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 2012 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport 
    Summary
    Establishes a scheme to provide protection for cultural objects on loan from foreign lenders for temporary public exhibition while the objects are in Australia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Aug 2012 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport 
    Summary
    Introduced with the National Portrait Gallery of Australia Bill 2012, the bill: amends the
    Archives Act 1983
    to make consequential amendments as a result of establishing the National Portrait Gallery as a statutory authority holding a national collection of artworks; and makes transitional arrangements, including the: transfer of assets and liabilities; transfer of staff from the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport; and closing of the National Portrait Gallery Special Account. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Aug 2012 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport 
    Summary
    Introduced with the National Portrait Gallery of Australia (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2012, the bill establishes the National Portrait Gallery of Australia as a statutory authority and provides for its functions, powers, the board, staffing and consultants, reporting and planning, finance and other matters. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 Sep 2010 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government 
    Summary
    In response to recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories report
    Quis custodiet ipsos Custodes?: Inquiry into Governance on Norfolk Island
    , the bill amends: the
    Norfolk Island Act 1979
    in relation to: the voting system for the Norfolk Island Legislative Assembly; when elections are held; the process for selecting a Chief Minister and Ministers; advice provided to the Administrator when assenting to bills; the role of the Governor-General and Minister responsible for Territories in processing legislation; and the implementation of a contemporary financial management framework; six Acts in relation to the review of administrative actions; 10 Acts to make consequential amendments; and the
    Christmas Island Act 1958
    and
    Cocos (Keeling) Islands Act 1955
    to provide a vesting mechanism for powers and functions under Western Australian laws in these territories. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 May 2000 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Regional Services, Territories and Local Government portfolio 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Mar 2013 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Resources and Energy 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006
    in relation to the offshore petroleum regulatory regime to: implement enforcement mechanisms including infringement notices, daily penalties for continuing offences and civil penalty provisions, injunctions and adverse publicity orders; enable National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority inspectors to issue environmental prohibition and improvement notices to require petroleum titleholders to remove significant threats to the environment and provide for publication of these notices; provide for an express polluter pays obligation and an associated third party cost recovery mechanism; clarify insurance requirements to ensure that maintenance of sufficient financial assurance is compulsory without a direction being given; and make technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Nov 2012 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Resources and Energy 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006
    in relation to the offshore petroleum regulatory regime to: enable National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) inspectors to conduct inspections to monitor compliance with and investigate suspected non-compliance with a warrant; enable NOPSEMA inspectors to enter certain offshore areas to monitor occupational health and safety (OHS) and petroleum environmental management laws without a warrant; introduce a civil penalty regime; increase criminal penalties for certain OHS and environmental offences; enable regulatory entities to share certain regulatory information in certain circumstances; and remove the responsible Tasmanian Minister from the Joint Authority for the offshore area of Tasmania. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Oct 2011 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Resources and Energy 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency Bill 2011, the bill: determines the arrangements and timings for the transfer of existing renewable energy technology projects from the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism and the Australian Solar Institute Limited (ASI) to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA); enables the deregistration of ASI and the abolition of the Australian Centre for Renewable Energy Board; and provides for the early appointment of the first Chief Executive Officer of ARENA by the minister. Also makes consequential amendments to the proposed
    Clean Energy Regulator Act 2011
    and repeals the
    Australian Centre for Renewable Energy Act 2010

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Oct 2011 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Resources and Energy 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2011, the bill establishes the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) as a statutory body responsible for the funding and administration of existing renewable energy funding and technology innovation projects currently administered by the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism and the Australian Solar Institute Limited, and provides for ARENA’s governance and financial arrangements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    21 Sep 2011 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Resources and Energy 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006
    to enable the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority to issue a direction to require a petroleum titleholder to remediate the effects of a significant offshore petroleum incident within a title area that has caused, or may cause, an escape of petroleum. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum