The Parliament meets for around 70 days per year. These are known as parliamentary sittings. The 2013 sitting days are:
The Senate and the House of Representatives are broadcast live over the internet when Parliament is sitting. To watch a live video of Parliament check out Watch Parliament.
A bill is a proposal for a new law or a change to an existing one. To find out what bills the Parliament is working on right now go to Parliament of Australia Bills and Legislation
Question Time is at 2.00pm every day when Parliament is sitting and lasts for about an hour. During Question Time in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, members of Parliament can ask questions to ministers about their actions and decisions. Watch a recent video of Question Time in the House of Representatives and Question Time in the Senate.
The Parliament establishes committees to examine bills or investigate issues in detail. Members of the public can make submissions to committees to express their views and opinions. To find out more about current committee inquiries go to Parliament of Australia Committees
Senate estimates hearings happen three times a year. It is a chance for the Parliament to scrutinise how the government has spent the Budget and to question government ministers and senior public servants. Read more about Senate estimates.
The Treasurer presents the annual Budget every May. It outlines the government's plan for collecting and spending money. Get informed about this year's Australian Government Budget.
Council of Australian Governments:
The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) is made up of the Prime Minister, state Premiers, territory Chief Ministers and the President of the Australian Local Government Association. Visit the COAG for more information.
Parliament House is a busy and vibrant place, hosting a variety of visitors and events every year. Go to This Week in Parliament to find out more.
Parliament House hosts events including the annual Australia Day Live concert, at which the Prime Minister announces the Australians of the Year. For more details go to Australia Day.