The Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, has announced that a double dissolution election will be held on 2 July 2016.
The Official Secretary to the Governor-General formally read out a proclamation dissolving the Senate and the House of Representatives at 9am on 9 May 2016 outside the front entrance of Parliament House. This brought the 44th Parliament to a close.
The Australian Government is now working under caretaker conventions. This means that the ordinary business of governing the nation continues, but the government avoids making major policy decisions or carrying out large projects without consulting the opposition. More information on caretaker conventions can be found here.
Following the election in July, the government will be formed by the party or coalition of parties with the support of the majority (more than half) of the 150 members elected to the House of Representatives. The 45th Parliament will then commence with an opening ceremony at Parliament House.
Composition of the 44th Parliament as at 9 May 2016