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
Australia-Americas Parliamentary Network
United States of America
Australia-East Asia Parliamentary Network
People’s Republic of China
Republic of Korea
Australia-South and Central Asia Parliamentary Network
Australia-Southeast Asia Parliamentary Network
Australia-West Asia Parliamentary Network
United Arab Emirates
Australia-Eastern Europe Parliamentary Network
Australia-Northern Europe Parliamentary Network
Australia-Southern Europe Parliamentary Network
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Australia-Western Europe Parliamentary Network
European Parliament (nominally included in this network)
Australia-Pacific Parliamentary Network
Papua New Guinea
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