Senate

The Senate is one of the two houses of the Australian Federal Parliament. It consists of 76 senators, twelve from each of the six states and two from each of the mainland territories. It shares the power to make laws with the other House of the Parliament, the House of Representatives.

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Senate Discovery
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Work of the Senate
Keep track of Senate proceedings
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News and events
The latest news from the Senate and its committees
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Practice and procedure
View Senate publications, guides and other resources

Senate Composition

 

Breakdown of Senate numbers in 2017 

State senators were divided into two classes: short-term senators whose terms expire on 30 June 2019, and long-term senators whose terms expire on 30 June 2022. These classes were allocated according to the order of election. Details of senators' terms of service are available on this page.



Browse by states: All, ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA


Senators

Information on the President of the Senate, current and former senators and ministers.

Committees

Find current inquiries, upcoming hearings, recent reports, committee homepages and more.

Work of the Senate

Follow the business of the Senate with the documents that guide and govern proceedings.


Estimates

Estimates of government expenditure are referred to Senate committees for examination.

Practice and Procedure

Learn about the Senate, its history and all aspects of its powers, procedures and practices.

News and Events

The latest news from the Senate and its committees, and information about lectures, seminars, exhibitions and conferences.

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