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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
    28 Nov 2012 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Parliamentary Service Act 1999
    to: clarify the roles and responsibilities of secretaries of parliamentary service departments; amend the role and responsibilities of the Senior Executive Service; clarify when reviews of action may be undertaken by the Parliamentary Service Merit Protection Commissioner (MPC); provide for the Parliamentary Service Commissioner (the commissioner) to undertake investigations into whistleblower reports after notifying the Presiding Officers; enable the commissioner and the MPC to delegate their powers and functions; revise the Parliamentary Service Values and Parliamentary Service Code of Conduct and provide for Parliamentary Service Employment Principles; add a statement about the role of the parliamentary service; and make technical amendments in relation to: code of conduct; whistleblower reports; review of actions; non-ongoing parliamentary service employees; confidentiality of information; immunity from suit; legislative instruments; and acting appointments for statutory office-holder positions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Aug 2012 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Family and Community Services portfolio 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Mar 2012 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities 
    Summary
    Amends the
    National Water Commission Act 2004
    to: continue the National Water Commission (NWC) beyond its current sunset date of 30 June 2012; revise the functions and operations of the NWC; close the Australian Water Fund (AWF) Account and remove the NWC’s ability to administer any AWF funds; reduce the number of NWC commissioners to five; provide for a review of the NWC’s performance by the end of 2017, with further reviews every five years; and make technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Mar 2012 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Mitigates the negative impacts of petrol sniffing in areas designated as low aromatic fuel areas and fuel control areas by: prohibiting the supply of regular unleaded petrol; promoting and monitoring the supply of low aromatic fuel; and controlling the supply and storage of other fuels. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Nov 2011 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    to: exempt remote area, racing service licensees and licensees outside the Broadcasting Services Band from the minimum local content requirement; and amend provisions relating to certain changes in ownership and control of a licence known as a ‘trigger event’. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Nov 2011 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Work Act 2009
    in relation to the textile, clothing and footwear industry to: extend the operation of most of the provisions of the Act to contract outworkers; enable outworkers to recover unpaid amounts up the supply chain; enable an outwork code of practice to be issued; and extend specific right of entry rules to sweatshop premises. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Nov 2011 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to: provide that the minister retains the power to decide an application for approval as a higher education provider although the required timeframe may have expired; require VET providers to notify the minister in writing of events which may affect their ability to comply with quality and accountability requirements; provide for the authorisation of certain uses and disclosures of information; allow the secretary to revoke or vary any determination made to pay an advance to a VET provider in certain circumstances; clarify that a VET provider must provide statistical and other information although an approved form of provision has not been specified; and make administrative arrangements relating to the assessment of an individual’s higher education loan program debt. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Nov 2011 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Innovation, Industry, Science and Research 
    Summary
    Clarifies that consequential amendments made by the
    Business Names Registration (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Act 2011
    to ten Acts will not apply until the national business names registration system commences. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    21 Sep 2011 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave Funding) Act 1992
    to: provide for a minimum long service leave entitlement for all eligible employees in the black coal mining industry; require the Board of the Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave Funding) Corporation to make rules relating to the calculation of amounts employers are to be reimbursed; amend the long and short titles of the Act; change the structure and representation of the Board; increase the terms of directors; and make consequential amendments;
    Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave Funding) Payroll Levy Act 1992
    and
    Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave Funding) Payroll Levy Collection Act 1992
    to make consequential amendments;
    Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave Funding) Payroll Levy Collection Act 1992
    to: amend definitions to reflect remuneration practices in the black coal mining industry; and place requirements on employers relating to the levy, including submitting returns and annual reports to the Board;
    Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave Funding) Amendment Act 2009
    to: clarify the calculation of long service leave entitlements for non-award employees; and provide for: transitional arrangements; recognition of long service before 1 January 2012; long service leave record keeping before 1 January 2012; and the Board to seek actuarial advice about the adequacy of the levy. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    21 Sep 2011 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to: commence a 3.5 year trial on 1 January 2012 requiring certain teenage parents residing in certain areas who receive parenting payment to develop and sign an Employment Pathway Plan; suspend income support for teenage parents who fail to participate in the plan without a reasonable excuse; commence a three-year trial on 1 July 2012 requiring certain jobless family members who are receiving parenting payment to develop and sign an Employment Pathway Plan; and provide that parents in either of these trials do not lose entitlement to other payments if they fail to comply with trial requirements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum