Parliamentary Friendship Groups

Parliamentary Friendship Groups for the 44th Parliament Register

Parliamentary Antarctic Alliance

The Parliamentary Antarctic Alliance is to provide a forum to air concerns, communicate information and host events, with a view to raising awareness and understanding of Australia's strategic role and interests in Antarctica to members of Parliament and to the public.

Contact Persons:
Senator David Bushby
The Hon Julie Collins  MP
(Co-Convenors)


Parliamentary Friends of the Arab League

The group aims to build and enhance bilateral and trade relationships between Australia and the nations of the Arab League. The group has no external affiliations and receives no sponsorship.

Contact Persons:
Maria Vamvakinou MP
The Hon Bruce Scott MP


Parliamentary Friendship Group on Asbestos Related Disease (PGARD)

The Parliamentary Group on Asbestos Related Disease (PGARD) will enable Parliamentarians to come together to raise awareness of, and to stop the burden of, asbestos related disease

Contact Persons:
Senator Lisa Singh
Mr Russell Broadbent  MP
(Co-convenors)


Parliamentary Friends of Australian Rules Football and AFL

Aims to raise awareness with Members of Parliament and the wider community of the benefits of Australian Rules Football and AFL economically and socially through the AFL clubs, the State bodies and their community programs. This group will be able to engage first hand with the AFL and its clubs through forum events and a consultative program enhancing access to materials, brochures, and information relating to AFL funded community programs.

Contact Persons:
Mr Steve Irons MP - Chair
Mr Richard Marles MP - Deputy Chair


Parliamentary Friends of Aviation Group

As legislators, we have a key role in keeping aviation both safe and viable as an industry and the friendship group will provide members a great opportunity to stay informed about the issues the industry is facing.

Contact Persons:
Senator David Fawcett – Chair person
Senator Joe Ludwig – Deputy Chairperson


The Brain Tumour Awareness Group

To educate and empower the broader community with regard to brain tumours by:

  • increasing awareness and understanding of the health issues and impact of brain tumours to politicians and community leaders;
  • identifying and liaising with the medical profession, researchers and experts working in this field; and
  •  providing a forum for discussion and dissemination of information on associated topics of interest.

Contact Persons:
Senator Catryna Bilyk
Senator Scott Ryan
(Co-convenors)


Parliamentarians Against child Abuse and neglect (PACAN)

PACAN seeks to raise awareness of the incidence of child abuse and neglect to all Federal Parliamentarians in the Commonwealth of Australia. It provides a forum to further understand the mitigating causes and to hold discussion with the relevant stakeholders in an endeavour to address the social and economic costs of child abuse.

Contact Persons:
Senator Helen Kroger
Senator Catryna Bilyk
(Co-convenors)


Parliamentarians Supporting Cancer Causes

The purpose of the group is to allow Parliamentarians to gain an understanding of the issues and concerns within the community about cancer (particularly those cancers which do not have a high public profile and which are not well funded) and to receive updates on the health, social and economic impacts as well as clinical information regarding research and advances in treatment.  This will enable parliamentarians to make more informed responses to inquiries from constituents and to participate in local public discussion and importantly assist in the development of robust and appropriate public policy.

Contact Persons:
Mr Dan Tehan  MP Chair
Senator Deborah O’Neill  Deputy Chair


Parliamentary Friends of Deakin University

To promote with parliamentarians the opportunities Deakin University has to offer and celebrate the achievements of the largest regional university in Australia.  It will highlight the importance of education, new developments in delivery of higher education and the capacity for education to enhance the productivity and competitiveness of regional Australia whilst transforming the lives of students regardless of location or financial circumstances.

Contact Persons:
Ms Anna Burke
Mr Dan Tehan


Parliamentary Friends of Disability Group

The purpose of the group is to raise awareness amongst Parliamentarians of some of the issues faced by people with disabilities, their families and their carers.

Contact Persons:
Senator Sue Boyce
Senator Rachel Siewert
Senator Lin Thorp


Parliamentary Friends of Early Childhood

The Parliamentary Friends of Early Childhood (PFEC) will seek to raise awareness with members of Parliament and the community about early childhood issues such as quality early childhood education, early intervention, developmental issues, childhood vulnerability, parental education  and child safety.  In addressing these and other issues PFEC will promote and advocate for evidence-based policies both in the Parliament as well as in the broader community to ensure that we are providing Australian children with the best possible opportunity to reach their full potential.

The PFEC will also engage with the early childhood sector to establish an ongoing dialogue for Parliamentarians about the important issues in early childhood.

Contact Persons:
Mr Andrew Laming MP
Ms Lisa Chesters MP
Ms Allanah MacTiernan  MP


Friends of End of Life

To disseminate accurate information to Senators and members on End of Life issues and services available;
To act as a forum for policy discussion among Senators and members on end of Life care and facilities; and
To provide feedback to Senators and Members on opinions and concerns raised by community groups and constituents and End of Life issues.

