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
Aged Care and Other Legislation Amendment (Royal Commission Response No. 1) Bill 2021  Health and Aged Care   Report 7/2021  1 July 2021  22 June 2021 
Biosecurity (Human Biosecurity Emergency) (Human Coronavirus with Pandemic Potential) Variation (Extension No. 2) Instrument 2021 [F2021L00727] - further response required Health and Aged Care  Report 9/2021  15 July 2021* 
Crimes Legislation Amendment (Economic Disruption) Regulations 2021 [F2021L00541]  Home Affairs  Report 8/2021  16 July 2021*  21 July 2021 
Health Insurance (General Medical Services Table) Regulations 2021 [F2021L00678]
Health Insurance Legislation Amendment (2021 Measures No. 1) Regulations 2021 [F2021L00681] 
Health and Aged Care  Report 8/2021  8 July 2021  3 August 2021
Instruments made under the Charter of the United Nations Act 1945 Foreign Affairs  Report 8/2021  16 July 2021*  23 July 2021