News and Events

Senate next meets

4 to 13 August 2020

Next Senate estimates

19 to 30 October 2020


The sitting weeks of 10 to 18 June 2020 saw a return to normal business, but with social distancing measures remaining in place in and around the Senate chamber. As with previous sitting days , the Senate continued to observe other practical and procedural adjustments, including:

  • voting in divisions by standing behind the banks of seats on the relevant side of the chamber;
  • committee of the whole chaired from the President’s chair rather than the chair between the Clerks;
  • doors remaining open throughout the day; and
  • minimal distribution of papers.

For more information about the sittings of the Senate during the COVID-19 pandemic, see:


On 8 April 2020 the Senate established the Select Committee on COVID-19. The Committee’s terms of reference cover the Australian Government's response to the pandemic and any related matters, and require it to report on or before 30 June 2022.

For more information regarding Senate and joint committees, please contact the relevant committee secretariat, details of which are available from each committee homepage.

Senate Occasional Lecture series

All lectures have been cancelled for the foreseeable future. Further advice will be provided when available.