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Appendix 3: Committee reports and inquiries

Scrutiny committees, Forty-fifth Parliament, 2017–18

Committee

Inquiries at 30 June 2018

Reports presented 2017–18

Agriculture and Water Resources, Standing Committee on

Superannuation fund investment in agriculture

APVMA regulatory reforms
Presented 21 May 2018
PP: 151/2018

Making every drop count: Inquiry into water use efficiency programs in agriculture
Presented 20 December 2017
PP: 3/2018

Communications and the Arts, Standing Committee on

Report on the inquiry into the Australian film and television industry
Presented 7 December 2017
PP: 545/2017

Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples 2018, Joint Select Committee ona

Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples 2018

Economics, Standing Committee on

Review of the four major banks

Review of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission annual report 2017

Review of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission annual report 2017

Inquiry into impediments to business investment

Review of the Reserve Bank of Australia Annual Report 2016 (Second Report)
Presented 11 September 2017
PP: 298/2017

Review of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Annual Report 2016
Presented 16 October 2017
PP: 326/2017

Review of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority Annual Report 2016
Presented 4 December 2017
PP: 526/2017

Review of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Annual Report 2016
Presented 7 December 2017
PP: 543/2017

Review of the four major banks (Third Report)
Presented 7 December 2017
PP: 542/2017

Review of the Reserve Bank of Australia Annual Report 2017 (First Report)
Presented 8 May 2018
PP: 115/2018

Review of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority Annual Report 2017
Presented 26 June 2018
PP: 208/2018

Electoral Matters, Joint Standing Committee on

Review of the Australian Electoral Commission’s annual report 2016–17

Inquiry into and report on all aspects of the conduct of the 2016 federal election and matters related thereto

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Lowering Voting Age and Increasing Voter Participation) Bill 2018

Report on the inquiry into decisions made by the Court of Disputed Returns
Presented 6 February 2018
PP: 9/2018

Advisory report on the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017
Presented 9 April 2018
PP: 121/2018

Excluded: The impact of section 44 on Australian democracy
Presented 17 May 2018
PP: 153/2018

Employment, Education and Training, Standing Committee on

Inquiry into funding Australia’s research

Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Take Home Pay of All Workers) Bill 2017
Presented 12 February 2018 by oral statement

Unique individuals, broad skills: Inquiry into school to work transition
Presented 30 May 2018
PP: 162/2018

Environment and Energy, Standing Committee on the

Inquiry into the management and use of Commonwealth environmental water

Powering our future: Inquiry into modernising Australia’s electricity grid
Presented 5 February 2018
PP: 1/2018

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, Joint Standing Committee on

Review of the Defence annual report 2016–17

Inquiry into transition from the Australian Defence Force (ADF)

Inquiry into the strategic effectiveness and outcomes of Australia’s aid program in the Indo-Pacific and its role in supporting Australia’s regional interests

Inquiry into the status of the human right to freedom of religion or belief

Inquiry into the management of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination in and around Defence bases

Inquiry into the benefits and risks of a Bipartisan Australian Defence Agreement, as a basis of planning for, and funding of, Australian Defence capability

Inquiry into human organ trafficking and organ transplant tourism

Inquiry into Australia’s trade and investment relationship with the United Kingdom

Inquiry into access to free trade agreements by small and medium sized enterprises

Legal foundations of religious freedom in Australia—Interim report, November 2017
Presented 4 December 2017
PP: 527/2017

Inquiry into Australia’s trade and investment relationship with the United Kingdom—Interim report, October 2017
Presented 23 October 2017
PP: 381/2017

Inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia
Presented 7 December 2017
PP: 266/2017

Review of the Defence Annual Report 2015–16
Presented 7 December 2017
PP: 549/2017

Health, Aged Care and Sport, Standing Committee on

Inquiry into the quality of aged care in residential aged care facilities in Australia

Inquiry into biotoxin-related illnesses in Australia

Still waiting to be heard: Inquiry into the hearing health and wellbeing of Australia
Presented 13 September 2017
PP: 300/2017

Report on the inquiry into the use and marketing of electronic cigarettes and personal vaporisers in Australia
Presented 28 March 2017
PP: 109/2018

Indigenous Affairs, Standing Committee on

Inquiry into the growing presence of inauthentic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander style art and craft products and merchandise for sale across Australia

