Getting Involved

Get in touch with your Senator or Member

Send your Senator or Member a message. Senators and Members individually decide their preferred web based contact method. To contact your Senator or Member first find their home page using the below search tool. Their home page will contain their contact details and best method of contacting them.

Committees

You can be involved in the work of a committee by lodging a submission with a committee on the subject of an inquiry. Committees also hold public inquiries to clarify evidence already provided and to examine other points of view with a witness.

How to get involved in Committee inquiries

Petitions

A petition is basically a request for action. The right to petition Federal Parliament has been one of the rights of citizens since federation, and it is the only way an individual can directly place grievances before the Parliament.

House of Representatives Petitions

Petitions may be received by the House on public or individual grievances provided that they relate to matters on which the House has the power to act. Hundreds of petitions are received by the House every year on a variety of matters. 

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Petitions receives and processes petitions on behalf of the House. It is able to inquire into and report on matters relating to petitions following their tabling in the House, and the petitioning system in general.

Senate Petitions

The presentation of a petition to the Senate is a proceeding in Parliament and is protected by parliamentary privilege. The publication of a petition before presentation is not similarly protected. (See Chapter 2, Australian Senate Practice, Parliamentary Privilege, Circulation of petitions.)

Education Resources

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Parliament: an overview gives a description of the parliamentary system.

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The Parliamentary Education Office provides a wealth of information on Parliament. Online resources include:

School Tour

School tours of Parliament House are available to all Australian Primary and Secondary schools. For bookings and information on school programs, please click on the links below.