News and Events

Senate next meets

25 November to 5 December 2019

Next Senate estimates

2 to 6 March 2020

Next Senate lecture

To be confirmed


The Senate met for a Senate only sitting week from 11 to 14 November, during which time it passed 11 bills and referred 3 others to committees.

Before the commencement of the sitting week, Senator Sinodinos resigned his place as a senator for New South Wales. On 14 November a joint sitting of the Houses of the New South Wales Parliament chose former Senator Jim Molan to fill the vacancy.

During the sitting week, the Senate agreed to its calendar of sitting days and estimates hearings for 2020.

More information about the sitting week is available in the following resources:

The Senate next meets from 25 November to 5 December for the final sitting weeks of the year. The Week Ahead will be published prior to the commencement of each week and will contain a summary of the Senate's planned business.

Spotlight on committees

There are currently 79 Senate and joint committee inquiries, and a range of these are open for submissions - including the inquiries of the Community Affairs References Committee into current barriers to patient access to medicinal cannabis; and investigations into a possible cancer cluster on the Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria. Detailed information on how to lodge a submission is available from the Senate committee website.

A range of resources are available for keeping track of the work of committees, including:


On 16 September 2019, the Senate agreed to the address-in-reply, which is the formal acknowledgement to the Governor-General of the speech given at the opening of Parliament. The Senate adjourned at 4.30pm on 19 September to enable senators to attend the presentation at Government House.


The most recent lecture, titled "First Nations languages in Parliament", was presented by Dr Raymond Kelly on Friday, 18 October 2019. Details of the next lecture will be advised when available.

Page last updated 20 November 2019