Contact Persons:
Nola Marino MP
Senator Catryna Bilyk
(Co-convenors)


Parliamentary Friends of Eye Health and Vision Care (PFEHVC)

The goal of Parliamentary Friends of Eye Health and Vision Care is to raise awareness  with Members of Parliament and the wider community about the causes of preventable blindness and discuss how we work towards the goal of eliminating preventable blindness by 2020 in Australia and overseas.  In addition the group raises awareness with members of Parliament and the wider community about barriers for those living with blindness or a vision impairment and discuss how those barriers can be overcome and eliminated throughout our community and society.

Contact Persons:
Mr Andrew Laming  MP
Ms Amanda Rishworth  MP
(Co-Convenors)


Parliamentary Friends of Football Australia

The group aims to celebrate Football's positive story between Members of Parliament and the Football community.  Members of the group will be encouraged to assist in raising awareness of Australia's contribution to Football worldwide, through championship events such as the Asian Cup and World Cup.

Contact Persons:
Mr Bert van Manen  MP   - Chair
Mr Graham Perrett  MP   -  Deputy Chair


Parliamentary Friends of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

The Parliamentary Friends of Grandparents raising Grandchildren will aim to raise awareness of the valuable contribution that grandparents who take on the primary responsibility for raising their grandchildren make to the Australian community and for parliamentarians to gain a greater understanding of the financial, physical and emotional difficulties often experienced by these grandparents.

Contact Persons:
Senator Dean Smith - Chair
Senator Carol Brown - Deputy Chair


Parliamentary Liaison Group for Prevention of Fetal alcohol spectrum Disorder (FASD)/Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS)

To disseminate accurate information to Senators and Members on FASD;
To act as a forum for policy discussion among Senators and Members on FASD; and
To provide feedback to Senators and Members on opinions and concerns raised by community groups and constituents on FASD.

Contact Persons:
The Hon Dr Sharman Stone MP
Mr Graham Perrett
(Co-convenors)


Parliamentarians Against Forced Organ Harvesting (PAFOH)

The purpose of the group is to raise awareness among Parliamentarians of the issue of forced organ harvesting and transplant tourism across the world.

Contact Persons:
Senator John Madigan
Mr Craig Kelly  MP
Co-Convenors


Parliamentary Friends of HIV/AIDS, Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmitted Diseases

  • To disseminate accurate information to Senators and Members on HIV/AIDS, BBVs and STIs;
  • To act as a forum for policy discussion among Senators and Members on HIV/AIDS, BBVs and STIs; 
  • To provide feedback to Senators and Members on opinions and concerns raised by community groups and constituents on HIV/AIDS, BBVs and STIs;  and
  • To promote the human rights and prevent stigma and discrimination against those living with hepatitis and HIV.

Contact Persons:
Senator Dean Smith – Chair
Senator Louise Pratt – Deputy Chair


Parliamentary Friendship Group for LGBTI Australians

The Parliamentary Friendship Group for LGBTI Australians provides feedback for Senators and Members on the opinions and concerns of LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex) community groups and constituents.  It disseminates relevant information and updates to Senators and Members, acts as a forum for Senators and Members to discuss LGBTI issues, and promotes the fair and equitable treatment of LGBTI Australians and their families.

Contact Persons:
The Hon. Warren Entsch – Chair Person
Senator Sarah Hanson-Young – Joint Deputy Chair
Mr Graham Perrett – Joint Deputy Chair


Parliamentary Friends of the Australian Lung Foundation

The Parliamentary Friends will endeavour to raise awareness of issues related to lung health and provide support to the Australian Lung Foundation and its program of activities.

Contact Persons:
Ms Jill Hall  MP
Mr Ken Wyatt  MP
Co-Convenors


Parliamentary Friends of Manufacturing

The purpose of this group is to work across party lines to establish policy that will help our manufacturers. This group will also give a platform for manufacturing groups to speak to parliamentarians directly.

Contact Persons:
Senator John Madigan
Senator Nick Xenophon
Co - convenors


Parliamentary Friendship Group of Meals on Wheels

The goal of Parliamentary Friends of Meals on Wheels is to raise awareness with Members of Parliament and the wider community about the issues relating to the non-profit organisation such as lifting the profile and awareness of helath concerns for the aged and disabled and working towards increased research into issues such as the physical and emotional benefits of proper nutrition and social contact.

Contact Persons:
Mark Coulton MP
Ms Terri Butler MP


Parliamentary Friends of Medicine

This group provides a non-partisan forum for MPs to meed and interact with medical experts, patients and representatives of the medicines industry to discuss medical developments and health issues important to constituents.

