Composition of Australian parliaments by party and gender: a quick guide

Updated 20 February 2017

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Anna Hough
Politics and Public Administration Section

This quick guide contains the most recent tables showing the composition of Australian parliaments by party and gender (see Table 1 and Table 2). It takes into account changes to the Commonwealth parliament and the parliaments of New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia since the last update was published on 19 December 2016.


  • Senator Cory Bernardi (SA) announced that he had resigned from the Liberal Party and would sit on the Senate crossbench.
  • The Commonwealth figures include two vacancies in the Senate following the resignation of Bob Day (Family First Party, SA), and the disqualification of Rod Culleton (Ind., WA).

New South Wales

  • The New South Wales figures include two vacancies following the resignations of Mike Baird (LP, Manly) and Kathy Smith (ALP, Gosford). Jillian Skinner (LP, North Shore) has announced that she will retire from politics, but has not yet formally resigned.


  • Steve Dickson (LNP, Buderim) announced his resignation from the Liberal National Party to become a member of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation.

Western Australia

  • The figures for Western Australia (WA) include three vacancies in the Legislative Council after three members—Paul Brown (NATS), Peter Katsambanis (LP) and Amber-Jade Sanderson (ALP)—resigned to contest lower house seats in the upcoming WA election.


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