The power of education—From surviving to thriving: Inquiry into educational opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
Presented 15 December 2017
PP: 2/2018

Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources, Standing Committee on

Inquiry into how the mining sector can support businesses in regional economies

Inquiry into social issues relating to land-based automated vehicles in Australia
Presented 11 September 2017
PP: 297/2017

Internet competition inquiry: Inquiry into impacts on local businesses in Australia from global internet-based competition
Presented 11 April 2018
PP: 116/2018

Infrastructure, Transport and Cities, Standing Committee on

Inquiry into the Australian Government’s role in the development of cities

Intelligence and Security, Parliamentary Joint Committee on

The committee’s scrutiny includes the review of terrorist listings and the administration and expenditure of the Australian Intelligence Community.

Review of the Office of National Intelligence Bill 2018 and the Office of National Intelligence (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2018

Review of the listing of Jemaah Anshorut Daulah and Jama’at Mujahideen Bangladesh as terrorist organisations under the Criminal Code

Review of the Identity-matching Services Bill 2018 and the Australian Passports Amendment (Identity-matching Services) Bill 2018

Review of administration and expenditure no. 16 (2016–2017)

Review of administration and expenditure no.15 (2015–2016) – Australian intelligence agencies
Presented 15 August 2017
PP: 265/2017

Review of the declaration of Jabhat al-Nusra as a terrorist organisation under the Australian Citizenship Act 2007
Presented 16 October 2017
PP: 329/2017

Review of the re-listing of Boko Haram and Islamic State as terrorist organisations under the Criminal Code
Presented 16 October 2017
PP: 317/2017

Annual Report of committee activities 2016–17
Presented 5 December 2017
PP: 531/2017

Review of the listing of Islamic State East Asia as a terrorist organisation under the Criminal Code
Presented 5 December 2017
PP: 530/2017

Review of the listing of Islamic State Khorasan Province and the re-listing of al-Murabitun as terrorist organisations under the Criminal Code
Presented 8 February 2018
PP: 14/2018

Advisory report on the Home Affairs and Integrity Agencies Legislation Amendment Bill 2017
Presented 26 February 2018
PP: 43/2018

Review of the police stop, search and seizure powers, the control order regime and the preventative detention order regime
Presented 1 March 2018
PP: 46/2018

Review of the ‘declared area’ provisions
Presented 1 March 2018
PP: 45/2018

Advisory report on the Security of Critical Infrastructure Bill 2017
Presented 15 March 2018
PP: 55/2018

Review of proposed amendments to the Home Affairs and Integrity Agencies Legislation Amendment Bill 2017
Presented 28 March 2018
PP: 112/2018

ASIO’s questioning and detention powers
Presented 10 May 2018
PP: 148/2018

Advisory report on the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2018
Presented 7 June 2018
PP: 171/2018

Advisory report on the National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Bill 2017
Presented 7 June 2018
PP: 172/2018

Review of the re-declaration of Mosul District, Ninewa Province, Iraq
Presented 20 June 2018
PP: 192/2018

Review of the re-listing of Hizballah’s External Security Organisation as a terrorist organisation under the Criminal Code
Presented 20 June 2018
PP: 194/2018

Review of the re-listing of Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-e Jhangvi as terrorist organisations under the Criminal Code
Presented 20 June 2018
PP: 193/2018

Advisory report on the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Bill 2017
Presented 25 June 2018
PP: 203/2018

Intergenerational Welfare Dependence, Select Committee ona

Inquiry into intergenerational welfare dependence

Migration, Joint Standing Committee on

Review of processes associated with visa cancellations made on criminal grounds

Efficacy of current regulation of Australian migration agents

No one teaches you to become an Australian: Report of the inquiry into migrant settlement outcomes
Presented 8 December 2017
PP: 586/2017

National Capital and External Territories, Joint Standing Committee on the

Review of the National Capital Authority: Biannual public briefings

Inquiry into Commonwealth and parliamentary approvals for the proposed Stage 2 of the Australian Capital Territory light rail project

Inquiry into Canberra’s national institutions

The strategic importance of Australia’s Indian Ocean Territories
Presented 11 September 2017
PP: 296/2017

Maintaining Australia’s national interests in Antarctica: Inquiry into Australia’s Antarctic Territory
Presented 18 June 2018
PP: 165/2018

Northern Australia, Joint Standing Committee on

Northern horizons—Unleashing our tourism potential: Inquiry into opportunities and methods for stimulating the tourism industry in Northern Australia
Presented 28 June 2018
PP: 226/2018

Public Accounts and Audit, Joint Committee on

The purpose of this committee is to hold Commonwealth agencies to account by assessing the lawfulness, efficiency and effectiveness with which they use public monies.

