Members of Parliament represent the interests of people in a constituency as their elected member to national, state or territory parliament.

Also known as: Parliamentarian.

Specialisations: Chief Minister, Government Minister, Member of the Legislative Assembly, Member of the Legislative Council, Premier, Prime Minister, Senator.

You can work as a Member of Parliament without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Members of Parliament often have university qualifications.

Tasks

  • Develops policy, and formulates, amends and repeals legislation and by-laws.
  • Helps constituents with a range of problems particularly with regard to matters concerning government and local agencies.
  • Investigates matters of concern to the public and to particular persons and groups.
  • Introduces proposals for government action and represents public and electoral interests.
  • Issues policy directions to government departments and exercises control over local government authorities.
  • Attends community functions and meetings of local groups to provide service to the community, gauge public opinion and provide information on government plans.
  • May serve as a member on parliamentary committees and inquiries.
  • May present petitions on behalf of concerned groups.

More about Legislators

All Legislators

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Members of Parliament

  • 770 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 96% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 62 hours Average full-time
  • 50 years Average age
  • 34% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Members of Parliament (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 800 in 2011 to 770 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Members of Parliament work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Public Administration and Safety industry.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (96%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 62 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 50 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (69%).
  • Gender: 34% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

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Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Public Administration and Safety96.7
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1.3
Other Services1.2
Health Care and Social Assistance0.8

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateMembers of ParliamentAll Jobs Average
NSW22.731.6
VIC20.825.6
QLD16.120.0
SA10.97.0
WA15.710.8
TAS6.22.0
NT3.21.0
ACT4.41.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketMembers of ParliamentAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-240.5-9.39.3
25-347.8-22.922.9
35-4422.7-22.022.0
45-5437.1-21.621.6
55-5914.8-9.09.0
60-6410.6-6.06.0
65 and Over6.4-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationMembers of ParliamentAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate27.6-10.110.1
Bachelor degree44.5-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma7.2-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV5.1-21.121.1
Year 1210.0-18.118.1
Year 111.5-4.84.8
Year 10 and below4.2-12.512.5

You can work as a Member of Parliament without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Members of Parliament often have university qualifications.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • Australian citizenship or permanent residency

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