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.

Senators

Each state of the Australian federation, regardless of its population, has an equal number of senators. Twelve senators represent each state, and the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory are represented by two senators each.

Work of the Senate

For information about past sittings of the Senate

Committees

Follow the work of Senate and Joint Committees

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Further Resources

About the Senate

General information on the Senate including its composition, role and origins.

Powers, practice and procedure

Publications, guides and other resources on the powers, practice and procedures of the Senate.

Public information and events

Lectures, seminars, exhibitions, conferences and other events to promote understanding of the Senate and the Parliament.

Research and Education

Statistics on the Senate, historical resources and background information on the Senate, the Parliament and public administration.

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Photos of committee activities and the Senate Chamber provided courtesy of AUSPIC.

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