Title Senate Notice Paper No. 108 - 16/08/2018
Guide to the Notice Paper
Orders of the Senate
Database Senate Notice Papers
Date 16-08-2018
Source Senate
Parl No. 45
NP Number 108
Period of Sitting spring
System Id chamber/notices/78dfc54a-ae32-4625-8f1e-051486a5f1fe/0016

Orders of the Senate

Allocation of departments/agencies

That departments and agencies be allocated to legislative and general purpose standing committees as follows:

Community Affairs


Human Services

Social Services


Jobs and Innovation (Industry, Innovation and Science)


Education and Employment

Education and Training

Jobs and Innovation (Jobs and Small Business)

Environment and Communications

Communications and the Arts

Environment and Energy

Finance and Public Administration



Prime Minister and Cabinet

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

Defence, including Veterans’ Affairs

Foreign Affairs and Trade

Legal and Constitutional Affairs


Home Affairs

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport

Agriculture and Water Resources

Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities.

 (Agreed to 31 August 2016; varied 12 February and 15 February 2018)


Environment and Communications References Committee—Determination of committee chair—Standing order 25(9)

That, pursuant to standing order 25(9), the Senate determines:

(a)        that the chair of the Environment and Communications References Committee shall be elected by that committee from members nominated by minor parties or independent senators; and

(b)       that this order remain in effect until the President is duly notified of an agreement that meets the terms of standing order 25(9)(c).

(Agreed to 2 November 2011; varied 13 September 2016)


Estimates hearings—2017-18 additional estimates; 2018-19 Budget estimates

(1)        That estimates hearings by legislation committees for 2018 be scheduled as follows:

2017-18 additional estimates:

Monday, 26 February and Tuesday, 27 February (Group A)

Wednesday, 28 February and Thursday, 1 March (Group B).

2018-19 Budget estimates:

Monday, 21 May to Thursday, 24 May, and, if required, Friday, 25 May (Group A)

Tuesday, 29 May to Thursday, 31 May and Tuesday, 5 June, and, if required, Friday, 22 June (Group B)

Monday, 22 October and Tuesday, 23 October (supplementary hearings—Group A)

Wednesday, 24 October and Thursday, 25 October (supplementary hearings—Group B).

(1A)  That if a committee agrees to sit on 1 June instead of Tuesday, 5 June, then that be allowed if it suits the convenience of the committee.

(2)        That pursuant to the order of the Senate of 26 August 2008, cross portfolio estimates hearings on Indigenous matters be scheduled for Friday, 2 March, Friday, 25 May and Friday, 26 October 2018, but not restricted to these days.

(3)        That cross portfolio estimates hearings on Murray-Darling Basin Plan matters be scheduled for Friday, 2 March, Friday, 25 May and Friday, 26 October 2018, but not restricted to these days.

(4)        That the committees consider the proposed expenditure in accordance with the allocation of departments and agencies to committees agreed to by the Senate.

(5)        That committees meet in the following groups:

Group A:

Environment and Communications

Finance and Public Administration

Legal and Constitutional Affairs

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport

Group B:

Community Affairs


Education and Employment

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.

(6)        That the committees report to the Senate on the following dates:

(a)        Tuesday, 27 March 2018 in respect of the 2017-18 additional estimates; and

(b)        Tuesday, 26 June 2018 in respect of the 2018-19 Budget estimates.

(Agreed to 15 November 2017; varied 16 November 2017 in respect of paragraph (1); varied 10 May 2018 in respect of paragraph (1))


Estimates—Unanswered questions on notice


                          (a)     answers be provided by 14 September 2016 to all legislation committees relating to all questions taken on notice by the committees’ predecessor committees with respect to the Additional estimates 2015-16 and the Budget estimates 2016-17, and which remained unanswered at the beginning of the new Parliament; and

                          (b)     for the purposes of standing order 74(5), the day set for answering the question for each of the unanswered questions is 14 September 2016.

(Agreed to 31 August 2016)


Meeting of Senate—2018

That the days of meeting of the Senate for 2018 be as follows:

Autumn sittings:

Monday, 5 February to Thursday, 8 February

Monday, 12 February to Thursday, 15 February

Autumn sittings (2):

Monday, 19 March to Thursday, 22 March

Monday, 26 March to Wednesday, 28 March

Budget sittings:

Tuesday, 8 May to Thursday, 10 May

Winter sittings:

Monday, 18 June to Thursday, 21 June

Monday, 25 June to Thursday, 28 June

Spring sittings:

Monday, 13 August to Thursday, 16 August

Monday, 20 August to Thursday, 23 August

Monday, 10 September to Thursday, 13 September

Monday, 17 September to Thursday, 20 September

Spring sittings (2):

Monday, 15 October to Thursday, 18 October

Spring sittings (3):

Monday, 12 November to Thursday, 15 November

Monday, 26 November to Thursday, 29 November

Monday, 3 December to Thursday, 6 December.

(Agreed to 15 November 2017)


Publications Committee—Report—Printing standards for documents presented to Parliament—Adoption of recommendation

5.6      That the Senate and House of Representatives pass the following resolution:

That unless otherwise ordered, and provided that they conform to the printing standards, the following documents shall be made Parliamentary Papers upon their presentation to the Senate/House of Representatives:

§  substantive reports of parliamentary committees;

§  annual reports of Commonwealth entities;

§  a report of a royal commission;

§  a report of the Productivity Commission;

§  a report of the Auditor-General;

§  a report of the Australian Human Rights Commission;

§  a report of the Australia Law Reform Commission;

§  a report of the Australian Electoral Commission on the redistribution of electoral division boundaries;

§  Australian Government white papers;

§  a report in a series that has previously been included in the Parliamentary Papers Series on the recommendation of a Publications Committee; and

§  budget papers and ministerial statements presented following the presentation of the appropriation bills.

(Agreed to 8 February 2018)


Rotation of senators

That, pursuant to section 13 of the Constitution, the senators chosen for each state be divided into two classes, as follows:

(1)        Senators listed at positions 7 to 12 on the certificate of election of senators for each state shall be allocated to the first class and receive 3 year terms.

(2)        Senators listed at positions 1 to 6 on the certificate of election of senators for each state shall be allocated to the second class and receive 6 year terms.

(Agreed to 31 August 2016)



                          (a)     as soon as practicable, after the High Court orders a special count of the ballots from the 2016 Senate election for any state and makes an order declaring that a person identified by that count is duly elected as a senator for that state, there be laid on the table a copy of the statement of results report for that count; and

                          (b)     if such a report is tabled, in relation to any state, then the order of the Senate of 31 August 2016, made pursuant to section 13 of the Constitution, have effect in relation to senators from that state as if a reference to the certificate of election were a reference to the most recent statement of results report.

(Agreed to 13 February 2018)