Private briefings

Following the committee's recent inquiry into parliamentary scrutiny of delegated legislation, the committee resolved to resume its past practice of undertaking informal private briefings with ministers or senior departmental officers to obtain further information about particular legislative instruments that raise scrutiny concerns.

While the content of these briefings is private, the committee may ask the relevant minister to formally provide written information to the committee, summarising the general matters discussed during the briefing and answering any questions on notice, for publication on the committee's website.

The table below records the private briefings that the committee has conducted to date. It includes links to the correspondence which the participants have agreed to make public.

Instrument name Scrutiny issue Date Attendees Correspondence
Exemptions from the operation of primary legislation in Treasury instruments (l) exemption from the operation of primary legislation 10 March 2023 Assistant Treasurer and officials from the Department of the Treasury  
Exemptions from disallowance under the Biosecurity Act 2015 Standing order 23(4A) exemption from disallowance 24 March 2023 Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Minister for Health and Aged Care and officials from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and the Department of Health and Aged Care  
Government response to the Review of the Legislation Act 2003 (k) exemption from sunsetting

Standing order 23(4A) exemption from disallowance

other matters
22 June 2023 Officials from the Attorney-General's Department  

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The Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation assesses 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.

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