Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills

The Scrutiny of Bills Committee was established in 1981. Its functions, which are set out in Senate 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 scrutiny.

In 2017 the committee began publishing its scrutiny comments on recently introduced bills (including responses received on matters previously considered by the committee) in one report, the Scrutiny Digest.

The committee's examination of bills before 2017 can be located in the committee's Alert Digest and Reports.

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
scrutiny.sen@aph.gov.au