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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.

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  • Date
    25 Jun 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Consequential on the
    Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) Act 2015
    , the bill amends: 201 Acts to make technical amendments; the
    Legislation Act 2003
    (or the
    Legislative Instruments Act 2003
    ) to clarify that rules of court are not legislative instruments; the
    Family Law Act 1975
    to clarify that provisions which set out the application of the
    Legislative Instruments Act 2003
    to rules of the Family Court apply to those rules whether they are made under the
    Family Law Act 1975
    or another Act; and the
    Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) Act 2015
    ,
    Acts Interpretation Act 1901
    and
    Legislation Act 2003
    to: clarify the application of their requirements to administrative forms; and make technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Jun 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Defence 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills to establish new superannuation arrangements for people joining the Australian Defence Force (ADF) on or after 1 July 2016, the bill establishes the Australian Defence Force Cover Scheme (ADF Cover) to provide ADF members with death and invalidity cover consistent with the benefits provided to members of the current Military Superannuation and Benefits Scheme. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Jun 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Defence 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills to establish new superannuation arrangements for people joining the Australian Defence Force (ADF) on or after 1 July 2016, the bill: establishes the Australian Defence Force Superannuation Scheme (ADF Super) as an accumulation (or defined contribution) scheme available to either permanent ADF members or reservists on continuous full-time service; and enables ADF members to choose which superannuation scheme they belong to and give those members the ability to transfer their accumulated ADF Super benefits to a fund of their choice when they leave the ADF. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Jun 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975
    in relation to: notification of applications for review; non-disclosure of certain information; the method of giving documents or things for the purposes of proceedings; tribunal members’ powers to dismiss certain applications; and the reinstatement of withdrawn applications; the
    Bankruptcy Act 1996
    in relation to: confidentiality requirements relating to statements of affairs; removal of certain requirements to notify, and lodge requests with, the Official Receiver; imposition of time limits for certain applications; and removal of an obsolete reference; the
    Evidence Act 1995
    to make a drafting change; the
    Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999
    to: provide arresters with the power to use reasonable force to enter premises to execute an arrest warrant; and remove an obsolete reference; the
    Federal Court of Australia Act 1976
    in relation to: the jury empanelment process; the pre-trial process for indictable offences; and technical amendments; the
    International Arbitration Act 1974
    in relation to: enforcement of foreign arbitral awards; confidentiality provisions to arbitral proceedings; and technical amendments; and 10 Acts to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Jun 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Defence 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills to establish new superannuation arrangements for people joining the Australian Defence Force (ADF) on or after 1 July 2016, the bill amends: 10 Acts to make consequential amendments; the
    Air Force Act 1923
    ,
    Defence Act 1903
    ,
    Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits Act 1973
    and
    Naval Defence Act 1910
    to remove the need for permanent ADF members to take part-time leave without pay if they wish to render flexible service; and the proposed
    Australian Defence Force Superannuation Act 2015
    to make amendments consequential on the
    Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) Act 2015

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Jun 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Veterans’ Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    in relation to the Veterans’ Vocational Rehabilitation Scheme to: include medical management and psychosocial services in the scheme; and make changes to the intermediate and special rate disability pensions;
    Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
    to provide for a single appeal path for the review of original determinations made under the Act; and
    Defence Act 1903
    to expand the war graves regulation making power to include graves of service dependants buried in Terendak Military Cemetery in Malaysia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Jun 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Indigenous Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976
    to: alter the list of delegable functions and powers to include roads over Aboriginal land and access agreement matters and for other functions and powers to be delegated; enable the Executive Director of Township Leasing, on behalf of the Commonwealth, to hold a sublease of Aboriginal land; enable the transfer of the sublease between the executive director and an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation; provide for the Aboriginals Benefit Account to be used for payments in relation to the acquisition and administration of the sublease by an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation or the executive director; enable the minister to vary administrative areas of Land Councils at the written request of the relevant Land Councils; and add parcels of land in the Wickham River area, the Simpson Desert, and the Vernon Islands to be granted as Aboriginal land to the relevant Aboriginal Land Trusts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Jun 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Citizenship Act 2007
    to provide explicit powers for the cessation of Australian citizenship in specified circumstances where a dual citizen engages in terrorism-related conduct. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Jun 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Migration Act 1958
    to provide statutory authority for the Commonwealth to provide assistance to other countries to carry into effect arrangements for the processing and management of unauthorised maritime arrivals who have been taken to regional processing countries, including the expenditure of Commonwealth money on these arrangements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Jun 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997
    to: provide tax relief to taxpayers entering into certain arrangements in relation to mining, quarrying and prospecting rights and information; and amend the company loss recoupment rules;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to extend the effective life of in-house software from four to five years; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    ,
    Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997
    and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to provide income tax look-through treatment for instalment warrants, instalment receipts, and other similar arrangements, and for certain limited recourse borrowing arrangements entered into by regulated superannuation funds. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum