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Navigate Senate Committees

A new website was launched on 2 December 2020 which explores the work of committees from 1901 to the present.


11 sitting days have been held so far in 2021, during which the Senate has passed 21 bills and referred 14 others to committees. 100 divisions have taken place and details of these are available from the Senate StatsNet.

The Senate returns at 10.00 am on 15 March. The week ahead will be published on 12 March and will contain the Government's proposed legislative program, as well as details of other matters likely to be discussed. The Dynamic Red, which will be available approximately 15 minutes before the commencement of each sitting day, is not only a useful resource for keeping track of business, but now also provides full details of divisions - including how each senator voted - in real time. 


14 bills have been referred to committees so far this year, bringing the total number of Senate committee inquiries to 60. A number of these inquiries are currently conducting public hearings, while others are scheduled to report during the upcoming weeks. A number of inquiries are still seeking submissions


The 2020-21 budget estimates hearings were held from 19 to 30 October 2020.

You can browse through Parlview to find replays of previous hearings, and the estimates transcript schedule allows you to access all the available Hansards.

Each committee publishes a full list of questions taken on notice and progressively publishes the answers they receive.

Additional estimates hearings will be held from 22 to 26 March 2021.

For more information, see Senate Brief No. 5 – Consideration of estimates by the Senate's legislation committees.

Senate Occasional Lecture series

The first lecture for 2021, “Australian Political Opinion: From the 2019 election to COVID-19” was delivered by Dr Sarah Cameron and Professor Ian McAllister on Friday 12 February in the Main Committee Room. Details of the next lecture will be advised when available.