By Antje Dun
A list of handy websites to help you find out more about Australian Members of Parliament, including how to contact them, details about their electorates and what they say and stand for. This is a live list. If you know of a great website to add please let us know via our Contact form.
How to contact MPs
Australian Members of Parliament
About: A list of the current members and senators of parliament by the Australian Parliament website. Last updated 21 January 2020.
Tips: The website has provided mailing labels for senators and members.
Parliamentary sitting dates
About: A calendar of parliamentary sitting dates by the Parliament of Australia website.
Tips: You can download the calendar in pdf and/or import into your Outlook calendar.
Understanding parliamentary procedure
A Stakeholder’s Guide to the Australian Senate
About: This guide provides an introduction to the Senate and its procedures. It is designed to give NGO staff an understanding of the basics of the Senate and how to best achieve policy and campaigning goals.
How Parliament works
About: The Parliamentary Education Office has a very clear and simple website explaining bills and legislation, types of laws, committees, etc.
Parliament at work
About: This Parliament of Australia website’s page provides more in depth information on parliamentary processes.
What representatives say and support
About: OpenAustralia.org is a non-partisan website run by a charity, the OpenAustralia Foundation and volunteers. It aims to make it easy for people to keep tabs on their representatives in Parliament.
Tips: Great for setting up email alerts about certain keywords and/or people and organisations.
They Vote For You
About: Easily find out what members of parliament have voted for and against. The website was built by the OpenAustralia Foundation, an independent, non-partisan not-for-profit. It is based on the ground-breaking UK Public Whip site.
About: The Parliament of Australia website explains what is a petition is, how to present and lodge one to the Senate and the House of Representatives and the guides and rules.
Discover Your Commonwealth Electoral Division
Website: https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/[email protected]/mf/2082.0
About: From the Australian Bureau of Statistics this website profiles all the electorates with census data and other information allowing one to gain a deeper understanding of each electorate.
Tips: Navigate by state or map.
Postal Area to Commonwealth Electoral Divisions: A quick guide
About: This Quick Guide explains how data available at postcode level can be converted to Commonwealth Electoral Divisions.
Australian Electoral Commission – Political donations
About: The Australian Electoral Commission’s website makes it easy to see which groups/individuals are donating to whom.
Tips: Search by donor, party, expenditure.