Bills and Legislation

Current bills

Including bills being considered by Parliament and awaiting Royal Assent.

Previous bills

Including bills that have received Royal Assent and bills otherwise disposed of.

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Current Bills

Previous Bills


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Bills lists

These publications provide a complete list of all bills before Parliament for the current calendar year and details of their progress through both houses of Parliament.

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Bills and committees

The House of Representatives Selection Committee and the Senate Selection of Bills Committee routinely consider whether bills should be referred to committees for inquiry and report. The House Committee reports its determinations to the chamber, while the Senate Committee makes recommendations which the Senate may then adopt. Bills may also be referred to committees by either chamber or by the relevant minister to House and joint committees.

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Tariff proposals

The introduction of a tariff proposal is the formal procedure for initiating the collection of customs and excise duties.

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What is a bill?

A bill is a proposal for a law or a change to an existing law. A bill becomes law (an Act) when agreed to in identical form by both houses of Parliament and assented to by the Governor-General.

Parliament House Calendar

December 2015

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
29301 Both2 Both3 Both4 Other5
1314 Other1516171819
202122232425 Public holiday26
2728 Public holiday29303112
  • Senate
  • House of Representatives
  • Both
  • Public Holiday
  • Other
3 Dec 15
House Committee Hearing
3 Dec 15
Senate Committee Hearing
3 Dec 15
Joint Committee Hearing
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