Contact Persons:
Mr John Alexander  MP
Senator Claire Moore
Senator Richard Di Natale


Parliamentary Friends of Mental Illness

The primary objective of the Parliamentary Friends of Mental Illness is to improve Parliamentarian's awareness and understanding of  mental health issues that affect constituents in their electorates. This includes connecting Members and Senators with those living with a mental illness, their families and carers, as well as those working in the area of mental health including researchers, advocates and clinicians. In addition the group works to assist parliamentarians and their staff to be effective in supporting their constituents who are affected by mental illness.

Contact Persons:
Mr Ken Wyatt  MP
Ms Amanda Rishworth  MP
Co-Chairs


Parliamentary Friendship Group of Men’s Sheds

To promote the concept of Men's Sheds

Contact Persons:
Mr Mark Coulton MP
Mr Chris Hayes  MP
(Co-convenors) 


Parliamentary Friends of Multiculturalism

The group aims to embrace multicultural Australia, by acknowledging the past and re-focusing on future directions for multiculturalism in Australia.

Contact Persons:
Ms Maria Vamvakinou MP
Mr Russell Broadbent MP
(Co-convenors)


National Student Leadership Forum Parliamentary Group (NSLFPG)

The NSLFPG exists to support the aspirations and aims of the National Student Leadership Forum, which has been organising these forums since 1997. The NSLF is an annual event that provides an opportunity for discussions around the significance of faith and values as foundations for effective leadership.

Contact Persons:
The Hon Scott Morrison
Senator Claire Moore
(Co-Convenors)


Parliamentary Friends of Neighbourhood Watch

The group intends to hold periodic meetings where various issues related to crime and vandalism prevention in neighbourhoods and communities across Australia will be discussed.

Contact Persons:
Mr Chris Hayes  MP
Mr Russell Matheson  MP
(Co-convenors)


Parliamentary Friends of Netball

The group will have the following goals;   

  1. To build communities of healthy, confident and resilient girls and women through participation and world-class competition;
  2. To enable young girls and women to develop life skills and a sense of belonging;  and 
  3. To provide opportunities for the players to engage with parliamentarians.  The Commonwealth Games will be held in Glasgow in 2014, the Netball World Cup in Sydney in August 2015 and the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2018.

Contact Persons:
Mrs Karen Andrews  MP
Senator Kate Lundy
(Co-convenors)


Parliamentary Friends of Parkinson's Group

The primary objective of Parliamentary Friends of Parkinson's is to support the work of Parkinson's Australia in improving funding for services and to broaden research and awareness for people living with Parkinson's disease.

Contact Persons:
Anne Sudmalis MP
Senator Carol Brown


Parliamentary Friends of Police

Contact Persons:
Senator Stephen Parry – Chair
Mr Chris Hayes  MP – Deputy Chair


Parliamentary Friends of Polio Survivors

The goal of Parliamentary Friends of Polio survivors is to raise awareness with Members of Parliament and the wider community about the issues relating to polio survivors such as lifting the profile and awareness of health concerns and working towards increased research into issues such as the late onset of polio among polio survivors.

Parliamentary Friends of Polio Survivors would enable first hand communication of issues and concerns with Polio Australia.  It would also be a forum to access materials, brochures and information to government programs and possible funding.

Contact Persons:
Mr Mark Coulton  MP
Ms Jill Hall  MP


Parliamentary Group on Population and Development

A cross-party group, open to all Members and Senators who are interested in the issues of women's empowerment in international development and sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Contact Persons:
The Hon. Dr Sharman Stone – Chairperson
Senator Clair Moore – Vice-Chair
Senator Lee Rhiannon – Vice Chair


Parliamentary Friends of Primary Producers

To disseminate accurate information to Senators and members on Primary Producers and Primary Production;
To act as a forum for policy discussion among Senators and members on Primary Producers and Primary Production; and
To provide feedback to Senators and Members on opinions and concerns raised by community groups and constituents on Primary Producers and Primary Production.

Contact Persons:
Ms Nola Marino  MP
The Hon Joel Fitzgibbon MP


Parliamentary Friendship Group on Productive Diversity and Settlement (PGPDS)

The aim of the Parliamentary Friendship Group on Productive Diversity and settlement (PGPDS) is to promote cross-parliamentary support for the effective settlement of migrants and refugees and to recognise the critical role that the settlement sector plays in enhancing the effectiveness of the migration program.

Contact Persons:
Senator Lisa Singh
Mr Bert Van Manen  MP
Co-chairs


Parliamentary Friends of Rail Group

The vision of the group is to strengthen the rail industry in Australia, through creating opportunities for leaders in both government and the business sector to meet and discuss issues of key importance to Australia's economic future.  Members of the group will be engaged on key rail issues, participate in policy discussions and interact with top industry leaders and fellow rail advocates.

