Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations

The Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee is an all-party Joint House Committee, which examines all Bills introduced into the Victorian Parliament.

The Terms of Reference of the Committee contain principles of scrutiny that enable it to operate in the best traditions of non-partisan legislative scrutiny. These traditions have developed since the first Australian scrutiny of bills committee of the Australian Senate commenced scrutiny of bills in 1982. They are precedents and traditions followed by all Australian scrutiny committees.

The Committee does not make comments on the policy aspects of legislation. Non-policy scrutiny principles within its terms of reference allow the Committee to alert the Parliament to the use of certain legislative practices and allows the Parliament to consider whether the use of these practices is necessary, appropriate or desirable in all the circumstances.

The Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 provides that the Committee must consider any Bill introduced into Parliament and must report to the Parliament whether the Bill is incompatible with Human Rights.

To see which Bills are currently before the Committee please note the following links

  • Bills this week lists all Bills Parliament is working on during a sitting week
  • Bills Status List provides the status of all bills introduced into the Parliament during the year

The Committee also has a role to examine all regulations, and certain legislative instruments (defined in the Subordinate Legislation Act 1994), against terms of reference in like terms for the scrutiny of Bills. For more information, see Scrutiny of Regulations

Charter Review 2015

In March 2015, Attorney-General, the Hon Martin Pakula MP, appointed Mr Michael Brett Young as an independent reviewer for the eight-year review of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities.

To view the report and government response, visit 2015 Review of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006.

In light of the present circumstances the Scrutiny Conference has been postponed. Further advice will be provided in due course.

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Latest News


The work of Committees at the Parliament of Victoria continues to take place, with staff working remotely in response to COVID-19 measures.

Some activities relating to Committee inquiries, such as Public Hearings, may be suspended or delayed in response to COVID-19. Report tabling deadlines may also change.

Please check this website for updates or contact


Report tabled

Alert Digest No 4 of 2021 was tabled on 16 March 2021.

COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2020

The Committee received a number of submissions. The Committee thanks all those who sent in submissions and is considering them.

The Committee reported on the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) and Other Acts Amendment Bill in Alert Digest No.9 of 2020.

The Committee reported on the House Amendments made to the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) and Other Acts Amendment Bill and assented to on 20 October in Alert Digest No.10 of 2020.

Submissions can be found [here]

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