Parliamentary Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation

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:

  1. 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.
  2. The adequacy of the existing framework for parliamentary control and scrutiny of delegated legislation and whether this framework should be enhanced.
  3. In undertaking this inquiry, the committee should have regard to the role, powers and practices of similar parliamentary committees, including those in other jurisdictions.
  4. The committee be authorised to hold public hearings in relation to this inquiry and to move from place to place.

Submissions to this inquiry close on 31 January 2019.

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