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.
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.