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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 45th 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.

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

23 November 2011

National Capital and External Territories

Etched in stone? Inquiry into the administration of the National Memorials Ordinance 1928

No

 

19 March 2012

Health and Ageing

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

No

 

20 September 2012

Electoral Matters

Review of the AEC analysis of the FWA report on the HSU

No

 

29 November 2012

Social Policy and Legal Affairs

FASD: The hidden harm—Inquiry into the prevention, diagnosis and management of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

No

 

19 June 2013

Human Rights

Ninth Report of 2013: Migration Legislation Amendments (Regional Processing and Other Measures) Act 2012 and Related Legislation

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

 

9 May 2014

Electoral Matters

Interim report on the inquiry into the conduct of the 2013 Federal Election: Senate voting practices.

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

Joint Select Committee on the 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

Maintenance of the standing orders

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 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

Social Policy and Legal Affairs

Surrogacy Matters: Inquiry into the regulatory and legislative aspects of international and domestic surrogacy

No

 

4 May 2016

Environment

Inquiry into the Register of Environmental Organisations

No

 

4 May 2016

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

Australia’s trade and investment relationships with countries of the Middle East

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

 

9 December 2016

Electoral Matters

The 2016 Federal Election: Interim report on the authorisation of voter communication

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

 

10 March 2017

Electoral Matters

Second interim report on the inquiry into the conduct of the 2016 federal election: Foreign donations

No

 

4 May 2017

Corporations and Financial Services

Inquiry into the impairment of customer loans

No

 

19 June 2017

Employment, Education and Training

Innovation and creativity

 Inquiry into innovation and creativity: workforce for the new economy

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

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

National Capital and External Territories

The strategic importance of Australia’s Indian Ocean Territories

No

 

11 September 2017

Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources

Social issues relating to land-based automated vehicles in Australia

No

 

13 September 2017

Health, Aged Care and Sport

Still waiting to be heard: Report on the Inquiry into the Hearing Health and Wellbeing of Australia

No

 

14  September 2017

Public Accounts and Audit

Report 465: Commonwealth Procurement

No

 

14 September 2017

Corporations and Financial Services

Whistleblower Protections

No

 

25 October 2017

Public Accounts and Audit

Report 467: Cybersecurity Compliance

No

 

5 December 2017

Publications

Inquiry into the printing standards for documents presented to Parliament

No

 

6 December 2017

Public Accounts and Audit

Report 469: Commonwealth Performance Framework

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

 

7 December 2017

Social Policy and Legal Affairs

A better family law system to support and protect those affected by family violence

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

 

6 February 2018

Public Accounts and Audit

Report 469: Commonwealth Performance Framework

No

 

15 February 2018

Treaties

Report 177: Extradition - Jordan; Mutual Legal Assistance - Jordan

Time not expired

 

26 February 2018

Intelligence and Security

Advisory report on the Home Affairs and Integrity Agencies Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Time not expired

 

20 March 2018

Public Accounts and Audit

Report 470: Defence sustainment expenditure

Time not expired

 

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

Time not expired

 

28 March 2018

Law Enforcement

Final report—Inquiry into crystal methamphetamine (ice)

Time not expired

 

28 March 2018

Corporations and Financial Services

Life insurance industry

Time not expired

 

9 April 2018

Electoral Matters

Advisory report on the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017

Time not expired

 

11 April 2018

Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources

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

Time not expired

 

9 May 2018

Treaties

Report 179: Reprocessing nuclear fuel-France; PACER Plus agreement

Time not expired

 

10 May 2018

Intelligence and Security

ASIO’s questioning and detention powers: Review of the operation, effectiveness and implications of Division 3 of Part III of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979

Time not expired

 

17 May 2018

Electoral Matters

Excluded: The impact of section 44 on Australian democracy

Time not expired

 

30 May 2018

Employment, Education and Training

Unique Individuals, Broad Skills: Inquiry into school to work transition

Time not expired

 

7 June 2018

Intelligence and Security

Advisory report on the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2018

Time not expired

 

7 June 2018

Intelligence and Security

Advisory report on the National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Bill 2017

Time not expired

 

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

Time not expired

 

28 June 2018

Regional Development and Decentralisation

 

Regions at the ready: Investing in Australia’s future

Time not expired

 

26 July 2018

Corporations and Financial Services

Report on the 2016-17 annual reports of bodies established under the ASIC Act

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

 

 

 

OCCUPANTS OF THE CHAIR

The Speaker

Mr A. D. H. Smith

The Deputy Speaker

Mr Hogan

The Second Deputy Speaker

Mr Mitchell

Speaker’s Panel Members

Mr K. J. Andrews, Ms Bird, Mr Buchholz, Ms Claydon, Mr Gee, Mr Georganas, Mr Goodenough, Mr Hastie, Mr Howarth, Mr Irons, Ms Vamvakinou, Mr Vasta, Mrs Wicks.