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Welcome to the Parliament of Australia



Parliamentary Library

Parliamentary Library

The Parliamentary Library is part of the Department of Parliamentary Services and provides services to senators, members, their staff and the staff of committees.

The first library services were delivered to federal parliament in 1901 and continue to provide significant support to parliament and the democratic process.

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Watch Parliament

Today's broadcasts of Parliament activities

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ParlView - Parliamentary Videos

Senate Chamber at Question Time

ParlView is an innovative broadcast service from the Australian Parliament which enables you to watch, replay, pause and download a range of current and historic parliamentary activities and events. These include Question Time, chamber proceedings and events such as the national apologies and visits by heads of state.

The video archive of historical parliamentary proceedings and events is currently being published into ParlView and by June 2014 about 55,000 hours of content will be available. Much of this footage has never been seen by the general public.


The Australian Parliament is committed to providing accessibility to all users of its website and is working towards providing text alternatives for, and captioning of, all content in ParlView. If you experience any difficulties accessing material on this web site please contact our Helpdesk.

Technical requirements

The ParlView service is currently available on Adobe Flash based media players. Get the latest version of Adobe Flash Player for your device. New platforms for accessing ParlView will be added soon and will be announced here.

Parliamentary Budget Office

Parliamentary Budget Office

Parliament House at night looking dapper.

The Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) was established on 23 July 2012.

The role of the PBO is to inform the Parliament by providing independent and non-partisan analysis of the budget cycle, fiscal policy and the financial implications of proposals.

The Parliamentary Budget Officer is Mr Phil Bowen PSM FCPA. 

Further information regarding the PBO and its activities can be found here.

House of Representatives Chamber

The House of Representatives , known as the people's house, is where government is formed. It has 150 members, and the party or parties able to gain the support of the majority of the House form government. The House's other roles are to debate proposed laws, watch over government expenditure, including through its committee system, and to provide a forum for public debate on issues of national importance.

Senate Chamber

The Senate is a partner with the House in the legislative process, but is also a check on the government of the day. It consists of 76 senators - 12 from each state and 2 from each territory. The Senate conducts much of its work through an established committee system, including the budget estimates accountability process.

Experience Parliament

Experience Parliament - The Great Verandah (Courtesy of AUSPIC)

A visit to Parliament House offers you the chance to be a part of democracy in action.


Learn more about Parliament

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Educational resources are available for you to learn more about Parliament.

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