Parliamentary statistics

Keep up-to-date with the current numbers and work of the Australian Parliament with these facts and figures.

Following the federal election held on 18 May, the Liberal Party of Australia and the Nationals—often referred to as the Coalition—formed government after winning the support of the majority (more than half) of the 151 members elected to the House of Representatives. The Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, and his ministry were sworn-in by the Governor-General at Government House in Canberra on 29 May.

The 46th Parliament commenced on 2 July with an opening ceremony at Parliament House.

The 46th Parliament at work

Bills* 

  House of Representatives Senate Total
First introduced 428 104 532
Passed by both houses     343

Committees*

  House of Representatives** Senate**
Committee reports presented 199 463

Other work*

  House of Representatives Senate Total
Questions without notice 2942 4064 7006
Petitions presented 1277 23 1300
Signatures to petitions received 2 821 825 129 132 2 950 957

Sittings*

  House of Representatives Senate Total
Number of sitting days 144 121 265
Hours of sitting*** 1279 hrs 46 mins 1171 hrs 56 mins 2453 hrs 42 mins

*as at 10 September 2021
**Includes joint committees administered by this house of Parliament
***Excludes suspension of sittings

Senate 

Composition of the Senate*

  Political Party Numbers Total

Government coalition

Liberal Party of Australia (Lib) 31 36
The Nationals (the NATS) 4
Country Liberal Party (CLP) 1
Opposition Australian Labor Party (ALP) 26 26
Crossbench Australian Greens (AG) 9 14
Centre Alliance (CA) 1
Pauline Hanson's One Nation (PHON) 2
Jacqui Lambie Network (JLN) 1
Independent 1
  Total 76 76

 

Composition of the Senate expanded*

State Lib The NATS CLP ALP AG CA PHON JLN IND Total
NSW 5 1   5 1         12
VIC 5 1   4 2         12
QLD 4 2   3 1   2     12
WA 6     4 2         12
SA 5     4 1 1     1 12
TAS 5     4 2       12
ACT 1     1           2
NT     1 1           2
Australia 31 4 1 26 9 1 2 1  1 76

*as at 12 November 2020

House of Representatives 

Composition of the House of Representatives*

  Political Party Numbers Total
Government coalition Liberal Party of Australia (Lib) 43 76
Liberal National Party of Queensland (LNPQ)  23
The Nationals (the NATS) 10
Opposition Australian Labor Party (ALP) 68 68
Crossbench Australian Greens (AG) 1 7
Centre Alliance (CA) 1
Katter's Australian Party (KAP) 1
Independents (IND) 4
  Total 151 151

 

Composition of the House of Representatives expanded*

State Lib LNPQ The NATS ALP AG KAP IND Total
NSW 14   7 24     2 47
VIC 12   3 21 1   1 38
QLD   23   6   1   30
WA 11     5       16
SA 4     5       10
TAS 2     2     1 5
ACT       3       3
NT       2       2
Australia 43 23 10 68 1 1 4 151

*as at 23 February 2021