Senate committee activity

Senate committees and joint committees administered by the Senate Committee Office.

Summary

As at 31 July 2017 the Senate has 70 current inquiries

In the 45th Parliament, at 31 July 2017, there have been:

  • 155 references (129 new references and 26 re-adopted from the 44th Parliament);
  • 153 reports tabled;
  • 259 hearings.

The following tables compare references and reports at the same point in previous parliaments, as well as a tally by financial year of references and hearings held.

Number of references

Standing Committee references in the first 11 months of each Parliament

Standing Committee references in the first 10 months of each Parliament

Standing Committee references by financial year

Standing Committee references by financial year

Reports

Standing Committee reports in the first 11 months of each Parliament

Standing Committee reports in the first 10 months of each Parliament

Hearings held

Standing Committee hearings held, by financial year

Standing Committee hearings held, by financial year

Additional indicators of activity:

  • The department is currently supporting six select committees. Two select committees have completed their inquiries. During the 44th Parliament, the department supported 12 select committees (including one committee later re-established).
  • At present, the department also supports six joint committees and one joint select committee.
  • The busiest committee during the 44th Parliament was the Economics Committee, which managed 20 inquiries in February 2016, and 18 in September and in November 2015.
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