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

Updated 1 July 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 and state/territory parliaments since the last published update on 15 January 2019.

Commonwealth

The figures reflect the results of the election held on 18 May.

  • The proportion of women in the Commonwealth parliament is now 36.6 per cent, an increase of 4.3 per cent since the commencement of the previous parliament on 30 August 2016. This represents the largest single increase in the proportion of women from one parliament to another since 1996.
  • The proportion of women in the Senate has increased to 48.7 per cent from 39.5 per cent at the commencement of the previous parliament, an increase of 9.2 per cent. The proportion of women in the House of Representatives has increased to 30.5 per cent from 28.7 per cent at the commencement of the previous parliament, an increase of 1.8 per cent.

In the Senate, Cory Bernardi (SA) is sitting as an independent following his decision to deregister the Australian Conservatives party. The party was officially deregistered on 28 June.

New South Wales

The figures reflect the results of the election held on 23 March.

Victoria

The figures include a vacancy in the Legislative Council following the resignation of Philip Dalidakis (ALP, Southern Metropolitan) on 17 June.

Queensland

Jason Costigan (Whitsunday) is sitting as an independent following his expulsion from the Liberal National Party on 1 February.

Western Australia

In the Legislative Council, Charles Smith (East Metropolitan) announced on 12 June that he had resigned from Pauline Hanson’s One Nation and would sit as an independent.

South Australia

Following the retirements of Jay Weatherill (ALP, Cheltenham) and John Rau (ALP, Enfield), both on 17 December 2018, by-elections were held on 9 February. In Cheltenham, the successful candidate was Joe Szakacs (ALP) while in Enfield the successful candidate was Andrea Michaels (ALP).

Tasmania

In the Legislative Council:

Elections for the Legislative Council divisions of Montgomery, Nelson and Pembroke were held on 4 May 2019. Leonie Hiscutt (LIB) was elected in Montgomery, Meg Webb (IND) was elected in Nelson, and Jo Siejka (ALP) was elected in Pembroke.

In the House of Assembly:

Northern Territory

Jeffrey Collins (Fong Lim) announced on 8 February that he had resigned from the ALP and would sit as an independent. On 19 February, Scott McConnell (Stuart) also announced that he had resigned from the ALP and would sit as an independent.

 

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