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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
    31 May 2006 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005
    and
    Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976
    to: increase access to Aboriginal land for development, especially exploration and mining; facilitate the leasing of Aboriginal land and the mortgaging of leases; provide for a tenure system for townships on Aboriginal land that will allow individuals to have property rights; devolve decision-making powers to regional Aboriginal communities; clarify provisions for the establishment of new Land Councils; increase accountability of Land Councils and incorporated bodies which receive payments for the use of Aboriginal land and provide for funding on the basis of workloads; and dispose of land claims which cannot be heard or finalised or which are clearly inappropriate to grant. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Jun 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Indigenous Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976
    to: alter the list of delegable functions and powers to include roads over Aboriginal land and access agreement matters and for other functions and powers to be delegated; enable the Executive Director of Township Leasing, on behalf of the Commonwealth, to hold a sublease of Aboriginal land; enable the transfer of the sublease between the executive director and an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation; provide for the Aboriginals Benefit Account to be used for payments in relation to the acquisition and administration of the sublease by an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation or the executive director; enable the minister to vary administrative areas of Land Councils at the written request of the relevant Land Councils; and add parcels of land in the Wickham River area, the Simpson Desert, and the Vernon Islands to be granted as Aboriginal land to the relevant Aboriginal Land Trusts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    21 Mar 2013 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976
    to: enable the town of Jabiru and two adjacent portions of Northern Territory land to be granted as Aboriginal land to the Kakadu Aboriginal Land Trust; and enable Northern Territory Portion 7021 in Patta to also be granted as Aboriginal land; and
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    to: provide that world heritage, natural and cultural values of Kakadu National Park continue to be protected in relation to Jabiru; and amend existing management plan and town plan requirements for development of towns in Commonwealth reserves. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Jun 2009 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Federal Court of Australia Act 1976
    in relation to: case management powers and procedural reforms; and appeal proceedings;
    Family Law Act 1975
    ,
    Federal Court of Australia Act 1976
    and
    Federal Magistrates Act 1999
    in relation to the powers of the Chief Justices of the Federal Court and the Family Court and the Chief Federal Magistrate; and
    Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977
    to exclude certain decisions of the head of court from judicial review. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Nov 2011 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Federal Court of Australia Act 1976
    to clarify that the Federal Court or judge may make orders for the costs of discovery during litigation and for pre-trial oral examination about discovery; five Acts to clarify the circumstances in which suppression and non-publications orders can be made, what information they can cover and details they should contain; the
    Family Law Act 1975
    ,
    Federal Court of Australia Act 1976
    ,
    Federal Magistrates Act 1999
    and
    Judiciary Act 1903
    to clarify the circumstances in which vexatious proceedings orders can be made and the kinds of orders that can be made, without affecting the courts’ other powers; the
    Family Law Act 1975
    to align the jurisdictional limit for matters heard by family law magistrates in Western Australia with the Federal Magistrates Court; and the
    Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975
    to change the way fees are paid in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 May 1999 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Industry, Science and Resources portfolio 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Nov 2009 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Innovation, Industry, Science and Research 
    Summary
    Amends the
    ACIS Administration Amendment Act 2009
    to clarify that the Act commences on 1 January 2010 so that additional assistance provided to motor vehicle producers is limited to their production of motor vehicles, engines and engine components from 1 January 2010. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    07 Feb 2007 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Industry, Tourism and Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the
    ACIS Administration Act 1999
    to confirm the circumstances under which the Commonwealth can issue an unearned credit liability to include circumstances where the registered ACIS participant has received duty credits to which it is not entitled. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    06 Sep 2000 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Industry, Science and Resources portfolio 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Aug 2002 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Industry, Tourism and Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the
    ACIS Administration Act 1999
    to allow eligible motor vehicle producers to claim Automotive Competitiveness and Investment Scheme (ACIS) uncapped production credits for the production of derivatives of specified load-carrying vehicles with effect from the date of commencement of ACIS. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum