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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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  • Service and Execution of Process Amendment (Interstate Fine Enforcement) Bill 2010

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    29 Sep 2010 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Service and Execution of Process Act 1992
    to enable states and territories to enforce interstate fines according to the laws of their own jurisdiction; and
    Service and Execution of Process Act 1992
    and
    Transfer of Prisoners Act 1983
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Sex and Age Discrimination Legislation Amendment Bill 2011

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    30 Sep 2010 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Sex Discrimination Act 1984
    in response to recommendations of the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs 2008 report
    Effectiveness of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 in eliminating discrimination and promoting gender equality
    , to: extend protections from discrimination on the grounds of family responsibilities to both women and men in all areas of work; provide improved protection from sexual harassment for students and workers; ensure protections from sex discrimination apply equally to women and men; and establish breastfeeding as a separate ground of discrimination;
    Age Discrimination Act 2004
    to establish an Age Discrimination Commissioner in the Human Rights Commission; and
    Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
    ,
    Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act 1999
    and
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Sex Discrimination Amendment (Pregnancy and Work) Bill 2003

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    14 Feb 2002 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Sex Discrimination Act 1984
    to clarify certain provisions in relation to discrimination on the grounds of pregnancy, potential pregnancy and breastfeeding. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Bill 2013

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    21 Mar 2013 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Sex Discrimination Act 1984
    to: provide new protections against discrimination on the basis of a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status; provide protection against discrimination for same-sex de facto couples; and make consequential amendments; and
    Migration Act 1958
    to make a consequential amendment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Shipping Reform (Tax Incentives) Bill 2012

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    22 Mar 2012 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure and Transport 
    Summary
    Part of a package of five bills in relation to the Australian shipping industry, the bill provides the mechanism for tax concessions for the shipping industry by: the issue of certificates to applicants who meet certain requirements; the issue of notices to first time applicants to confirm they meet the necessary requirements; enabling the department to collect and collate data; and enabling disputed decisions to be reviewed. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Shipping Registration Amendment (Australian International Shipping Register) Bill 2012

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    22 Mar 2012 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure and Transport 
    Summary
    Part of a package of five bills in relation to the Australian shipping industry, the bill amends the
    Shipping Registration Act 1981
    to: establish the Australian International Shipping Register and the Australian General Register; and establish the administration of the international register by providing for: the application process for registration; employment conditions for seafarers; collective agreement negotiation processes; enforcement powers for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority; and a civil penalty and infringement notice regime. Also makes consequential amendments to the
    Australian Maritime Safety Authority Act 1990
    ,
    Marine Navigation (Regulatory Functions) Levy Collection Act 1991
    and
    Navigation Amendment Act 2011

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Shortfall Interest Charge (Imposition) Bill 2005

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    17 Mar 2005 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Tax Laws Amendment (Improvements to Self Assessment) Bill (No. 1) 2005, the bill imposes the new shortfall interest charge as a tax to the extent to which the charge cannot be validly imposed other than as a tax. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Skilling Australia's Workforce (Repeal and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2005

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    11 May 2005 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education, Science and Training 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Skilling Australia’s Workforce Bill 2005, the bill: repeals the
    Australian National Training Authority Act 1992
    and
    Vocational Education and Training Funding Act 1992
    ; and provides for transitional arrangements for the transfer of functions and responsibilities from the Australian National Training Authority to the Department of Education, Science and Training. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Skilling Australia's Workforce Bill 2005

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    11 May 2005 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education, Science and Training 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Skilling Australia’s Workforce (Repeal and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2005, the bill: establishes a new national training system for vocational education and training, for the funding period 1 July 2005 to 31 December 2008; and provides for grants (subject to certain conditions) to the States and Territories for the funding period. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Skills Australia Amendment (Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency) Bill 2012

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    22 Mar 2012 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research 
    Summary
    Establishes the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency by amending the
    Skills Australia Act 2008
    to: amend the long and short titles of the Act to rename Skills Australia to the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency; broaden the object of the Act to include the provision of advice on the allocation of Commonwealth industry skills and workforce development funding; broaden the functions of the agency in relation to its research, analysis and advisory role; increase the size of the agency from seven to 10 members; expand the current membership criteria; and make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum