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Australasian Study of Parliament Group (ASPG)

Australasian Study of Parliament Group (ASPG)

The Australasian Study of Parliament Group (ASPG) is a politically non-partisan body which 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.

Australasian Parliamentary Review

The Australasian Parliamentary Review is the ASPG's official journal and is published twice a year.

ASPG Annual Conference

The ASPG holds an Annual Conference hosted by the Australasian parliaments on a rotational basis.

This year the Annual Conference was to be held at the Parliament of Victoria, Melbourne, from 7-9 October 2020.

However, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic the Conference has been postponed until next year.


Annual General Meetings

The most recent Annual General Meeting of the NSW Chapter of the ASPG took place on Tuesday 3 December 2019 at the Parliament of NSW.

The main purposes of the meetings are to elect members to the NSW Chapter's Executive Committee and to discuss the Chapter's activities for the current and coming years.

Only ASPG members may attend the AGM.


The Parliament of NSW and the NSW Chapter of the ASPG will host an online presentation, Tales from a rare manuscript – The Settler's Muster Book 1800, given by Associate Professor Carol Liston, University of Western Sydney, on Wednesday 9 September 2020, from 11.00 am-12.00 pm.

Nominated for UNESCO Australia's – Memory of the World Register, The Settler's Muster Book 1800 is the earliest record of a muster to have survived and a window into the early social history of the colony of NSW. Recorded in the Muster Book are details of occupations, ship arrivals, and the animals and land that people owned. The Muster Book is also valuable for what is left out.

Please join us on the 220th anniversary of this unique manuscript, which is held in the NSW Parliament's collection.

By attending this presentation you will have the opportunity to view this rare book and hear from Associate Professor Liston, who is a specialist in the history of early New South Wales. 

This is an online event – If you would like to attend, please RSVP to the Parliament's Education Section ( to register your interest and to receive an invitation link to the event.


Membership of the NSW Chapter will cost $45 for the 2020/21 financial year and entitles you to:

  • online access to the Australasian Parliamentary Review (two issues per year) 
  • discounts to attend the ASPG Annual Conference and other ASPG events
  • priority to attend seminars, presentations and other functions hosted by the NSW Chapter.

To become a member, complete the ASPG NSW Chapter Membership Form 2020/21.

For further information or to RSVP to events please contact Rohan Tyler, Secretary/Treasurer, Australasian Study of Parliament Group, NSW Chapter
Address: Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney 2000
Telephone: 02 9230 3308