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
    12 Nov 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to add two organisations to the list of specifically listed deductible gift recipients. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Nov 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Repeals the
    Migration (Visa Evidence) Charge Act 2012
    ; and amends the
    Migration Act 1958
    to remove inoperative provisions relating to the issuing of visa labels; and make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Oct 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to: enable certain New Zealand citizens who are Special Category Visa holders to be eligible for HELP assistance from 1 January 2016; enable Torrens University Australia to be eligible for equivalent funding support as all other private Australian universities; update the name of the University of Ballarat to Federation University Australia; and confirm the relevant heads of constitutional power for other grants;
    Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011
    to remove the requirement for the commissioners to prepare annual operational plans; and
    Australian Research Council Act 2001
    to: apply indexation adjustments for existing schemes for the financial years starting 1 July 2015 and 2016; set additional funding caps for the financial years starting 1 July 2017 and 2018; and remove the requirement for the Australian Research Council to prepare corporate plans. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    21 Oct 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    to restructure family tax benefit Part B by removing the benefit for couple families (other than grandparents or great-grandparents) with a youngest child 13 years of age or over. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Oct 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General and Senator Xenophon 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to extend the retrospective operation of the offences of murder and manslaughter of an Australian citizen or resident of Australia to crimes that occurred before 1 October 2002. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Oct 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to: require VET FEE-HELP approved training providers to develop and apply appropriate student entry procedure requirements; require students under the age of 18 to seek their parent’s approval before requesting a VET FEE-HELP loan; broaden the circumstances in which a student can seek a re-credit of their VET FEE-HELP loan debt balance and remission of a debt; add to the eligibility criteria required for admitting new VET providers to the VET-FEE-HELP loan scheme; provide for an infringement notice scheme with a civil penalty regime for VET providers who engage in inappropriate marketing behaviours and administrative practices; extend the Commonwealth and national VET Regulator’s powers with respect to monitoring and investigation; and make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Oct 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to: reduce the methods for calculating work-related car expense deductions to include the logbook method and the cents per kilometre method; and provide for a single rate for the calculation of the cents per kilometre method to be determined by the Commissioner of Taxation;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    to restrict the application of the Zone Tax Offset to people whose usual place of residence is within a zone or a prescribed area within a zone;
    Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1936
    to limit the concessional treatment of salary packaged entertainment benefits;
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to create a new reporting regime which requires third parties to report to the commissioner on certain transactions which could reasonably be expected to have tax consequences for other entities; and
    Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986
    ,
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    ,
    Tax Agent Services Act 2009
    and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Oct 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Defence 
    Summary
    Implements recommendations of the First Principles Review of Defence by: amending the
    Defence Act 1903
    to: give full command of the Australian Defence Force to the Chief of the Defence Force (CDF); and consolidate the statutory treatment of the components of the Defence Force Cadets; amending 27 Acts to make consequential amendments; and repealing the
    Air Force Act 1923
    and
    Naval Defence Act 1910
    and incorporating relevant provisions of these Acts into the
    Defence Act 1903

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Sep 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure and Regional Development 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Aviation Transport Security Act 2004
    to introduce the Known Consignor framework to align Australia’s air cargo security with international standards. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Sep 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Student Loans (Overseas Debtors Repayment Levy) Bill 2015 to create an overseas payment obligation for Australians living overseas with a Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) or Trade Support Loan (TSL) debt, the bill amends the:
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to: enable the recovery of HELP debts from debtors residing overseas; provide that certain HELP debtors are required to register with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO); prescribe administrative arrangements relating to the debt recovery; and require students to notify their tax file number when applying for a HELP loan;
    Trade Support Loans Act 2014
    to enable the recovery of TSL debts from debtors who are residing overseas and provide that certain TSL debtors are required to register with the ATO;
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to enable taxation officers to disclose protected information to foreign jurisdictions to identify those with student loan repayment obligations; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum