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
    17 Mar 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Industry, Innovation and Science 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility Bill 2016, the bill amends the
    Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Act 1991
    to enable the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation to: assist the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility; assist, on agreement, the states and territories; and charge fees to the facility and the states and territories for the services it provides in performing its functions for them. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Mar 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Industry, Innovation and Science 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2016, the bill establishes the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility and a Board of the Facility to make investment decisions for the facility; and provides up to $5 billion in concessional finance over five years to provide financial assistance to state and territory governments to develop economic infrastructure in the Northern Territory and northern parts of Western Australia and Queensland. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Sep 2007 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Northern Territory National Emergency Response Act 2007
    to: replace the 1,350ml trigger for seeking and recording details in relation to takeaway alcohol sales; clarifies the storage of records of takeaway purchases; provides certain exceptions to the alcohol offences in relation to tourism operations in parks and other certain areas; provide for the alcohol measures not to apply to certain areas when local alcohol management measures are implemented; and to clarify the operation of certain Northern Territory law. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    07 Aug 2007 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 
    Summary
    Part of a package of five bills to implement the Northern Territory National Emergency Response, the bill: effects restrictions on the possession, consumption, sale and transportation of liquor; establishes a scheme to prevent and detect misuse of publicly funded computers located in certain prescribed areas; provides for the immediate and later acquisition of five-year leases over certain Aboriginal townships; provides for the management of government activities and assets in business management areas; implements 2006 Council of Australian Government decisions relating to the treatment of violence or sexual abuse, and bail and sentencing discretion; introduces a licensing regime for community stores in Indigenous communities; and modifies Northern Territory legislation. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Mar 2013 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Finance and Deregulation 
    Summary
    Invalidates clauses in Commonwealth agreements with the not-for-profit (NFP) sector that restrict or prevent NFP entities from advocating on Commonwealth law, policy or actions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Nov 1998 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Communications, Information Technology and the Arts portfolio 

    Bill

  • Date
    23 Nov 2011 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Nuclear Non-Proliferation (Safeguards) Act 1987
    to: create offences for specific conduct prohibited by the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism; and make technical amendments consequential on the
    Legislative Instruments Act 2003
    ; and
    Extradition Act 1988
    to update an incorrect reference in the definition of ‘Australian aircraft’. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Feb 2002 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Employment and Workplace Relations 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Occupational Health and Safety (Commonwealth Employment) Act 1991
    to provide improved health and safety protection for Commonwealth employees; and makes technical amendments and contains transitional, application and savings provisions. Also amends the
    Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business Legislation Amendment (Application of Criminal Code) Act 2001
    to repeal certain redundant amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Jun 2005 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Employment and Workplace Relations 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Occupational Health and Safety (Commonwealth Employment) Act 1991
    to provide improved occupational health and safety protection for Commonwealth employees, particularly in relation to an employer’s duty of care and workplace arrangements provisions. Also amends the
    Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business Legislation Amendment (Application of Criminal Code) Act 2001
    to repeal certain redundant references. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Jun 2008 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Resources, Energy and Tourism 
    Summary
    Part of a package of four bills, the bill amends the
    Offshore Petroleum (Annual Fees) Act 2006
    to: require the registered holder of titles to pay an annual fee for the term of the title; and amend the long title of the Act and rename it as the
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Annual Fees) Act 2006

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum