On 29 November 2018, the Senate referred the following matter to the Senate Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances for inquiry and report by 3 April 2019:
- The continuing effectiveness, role and future direction of the Senate Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances, including:
a. whether the committee's powers remain appropriate;
b. the adequacy of the principles by which the committee scrutinises delegated legislation, including the committee's ability to fully consider:
i.the constitutional authority for delegated legislation;
ii. administrative law principles; and
iii. principles of democratic accountability.
- The adequacy of the existing framework for parliamentary control and scrutiny of delegated legislation and whether this framework should be enhanced.
- In undertaking this inquiry, the committee should have regard to the role, powers and practices of similar parliamentary committees, including those in other jurisdictions.
- The committee be authorised to hold public hearings in relation to this inquiry and to move from place to place.
On 3 April 2019, the Senate granted an extension of time for reporting until 3 June 2019.