During sitting weeks—about 18 to 20 weeks a year—members of Parliament will be in Canberra engaged in their parliamentary duties.
When Parliament is not sitting, most members and senators will be in their home state or territory engaged in electorate duties, including:
All members of Parliament have an electorate to represent. For members of the House of Representatives, this will be around 150 000 people living in part of their state or territory. For senators, their electorate will be the entire state or territory where they live.
Some members and senators have extra responsibilities, such as being the leader of their political party or a minister or shadow minister, which may require them to spend more time in Canberra—and travelling to other parts of Australia—even when Parliament is not sitting.