Australian Government contract reporting—Inquiry based on Auditor-General’s report no. 19 (2017–18)

Australian Government funding: Schools and Indigenous health—Inquiry based on Auditor-General’s reports 18 and 50 (2017–18)

Australian Government security arrangements: Personnel security and domestic passenger screening—Inquiry based on Auditor-General’s reports 38 and 43 (2017–18)

Commonwealth financial statements—Inquiry based on Auditor-General’s report no. 24 (2017–18)

Commonwealth procurement—Inquiry based on Auditor-General’s reports 61 (2016–17), and 9 and 12 (2017–18)

Defence first principles review and naval construction—Inquiry based on Auditor-General’s reports 34 and 39 (2017–18)

Foreign investment obligations in residential real estate—Inquiry based on Auditor-General’s report no. 48 (2017–18)

Inquiry into the 2016–17 Defence major projects report

Mental health in the Australian Federal Police—Inquiry based on Auditor-General’s report no. 31 (2017–18)

Report 463: Commonwealth financial statements
Presented 5 September 2017
PP: 293/2017

Report 464: Commonwealth grants administration
Presented 5 September 2017
PP: 294/2017

Report 466: Annual Report 2016–17
Presented 12 September 2017
PP: 299/2017

Report 465: Commonwealth procurement
Presented 14 September 2017
PP: 316/2017

Report 467: Cybersecurity compliance
Presented 25 October 2017
PP: 382/2017

Report 468: Defence major projects report (2015–16)
Presented 26 October 2017
PP: 383/2017

Report 469: Commonwealth Performance Framework
Presented 6 December 2017
PP: 546/2017

Report 470: Defence sustainment expenditure
Presented 20 March 2018
PP: 66/2018

Report 471: Security of overseas missions
Presented 8 May 2018
PP: 143/2018

Public Works, Parliamentary Standing Committee onb

The Public Works Committee Act 1969 empowers the committee to inquire into and report on all public works that are referred to it; Commonwealth works estimated to cost more than $15 million must be referred to it.

Point Wilson waterside infrastructure remediation, Point Wilson, Victoria

Jindalee operational radar network phase 6 facilities project

Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defence capability facilities project

Report 6/2017: Referrals made
March 2017
Presented 14 August 2017
PP: 261/2017

Report 7/2017: Referrals made
June 2017
Presented 16 October 2017
PP: 318/2017

Report 8/2017: Referrals made September 2017
Presented 4 December 2017
PP: 528/2017

Report 1/2018: Referrals made December 2017
Presented 26 March 2018
PP: 102/2018

Eighty-First Annual Report
Presented 26 March 2018
PP: 103/2018

Report 2/2018: Referrals made
March 2018
Presented 18 June 2018
PP: 166/2018

Regional Development and Decentralisation, Select Committee on

Committee expired on 28 June 2018 upon presentation of its final report

Regions at the ready: Investing in Australia’s future
Presented 28 June 2018
PP: 225/2018

Social Policy and Legal Affairs, Standing Committee on

Inquiry into local adoption

A better family law system to support and protect those affected by family violence
Presented 7 December 2017
PP: 544/2017

Tax and Revenue, Standing Committee on

2016–17 annual report of the Australian Taxation Office

Inquiry into taxpayer engagement with the tax system

Trade and Investment Growth, Joint Select Committee on

Inquiry into the trade system and the digital economy

Treaties, Joint Standing Committee onb

European Union Framework Agreement

Oil stocks—Netherlands

Peru free trade agreement

Scientific technical cooperation—Brazil

Scientific technical cooperation—Italy

Timor treaty—maritime boundaries

Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP-11)

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Australian Patent Office

Report 172: Singapore Free Trade Agreement—Amendment; Defence Supplies and Services—Japan
Presented 8 August 2017
PP: 250/2017

