Role of the Committee

The Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade is one of ten joint committees administered by the House of Representatives, and is established by a resolution of appointment which was passed by the House of Representatives on 4 July 2019 and the Senate on 22 July 2019.

In summary, the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade is to consider and report on such matters relating to foreign affairs, defence and trade as may be referred to it by either House of the Parliament or a Minister. The Committee may also inquire into matters raised in annual reports of relevant Commonwealth Government departments and authorities or in reports of the Commonwealth Auditor-General.

The Committee consists of 32 members, 12 Members of the House of Representatives to be nominated by the Government Whip or Whips, 8 Members of the House of Representatives to be nominated by the Opposition Whip or Whips or by any minority group or independent Member, 5 Senators to be nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, 5 Senators to be nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and 2 Senators to be nominated by any minority group or independent Senator. 

 

The Committee has had the following titles:

1952-1972 Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs
1973-1987 Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence
1987-1993 Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade
1994- present Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

brief history of the Committee is also available.

About this committee

The Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade is appointed under a resolution of appointment which was passed by the House of Representatives on Thursday, 4 July 2019 and the Senate on Monday, 22 July 2019.



 

 

Track Committee

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade
PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 2313
Fax: +61 2 6277 2221
jscfadt@aph.gov.au