Guidelines on technical scrutiny principles

The Senate Scrutiny of Bills Committee assesses all bills introduced into Parliament against five non-partisan scrutiny principles set out under Senate standing order 24(1)(a). These scrutiny principles focus on the effect of proposed legislation on individual rights and liberties, and on parliamentary scrutiny. The committee may also assess Acts of Parliament against its scrutiny principles.

The committee has prepared guidelines setting out the committee’s expectations in relation to its technical scrutiny principles. Scrutiny issues identified by the committee will often fall within more than one principle. Please note that each document listed below is intended as a guide only and should not be taken as either comprehensive or definitive.

These guidelines provide information on the committee's approach to applying its scrutiny principles, including:

The guidelines were last updated in October 2021.