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REPORTS OF HOUSE AND JOINT COMMITTEES AWAITING GOVERNMENT RESPONSE

The Government is to respond to committee reports within six months, otherwise the relevant minister must present a signed statement to the House indicating the reasons for non-response.

This list indicates the status of Government responses to committee reports of the 43rd to 46th Parliaments inclusive, and appears in the first Notice Paper of each sitting period (fortnight or single week). It includes committee reports requiring an explicit formal Government response to recommendations, but not advisory reports on bills, reports of the Public Works committee, and other domestic committees, etc.

Reports from the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights are only listed where the committee has examined and reported on a specific item(s) of existing legislation. Not listed are that committee’s regular reports on the human rights compatibility of bills and legislative instruments that come before either House of Parliament.

The period from when the 43rd Parliament was prorogued on 5 August 2013 and the commencement of the 44th Parliament on 12 November 2013 is not included in the response period. The period from when the 44th Parliament was prorogued on 9 May 2016 and the commencement of the 45th Parliament on 30 August 2016 is not included in the response period. The period from when the 45th Parliament was prorogued on 11 April 2019 and the commencement of the 46th Parliament on 2 July 2019 is not included in the response period.

For a complete list of all House and Joint committee reports still requiring a government response, refer to the current Speaker’s Schedule of Outstanding Government Responses:   www.aph.gov.au/SpeakersSchedule 

 

Date tabled +

Committee

Report

Response in six months

Ministerial statement

19 March 2012

Health and Ageing

Lost in labyrinth: Report on the inquiry into registration processes and support for overseas trained doctors

No

 

17 June 2013

Health and Ageing

Bridging the dental gap: Report on the inquiry into adult dental services

No

 

24 June 2013

Broadcasting Legislation

(Joint, Select)

Three broadcasting reform proposals

No

 

24 June 2013

Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity

Integrity of overseas Commonwealth law enforcement operations

No

 

24 June 2013

Human Rights

Eleventh Report of 2013: Review of Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Act 2012 and related legislation - Interim report

No

 

27 October 2014

Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Progress report: Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

No

 

20 November 2014

Electoral Matters

Second interim report on the inquiry into the conduct of the 2013 federal election: An assessment of electronic voting options

No

 

23 February 2015

Environment

Streamlining environmental legislation: Inquiry into streamlining environmental regulation, ‘green tape’, and one stop shops

No

 

15 April 2015

Electoral Matters

The 2013 federal election: Report on the conduct of the 2013 election and matters related thereto

No

 

22 June 2015

Procedure

Role of the Federation Chamber: Celebrating 20 years of operation

No

 

25 June 2015

Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Final report: Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

No

 

25 June 2015

Australia Fund Establishment

Report

No

 

7 September 2015

Law Enforcement

Inquiry into financial related crime

No

 

15 March 2016

Infrastructure, Transport and Cities

Smart ICT: Report on the inquiry into the role of smart ICT in the design and planning of infrastructure

No

 

16 March 2016

Human Rights

Review of Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Act 2012 and related legislation : Final report

No

 

2 May 2016

Procedure

Division required? Electronic voting in the House of Representatives

No

 

3 May 2016

Trade Investment and Growth

Inquiry into Australia’s future in research and innovation

No

 

4 May 2016

Indigenous Affairs

Interim report: First steps for improving educational opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

No

 

4 May 2016

Environment

Inquiry into the Register of Environmental Organisations

No

 

4 May 2016

Agriculture and Industry

Smart farming: Inquiry into agricultural innovation

No

 

5 May 2016

Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity

Inquiry into the jurisdiction of the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity

No

 

5 May 2016

Communication and the Arts

Arts and the news to rural and regional Australia

No

 

5 May 2016

Health

Inquiry into Chronic Disease Prevention and Management in Primary Health Care

No

 

16 February 2017

Public Accounts and Audit

Report 460: Public Sector Governance—Inquiry based on Auditor-General’s report 29 (2015-16)

No

 

27 February 2017

Environment and Energy

Living with fruit bats: Inquiry into flying-fox management in the eastern states

No

 

28 February 2017

Human Rights

Freedom of speech in Australia: Inquiry into the operation of Part IIA of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) and related procedures under the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (Cth)

No

 

4 May 2017

Corporations and Financial Services

Inquiry into the impairment of customer loans

No

 

21 June 2017

Electoral Matters

Third interim report on the inquiry into the conduct of the 2016 federal election: AEC modernisation

