The Senate is one of the two houses of the Australian Federal Parliament. It consists of 76 senators, twelve from each of the six states and two from each of the mainland territories. It shares the power to make laws with the other House of the Parliament, the House of Representatives.


Information on the President of the Senate, current and former senators and ministers.

Work of the Senate

Follow the business of the Senate with the documents that guide and govern proceedings.

Role of the Senate

Learn about the Senate, its history and all aspects of its powers, procedures and practices.


Find current inquiries, upcoming hearings, recent reports, committee homepages and more.


Estimates of government expenditure are referred to Senate committees for examination.

News and Events

The latest news from the Senate and its committees, and information about lectures, seminars, exhibitions and conferences.

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