"How does one become a federal member of Parliament? What is the process involved? "

Thanks for your question about the federal Parliament! The term member of Parliament generally refers to a member of the House of Representatives or MP, although it can also refer to a senator.

To become a member of Parliament you need to be the winning candidate in a federal election – to join either the House of Representatives or the Senate.

There are a number of requirements for enrolling as a candidate in a federal election and these are determined by Australian Electoral Commission (AEC). The AEC has all the information for candidates available on its website.

Federal elections are organised and run by the AEC, who make sure that elections are free, fair and legal. The Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918  and the Australian Constitution set out the requirements for running elections. Sections 7 and 28 of the Constitution require regular elections in the Senate and the House of Representatives.

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