How can individuals participate in the Australian political system?

People sitting in rows of benches above other people sitting in rows in the green House of Representatives.

The public galleries in the House of Representatives.

Michael Masters/DPS Auspic

The public galleries in the House of Representatives.

People sitting in rows of benches above other people sitting in rows in the green House of Representatives.

Michael Masters/DPS Auspic

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A view of the House of Representatives, showing the public galleries above where the members are sitting on the floor of the House. 

You can get involved in the Australian political system in lots of ways Paige! You could write to or email members of parliament, or sign a petition. Parliamentary committees encourage people to give their opinion on bills – proposed laws – and issues of importance to Australians. You could also attend a meeting or protest to let members of parliament know you are concerned about an issue.

If you are over 18, voting in federal elections means you can have a say in who represents you in the Australian Parliament.