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Categories of Committees

Standing Committees

? Legislative and General Purpose†

Community Affairs


Employment, Workplace Relations and Education

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

Finance and Public Administration

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

Legal and Constitutional Affairs

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport

? Legislative Scrutiny

Regulations and Ordinances

Scrutiny of Bills

? Standing (Domestic)

Appropriations and Staffing






Selection of Bills

Senators’ Interests


Select Committees

Administration of Indigenous Affairs

Lindeberg Grievance

Mental Health

Scrafton Evidence

Joint Committees

? Standing

Electoral Matters

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade


National Capital and External Territories

Parliamentary Library


? Statutory

Australian Crime Commission

Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings

Corporations and Financial Services

Intelligence and Security

Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Account

Public Accounts and Audit

Public Works

Details appear in the following section, with committees listed in alphabetical order.

 The restructure of legislative and general purpose standing committees, agreed to by the Senate on 14 August 2006, came into effect on 11 September 2006. Eight standing committees were established (combining the functions of the previous 16 legislation and references committees) with eight members instead of six.