Senate committee activity

Senate committees and joint committees administered by the Senate Committee Office.


As at 14 April 2022 the Senate has 16 current inquiries. Joint Committee inquiries lapsed when the parliament was prorogued on 11 April 2022.

In the 46th Parliament, at 14 April 2022, there have been:

  • 239 references (232 new references and 7 re-adopted from the 45th Parliament);
  • 382 reports tabled;
  • 557 hearings.

The following graphs compare references, reports and hearings at the same point in previous parliaments.

Number of references

Standing Committee references—comparison at same point of last 3 Parliaments


Standing Committee reports—comparison at same point of last 3 Parliaments

Hearings held

Standing Committee hearings—comparison at same point of last 3 Parliaments

Additional indicators of activity:

  • The department is currently supporting one select committee. During the 45th Parliament, the department supported 15 select committees.
  • Prior to prorogation of the parliament, the department was also supporting six joint committees and one joint select committee.