The Federal Parliament sitting schedule for 2012 has now been released.
The first sitting period for both houses will commence on Tuesday 7 February 2012. The Autumn sitting will consist of four weeks of joint sittings and one week where the House of Representatives only will sit and Additional Estimates is scheduled. Additional Estimates is scheduled for the week commencing 13 February 2012.
The Winter sitting period beings on Federal Budget Day: Tuesday 8 May 2012. The Winter Sitting period will have a total of 11 joint sitting days, with a further eight days of Budget Estimates for the House of Representatives.
The Spring sittings will commence on Tuesday 14 August 2012. Both Houses will sit until 29 November 2012, with a total of 26 sitting days in the Spring sitting period, with a further four days of Budget Estimates for the Senate from 15 October 2012. The Senate will also sit for an extra week from 19 November 2012.
The Parliamentary Calendar 2012 can be accessed here.