Senate committees and joint committees administered by the Senate Committee Office.
As at 15 February 2018 the Senate has 64 current inquiries.
In the 45th Parliament, at 15 February 2018, there have been:
- 222 references (196 new references and 26 re-adopted from the 44th Parliament);
- 244 reports tabled;
- 393 hearings.
The following graphs compare references, reports and hearings at the same point in previous parliaments.
Number of references
Standing Committee references in the first 18 months of each Parliament
Standing Committee reports in the first 18 months of each Parliament
Standing Committee hearings held in the first 18 months of each Parliament
Additional indicators of activity:
- The department is currently supporting three select committees. Seven select committees have completed their inquiries. During the 44th Parliament, the department supported 12 select committees (including one committee later re-established).
- At present, the department also supports six joint committees and one joint select committee.
- The busiest committee during the 44th Parliament was the Economics Committee, which managed 20 inquiries in February 2016, and 18 in September and in November 2015.