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
    17 Sep 2008 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Prime Minister 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Archives Act 1983
    ,
    Copyright Act 1968
    ,
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    and
    Privacy Act 1988
    to implement certain recommendations of the Australian Law Reform Commission report on Commonwealth record-keeping and the role of the National Archives of Australia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Sep 2008 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    and
    Radiocommunications Act 1992
    to: extend the deadline for commercial broadcasters to commence digital radio services in the mainland state capital cities to 1 July 2009; remove the requirement for digital radio services to commence in Hobart by the extended deadline; and retain the option for community radio stations to take up shares in joint venture companies that own digital radio transmission infrastructure. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Jun 2008 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Citizenship 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Migration Act 1958
    to: reinstate time limits for applying to courts for judicial review of migration decisions; streamline procedures for notifying parties of Migration Review Tribunal and Refugee Review Tribunal decisions; amend border protection provisions in relation to advance passenger and crew reports, 'round trip cruises' and special purpose visas; amend visa provisions in relation to the status of certain non-citizen children and bridging visas and offences; respond to
    Moore v Minister for Immigration and Citizenship
    [2007] FCA 626 by clarifying character cancellation provisions; ensure illegal foreign fishers and environmental offenders are removed from Australia when they become unlawful non-citizens; give the minister discretion when providing documents to a non-registered migration agent; and
    Australian Citizenship Act 2007
    and
    Australian Citizenship (Transitionals and Consequentials) Act 2007
    to: clarify provisions and remove inconsistencies; and ensure the
    Australian Citizenship Act 2007
    is consistent with obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness 1961. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    19 Mar 2008 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    The bill: amends 40 Acts to correct clerical and drafting errors; repeals 27 obsolete Acts; and amends 88 Acts to replace gender-specific language with gender-neutral language. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    19 Mar 2008 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    to require telecommunications carriers to disclose certain information to the Commonwealth which can be disclosed to companies considering responding to a proposal for the development of a National Broadband Network. The requirement to provide information ceases 12 months after the legislation commences. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Mar 2008 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Finance and Deregulation 
    Summary
    Amends: 29 Acts to reflect the introduction of the Public Sector Superannuation Accumulation Plan (PSSAP) and establishment of the Australian Reward Investment Alliance to administer the Commonwealth Superannuation and Public Sector Superannuation Schemes and PSSAP; five superannuation Acts to reflect the new regime for legislative instruments under the
    Legislative Instruments Act 2003
    ; and the
    Superannuation Act 1976
    and
    Superannuation (Productivity Benefit) Act 1988
    to meet a change to the superannuation guarantee requiring employers to use ordinary time earnings as the earnings base for employees. Also repeals the Schedule to the
    Superannuation Act 1990

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Mar 2008 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy portfolio 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    to give the Australian Communications and Media Authority the discretion to consider late applications for renewals of community broadcasting licences up to the expiry date of the licence. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Feb 2008 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Superannuation and Corporate Law 
    Summary
    Implements the Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency adopted by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law by: establishing access to local courts by persons administering a foreign insolvency proceeding; establishing conditions for recognition of a foreign insolvency proceeding and granting relief to its participants; permitting participation by foreign creditors in such proceedings; enabling cooperation between courts and practitioners from different countries; enabling coordination of proceedings to take place concurrently in different countries; and empowering the Governor-General to make regulations under the Act. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Feb 2008 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Banking Act 1959
    ,
    Insurance Act 1973
    ,
    Life Insurance Act 1995
    ,
    Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993
    ,
    Retirement Savings Accounts Act 1997
    ,
    Financial Sector Legislation Amendment (Simplifying Regulation and Review) Act 2007
    and
    Financial Sector Legislation Amendment (Discretionary Mutual Funds and Direct Offshore Foreign Insurers) Act 2007
    to introduce a court-based process for disqualifying an individual from operating an Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) regulated entity;
    Banking Act 1959
    ,
    Insurance Act 1973
    and
    Life Insurance Act 1995
    in relation to APRA’s specific direction powers;
    Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993
    to incorporate a materiality test into the trigger for APRA to issue a direction to freeze assets of a superannuation entity;
    Insurance Act 1973
    ,
    Life Insurance Act 1995
    and
    Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993
    to remove ministerial consent from administrative decisions made by APRA or the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) under those Acts; and
    Banking Act 1959
    ,
    Financial Sector (Collection of Data) Act 2001
    ,
    Insurance Act 1973
    ,
    Life Insurance Act 1995
    and
    Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993
    to apply merits review to appropriate decisions made by APRA or the ATO. Also makes consequential amendments to other Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Sep 2007 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Justice and Customs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Crime Commission Act 2002
    to: clarify powers and procedures of an Australian Crime Commission examiner to issue a summons or notice; and allow persons to appear before an examiner, or produce documents to an examiner who did not issue the summons or notice to produce the documents. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum