Gender composition of Australian parliaments by party: a quick guide

Updated 1 July 2022

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Anna Hough
Politics & Public Administration Section

This Quick Guide provides an update to tables showing the composition of Australian parliaments by party and gender (see Tables 1 and 2 attached) since the last version was published on 8 March 2022.


Following the general election held on 21 May 2022, the proportion of women in the parliament has increased to:

  • 38.4% in the House of Representatives
  • 56.6% in the Senate
  • 44.5% across the parliament

New South Wales

Legislative Council

The vacancy resulting from the resignation of Don Harwin (LIB) on 23 March 2022 was filled by Chris Rath (LIB) on 24 March 2022.

Following the resignation of David Shoebridge (GRN) on 11 April 2022, in order to stand for the Senate at the federal election, the resulting vacancy was filled by Sue Higginson (GRN) on 12 May 2022.

On 19 April 2022 the registration of the Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group) was cancelled by the New South Wales Electoral Commission. The party’s sole representative in New South Wales parliament, Fred Nile, has since sat as an independent.


Legislative Council

On 7 March 2022 Kaushaliya Vaghela (Western Metropolitan) resigned from the Australian Labor Party (ALP) to sit as an independent.

On 24 May 2022 Bernie Finn (Western Metropolitan) was expelled from the Liberal Party. On 7 June 2022 he announced that he would be sitting as a member of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP).


Following the resignation of Colin Boyce (LNP) on 29 March 2022, in order to contest the federal House of Representatives seat of Flynn, a by-election was held in the seat of Callide, which was won by Bryson Head (LNP).

South Australia

Following the general election held on 19 March 2022, the proportion of women has increased to:

  • 34.8% in the House of Assembly
  • 50% in the Legislative Council
  • 39.7% across the parliament

Please note that these figures include one vacancy in the House of Assembly following the resignation of Vickie Chapman (LIB, Bragg) on 31 May 2022. A by-election will be held on 2 July 2022.


House of Assembly

Following the resignation of Premier Peter Gutwein (LIB, Bass) on 8 April 2022, a recount was conducted on 26–27 April 2022 and the vacancy was filled by Simon Wood (LIB).

Legislative Council

On 7 May 2022 elections were held for the Legislative Council divisions of Elwick and McIntyre. A by-election was held in the division of Huon on the same day, to fill the vacancy resulting from the resignation of Bastian Seidel (ALP) on 7 January 2022. On 7 May 2022:

Australian Capital Territory

Following the resignation of Giulia Jones (LIB, Murrumbidgee) on 2 June 2022, a recount was held on 20 June 2022, and the vacancy was filled by Ed Cocks (LIB).


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