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
    15 Oct 2003 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Foreign Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Intelligence Services Act 2001
    to: allow the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) to provide for the protection of its staff members and agents, including the provision of self-defence training and weapons for use outside Australia under strict conditions, such as reporting to the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security on the discharge of any such weapons; and allow ASIS to accept protection from other agencies, including armed protection in certain circumstances. Also contains an application provision. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Sep 2003 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Family and Community Services 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to exclude from income tests any payments for national socialist persecution;
    Excise Act 1901
    ,
    Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986
    ,
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    ,
    Products Grants and Benefits Administration Act 2000
    ,
    Social Security Act 1991
    ,
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to allow access by Centrelink to new data sources relating to taxation;
    Financial Transaction Reports Act 1988
    to allow access by Centrelink and the Child Support Agency to new data sources relating to financial transactions;
    Social Security Act 1991
    ,
    Migration Act 1958
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    in relation to the operation of the Assurance of Support Scheme;
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to allow payments to be suspended if recipients temporarily travelling overseas do not notify Centrelink of their departure;
    Social Security Act 1991
    to allow full recovery of any overpayments as a result of a foreign pension lump sum payment in arrears;
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    and
    Social Security Act 1991
    to reduce the allowable period of temporary overseas absences for certain payments from 26 weeks to 13 weeks. Also makes minor technical corrections, including to the
    Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Australians Working Together and other 2001 Budget Measures) Act 2003
    and the
    Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Special Benefit Activity Test) Act 2002
    , and contains application and transitional provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Sep 2003 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Transport and Regional Services 
    Summary
    Establishes a maritime transport security regulatory framework, including an enforcement regime and provides for flexibility to respond to the changing threat environment; and aligns Australian maritime transport security with international obligations under the Safety of Life at Sea Convention 1974. Also contains a regulation-making power. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Sep 2003 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Communications, Information Technology and the Arts 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Spam Bill 2003, the bill makes consequential amendments to the
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    and the
    Australian Communications Authority Act 1997
    to provide a framework for the Australian Communications Authority to enforce the scheme regulating the sending of commercial electronic messages, including development of industry codes and standards, power to seek monitoring and investigatory warrants, and investigation of complaints and possible breaches. Also contains transitional provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Sep 2003 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Communications, Information Technology and the Arts 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Spam (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2003, the bill establishes a civil penalties regime regulating the sending of commercial electronic messages, including a prohibition on sending unsolicited commercial electronic messages (“spam”) and regulation of general commercial electronic messages. Also contains a regulation-making power. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Sep 2003 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Telecommunications (Interception) Act 1979
    to provide the proposed Western Australian Corruption and Crime Commission (WACCC) and the proposed Parliamentary Inspector with access to relevant intercepted information; and to permit telecommunications interception warrants to be sought for slavery, sexual servitude, deceptive recruiting and aggravated people smuggling offences;
    Financial Transaction Reports Act 1988
    to provide the WACCC with access to financial transaction reports information; and
    Crimes Act 1914
    to include the WACCC in the assumed identities scheme. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Sep 2003 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Aboriginal Land Grant (Jervis Bay Territory) Act 1986
    in relation to the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council by: modifying quorum requirements for general meetings; extending the timeframe within which new by-laws must be given to the Minister; and enabling the Minister to appoint an Australian Public Service employee within a portfolio agency as the Registrar of the Council. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Sep 2003 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Farm Household Support Act 1992
    to: extend the closing date for applications for Farm Help Income Support to 30 June 2004 and the deadline for Farm Help Income Support payments to 30 June 2005; and make administrative changes to the Farm Help program;
    Farm Household Support Amendment Act 2003
    to make a minor technical correction; and
    Social Security Act 1991
    to make a consequential amendment. Also contains application, saving and transitional provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Sep 2003 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education, Science and Training 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills to establish a framework for the Commonwealth funding of higher education, the bill provides for transitional arrangements and consequential amendments to the
    Higher Education Funding Act 1988
    and 11 other Acts as a result of the new funding framework. Also amends the
    Australian National University Act 1991
    and
    Maritime College Act 1978
    in relation to the governance structures of the Australian National University and the Australian Maritime College. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Sep 2003 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education, Science and Training 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills to establish a framework for the Commonwealth funding of higher education, the bill replaces the current arrangements under the
    Higher Education Funding Act 1988
    and provides for: grants (primarily through the Commonwealth Grants Scheme) and other payments to higher education providers; financial assistance to students including: HECS-HELP assistance for student contribution amounts, FEE-HELP assistance for tuition fees, and OS-HELP assistance for overseas study; a Student Learning Entitlement equivalent to 7 years of full-time study; repayment of student loans; administrative matters; provision of higher education in the external Territories; and review of the impact of the proposed Act. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum