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.

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  • Date
    24 Jun 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to: provide a 5 per cent tax offset (capped at $1000 per income year) to individuals who run small businesses with an aggregate annual turnover of less than $2 million, or who have a share of a small business’ income included in their assessable income; and enable small businesses and individuals to immediately deduct certain costs incurred when starting up a business; and
    Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986
    to extend the fringe benefits tax exemption that applies to employers that provide employees with work-related portable electronic devices. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Jun 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001
    and
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to extend the unfair contract term protections to businesses with less than 20 employees agreeing to standard form contracts valued at less than a prescribed threshold. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Jun 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Part of a package of four bills to re-introduce the biannual indexation of fuel excise and excise-equivalent fuel duties, the bill amends the:
    Customs Tariff Act 1995
    to: increase the rate of excise-equivalent customs duty applying to imported fuels, including gaseous fuels, in line with Consumer Price Index movements; index excise-equivalent customs duty on imported fuel ethanol; and make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Jun 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Part of a package of four bills to re-introduce the biannual indexation of fuel excise and excise-equivalent fuel duties, the bill amends the:
    Excise Tariff Act 1921
    to: increase the rate of excise duty applying to domestic fuels, including gaseous fuels, in line with Consumer Price Index movements; and make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Jun 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Part of a package of four bills to re-introduce the biannual indexation of fuel excise and excise-equivalent fuel duties, the bill amends the:
    Fuel Tax Act 2006
    to provide that the road user charge rate determined by the minister is rounded in the same way as fuel duty rates are rounded;
    COAG Reform Fund Act 2008
    , proposed
    Fuel Indexation (Road Funding) Special Account Act 2015
    and
    Excise Act 1901
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Jun 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Part of a package of four bills to re-introduce the biannual indexation of fuel excise and excise-equivalent fuel duties, the bill establishes the Fuel Indexation (Road Funding) special account to make grants of financial assistance to the states and territories for expenditure in relation to road infrastructure investment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Jun 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Social Security Act 1991
    to provide that the deductible amount for defined benefit income streams, excluding military defined benefits schemes, is capped at a maximum 10 per cent of the gross payments to an individual for the income year. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Jun 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Act 1998
    to: adjust the licensing regime by enabling the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) to regulate remediation activities involving contaminated legacy sites, issue time limited licences, and issue single licences for multiple activities; clarify the application of the Act to contractors and others working with Commonwealth entities; provide ARPANSA with increased capacity to respond to emergencies and with increased compliance monitoring and enforcement powers; and make technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Jun 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Gene Technology Act 2000
    to: discontinue quarterly reporting to the minister; clarify which dealings may be authorised by inadvertent dealings licences; update advertising requirements for public consultations; remove the requirement that the Gene Technology Regulator maintain a record of genetically modified product approvals made by other agencies; amend licence variation requirements; and make technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Jun 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure and Regional Development 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Airports Act 1996
    to: provide for the determination of an airport plan for Sydney West Airport; and provide options should Southern Cross Airports Corporation decline an offer to develop the airport; and Airports (Building Control) Regulations 1996 and Airports Regulations 1997 to make consequential amendments. Also provides for transitional arrangements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum