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

Updated 8 June 2021

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Anna Hough
Politics & Public Administration Section

This quick guide contains the most recent tables showing the composition of Australian parliaments by party and gender (see Tables 1 and 2). It takes into account changes in the New South Wales and Tasmanian parliaments since the last update was published on 16 April 2021.

New South Wales

Legislative Assembly

Following the resignation of Michael Johnsen (NATS, Upper Hunter) on 31 March 2021, the resulting by-election on 22 May 2021 was won by David Layzell (NATS).

On 13 May 2021 Gareth Ward (LIB, Kiama) announced that he would remove himself from the Liberal party room to sit as an independent while allegations against him were investigated.

Legislative Council

Following the resignation of John Ajaka (LIB) on 31 March 2021, the resulting casual vacancy was filled by Peter Poulos (LIB), who was sworn in on 6 May 2021.


The figures reflect the results of the state election held on 1 May 2021 for the House of Assembly and elections for the Legislative Council divisions of Derwent, Mersey and Windermere.

Following the resignation of Adam Brooks (LIB, Braddon) on 14 May 2021, a recount was completed on 3 June 2021 which resulted in the election of Felix Ellis (LIB).

Prior to the election there were 14 women in the House of Assembly (56 per cent), while afterwards there are 13 (52 per cent). The number of women in the Legislative Council remains unchanged at nine (60 per cent). The proportion of women in the Tasmanian Parliament as a whole has fallen slightly, from 57.5 per cent to 55 per cent.


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