About this committee

The Scrutiny of Bills Committee was established in 1981. Its functions, which are set out in Standing Order 24, are to assess legislative proposals against a set of accountability standards that focus on the effect of proposed legislation on individual rights, liberties and obligations, the rule of law and on parliamentary propriety.

The committee publishes two documents during sitting weeks, the Alert Digest and the Report which are available online.

Track Committee

Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills

At the dissolution of the Senate and the House of Representatives on 9 May 2016 for a general election on 2 July 2016, the parliamentary committees of the 44th Parliament ceased to exist. However, information about the committee is still available on this website. In the election period responses to scrutiny of bills issues previously raised by the committee should be addressed to the Committee Secretary. These can be provided in the first instance to scrutiny.sen@aph.gov.au

Information on this committee in the 45th Parliament will be presented here as soon as it is available.    

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 62773050
Fax: +61 2 62775881