Newly-elected members of Australia's lower house will gather in the nation's capital for a crash-course on parliamentary life.
Meeting in Canberra on Tuesday for the first time since the federal election, the newbies will be introduced to their parliamentary roles by Speaker of the House Andrew Wallace during a two-day seminar.
The 35 new MPs join the ranks of only 1240 Australians elected to serve in the House of Representatives since Federation in 1901.
They will learn about the expectations of MPs, parliamentary systems and procedures and how to navigate the 75,000 square metre office that is Parliament House.
"It's really good to see new people who have come from many different walks of life because the parliament should be a mirror of Australian society," Mr Wallace told AAP.
"It is a great privilege that they have this opportunity and it's one they shouldn't waste a second of."
Hitting the ground running is independent MP Kylea Tink, who won the seat of North Sydney from Liberal incumbent Trent Zimmerman.
Ms Tink will meet the nine other new crossbenchers, which include six independents and three Greens.
They will join the re-elected crossbenchers from the previous parliament to make a block of 16 members.
"There are no rules on how we should do politics as crossbenchers," she told AAP.
"I expect we'll work together to find areas of common ground ... one thing we have in common is to be authentic representatives of our communities."
Meanwhile, newly-elected Liberal MP Keith Wolahan represents an additional change in his Victorian seat of Menzies.
He was passed the baton by long-serving MP Kevin Andrews who retired after more than 31 years in parliament.
Although he'll be taking a seat on the opposition benches Mr Wolahan is keen to get to know his parliamentary colleagues on all sides.
"One of the many lessons from the election is that none of us can take our seats for granted so you've got to make the most of every day," he told AAP.
"We're all going through a similar experience from learning how to turn the computers on ... to how to live in Canberra from time to time.
"We're all learning as we go and in that respect it's just like the first day of school."
The new MPs will learn about their parliamentary privileges, responsibilities and the importance of taking care of their mental health and building relationships, the Speaker said.
"The underlying purpose and rationale as to why we sit as a parliament is to hold the executive accountable ... it's a fundamental tenet that is lost on many people," he said.
"It is important that the executive of the day - and I'd be saying this, no matter who was in government - is held to account by the parliament."
Australian Associated Press
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