In 1994, the Senate agreed 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 in 1998 and requires departments to list the files on their websites.
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 Department of Industry and Science is responsible for the creation of ARENA’s file records. Please see the Continuing Order of the Senate – indexed list of departmental and agency files for more information.