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 185 44 229
Passed by both houses     114

Committees*

  House of Representatives** Senate**
Committee reports presented 57 125

Other work*

  House of Representatives Senate Total
Questions without notice 979 1555 2534
Petitions presented 250 9 259
Signatures to petitions received 648 394 40 743 689 137

Sittings*

  House of Representatives Senate Total
Number of sitting days 51 47 98
Hours of sitting*** 451 hrs 18 mins 439 hrs 57 mins 891 hrs 15 mins

*as at 23 March 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) 2
Pauline Hanson's One Nation (PHON) 2
Jacqui Lambie Network (JLN) 1
  Total 76 76

 

Composition of the Senate expanded*

State Lib The NATS CLP ALP AG CA PHON JLN 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 2     12
TAS 5     4 2     12
ACT 1     1         2
NT     1 1         2
Australia 31 4 1 26 9 2 2 1 76

*as at 23 March 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 23 March 2020