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
    11 Sep 2007 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Northern Territory National Emergency Response Act 2007
    to: replace the 1,350ml trigger for seeking and recording details in relation to takeaway alcohol sales; clarifies the storage of records of takeaway purchases; provides certain exceptions to the alcohol offences in relation to tourism operations in parks and other certain areas; provide for the alcohol measures not to apply to certain areas when local alcohol management measures are implemented; and to clarify the operation of certain Northern Territory law. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Aug 2007 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Health and Ageing 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Health Insurance Act 1973
    and
    National Health Act 1953
    to allow authorised optometrists to prescribe certain ophthalmic (eye) medicines for supply under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. Also amends the
    National Health Act 1953
    to clarify the supply of pharmaceutical benefits ‘at or from’ approved premises. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    21 Jun 2007 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Transport and Regional Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Aviation Transport Security Act 2004
    and
    Civil Aviation Act 1988
    to strengthen aviation security and safety by: enabling regulations to be made to prohibit activities or conduct outside a security controlled airport that disrupt or interfere with airport operations or aircraft; introducing additional powers for Australian Customs officers at airports; enabling the Civil Aviation Safety Authority to introduce a mandatory drug and alcohol regime in the civil aviation industry; and enabling, through regulations, exemption from aviation security screening for senior dignitaries, their spouses and minors. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Jun 2007 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Communications, Information Technology and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Postal Corporation Act 1989
    to provide for the inspection and examination of postal articles carried by Australia Post, with the exception of reserved services material, for interstate quarantine purposes. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Jun 2007 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Health and Ageing 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Therapeutic Goods Act 1989
    ,
    Therapeutic Goods Amendment Act (No. 1) 2006
    and
    Therapeutic Goods Amendment (Medical Devices) Act 2002
    to extend transitional registration arrangements for certain patient treatment devices beyond 4 October 2007 to enable reassessment by the Therapeutic Goods Administration prior to entry in Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods as ‘included’ devices. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2007 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Health and Ageing 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991
    and
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994
    to: improve the food regulatory processes for Australia and New Zealand; and improve the framework within which the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Authority operates. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2007 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Health and Ageing 
    Summary
    Following recommendations of an independent review of the
    Gene Technology Act 2000
    and the Gene Technology Agreement 2001, this bill makes minor amendments to the
    Gene Technology Act 2000
    to improve its operation. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    07 Dec 2006 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Multicultural Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Migration Act 1958
    to allow the Migration Review Tribunal and Refugee Review Tribunal flexibility in providing procedural fairness to review applicants. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    06 Dec 2006 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Bankruptcy Act 1966
    and
    Payment Systems and Netting Act 1998
    to provide for the recovery of superannuation contributions made with the intention to defeat creditors; and
    Bankruptcy Act 1966
    and
    Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
    to: provide for certain rural support grants to be exempt from the property available to pay the bankrupt’s creditors; and make minor technical amendments in relation to the operation of the Act. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    06 Dec 2006 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Foreign Affairs and Trade 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Nuclear Non-Proliferation (Safeguards) Act 1987
    (Safeguards Act) to implement Australia’s obligations under the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and to the International Atomic Energy Agency under the Additional Protocol; and create new offences; Safeguards Act,
    Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Act 1998
    and
    Chemical Weapons (Prohibition) Act 1994
    to extend the geographical jurisdiction for offences related to proliferation of nuclear and chemical weapons; and
    Australian Federal Police Act 1979
    to make a consequential amendment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum