Senate committees and joint committees administered by the Senate Committee Office.
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
Standing Committee reports in the first 16 months of each Parliament
Standing Committee hearings held in the first 16 months of each Parliament
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.