Senate committee activity

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

Summary

As at 31 October 2018 the Senate has 56 current inquiries.

In the 45th Parliament, at 31 October 2018, there have been:

  • 297 references (271 new references and 26 re-adopted from the 44th Parliament);
  • 378 reports tabled;
  • 619 hearings.

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

Number of references

Standing Committee references in the first 27.5 months of each Parliament

Reports

Standing Committee reports in the first 27.5 months of each Parliament

Hearings held

Standing Committee hearings held in the first 27.5 months of each Parliament

Additional indicators of activity:

  • The department is currently supporting five select committees. Nine select committees have completed their inquiries. During the 44th Parliament, the department supported 12 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.
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