Contact Persons:
Mr John Alexander  MP
Mr Stephen Jones  MP
(Co-convenors)


Parliamentary Friends of Road Safety

  1. Elevate with the Federal Parliament greater awareness of road safety.
  2. Inform Federal Parliamentarians of the need for continual improvement in road safety outcomes.
  3.  Inform Federal Parliamentarians of the national and international initiatives with potential to improve road safety outcomes.
  4. Ensure the Federal Members of Parliament are aware of the enormous social and economic cost of failing to continually prioritise improved road safety outcomes.

Contact Persons:
Senator Alex Gallacher
Mr Darren Chester MP


Parliamentary Friends of Rugby League

Contact Persons:
The Hon Matt thistlethwaite MP
Senator the Hon Marise Payne
(Co-chairs)


Parliamentary Friends of Rugby Union

  • promote the spirit and values of rugby Union and the contribution it make to our society from grass-roots to the international stage.
  • provide opportunities for Members and Senators to have greater involvement with Rugby Union in their electorate.
  • provide opportunities for Members and Senator to engage with players from the Wallabies, Wallaroos and Sevens Program (Men's and Women's) as they prepare for the 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup, 2014 Commonwealth Games, 2015 Rugby World Cup, 2016 Rio Olympics.

Contact Persons:
The Hon Mr Joe Hockey MP
Senator Kate Lundy
(Co-chairs)


Parliamentary Friendship Group for Rural and Remote Allied Health

To raise awareness of the health needs of Australians living in rural and remote communities.  It will act as a forum for research, briefings and information affecting the sector and support the health professionals that provide clinical and educational services in rural and remote locations across areas as broad as audiology, dietetics, exercise physiology, occupational therapy, optometry, oral health, pharmacy, physiotherapy, podiatry, psychology, social work and speech pathology.

Contact Persons:
Mr Andrew Wilkie  MP
Dr Andrew Southcott  MP
(Co-chairs)


Parliamentary Friends of Science

  • To enable a meaningful dialogue between scientific leaders and parliamentarians about science that underpins policy and to inform political debate.
  • To provide a forum for eminent Australian and visiting scientists to engage with parliamentarians.
  • To provide a mechanism for parliamentarians to seek expertise from scientists in relevant disciplines.

Contact Persons:
Ms Karen Andrews MP - Chairperson
The Hon Richard Marles MP - Deputy Chairperson


Parliamentary Friends of Seniors and Ageing

The group aims to raise awareness of issues relevant to seniors and older Australians whilst at the same time considering the impact of an ageing population and developing strategies.

Contact Persons:
Mr Steve Irons  MP
Ms Jill Hall  MP
Co-Convenors


Parliamentary Friends of Small Business

To recognise the importance of the small business sector and advance understanding of its needs.

Contact Persons:
Ms Gai Brodtmann MP – Chairperson
Mr Scott Buchholz MP – Deputy Chairperson


Parliamentary Friends of Sport

The groups purpose is to provide a non-partisan forum for Members and Senators to consider the policy outlook for sport in Australia.

Contact Persons:
Mr Steve Irons  MP
Senator Kate Lundy
Co-Convenors


Parliamentary Friends Supporting Democracy in Ukraine

The members of our community with a Ukrainian background are calling for Australia to support a peaceful and democratic change and the establishment of this group would send the message that we, as Australians, support a peaceful and democratic Ukraine.

Contact Persons:
Craig Laundy  MP  -  Chairperson


Parliamentary Friendship Group of Women in Science, Maths and Engineering

Promote the role and achievement of women in the areas of science, maths and engineering with parliamentarians and the wider community:

  • Encourage more women to consider careers in the areas of science, maths and engineering;
  • Look at any barriers that may exist; and
  • Connect women in science, maths and engineering with their local parliamentarians in order for them to better understand their respective roles.

Contact Persons:
Ms Kelly O’Dwyer MP - Chair
Ms Amanda Rishworth MP - Deputy Chair


Parliamentary Friends of Youth Mental Health

To promote and improve youth mental health in the community by:

  1. Promoting issues relating to youth mental health, to parliamentarians and their constituents.
  2. Facilitating communication between young people engaged with mental health challenges, their families and carers, related service providers and parliamentarians.
  3. Being a non-partisan forum where parliamentarians can access expert views and participate in constructive debate about youth mental health.

Contact Persons:
Senator Penny Wright
Senator Louise Pratt
Mr Dan Tehan MP
Ms Cathy McGowan MP
(Co-Chairs)


Parliamentary Friendship Groups are groups formally recognised by the Presiding Officers. That recognition lasts for the term of the Parliament. View the list of the Parliamentary Friendship Groups for the previous (43rd) Parliament.

Register a Friendship Group (PDF 167KB)

Send queries about Parliamentary Friendship Groups to: Events@aph.gov.au

Please note: queries regarding membership lists for current or former friendship groups should be directed to the contact
person(s) for that group.

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