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.
It is expected that the committee’s Scrutiny Digest will be tabled on the following dates in 2017: 8 and 15 February; 22 and 29 March; 10 May; 14 and 21 June; 9 and 16 August; 6 and 13 September; 18 October; 15 and 29 November; and 6 December (subject to variation if required).
The committee's examination of bills before 2017 can be located in the committee's Alert Digest and Reports.