Report 173: Consular Functions in Macau—China; Montreal Ozone Layer—Amendment
Presented 6 September 2017
PP: 292/2017

Report 174: IMF New Arrangements to Borrow; Scientific Cooperation USA; Science Research Innovation NZ; Technological Innovation Israel
Presented 16 October 2017
PP: 327/2017

Report 175: OECD Tax Measures BEPS; International Solar Alliance-Agreement; Air Services—Three Agreements
Presented 27 November 2017
PP: 524/2017

Report 176: Air Force Training—Singapore; Deployment of Personnel—Solomon Islands; Space Tracking—USA
Presented 15 February 2018
PP: 31/2018

Report 177: Extradition—Jordan; Mutual Legal Assistance—Jordan
Presented 15 February 2018
PP: 32/2018

Additional information regarding extraterritorial jurisdiction
Presented 28 June 2018

Report 178: Bonn Convention—Amendments; Universal Postal Union—Amendments
Presented 28 March 2018
PP: 111/2018

Report 179: Reprocessing Nuclear Fuel—France; PACER Plus
Presented 9 May 2018
PP: 140/2018

a. The Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and the Select Committee on Intergenerational Welfare Dependence Committee are select committees that were established during the reporting period. These committees will expire upon presentation of their final reports, or when the House of Representatives is dissolved or expires by effluxion of time.

b. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works and the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties often present reports that include multiple inquiries.

Internal committees, Forty-fifth Parliament, 2017–18

Committee

Purpose

Reports and inquiries

Appropriations and Administration, Standing Committee on

The committee considers estimates of the funding required for the operation of the department and may confer with the Senate Standing Committee on Appropriations and Staffing.

Report No. 14 Annual Report 2016–17
Presented 7 September 2017
PP: 295/2017

Report No. 15 Budget Estimates 2018–19 (Department of the House of Representatives)
Presented 10 May 2018
PP: 149/2018

Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings, Joint Committee on the

The committee meets when required to consider the general principles applying to the radio broadcasting and, in certain circumstances, the televising of proceedings of parliament by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Petitions, Standing Committee on

The committee receives and processes petitions, and inquires into and reports to the House on any matter relating to petitions and the petitions system. Information on how to go about petitioning the House of Representatives is available at the petitions page on the Parliament of Australia website.

Making voices heard: Inquiry into the e-petitioning system of the House of Representatives Petitions Committee
Presented 29 May 2018
PP: 2018/159

Privileges and Members’ Interests, Standing Committee of

The committee is appointed at the commencement of each parliament to inquire into and report on complaints of breach of privilege referred to it by the House, oversee arrangements for the maintenance of the Register of Members’ Interests and the Citizenship Register and consider any specific complaints about the registering of interests.

Report concerning the registration and declaration of Members’ interests during 2017
Presented 8 February 2018
PP: 15/2018

Inquiry concerning the former Member for Dunkley in the 44th Parliament: possible contempts of the House and appropriate conduct of a Member
Presented 26 March 2018
PP: 106/2018

Procedure, Standing Committee on

The committee’s role is to inquire into and report on the practices and procedures of the House.

Inquiry into the maintenance of the standing orders

Inquiry into the provisions relating to disorder in the House of Representatives
Presented 5 December 2017
PP: 532/2017

Inquiry into the maintenance of the standing orders—interim report
Presented 21 May 2018
PP: 152/2018

Publications, Standing Committee on

The committee presents reports making recommendations relating to the inclusion in the Parliamentary Papers Series of documents presented to parliament.

Publications, Parliamentary Joint Committee on

The committee inquiries into matters relating to parliamentary and government publications.

Inquiry into the printing standards for documents presented to parliament
Presented 5 December 2017
PP:529/2017

Selection Committee

The committee was established to determine the program of committee and delegation business and private members’ business for each sitting Monday and to select bills for referral to committees.

The committee presented 14 reports, on:

  • 9 August 2017
  • 16 August 2017
  • 6 September 2017
  • 13 September 2017
  • 18 October 2017
  • 25 October 2017
  • 6 December 2017
  • 7 February 2018
  • 14 February 2018
  • 28 February 2018
  • 9 May 2018
  • 30 May 2018
  • 20 June 2018
  • 27 June 2018