Joint Standing Committee on Treaties

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20th Anniversary of the Treaties Committee

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The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties has held a free one day seminar –  In our best interest: treaty scrutiny in a connected world – to mark 20 years of operation. Videos of the sessions are now available. More information.

Minor Treaty Actions

Minor Treaty Actions, or Category 3 treaty actions, include treaty actions that do not impact significantly on the national interest and are likely to have negligible financial or legal effect within Australia.

The Committee has the discretion to inquire formally into minor treaty actions or indicate its acceptance of them without a formal inquiry. If the Committee decides that binding treaty action can be taken for a minor treaty action without a formal inquiry, then this decision will be noted in the next report of the Committee tabled in Parliament.

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Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Joint Standing Committee on Treaties
PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 4002
Fax: +61 2 6277 2219

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About this committee

The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties is appointed by a resolution of appointment passed by the House of Representatives on 21 November 2013 and the Senate on 2 December 2013. The committee was appointed to inquire into and report on:

  1. matters arising from treaties and related National Interest Analyses and proposed treaty actions and related Explanatory Statements presented or deemed to be presented to the Parliament;

  2. any question relating to a treaty or other international instrument, whether or not negotiated to completion, referred to the committee by:
    (i) either House of the Parliament, or
    (ii) a Minister; and

  3. such other matters as may be referred to the committee by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and on such conditions as the Minister may prescribe.

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