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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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  • Omnibus Repeal Day (Autumn 2015) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    18 Mar 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Prime Minister 
    Summary
    Amends: five Acts in the Agriculture portfolio to abolish the Australian Landcare Council, and make amendments consequential on seven Acts being repealed; two Acts in the Environment portfolio to abolish the Natural Heritage Trust Advisory Committee and the Biological Diversity Advisory Committee, and remove spent provisions; the
    Health and Other Services (Compensation) Act 1995
    to remove certain administrative requirements for compensation payers and claimants; the
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (Queensland Reserves and Committee Self-management) Act 1978
    to make amendments consequential on two Acts being repealed; the
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance)(Administration) Act 1999
    ,
    Paid Parental Leave Act 2010
    ,
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    and
    Student Assistance Act 1973
    to enable the release of information collected under the Acts in an aggregated form which does not disclose information about a particular person; the
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    and
    Social Security Act 1991
    to remove spent indexation provisions, and make consequential amendments; the
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to remove spent provisions relating to the Retirement Assistance for Farmers Scheme and the Retirement Assistance for Sugarcane Farmers Scheme; the
    Social Security Act 1991
    to remove spent savings, transitional and application provisions, and make technical amendments; three Acts in the Treasury portfolio to remove spent provisions; and the
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to remove spent provisions relating to the Retirement Assistance for Farmers Scheme and the Retirement Assistance for Sugarcane Farmers Scheme. Also repeals 14 Acts administered in three portfolios. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Succession to the Crown Bill 2015

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    Date
    05 Mar 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Prime Minister 
    Summary
    To effect changes to the law consistent with changes being made to the law in the United Kingdom, the bill: ends the system of male preference primogeniture so that the future order of succession will be determined simply by order of birth; removes the bar on succession for an heir and successor of the Sovereign who marries a Catholic; limits the requirement that the Sovereign consent to the marriage of a descendant of his late Majesty King George the Second to the six persons nearest in line to the Crown; validates some marriages voided by the
    Royal Marriages Act 1772
    of Great Britain; makes consequential amendments to the
    Act of Settlement
    and
    Bill of Rights
    ; and repeals the
    Royal Marriages Act 1772

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition (Sunset Extension) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    25 Feb 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Prime Minister 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Act 2013
    to extend the operation of the Act by three years to 28 March 2018. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Omnibus Repeal Day (Autumn 2014) Bill 2014

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    Date
    19 Mar 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Prime Minister 
    Summary
    Amends: two Acts administered in the Agriculture portfolio to update and remove obsolete references; 10 Acts administered in the Communications portfolio in relation to: access arrangements, investigations, the Advanced Mobile Phone System, standard agreements, protected carrier information, protection schemes for residential customers, the Universal Service Regime, consultation requirements and variation of instruments, completed reviews, publication requirements, the National Relay Service, and notification and account keeping requirements; the
    Defence (Special Undertakings) Act 1952
    to make amendments consequential on a repeal; six Acts administered in the Environment portfolio in relation to: sea installations, licensing, reporting and administrative obligations of licensees, and water studies in the Murray-Darling Basin; two Acts administered in the Industry portfolio to make amendments consequential on repeals; the
    Indigenous Education (Targeted Assistance) Act 2000
    in relation to reporting requirements; two Acts administered in the Social Services portfolio in relation to the certification of residential aged care services; and six Acts administered in the Treasury portfolio in relation to: the Education Expenses Tax Offset, the Sugar Industry Reform Program, the Financial Services Reform roll-over, and the Superannuation Safety Reform roll-over. Also repeals 43 Acts administered in nine portfolios. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Governor-General Amendment (Salary) Bill 2014

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    Date
    27 Feb 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Prime Minister 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Governor-General Act 1974
    to set the salary for the next Governor-General. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Royal Commissions Amendment Bill 2013

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    13 Feb 2013 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Prime Minister 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Royal Commissions Act 1902
    to: enable the President or Chair of a multi-member Royal Commission to authorise one or more members to hold a hearing; and permit the Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to authorise members of the commission to hold private sessions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Public Service Amendment Bill 2012

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    01 Mar 2012 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Prime Minister 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Public Service Act 1999
    to: clarify the roles and responsibilities of secretaries of departments and revise their employment arrangements; create the Secretaries Board to replace the Management Advisory Committee; amend the role and responsibilities of the Senior Executive Service; clarify the role and functions of the Australian Public Service (APS) Commissioner; appoint Special Commissioners to assist the commissioner in undertaking certain reviews; revise the APS Values and provide for a set of APS Employment Principles; and make technical amendments in relation to: code of conduct; whistleblower reports; review of actions; temporary APS employees; machinery of government changes; confidentiality of information; immunity from suit; and legislative instruments. Also makes consequential amendments to nine other Acts and repeals the
    Public Employment (Consequential and Transitional) Amendment Act 1999

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Remuneration and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2011

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    24 Mar 2011 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Prime Minister 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973
    to: determine a classification structure for departmental secretaries; enable the Remuneration Tribunal to determine the remuneration of the secretaries of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Treasury; enable these secretaries, in consultation with the President of the tribunal and the Public Service Commissioner, to determine the level of remuneration for all other departmental secretaries; and enable the tribunal to determine the remuneration and recreation leave entitlements of the Public Service Commissioner, Merit Protection Commissioner and heads of executive agencies;
    Public Service Act 1999
    and
    Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973
    to make consequential amendments; and
    Parliamentary Contributory Superannuation Act 1948
    ,
    Parliamentary Superannuation Act 2004
    ,
    Remuneration and Allowances Act 1990
    and
    Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973
    to: restore the tribunal’s ability to determine parliamentary base salary; require the tribunal to publish reasons for decisions relating to parliamentary remuneration; and remove the Parliament’s ability to disallow parliamentary remuneration determinations. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Archives Amendment Bill 2008

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    17 Sep 2008 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Prime Minister 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Archives Act 1983
    ,
    Copyright Act 1968
    ,
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    and
    Privacy Act 1988
    to implement certain recommendations of the Australian Law Reform Commission report on Commonwealth record-keeping and the role of the National Archives of Australia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Governor-General Amendment (Salary and Superannuation) Bill 2008

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    18 Jun 2008 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Prime Minister 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Governor-General Act 1974
    to: set the salary for the next Governor-General; and remove references to the superannuation surcharge discontinued in 2005. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum