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Categories of Committees


Standing Committees

▪     Legislative and General Purpose (including Legislation and References Committees)

Community Affairs


Education and Employment ( formerly Education, Employment and Workplace Relations; name amended 13 November 2013 )

Environment and Communications

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, Staffing and Security ( formerly Appropriations and Staffing; name amended 25 March 2015 upon adoption of recommendation in the Procedure Committee’s first report of 2015 - Amendment of standing order 19 )






Selection of Bills

Senators’ Interests


Select Committees

Abbott Government’s Commission of Audit

Certain Aspects of Queensland Government Administration related to Commonwealth Government Affairs


Murray-Darling Basin Plan

National Broadband Network

Recent Allegations relating to Conditions and Circumstances at the Regional Processing Centre in Nauru

School Funding

Scrutiny of Government Budget Measures ( formerly Abbott Government’s Budget Cuts; name amended 11 August 2015 )

Unconventional Gas Mining

Wind Turbines

Joint Committees

▪     Select

Australia Fund Establishment

Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Northern Australia

Trade and Investment Growth

▪     Standing

Electoral Matters

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade


National Capital and External Territories

National Disability Insurance Scheme

Parliamentary Library


▪     Statutory

Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity

Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings

Corporations and Financial Services

Human Rights

Intelligence and Security

Law Enforcement

Public Accounts and Audit

Public Works


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