No

 

18 July 2017

Law Enforcement

An inquiry into human trafficking, slavery and slavery-like practices

No

 

17 August 2017

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

Modern slavery and global supply chains: Interim report of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade’s inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia

No

 

5 September 2017

Public Accounts and Audit

Report 463: Commonwealth financial statements

No

 

6 September 2017

Law Enforcement

First report—Inquiry into crystal methamphetamine (ice)

No

 

11 September 2017

Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources

Social issues relating to land-based automated vehicles in Australia

No

 

14  September 2017

Public Accounts and Audit

Report 465: Commonwealth procurement

No

 

13 September 2017

Corporations and Financial Services

Whistleblower protections: Report on the inquiry into whistleblower protections in the corporate, public and

not-for-profit sectors

No

 

5 December 2017

Publications

Inquiry into the printing standards for documents presented to Parliament

No

 

7 December 2017

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

Hidden in plain sight: An inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia

No

 

7 December 2017

Communications and The Arts

Report on the inquiry into the Australian film and television industry

No

 

7 December 2017

Economics

Review of the Four Major Banks (Third Report)

No

 

15 December 2017

Indigenous Affairs

The power of education: From surviving to thriving—Educational opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

No

 

20 December 2017

Agriculture and Water Resources

Making every drop count: Inquiry into water use efficiency programs in agriculture

No

 

5 February 2018

Environment and Energy

Powering our future: Inquiry into modernising Australia’s electricity grid

No

 

20 March 2018

Public Accounts and Audit

Report 470: Defence sustainment expenditure

No

 

28 March 2018

Health, Aged Care and Sport

Report on the inquiry into the use and marketing of electronic cigarettes and personal vaporisers in Australia

No

 

27 March 2018

Law Enforcement

Final report—Inquiry into crystal methamphetamine (ice)

No

 

27 March 2018

Corporations and Financial Services

Inquiry into the life insurance industry report

No

 

28 March 2018

Law Enforcement

Examination of the Australian Federal Police Annual Report 2015-16

No

 

11 April 2018

Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources

Internet competition inquiry: Inquiry into impacts on local businesses in Australia from global internet-based competition

No

 

17 May 2018

Electoral Matters

Excluded: The impact of section 44 on Australian democracy

No

 

21 May 2018

Procedure

Maintenance of the standing orders - Interim Report

No

 

28 June 2018

Northern Australia

Northern Horizons—Unleashing our tourism potential: Report on the inquiry into opportunities and methods for stimulating the tourism industry in Northern Australia

No

 

10 September 2018

Tax and Revenue

Taxpayer Engagement with the Tax System

No

 

17 September 2018

Infrastructure, Transport and Cities

Building up & moving out: Inquiry into the Australian Government’s role in the development of cities

No

 

19 September 2018

Law Enforcement

Inquiry into the trade in elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn

No

 

20 September 2018

National Disability Insurance Scheme

Market readiness for provision of services under the NDIS

No

 

20 September 2018

Trade Investment and Growth

Trade and the digital economy

No

 

20 September 2018

Intelligence and Security

Review of the re-listing of five organisations and the listing of two organisations as terrorist organisations under the Criminal Code

No

 

17 October 2018

Public Accounts and Audit

Report 472: Commonwealth procurement: Second report

No

 

17 October 2018

Health, Aged Care and Sport

Report on the inquiry into biotoxin-related illnesses in Australia

No

 

22 October 2018

Health, Aged Care and Sport

Report on the inquiry into the quality of care in residential aged care facilities in Australia

No

 

24 October 2018

Corporations and Financial Services

Inquiry into options for greater involvement by private sector life insurers in worker rehabilitation report

No

 

26 November 2018

Social Policy and Legal Affairs

Breaking barriers: A national adoption framework for Australian children

No

 

29 November 2018

Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Final report: Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

No

 

3 December 2018

Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources

Keep it in the regions: Mining and resources industry support for businesses in regional economies

No

 

3 December 2018

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

Inquiry into the management of PFAS contamination in and around Defence bases

No

 

3 December 2018

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

Compassion, Not Commerce: An inquiry into human organ trafficking and organ transplant tourism

No

 

4 December 2018

Procedure

Maintenance of the standing orders - Final Report

No

 

5 December 2018

Intelligence and Security

Advisory report on the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018

No

 

5 December 2018

Electoral Matters

Report on the conduct of the 2016 federal election and matters related thereto

No

 

