Senate committee are currently conducting more than 60 inquiries. Among these are inquiries into private health insurance and out-of-pocket medical costs, corporate tax avoidance, and the state of Australia's rail industry.
The Joint Committee on the National Broadband Network has been conducting public hearings at various locations around Australia into the rollout of the NBN. Other Senate and joint committees will be holding a large number of public hearings during July and August.
A range of reports were presented in the last weeks of the June sittings, including the Community Affairs References Committee's reports into the future of Australia's aged care sector workforce, and the Better Management of the Social Welfare System initiative. In the 45th Parliament, over 200 committee reports have been presented in the Senate.
An election for all Senate seats was held on 2 July 2016 after the dissolution of the Senate on 9 May 2016. The Senate in the 45th Parliament contains its largest cross-bench of 21 senators (7 AG and 14 others), compared with 18 senators (10 AG and 8 others) at the end of the 44th Parliament.
Senate Discovery is a video series designed to 'fast-track' information about Senate business and the work of its committees. Each episode contains a recap of business highlights such as the passage (or otherwise) of bills, new committee inquiries and the presentation of reports, swearing-in of new senators, and other matters of significance.
Public lunchtime lectures on topics relating to Parliament and governance. Admission is free and bookings are not required. Lecture transcripts and audio and television recordings of the lectures are also available.
The Senate provides training for members of the public service including a full-day seminar on the role of the Senate and part-day seminars on topics including Senate committees, the estimates process, getting bills through the Senate, parliamentary privilege and delegated legislation
Learn about the exhibitions on display in Parliament House, and visit the online exhibitions Women in Federal Parliament; Magna Carta; Making Laws; and For Peace, Order and Good Government
Information on upcoming conferences will be made available here. Papers from previous conferences and proceedings are also available.