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
    28 Nov 2003 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Fisheries Administration Act 1991
    and
    Fisheries Management Act 1991
    to give effect to Australia’s obligations under the Agreement to Promote Compliance with International Conservation and Management Measures by Fishing Vessels on the High Seas; and
    Fisheries Management Act 1991
    to strengthen the Australian Fisheries Management Authority’s ability to deliver and enforce fisheries management in Commonwealth fisheries. Also contains a saving provision. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Nov 2003 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979
    to strengthen ASIO’s information-gathering powers, in particular by: extending the questioning time under a warrant when interpreters are used; preventing unauthorised overseas travel by persons specified in warrants; clarifying the powers of the prescribed authority to give directions consistent with questioning warrants; and prohibiting, except in specified circumstances, disclosures about investigations or sensitive operational information; and
    Intelligence Services Act 2001
    to ensure that the Parliamentary Joint Committee on ASIO, ASIS and DSD reviews these amended provisions rather than the original provisions enacted by the
    Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Legislation Amendment (Terrorism) Act 2003

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Nov 2003 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993
    to strengthen the prudential regulation of superannuation, including providing for: the licensing of trustees of superannuation entities regulated by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority and the registration of those entities; and enforcement powers and penalty provisions; and
    Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993
    and
    Retirement Savings Accounts Act 1997
    to expand the reporting requirements for actuaries and auditors. Also contains transitional provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Nov 2003 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 
    Summary
    Validates levy already collected at the rate of 8 cents per head in respect of the export of lambs valued at more than $75, for the period 1 July 2000 to 30 May 2003. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Nov 2003 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 
    Summary
    Validates levy already collected in respect of lambs with a sale price of more than $75, at the rate of 4 cents per head for the period 1 July 2000 to 16 November 2001 and for the period 16 November 2001 to 30 May 2003. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Nov 2003 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Act 1999
    to increase the maximum allowable rate of the research and development component of the wine grapes levy from $3 to $10 per tonne, commencing on 1 July 2004. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    06 Nov 2003 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Health and Ageing 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Medical Indemnity Amendment Bill 2003 and further to the package of bills implementing the framework for medical indemnity insurance, the bill amends the
    Medical Indemnity (IBNR Indemnity) Contribution Act 2002
    to give effect to a moratorium on incurred but not reported liabilities (IBNR) contributions; and reduce the IBNR contribution to be paid for the 2003-04 and 2004-05 financial years. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    06 Nov 2003 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Health and Ageing 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Medical Indemnity (IBNR Indemnity) Contribution Amendment Bill 2003 and further to the package of bills implementing the framework for medical indemnity insurance, the bill amends the
    Medical Indemnity Act 2002
    to implement the Exceptional Claims Scheme which will provide for the Commonwealth to assume liability for damages payable against a medical practitioner that exceed the practitioner’s insurance contract limit. Also makes changes to the administration of the medical indemnity contributions; and contains savings and transitional provisions and a power to make transitional regulations. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    05 Nov 2003 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to allow the Hamas’ military wing (Izz al-Din al Qassam Brigades) and Lashkar-e-Tayyiba to be listed as terrorist organisations in regulations, provided the statutory criteria for listing are met. Also provides for the listings to operate retrospectively from the date of the public announcement of the Government’s intention to list the organisations in regulations. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Oct 2003 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Family and Community Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: repeal existing provisions in relation to rent assistance and consolidate and simplify them in one new part; and make minor amendments to: clarify the payments recoverable when customers receive economic loss compensation payments; apply the definition of “independence” to disability support pension youth customers; and clarify the operation of the income and assets test provisions. Also contains application provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum