Senate committee activity

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


As at 9 April 2021 the Senate has 64 current inquiries.

In the 46th Parliament, at 9 April 2021, there have been:

  • 174 references (167 new references and 7 re-adopted from the 45th Parliament);
  • 196 reports tabled;
  • 317 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 eight 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.