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
    22 Jun 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Family and Community Services 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to exempt intergenerational transfer of sugarcane farms or relevant sugarcane farm assets from gifting rules for a 3-year period; and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    in relation to start dates for related social security payment claims. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Jun 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education, Science and Training 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Higher Education Funding Act 1988
    in relation to funding levels for certain purposes;
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    in relation to: higher education provider eligibility; funding and grant levels for certain purposes, including: a new Australian Maritime College campus at Point Nepean, Victoria; a new medical school at the University of Western Sydney; additional medical school places at James Cook University, Queensland; additional nursing places; continued transitional assistance for certain regional tertiary institutions for research purposes; guidelines for certain purposes; definition of “course of study” to include combined and double degrees; Commonwealth scholarships; citizenship and residency requirements for certain student assistance; appropriate administration of FEE-HELP for Open Learning Australia (OLA) students; compliance of OLA with quality and accountability requirements;
    Higher Education Support (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2003
    in relation to the definition of “institution”; and
    Australian National University Act 1991
    to enable the Australian National University to comply with the National Governance Protocols. Also makes consequential amendments to the
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    and contains transitional provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Jun 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Revises Australia’s counter-terrorism framework by amending the:
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to insert a new offence relating to association with a terrorist organisation;
    Transfer of Prisoners Act 1983
    to provide for the transfer of prisoners between State and Territory prisons for security reasons; and
    Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977
    to make decisions of the Attorney-General made on security grounds exempt from the application of the Act. Also contains an application provision. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Jun 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Industry, Tourism and Resources 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Trade Practices Amendment (Australian Energy Market) Bill 2004 and in accordance with the intergovernmental Australian Energy Market Agreement, the bill applies the National Electricity Law, the National Electricity Code and other Rules and regulations, as Commonwealth law in offshore areas, to complement their application by the States and the Australian Capital Territory. Also allows regulations to prescribe further State and Territory energy laws to be applied in the offshore areas. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Jun 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Australian Energy Market Bill 2004 and in accordance with the intergovernmental Australian Energy Market Agreement, the bill amends the
    Trade Practices Act 1974
    to: establish the Australian Energy Regulator which will perform national energy market regulation and enforcement functions; and facilitate code change processes. Also makes a consequential amendment to the
    Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Jun 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Health and Ageing 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Aged Care Act 1997
    to: remove the requirement for an aged care reassessment when residents move from low to high care within the same aged care residence; and remove the 5-year limit on payment of accommodation charges thereby allowing providers to levy an accommodation charge for the entire period that a liable person lives in the same aged care residence. Also contains an application provision. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Jun 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997
    and
    Export Control Act 1982
    to increase regulation of the live animal export trade, by providing for: formulation of an Australian Code for the Export of Live-stock; increased integration of export licence and permit systems; legislatively based accreditation of veterinarians for purposes of approved export programs; and new offences in relation to the veterinarians’ accreditation scheme. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 May 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Justice and Customs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Customs Act 1901
    in relation to: detention of persons by Customs officers for purposes of law enforcement cooperation; control of goods and persons in Customs areas; reporting requirements for certain vessels, aircraft passengers and crew; and the appointment of ports under the Act. Also contains application provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 May 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Provides a statutory extension to the common law meaning of “charity” for the purposes of all Commonwealth legislation. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 May 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Farm Household Support Act 1992
    to extend the farm income support scheme to 30 June 2008; and make procedural and administrative changes to the scheme, including an increased emphasis on using strategic information, analysis and professional advice to support decision-making. Also contains application and saving provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum