An Overview of Post-Legislative Scrutiny in Western Australia

  • Sam Hastings Parliament of Western Australia, Australia
  • Kate Doust Legislative Council of Western Australia, Australia


Twenty years ago, the House of Lords Select Committee into the Constitution focused attention back onto the concept of post-legislative scrutiny. Since then, a clear framework and momentum for systematic post-legislative scrutiny has developed which has enabled parliaments to strengthen their role in the legislative process. However, there is a dearth of academic research into post-legislative scrutiny in Australian jurisdictions. Currently, there is no clear picture of the extent of post-legislative scrutiny in Western Australia and the factors in support, and challenges in implementing, systematic review of legislation. This article examines the extent of post-legislative scrutiny conducted by or overseen by the Parliament of Western Australia. An analysis of review reports and parliamentary debates reveals the outcomes of post-legislative scrutiny by the Executive. This article also examines outcomes of post-legislative scrutiny conducted by parliament through the application of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy’s Principles of Post-Legislative Scrutiny. Finally, barriers to post-legislative scrutiny by the legislature and options for reform are explored.


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How to Cite
HASTINGS, Sam; DOUST, Kate. An Overview of Post-Legislative Scrutiny in Western Australia. Journal of Southeast Asian Human Rights, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 2, p. 231-257, dec. 2019. ISSN 2599-2147. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 29 feb. 2024. doi:
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