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Information about the 46th Parliament

Federal election - Saturday 18 May 2019

A general election for the House of Representatives and half of the Senate was held on Saturday, 18 May 2019. For information about the general election, visit the Australian Electoral Commission website. For the Senate, the election was for those state senators whose terms expire on 30 June 2019 and territory senators.

When will details of newly elected Senators be available?

The final results for the Senate will take some time for the AEC to determine. For progress on the count, see the AEC website. The AEC has also published an indicative timeline for the Senate counting process.

Newly elected senators will commence their terms from 1 July 2019 and territory senators' terms commence on the date of their election.

Prorogation of the 45th Parliament and what it means for the Senate

Prorogation terminates the sittings of the Senate, however, its committees (not joint committees) may continue to meet, conduct hearings and present reports if they resolve to do so. Prorogation also has the effect of terminating all business pending before the Senate. Unresolved matters including notices of motion, questions on notice and bills can be resubmitted or restored in the next Parliament.

More information



  • Senate Lecture Series

    Public lunchtime lectures on topics relating to Parliament and governance. Admission is free and bookings are not required. Lecture transcripts and audio and television recordings of the lectures are also available.

    Lecture Series

  • Seminars for public servants

    The Senate provides training for members of the public service on topics including the role of the Senate, Senate committees, the estimates process, getting bills through the Senate, parliamentary privilege and delegated legislation.

    The seminar program for 2019 is now available.


  • Exhibitions

    Learn about the exhibitions on display in Parliament House, and visit the online exhibitions Women in Federal Parliament; Magna Carta; Making Laws; and For Peace, Order and Good Government


  • Conferences

    Information on upcoming conferences will be made available here. Papers from previous conferences and proceedings are also available.