How does one become a federal member of Parliament? What is the process involved?

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Parliamentary Education Office (peo.gov.au)

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Graphic of a blue rectangle being dropped into a larger blue box. This is repeated multiple times.

Parliamentary Education Office (peo.gov.au)

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This graphic is a representation of a ballots being placed into a ballot boxes.

Thanks for your question about the Australian Parliament! The term member of parliament generally refers to a member of the House of Representatives, although it can also refer to a senator.

To become a member of parliament you need to win a seat in a federal election.

There are a number of requirements for enrolling as a candidate in a federal election. These are avilable on the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) website.