt with, and what decisions have been made by the House.

  • Bills in the House

    Most draft legislation (bills) are introduced into the House of Representatives.  A bill must be agreed to in identical form by both the House and the Senate and assented to by the Governor-General before it becomes law. 

  • Seating Plan for the House of Representatives

    Seating arrangements for the House of Representatives chamber. Available as an interactive app for your tablet device.

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  • Hansard

    Hansard is the name given to the transcripts of what is said in each House of Parliament and at public hearings.

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