Composition of Australian parliaments by party and gender: a quick guide

Updated 15 January 2019

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Anna Hough
Politics and Public Administration

This quick guide contains the most recent tables showing the composition of Australian parliaments by party and gender (see Table 1 and Table 2). It takes into account changes to the Commonwealth, New South Wales, Victorian and South Australian parliaments since the last update was published on 10 October 2018.


In the Senate:

  • Fraser Anning (Queensland) is sitting as an independent following his expulsion from Katter’s Australian Party on 25 October 2018.

In the House of Representatives:

  • Following the resignation of former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on 31 August 2018, a by‑election in the seat of Wentworth (NSW) on 20 October 2018 was won by Kerryn Phelps (IND).
  • Julia Banks (Chisholm, Vic.) announced on 27 November 2018 that she had resigned from the Liberal Party and would sit as an independent.

New South Wales

In the Legislative Council:

  • Jeremy Buckingham announced on 20 December 2018 that he had resigned from the Greens and would sit as an independent.

In the Legislative Assembly:

  • Jai Rowell (LIB, Wollondilly), resigned as the member for Wollondilly on 17 December 2018. The seat will remain vacant until the New South Wales state election on 24 March 2019.


The figures for Victoria reflect the results of the state election held on 24 November 2018.

In the Legislative Council, Catherine Cumming, who was elected as a member of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party, was disendorsed on 18 December 2018. She was subsequently sworn-in as an independent.

South Australia

In the House of Assembly the figures include two vacancies following the retirements of former premier Jay Weatherill (ALP, Cheltenham)  and former deputy premier John Rau (ALP, Enfield), both of whom retired on 17 December 2018. By-elections in the seats of Cheltenham and Enfield will be held on 9 February 2019.


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