Powers, practice and procedure
Publications and information about how the Senate operates and the rules that govern proceedings.
Odgers' Australian Senate Practice
Odgers’ Australian Senate Practice (OASP) is a detailed reference work on all aspects of the Senate's powers, procedures and practices. Matters covered range from broad constitutional principles to the fine details of the rules of debate and procedure. The work has for its base the Constitution, the standing orders, rulings of successive presidents, practice and precedent.
Standing orders and other orders of the Senate
Section 50 of the Constitution empowers the Senate to make rules and orders with respect to the manner in which its powers, privileges, and immunities may be exercised and upheld, and the order and conduct of its business and proceedings either separately or jointly with the House of Representatives.
Annotated Standing Orders of the Australian Senate
The Annotated Standing Orders provides the text of each standing order, its amendment history, and information about its origin, evolution, rationale and application.
The Australian Constitution
Other procedural information
Procedural Information Bulletins - Issued at the end of each block of sitting weeks the Bulletin provides a summary of major legislative highlights and committee reports tabled, and commentary on procedural matters arising in the period under review.
Senate Briefs - This series of information sheets aims to give a basic introduction to the Senate and its work.
Brief Guides to Senate Procedure - This series is aimed at those who require a practical understanding of the main procedures used in the Senate
Senators' Guide to Procedures - Guide to most frequently used procedures and the relevant standing and other orders.