7 December 2018

Environment and Energy

Report on the inquiry into the management and use of Commonwealth environmental water

Time not expired

 

19 December 2018

Indigenous Affairs

Report on the impact of inauthentic art and craft in the style of First Nations peoples

Time not expired

 

14 February 2019

Corporations and Financial Services

Statutory Oversight of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, them Takeovers Panel and the Corporations Legislation: Report No. 1

Time not expired

 

14 February 2019

Intelligence and Security

Advisory Report on the Australian Citizenship Amendment (Strengthening the Citizenship Loss Provisions) Bill 2018

Time not expired

 

14 February 2019

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

From little things big things grow: Supporting Australian SMEs go global: Inquiry into access to free trade agreements by small and medium enterprises

Time not expired

 

14 February 2019

Public Accounts and Audit

Report 476: Australian Government Funding: Inquiry based on Auditor-General’s reports 18 and 50 (2017-18)

Time not expired

 

14 February 2019

Public Accounts and Audit

Report 475: Defence First Principles Review, Naval Construction and Mental Health in the AFP

Time not expired

 

18 February 2019

Trade and Investment Growth

Austrade’s role in attracting investment in Australia

Time not expired

 

21 February 2019

Petitions

Your voice can change our future: Inquiry into the future of petitioning in the House

Time not expired

 

21 February 2019

Migration

The report of the inquiry into review processes associated with visa cancellations made on criminal grounds

Time not expired

 

21 February 2019

Tax and Revenue

2017 Annual Report of the Australian Taxation Office: Fairness, functions and frameworks—Performance review

Time not expired

 

21 February 2019

Migration

Report of the inquiry into efficacy of current regulation of Australian migration and education agents

Time not expired

 

21 February 2019

Oversight of the implementation of redress related recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Getting the National Redress Scheme right: An overdue step towards justice

Time not expired

 

29 February 2019

National Disability Insurance Scheme

Progress report

Time not expired

 

3 March 2019

National Capital and External Territories

Telling Australia’s story - and why it’s important: Report on the inquiry into Canberra’s national institutions

Time not expired

 

14 March 2019

Corporations and Financial Services

Fairness in franchising

Time not expired

 

22 March 2019

Intergenerational Welfare Dependence

Living on the Edge: Inquiry into intergenerational welfare dependence

Time not expired

 

26 March 2019

Environment and Energy

Cane toads on the march: Inquiry into controlling the spread of cane toads 

Time not expired

 

2 April 2019

Corporations and Financial Services

Report on the 2017-2018 annual reports of bodies established under the ASIC Act

Time not expired

 

2 April 2019

Public Accounts and Audit

Report 477: Commonwealth Financial Statements - Second Report, and Foreign Investment in Real Estate

Time not expired

 

2 April 2019

Public Accounts and Audit

Report 478: Issuing of a Certificate under section 37 of the Auditor-General’s Act 1997

Time not expired

 

2 April 2019

Public Accounts and Audit

Report 479: Australian Government Security Arrangements

Time not expired

 

2 April 2019

Infrastructure, Transport and Cities

Innovating Transport across Australia

Time not expired

 

3 April 2019

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

Inquiry into transition from the Australian Defence Force (ADF)

Time not expired

 

3 April 2019

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

Second Interim Report: freedom of religion and belief, the Australian experience

Time not expired

 

3 April 2019

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

First report: Inquiry into Australia’s aid program in the Indo-Pacific

Time not expired

 

3 April 2019

Intelligence and Security

Review of the

Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act 2018

Time not expired

 

4 April 2019

Economics

Report on the inquiry into the implications of removing refundable franking credits

Time not expired

 

4 April 2019

Economics

Report on the inquiry into impediments to business investment

Time not expired

 

4 April 2019

Health, Aged Care and Sport

Report on the Inquiry into the 2017-18 Annual Reports of the Department of Health and Australian Hearing

Time not expired

 

4 April 2019

Health, Aged Care and Sport

Bedtime Reading: Inquiry into Sleep Health Awareness in Australia

Time not expired

 

4 April 2019

Law Enforcement

Examination of the Annual Report of the Integrity Commissioner 2016-17

Time not expired

 

4 April 2019

Law Enforcement

Impact of new and emerging information and communications technology

Time not expired

 

4 April 2019

Law Enforcement

Theft and export of motor vehicles and parts

Time not expired

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

+ In the House or presented to the Speaker (and/or the President of the Senate in the case of joint committees), whichever is first