Senate Committee AI inquiry announced

March 28, 2024

The Senate is establishing a Select Committee on Adopting Artificial Intelligence (AI), to inquire into and report on the opportunities and impacts for Australia arising out of the uptake of AI technologies in Australia.

You can see its terms of reference here. The Committee has been asked to consider:

  • recent trends and opportunities in the development and adoption of AI technologies in Australia and overseas, in particular regarding generative AI
  • risks and harms arising from the adoption of AI technologies, including bias, discrimination and error
  • emerging international approaches to mitigating AI risks
  • opportunities to adopt AI in ways that benefit citizens, the environment and/or economic growth, for example in health and climate management
  • opportunities to foster a responsible AI industry in Australia
  • potential threats to democracy and trust in institutions from generative AI
  • environmental impacts of AI technologies and opportunities for limiting and mitigating impacts

The Committee is to report by 19 September 2024.