Senate Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances

The Senate Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances was established in 1932. Its functions, which are set out in Senate standing order 23, are to assess delegated legislation against a set of scrutiny principles that focus on compliance with statutory requirements, the protection of individual rights and liberties, and principles of parliamentary oversight.

Scrutiny News

Scrutiny News is a brief newsletter highlighting key aspects of the work of the Regulations and Ordinances Committee and the Scrutiny of Bills Committee. Scrutiny News is published each sitting week after the committees’ regular scrutiny reports have been tabled in the Senate.

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Proposed amendments to standing orders 23 and 25(2)(a)

On 31 July 2019, the committee Chair gave notice of a motion to amend Senate standing orders 23 and 25(2)(a), in accordance with the recommendations of the committee's inquiry into parliamentary scrutiny of delegated legislation (General business notice of motion no. 84, as recorded in the Notice Paper). The committee has prepared a short explanatory note on the proposed amendments. More detailed information is contained in the inquiry report.

Current Inquiries

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Regulations and Ordinances Committee
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 62773066
Fax: +61 2 62775881