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 289 64 353
Passed by both houses     186

Committees*

  House of Representatives** Senate**
Committee reports presented 110 230

Other work*

  House of Representatives Senate Total
Questions without notice 1706 2478 4184
Petitions presented 759 16 775
Signatures to petitions received 1 523 112 103 681 1 626 793

Sittings*

  House of Representatives Senate Total
Number of sitting days 85 73 158
Hours of sitting*** 753 hrs 10 mins 701 hrs 23 mins 1454 hrs 43 mins

*as at 12 November 2020
**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) 44 77
Liberal National Party of Queensland (LNPQ)  23
The Nationals (the NATS) 10
Opposition Australian Labor Party (ALP) 68 68
Crossbench Australian Greens (AG) 1 6
Centre Alliance (CA) 1
Katter's Australian Party (KAP) 1
Independents (IND) 3
  Total 151 151

 

Composition of the House of Representatives expanded*

State Lib LNPQ The NATS ALP AG KAP IND Total
NSW 15   7 24     1 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 44 23 10 68 1 1 3 151

*as at 12 November 2020