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.
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.
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.