Head of State: HM Queen Elizabeth II
Joined the Commonwealth: 1931
Capital City (location of Parliament): Canberra
Unicameral/Bicameral: Bicameral - House of Representatives (150), Senate (76)
CPA UK & Australia
CPA UK has a strong and historic relationship with Australia, working closely with the Commonwealth Parliament and the State Legislatures. The relationship is largely diplomatic, enhancing the substantial people-to-people links between the UK and Australia by cementing relationships between parliamentarians in both countries.
Engagement at the national level has focused on areas of mutual interest. Recent delegations have focused on the trade relationship between the two countries and the relationship in the post-Brexit landscape. Similarly, areas such as defence and security cooperation, the Commonwealth, modern slavery, and integration have all formed key parts of recent engagement.
CPA UK also has a vibrant relationship with the Australian State Legislatures, regularly welcoming state-level parliamentarians to explore a range of relevant issues, such as public transport provision, children in care and aviation policy. Australian State Legislatures have also supported CPA UK’s parliamentary strengthening work in the Pacific Region.
Our Recent Programmes
Parliamentary Delegation to the UK, Westminster & Manchester, 4-7 June 2018
CPA UK hosted a delegation, led by the President of the Senate, from the Commonwealth Parliament of Australia. The delegation engaged with parliamentary colleagues, select committee chairs, and government Ministers to discuss a number of issues, including trade, security and LGBT rights, relevant to the UK and Australia.
Bilateral Visit to Australia, Brisbane, Canberra & Sydney, 7-18 March 2017
A CPA UK delegation visited Australia to engage with the Commonwealth Parliament and the State Legislatures in Queensland and New South Wales. Through engagement with parliamentary colleagues, Ministers and civil society, the visit focused on trade, Brexit, defence and security cooperation, agriculture and integration. The delegation also had the opportunity to engage with Pacific parliamentarians in Brisbane at the CPA UK-organised Pacific Islands Westminster Seminar.
Pacific Islands Westminster Seminar, Brisbane, 9-11 March 2017
In partnership with the Queensland Parliament, CPA UK organised the Pacific Islands Westminster Seminar in Brisbane. Based on CPA UK’s flagship Westminster Seminar the Pacific Seminar invited parliamentarians and clerks from all CPA branches in the Pacific Region to exchange views and good practice on parliamentary practice and procedure. The Seminar focused on the role of MPs in their community, good practice for parliamentary oversight of the executive, and shared experiences of climate change mitigation.