Senate committee activity

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


As at 11 December 2020 the Senate has 61 current inquiries.

In the 46th Parliament, at 11 December 2020, there have been:

  • 150 references (143 new references and 7 re-adopted from the 45th Parliament);
  • 163 reports tabled;
  • 260 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 ten 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.