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 2019, 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 2019.

The 46th Parliament commenced on 2 July 2019 with an opening ceremony at Parliament House. The Parliament came to a close on 11 April 2022 when it was prorogued by the Governor-General. The House of Representatives was then formally dissolved to allow for a federal election to be held on 21 May 2022. The election will be for all members of the House of Representatives and half the Senate.

The contents of this page will be updated when the results of the federal election held on 21 May 2022 are confirmed. 

The 46th Parliament at work

Bills* 

  House of Representatives Senate Total
First introduced 522 123 645
Passed by both houses     407

Committees*

  House of Representatives** Senate**
Committee reports presented 278 605

Other work*

  House of Representatives Senate Total
Questions without notice 3458 4604 8062
Petitions presented 1761 25 1786
Signatures to petitions received 4 751 889 335 052 5 086 941

Sittings*

  House of Representatives Senate Total
Number of sitting days 170 139 309
Hours of sitting*** 1525 hrs 19 mins 1342 hrs 51 mins 2868 hrs 10 mins

*as at 31 March 2022
**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 31 March 2022

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
United Australia Party (UAP) 1
Independents (IND) 3
  Total 151 151

 

Composition of the House of Representatives expanded*

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

*as at 31 March 2022