Senate committee activity

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

Summary

As at 12 December 2017 the Senate has 65 current inquiries.

In the 45th Parliament, at 12 December 2017, there have been:

  • 210 references (184 new references and 26 re-adopted from the 44th Parliament);
  • 228 reports tabled;
  • 380 hearings.

The following tables compare references and reports at the same point in previous parliaments, as well as a tally by financial year of references and hearings held.

Number of references

Standing Committee references in the first 16 months of each Parliament

Graph showing Standing Committee references in the first 16 months of each Parliament: 43rd Parliament (71 sitting days) - Matters re-adopted 16, Bills 102, References 42; 44th Parliament (74 sitting days) - Matters re-adopted 6, Bills 106, References 64; 45th Parliament (79 sitting days) - Matters re-adopted 26, Bills 122, References 62

Reports

Standing Committee reports in the first 16 months of each Parliament

Graph showing Standing Committee reports in the first 16 months of each Parliament: 43rd Parliament - 206; 44th Parliament - 186; 45th Parliament - 228

Hearings held

Standing Committee hearings held in the first 16 months of each Parliament

Graph showing standing committee hearings held in the first 16 months of each parliament: 45th Parliament - 282 Senate standing committees, 99 Estimates hearings; 44th Parliament - 193 Senate standing committees, 95 Estimates hearings; 43rd Parliament - 187 Senate standing committees, 86 Estimates hearings

Additional indicators of activity:

  • The department is currently supporting four select committees. Six 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.
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