Senate committee activity

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


As at 23 August 2019 the Senate has 42 current inquiries.

In the 46th Parliament, at 23 August 2019, there have been:

  • 35 references (29 new references and 6 re-adopted from the 45th Parliament);
  • 15 reports tabled;
  • 7 hearings.
The following graphs compare references, reports and hearings at the same point in previous parliaments.

Number of references


Hearings held

Additional indicators of activity:

  • The department is currently supporting three  select committees. During the 45th Parliament, the department supported 15 select committees.
  • 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.