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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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  • Date
    21 Aug 2003 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Health and Ageing 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Quarantine Act 1908
    in relation to: health clearances for incoming overseas vessels; independent medical assessments; vector monitoring and control activities; creation of vector control offence and penalty provisions; insertion and repeal of certain definitions; removal of certain outdated references; clarification that a person can be quarantined on the basis of a quarantine officer’s reasonable suspicion of infection or exposure; and provision that persons released under quarantine surveillance cannot be apprehended. Also contains savings and application provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Aug 2003 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education, Science and Training 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian National Training Authority Act 1992
    to: increase the number of members on the Australian National Training Authority (ANTA) Board; substitute a new definition of “Agreement” so that it will no longer be necessary to incorporate new agreements in a Schedule to the Act; and make consequential amendments; and
    Vocational Education and Training Funding Act 1992
    to ensure consistent references to the applicable ANTA Agreement; and make consequential amendments. Also contains savings provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Jun 2003 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Age Discrimination Bill 2003, the bill makes consequential amendments to the
    Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986
    ,
    Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986
    ,
    Sea Installations Act 1987
    and
    Workplace Relations Act 1996
    . Also makes amendments consequential on the proposed
    Australian Human Rights Commission Legislation Act 2003
    to the proposed
    Age Discrimination Act 2003
    ,
    Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
    ,
    Disability Discrimination Act 1992
    ,
    Racial Discrimination Act 1975
    and
    Sex Discrimination Act 1984

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Jun 2003 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Age Discrimination (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2003, the bill prohibits age discrimination in key areas such as employment, education, access to premises and to goods, services and facilities, provision of accommodation, land dealings, and administration of Commonwealth laws and programs, whilst exempting legitimate differential treatment in areas such as superannuation, taxation, health, social security and migration. Also confers related functions on the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and contains a regulation-making power. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Jun 2003 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Justice and Customs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Protective Service Act 1987
    to: confer additional powers on Australian Protective Service (APS) officers in relation to requests for personal identification and information, and search and seizure powers; and ensure that the powers for both the Australian Federal Police and the APS are consistent when operating in the same locations under the same circumstances. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Jun 2003 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Communications, Information Technology and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    ,
    Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979
    and
    Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977
    to enhance the security of Australia’s telecommunications services and networks and to improve existing arrangements in relation to call data disclosure and interception services. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Jun 2003 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education, Science and Training 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Act 1997
    to create a new fee structure to replace the current tiered charges structure for the annual registration charge payable by all providers registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Jun 2003 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Corporations Act 2001
    to clarify and amend aspects of the regulatory framework governing the licensing, conduct and disclosure of providers of financial services, and the licensing of financial markets and clearing and settlement facilities;
    Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001
    ,
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Retirement Savings Accounts Act 1997
    to make consequential amendments. Also contains transitional provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Jun 2003 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Environment and Heritage 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000
    to: establish a national labelling regime for fuels at the point of sale; and make certain existing offences under the Act strict liability offences. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Jun 2003 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education, Science and Training 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Higher Education Funding Act 1988
    in relation to funding and grant levels for the 2002 and 2003 funding years for certain purposes; and
    Australian Research Council Act 2001
    in relation to: the administration and financial management of the Australian Research Council, its advisory structures and research programmes; and extension of ministerial delegations. Also contains transitional and saving provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum