House of Representatives

The House of Representatives is one of the two houses of Australia’s Commonwealth Parliament. There are 150 representatives elected by the Australian people. The House of Representatives is the house in which government is formed.

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This Week in the House – 30 August to 1 September 2016
Summary of expected business in the House of Representatives
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Where can you learn more about the House?
This series of 22 Infosheets has information about the workings of Parliament


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Members of Parliament

There are currently 150 members who have been chosen at a general election to represent the interests of the community.

Chamber documents

Every sitting day a number of documents are published to let people know what business will be dealt with, and what decisions have been made by the House.

Daily Program 'the Blue'

This document is available about an hour before the House sits and lists the expected business the House will deal with that day. A full list of all items before the House is available in the Notice Paper.


Bills in the House

Most draft legislation (bills) are introduced into the House of Representatives. A bill must be agreed to in identical form by both the House and the Senate and assented to by the Governor-General before it becomes law.

Order of Business

Each day the House sits there are set times for various events e.g. question time, government business, presentation of committee reports.

House of Representatives Committees

The House has a number of parliamentary committees that examine issues on behalf of the House. Only members of Parliament can be members of these committees.


Seating Plan for the House of Representatives

Seating arrangements for the House of Representatives chamber. Available as an interactive app for your tablet device.

Powers, practice and Procedure

If you would like to learn more about how the House of Representatives operates, how bills are made, and what happens on a sitting day, there are a number of documents that will help you understand. In addition to guidance on House operations there are resources for more detailed research and education on the work of the House.

Hansard

Hansard is the name given to the transcripts of what is said in each House of Parliament and at public hearings.