Australasian Study of Parliament Group (ASPG)
Western Australian Chapter

The Australasian Study of Parliament Group (ASPG) was established in 1978 to encourage and stimulate research, writing, teaching and discussion about parliamentary institutions, particularly those in Australasia and the South Pacific. The ASPG has Chapters in all States and Territories of Australia and in New Zealand.

Membership consists of parliamentarians, parliamentary officers, academics, teachers, journalists, students and other interested individuals.

The Australasian Parliamentary Review is the ASPG's official journal and is published twice a year. The National President of the ASPG is Professor Colleen Lewis.


Membership of the Western Australian Chapter costs $60 per year and entitles you to:

  • Two issues per year of the Australasian Parliamentary Review
  • Attendance at WA Chapter dinner seminars or other functions free of charge
  • Discounted registration fee at ASPG Annual Conferences 

To become a member, complete the membership form.

ASPG Membership 2018-2019

For further information, contact Isla Macphail, Secretary-Treasurer, Australasian Study of Parliament Group, WA Chapter
Address: Parliament House, Perth WA 6000
Telephone: 08 9222 7219

Associate Membership

Full-time students may join as Associate Members for an annual fee of $30.

Annual Conference

The ASPG holds an annual conference hosted by the Australasian parliaments on a rotational basis. The 2018 ASPG Conference was on the topic: 'Trust in Parliament in a Post-Truth World' was hosted by the Parliament of Queensland in Brisbane from 18 to 20 July 2018. 

The 2013 Conference was hosted by the Parliament of Western Australian from 2 to 4 October 2013 on the topic: 'Oversight: Parliamentary Committees, Corruption Commissions and Parliamentary Statutory Officers'. 

- 2013 ASPG 'Oversight' Conference Programme

- 2013 ASPG 'Oversight' Conference Papers

- 2013 ASPG 'Oversight' Conference Videos

Conference topics from previous years are outlined below: 

Year Host Chapter Theme
2017 Hobart Engaging Parliament: Fostering Parliament's Relationship with its stakeholders
2016 South Australia The Restoration and Enhancement of Parliaments' Reputation
2015 New Zealand Modernising Parliament: Rethinking Parliament for the Next Generation
2014 New South Wales How Representative is Representative Democracy?
2013 Western Australia Oversight: Parliamentary Committees, Corruption Commissions and Parliamentary Statutory Officers
2012 Northern Territory Constitutions - Reviewed, Revised and Adapted
2011 Victoria The Executive vs Parliament: Who Wins?
2010 Australian Capital Territory The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - Perceptions of Parliament
2009 Tasmania The Changing Face of Parliamentary Opposition - Independents, Parties and Houses
2008 Queensland Parliament and the People: Engagement, Representation and Participation


Upcoming WA Chapter Events

The WA Chapter of the ASPG will be hosting a dinner seminar on 20 September 2018. The guest speaker will be the former Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, Hon Robert French AC, who will speak to the topic: 'Federalism and the Constitution: An Update'.


Other Material

National ASPG Site