Parliamentarians are elected by the people (constituents) of a particular region (such as an electorate) to represent their interests. They make decisions in federal, state or territory parliaments and undertake activities in their local electorates.

Duties & Tasks

Parliamentarians may perform the following tasks:

  • present issues for debate and discussion in parliament
  • propose and debate new legislation and changes to existing legislation
  • develop policy that best serves the interests of the public and the electorate
  • investigate matters of concern to the public or particular interest groups
  • present petitions on behalf of concerned interest groups
  • serve on parliamentary committees or enquiries
  • manage an office in their home electorate and in the house of parliament.

Working Conditions

Parliamentarians have a high level of personal contact with the public. Elected parliamentarians tend to spend most of their time working with constituents who are seeking assistance with issues such as pensions, taxation, immigration, education, health services, visas and other matters of public concern.

Personal Requirements

  • good oral and written communication skills
  • enjoy talking to, working with and helping people
  • able to apply sound judgment
  • enjoy dealing with issues in current affairs and politics
  • prepared to work long hours
  • willing to travel and live away from home when required
  • sound management skills.

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