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
    09 Sep 2009 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Defence 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Military Justice (Interim Measures) Bill (No. 1) 2009, the bill imposes disciplinary sanctions on persons which correspond to punishments imposed by the Australian Military Court and, to the extent necessary, summary authorities in the period between the Court’s establishment and the High Court’s decision in
    Lane v Morrison
    . Also provides persons with a right to seek review of their disciplinary liability under the Act. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Jun 2009 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Citizenship 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Citizenship Act 2007
    to implement recommendations of the Australian Citizenship Test Review Committee by providing: that certain people may be eligible for citizenship without sitting the citizenship test; that the citizenship test must be completed within a specified period; and that applicants for citizenship by conferral under 18 years of age must be permanent residents at both the time of application and time of decision. Also amends the
    Australian Citizenship Act 2007
    and
    Australian Citizenship (Transitionals and Consequentials) Act 2007
    to provide for a special residence requirement. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Jun 2009 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Cabinet Secretary 
    Summary
    Appoints an Independent National Security Legislation Monitor to review the operation, effectiveness and implications of counter-terrorism and national security legislation and provides for: the functions and powers of the position; annual reporting requirements; and protection from legal action. Also contains a regulation making power. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Dec 2008 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Special Minister of State 
    Summary
    In response to certain recommendations of the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit report on the Auditor-General Act (Report No. 386), the bill amends the
    Auditor-General Act 1997
    to: clarify and extend the distribution of performance audit reports; provide for the inclusion of comments on proposed reports in final reports; clarify when audit information made available to entities and other parties in the course of a performance audit may be disclosed; clarify the powers of the Auditor-General when sensitive information is not to be included in a public report; and update penalty provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Dec 2008 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Corporations Act 2001
    to provide a mechanism for recognising disqualifications from managing corporations that occur in prescribed foreign jurisdictions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Dec 2008 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Citizenship 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Migration Act 1958
    to: clarify that the Migration Review Tribunal and the Refugee Review Tribunal may invite either orally or in writing, review applicants or third parties to give information; reinstate uniform time limits for applying for judicial review of a migration decision in the Federal Magistrates Court, Federal Court and High Court; and limit the appeals against judgments by the Federal Magistrates Court and the Federal Court that make an order or refuse to make an order to extend time to apply for judicial review of migration decisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Dec 2008 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Health and Ageing 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Therapeutic Goods Act 1989
    to: exempt medical devices from the operation of the Act to enable goods to be stockpiled for use in a health emergency and remove the requirement that such exemptions are disallowable instruments; adjust the test of whether a person is a ‘fit and proper person’ to hold a manufacturing licence or a medical device conformity assessment certificate; adopt the European Pharmacopoeia and United States Pharmacopoeia as additional default standards; enable public access to information held by the Therapeutic Goods Administration; ensure controls over restricted and prohibited representations apply to advertisements in all media; and align penalties with current policy formulations. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Nov 2008 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Special Minister of State 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    ,
    Archives Act 1983
    ,
    Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975
    and
    Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986
    to: remove the power to issue conclusive certificates; revoke existing conclusive certificates if a new access request is received; implement measures to protect sensitive information in proceedings before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal; and make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Sep 2008 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    to: implement a staggered, region-by-region digital switch-over television timetable (to be completed by 31 December 2013); and specify the dates of two statutory reviews. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Sep 2008 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Citizenship 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Migration Act 1958
    to establish a framework for the sponsorship of non-citizens seeking entry to Australia which will: define sponsorship obligations for employers and other sponsors; expand powers to monitor and investigate possible non-compliance by sponsors; and introduce a civil penalty regime for non-compliance; and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to authorise the disclosure and sharing of certain information between the Commissioner of Taxation and migration officers. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum