The Senate agreed, on 14 November 1994, to a motion by Senator Harradine requiring that each Minister table indexed lists of file titles created by Central Offices of each department or agency he or she administers. The lists are to be tabled twice a year, once in the Spring sittings, comprising file titles created in the preceding July to December, and once in the Autumn sittings, comprising titles created in the preceding January to June.
The Order was varied by the Senate on 3 December 1998 and now requires:
- That each department and agency provide, on its internet home page, access to an indexed list of all relevant files created
- Tabling of a letter from the Portfolio Minister to the President of the Senate, advising that such indexed lists have been placed on the Internet.
In addition, under the terms of the order, “relevant files” include those relating to policy advising functions, the development of legislation and matters of public administration. Case related files, those related to internal administration of a Department or agency, and those files transferred to the Australian Archives, are specifically excluded.
The Commission’s file listings are available to be downloaded below:
File listing July – December 2017 (PDF 58KB) (Excel 10KB)
File listing January – June 2017 (PDF 69KB) (Excel 12KB)
File listing July – December 2016 (PDF 81KB) (Word 23KB)
File listing January – June 2016 (PDF 280KB) (Word 21KB)
File listing July – December 2015 (PDF 314KB) (Word 17KB)
File listing January – June 2015 (PDF 20 KB) (Word 18KB)
File listing July – December 2014 (PDF 20 KB) (Word 20KB)
File listing January 2014 – June 2014 (PDF 20KB) (Word 20KB)
File listing July – December 2013 (PDF 20KB) (Word 20KB)
File listing January 2013 – June 2013
File listing July 2012 – December 2012
File listing January 2012 – June 2012
File listing July 2011 – December 2011
Senate Order for the Production of Indexed Lists of Departmental and Agency Files