On 5 December 2019, the Senate referred the National Integrity (Parliamentary Standards) Bill 2019 for inquiry and report by 16 April 2020.
The closing date for submissions is 7 February 2020.
- provides for statutory codes of conduct for the members of each house of parliament and their staff;
- creates a statutory basis for parliamentarians’ registers of interests;
- establishes a Parliamentary Integrity Advisor to provide independent, confidential advice and guidance to parliamentarians and their staff in relation to the applicable codes of conduct; and
- establishes a Parliamentary Standards Commissioner to assist in the assessment, investigation and resolution of alleged breaches of the applicable codes of conduct.