Prime Minister Julia Gillard is likely to be absent from Parliament for the rest of the week, as she grieves for her father.
Mr Gillard, 83, died at the weekend after battling illness in recent years.
The Prime Minister was in Vladivostok, Russia, at the APEC summit when she heard the news and flew home to Adelaide to be with her family.
In Parliament today acting Prime Minister Wayne Swan remembered John Gillard as a man who gave his two daughters the best possible education and opportunities he could.
"He installed in them a love of learning, commitment to values and fairness," Mr Swan said.
He told Parliament that Ms Gillard was likely to be on leave for the rest of the week.
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott said Mr Gillard was a "fine Australian" and a "proud dad".
"To have a child become Prime Minister of your country is perhaps the proudest thing that any parent can achieve," he said.
Ms Gillard has asked for donations to her father's favourite charity Medicins Sans Frontieres instead of flowers.
In a statement at the weekend, Ms Gillard said: "My father was my inspiration ... I will miss him for the rest of my life."