Parliamentary Networks

Parliamentary Networks and Country Groups

The parliamentary networks and country groups play a significant role in establishing and maintaining strong relationships with foreign parliaments and parliamentarians, through active engagement with parliaments all around the world and with members of the diplomatic community. The work of the parliamentary networks and groups is an important component of the overall international engagement program of the Australian Parliament.

The Australian Parliament has recently implemented changes to the structure and operations of the parliamentary group system. Previously there were over 90 individual country groups. This has been replaced with 11 regionally based parliamentary networks. The grouping of countries within each parliamentary network is based on the United Nations composition of macro geographical (continental) regions.

Each regional network is responsible for all countries within that region, not just the countries that previously had individual country groups. Where there is significant interest within the parliament in a particular country, an individual country group can be established within their regional network.

The list of parliamentary networks and country groups is outlined below.

Parliamentary Networks for the 44th Parliament

Australia-Africa Parliamentary Network
South Africa

Australia-Americas Parliamentary Network
Brazil
Chile
Canada
Mexico
United States of America

Australia-East Asia Parliamentary Network
People’s Republic of China
Japan
Republic of Korea

Australia-South and Central Asia Parliamentary Network
India
Sri Lanka

Australia-Southeast Asia Parliamentary Network
Indonesia
Malaysia
Philippines
Singapore
Thailand
Timor-Leste
Vietnam

Australia-West Asia Parliamentary Network
Cyprus
Israel
Turkey
United Arab Emirates

Australia-Eastern Europe Parliamentary Network
Poland

Australia-Northern Europe Parliamentary Network
Denmark
Ireland
Sweden
United Kingdom

Australia-Southern Europe Parliamentary Network
Croatia
Former Yogoslav Republic of Macedonia
Greece
Italy
Spain

Australia-Western Europe Parliamentary Network
Belgium
European Parliament (nominally included in this network)
France
Germany
The Netherlands
Switzerland

Australia-Pacific Parliamentary Network
New Zealand
Papua New Guinea

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