Parliamentary Committees are composed of members of parliament from all sides. They are charged with the task of investigating specific issues (Select Committees) and reporting back to the parliament with recommendations for action. The government may choose to adopt or ignore Committee recommendations. Other Committees are established on a permanent basis (Standing Committees) and cover matters as diverse as foreign affairs, electoral matters and parliamentary privileges.
Committees may exist in either House or comprise members from both houses (Joint Committees).
Senate Estimates Committees are a notable example of the role played by Committees in monitoring the activities and expenditure of government departments. There are also separate Legislative Committees that examine government legislation.
- Parliamentary Committees – fact sheet from the Federal Parliament
- Senate Committees
- Senate Committees – Senate Brief No.4
- List of Senate Committees and Memberships
- Senate Estimates Committees
- House of Representatives Committees
- List of House Committees and Memberships
- Public Hearings
- Joint Committees
- How To Make A Submission to a Committee
- Current Inquiries
- Current Inquiries – By Committee
- Jan 15, 2014: Commission Of Audit Interrogated By Senate Select Committee
- Feb 22, 2013: Reserve Bank Governor Glenn Stevens Appears Before House Economics Committee
- Jan 24, 2013: Parliamentary Committee Recommends Referendum On Local Government
- Jul 07, 2011: 2010 Federal Election Report Released
- Jun 30, 2011: Senate Committee Proposes Reform Of Australian Federation
- Nov 26, 2010: RBA Governor’s Statement to House Economics Committee
- Nov 23, 1999: Federal Parliament Broadcasting Live on the Internet