Ministerial Responses

The committee works to conclude its assessment of bills while they are still before the Parliament, and its assessment of legislative instruments within the timeframe for disallowance (usually 15 sitting days).

This approach seeks to ensure that the committee's reports on the human rights compatibility of legislation are available to inform the debates of the Parliament.

The committee therefore sets its reporting date for specific items of legislation taking into account the need to report in advance of the passage of legislation, particularly where the passage of that legislation might be expedited due to urgency or other reasons.

Responses received by the requested date can be taken into account and published alongside the committee's concluding report on an item of legislation. Legislation proponents should therefore ensure that responses are provided by the dates requested.

Bills or instruments listed in red indicate that the response is outstanding. On an exceptional basis, extensions are occasionally granted. Responses marked with an * indicate an extension has been granted.

The table below sets out the bills and instruments for which the committee has requested a response and the response has either not yet been received or has been received but the committee has not yet finally reported on it.

A list of correspondence from 2016-2019 is accessible on the correspondence archive.

All ministerial and other responses are published online with the relevant report after tabling.

Legislation Minister  Committee comment  Response due  Response received
Age Discrimination Regulations 2020 [F2020L01138]  Attorney-General  Report 12/2020  6 November 2020*  12 November 2020 
Biosecurity (Human Biosecurity Emergency) (Human Coronavirus with Pandemic Potential) (Emergency Requirements for Cruise Ships) Amendment (No. 1) Determination 2020 [F2020L01114]
Biosecurity (Human Biosecurity Emergency) (Human Coronavirus with Pandemic Potential) Variation (Extension No. 2) Instrument 2020 [F2020L01129]
Health  Report 12/2020   5 November 2020*  6 November 2020 
Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Deferral of Sunsetting—ASIO Special Powers Relating to Terrorism Offences) Determination 2020 [F2020L01134]  Home Affairs  Report 12/2020   5 November 2020*  3 November 2020 
Native Title Amendment (Infrastructure and Public Facilities) Bill 2020 Attorney-General  Report 13/2020  27 November 2020   
Territories Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications  Report 13/2020  27 November 2020  24 November 2020