Senate

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.

Numbers in the Senate

This information relates to senators who held office prior to the dissolution of the Senate on 9 May 2016

Graph displaying the current numbers in the Senate 

Senators

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.

Committees

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

Estimates

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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