The disallowable instruments listed below have been tabled by the Clerk in the Senate. The official record of the tabling of these instruments may be found in the Journals of the Senate.
Notifications to which an asterisk (*) is prefixed appear for the first time.
What is delegated legislation?
Delegated legislation is law made by a person or body other than Parliament (such as the Governor-General or a minister), under authority granted to that person or body by the Parliament. Delegated legislation has the same force of law as an Act of Parliament. Individual pieces of delegated legislation are known by a variety of names, such as regulations, rules, or determinations; however, they are broadly termed 'legislative instruments'.
Parliament's consideration of delegated legislation
Disallowance is the primary mechanism by which the Parliament exercises control over delegated legislation. The disallowance process allows either House of the Parliament to veto a legislative instrument. All legislative instruments are subject to disallowance unless exempted by law.
Once a legislative instrument has been tabled in the Senate or the House of Representatives, any member of the relevant House may give a notice of motion to disallow a legislative instrument within 15 sitting days. Disallowance has the effect of repealing the legislative instrument.
For further information regarding the disallowance process, see Odgers' Australian Senate Practice or the Guide to Senate Procedure No. 19.
For information regarding disallowable instruments currently subject to a notice of motion to disallow see the Disallowance Alert