Senate committees and joint committees administered by the Senate Committee Office.
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 by financial year
Standing Committee reports in the first 11 months of each Parliament
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.