Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation

The Senate Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances (the committee) was established in 1932. The committee's name was changed on 4 December 2019 to the Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation, to more accurately reflect the nature and scope of the committee's work. 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.

Changes to standing orders 23 and 25(2)(a)

On 27 November 2019, the Senate agreed to General Business Notice of Motion No. 84, standing in the name of the Chair of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances, to amend Senate standing orders 23 and 25(2)(a). The amendments accord with the recommendations of the bipartisan report of the committee's 2019 inquiry into parliamentary scrutiny of delegated legislation. In summary, they:

  • modernise language and procedures;
  • clarify the standing orders to reflect existing committee practice; and
  • promote consistency with other Senate standing committees and scrutiny committees in other Westminster jurisdictions.

The amendments took effect on 4 December 2019. Further information about the amendments is available in this explanatory note.

Scrutiny News

Scrutiny News is a brief newsletter highlighting key aspects of the work of the Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation 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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Current Inquiries

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation Committee
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

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