Function of the Committee

The Dispute Resolution Committee is established under the Constitution Act 1975. The full provisions relating to disputes between the Houses about bills can be found in sections 65A to 65G of the Act.

The Dispute Resolution Committee must seek to reach a Dispute Resolution on a Disputed Bill within 30 days after the Disputed Bill is referred to the Dispute Resolution Committee by a resolution of the Assembly.

If the Dispute Resolution Committee reaches a Dispute Resolution, a copy of the Dispute Resolution must be tabled in the Assembly and the Council on the first sitting day of that House after the Dispute Resolution has been reached.

If the Dispute Resolution Committee—

  1. cannot reach a Dispute Resolution; or
  2. cannot meet or fails to meet for any reason—

the Disputed Bill becomes a Deadlocked Bill.