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
    26 Nov 2009 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Cabinet Secretary 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Freedom of Information Amendment (Reform) Bill 2010, the bill: establishes and provides for the appointments and staffing of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner; provides for the appointment, functions and powers of the two new statutory positions of Australian Information Commissioner and Freedom of Information Commissioner, and the Privacy Commissioner; establishes the Information Advisory Committee; imposes a penalty for unauthorised disclosure of information; requires the Australian Information Commissioner to prepare an annual report; and provides for a review of the operation of the Act after a two-year period. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Nov 2009 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Do Not Call Register Act 2006
    to: provide that individuals can register their preference not to receive telemarketing calls or marketing faxes; and enable the minister to specify a longer period of time for which numbers remain in force on the register and to reinstate numbers that have lapsed on the register at the end of the current three-year registration period; and
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    to make consequential amendments, including enabling the Australian Communications and Media Authority to develop an industry standard for the fax marketing industry. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Nov 2009 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Cabinet Secretary 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Australian Information Commissioner Bill 2010, the bill amends: the
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    to: establish a statutory framework for an information publication scheme for certain Commonwealth agencies; remove fees for applications under the Act; enable the Australian Information Commissioner to extend time periods for processing requests in certain cases; provide for consultation processes when responding to onerous requests; provide that documents held by certain contracted service providers are subject to the Act; and limit access to certain intelligence agency information and documents of the Department of Defence; the
    Archives Act 1983
    to reduce open access periods for certain Commonwealth records; the
    Archives Act 1983
    ,
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    and
    Privacy Act 1988
    to: amend exemption provisions; and provide for a public interest test; the
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    and
    Ombudsman Act 1976
    to provide that the Australian Information Commissioner has: a merits review and an investigatory function; and the power to declare a person to be a vexatious applicant; and 17 Acts consequent on the establishment of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner. Also makes consequential and transitional amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Feb 2010 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Innovation, Industry, Science and Research 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Research Council Act 2001
    to: provide funding for the Research in Bionic Vision Science and Technology Initiative, the Super Science Fellowships scheme and National ICT Australia; apply indexation for existing schemes; and create an additional out year. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Feb 2010 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Crimes Act 1914
    and
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    in relation to: child sex tourism offences; and overseas child pornography and child abuse material offences; the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    in relation to child sex offences involving using postal or similar services, or carriage services; the
    Crimes Act 1914
    to provide for a scheme for the forfeiture of child pornography and child abuse material and items containing such material; and four Acts to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Feb 2010 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to list University College London as an eligible provider to enable it to offer FEE-HELP assistance to eligible domestic students. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Feb 2010 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Indigenous Education (Targeted Assistance) Act 2000
    to provide additional funding over three years to extend the activities under the Sporting Chance program. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Feb 2010 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Environment, Heritage and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Antarctic Treaty (Environment Protection) Act 1980
    to implement Australia’s international obligations arising from revisions made to Annex II to the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty (the Madrid Protocol), which relates to native flora and fauna. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Feb 2010 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Corporations Amendment (Financial Market Supervision) Bill 2010, the bill amends the
    Corporations (Fees) Act 2001
    to enable the Australian Securities and Investments Commission to impose fees on market licensees in relation to its market supervisory functions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Feb 2010 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Corporations (Fees) Amendment Bill 2010, the bill amends the
    Corporations Act 2001
    to: require Australian market licensees to monitor and enforce compliance with market operating rules; require the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) to supervise domestic Australian market licensees; and enable ASIC to make and enforce market integrity rules. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum