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
    16 Sep 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Migration Act 1958
    to: establish a criminal and civil penalty regime to make it unlawful for a person to give or receive a benefit in return for a migration outcome in relation to certain skilled work visa programs; and enable visa cancellation to be considered where the visa holder has engaged in such conduct. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Sep 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to exclude the cost of living concession payment made by the South Australian Government from being assessed as income under the social security and veterans’ affairs income tests. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Sep 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to cease the low income supplement from 1 July 2017; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Sep 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    to: ensure children fully meet immunisation requirements for payment of child care benefit, child care rebate or the family tax benefit Part A supplement; and extend the immunisation requirements to include children of all ages. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Sep 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to: provide for a standard and centralised set of concepts to determine whether an entity is a ‘significant global entity’; and introduce new standards for transfer pricing documentation and country-by-country reporting by significant global entities;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    to negate certain tax avoidance schemes used by multinational entities to artificially avoid the attribution of profits to a permanent establishment in Australia; and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to: increase the penalties imposed on significant global entities that enter into tax avoidance or profit shifting schemes; and make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Sep 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Australian Immunisation Register Bill 2015, the bill amends: eight Acts to make amendments consequential on the establishment of the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register; the proposed
    Australian Immunisation Register Act 2015
    and
    Healthcare Identifiers Act 2010
    to expand the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register to become the Australian Immunisation Register which will record details of vaccinations given to all individuals; and the proposed
    Australian Immunisation Register Act 2015
    and
    National Health Act 1953
    to expand the National Human Papilloma virus Vaccination Program Register to become the Australian School Vaccination Register. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Sep 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Australian Immunisation Register (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2015, the bill establishes the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register to collect and record vaccinations given to individuals under the age of 20 years and provides for: the type of information that may be collected for the purposes of the register; the disclosure and confidentiality of information; and the Commonwealth to make payments to recognised vaccination providers when they notify the register of a vaccination. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Sep 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: remove the family assets test and the family actual means test from the youth allowance parental means test arrangements; align parental income test exemptions for youth allowance with existing arrangements for family tax benefit (FTB) Part A; apply a separate maintenance income test for the treatment of child support; and provide that, where a family has a dependent child who receives an individual youth payment that is parentally income-tested and younger siblings who qualify for FTB, the family pool for the youth parental income test will include all FTB children; and
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to remove maintenance income from the youth allowance parental income test assessment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Sep 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure and Regional Development 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Navigation Act 2012
    to: ensure that the definition of ‘dangerous goods’ includes goods which are characterised in the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code; and correct minor drafting errors;
    Protection of the Sea (Civil Liability) Act 1981
    and
    Protection of the Sea (Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage) Act 2008
    to enable regulatory action to be taken against non-compliant vessel operators; and
    Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 1983
    to prevent heavy grade oil being carried as ballast in Antarctic waters. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Aug 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills in relation to Australia’s foreign investment framework, the bill imposes fees in relation to certain applications and actions that are made under the proposed
    Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Legislation Amendment Act 2015

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum