• Newly-elected members of the House of Representatives meet an orientation seminar to discuss their new roles as federal parliamentarians. (AAP)
Australia's 39 new federal politicians are being put through their paces in parliamentary procedure during a two-day crash course.
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16 Aug 2016 - 3:24 PM  UPDATED 16 Aug 2016 - 3:24 PM

By most counts, Linda Burney is a veteran politician.

But as she takes the plunge from state to federal politics, the NSW Labor MP wants to pinch herself.

Especially when she sees Parliament House from her window.

"I look out and go 'Oh my gosh, I'm going to be working there'," she says.

It's the first day of "MP school" and everyone, so far, is friends.

Fresh-faced MPs from all sides of politics descended on the nation's capital for a two-day orientation on Tuesday, many towing "very strong differences" in opinions.

While some fear getting lost in their new 75,000 square metre office, others experience new feelings in familiar surroundings.

Liberal Tim Wilson is no stranger to the halls of Parliament House, but as a former human rights commissioner he's often on the end of a barrage of questions from Senate committees.

"Normally I turn up and the senators are rude to me," he told AAP on Tuesday.

"But this time I've turned up and everybody's collegiate and friendly.

"For now."

If anyone could be feeling a tad out of place in the class of 2016, it's Rebecca Sharkie - the only new independent MP and the Nick Xenophon Team's first lower house member.

But the South Australian, who admits she never wants to leave her electorate except to represent the people of Mayo in Canberra, isn't getting the cold shoulder.

"They've all been very welcoming," she said.

For Labor's Cathy O'Toole, just getting into parliament was a long journey.

She was elected with the smallest winning margin of all MPs, claiming the seat from the coalition by 37 votes in a recount that took 29 days and sent the new member back to her old job temporarily.

Ms O'Toole insists she's not worried about a possible court challenge over the count and believes her seat is a perfect example of why every person should vote.

"As far as I'm concerned I am the member for Herbert," she told AAP.

"While it's not the best place to be, its a great experience for me to know that we can send that message out that every vote matters."

The 37 rookies make up almost one quarter of the lower chamber in the 45th parliament, and some of just 1173 MPs ever elected to Australia's federal parliament.

Speaker Tony Smith reminded the new members it was a "very rare honour" to serve as an MP as he officially welcomed them to the chamber.

"In two weeks time to the minute, the bells will be ringing for the beginning of the 45th parliament," he told the MPs.

"It will be a day that you'll always remember."

That's a message the new MPs have already taken on board.

"I think that hubris is the enemy of politicians and that's something that I know very well," Ms Burney said.

Ms Burney will add the title of first indigenous woman ever elected to the House of Representatives to her title of first Aboriginal person to serve in the NSW parliament.