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
    25 Jun 2003 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Industry, Tourism and Resources 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Customs Tariff Amendment (ACIS) Bill 2003, the bill amends the
    ACIS Administration Act 1999
    to extend the Automotive Competitiveness and Investment Scheme (ACIS) from its initial finishing date in 2005 to the end of 2015. Also provides for: distribution of ACIS funding into two funding pools (motor vehicle producers; and component producers and other scheme participants); establishment of a $150 million research and development fund for motor vehicle producers; and disclosure of information relating to scheme participants. Also contains transitional and application provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Jun 2009 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Innovation, Industry, Science and Research 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Automotive Transformation Scheme Bill 2009, the bill amends the
    ACIS Administration Act 1999
    and
    ACIS Administration Amendment Act 2003
    to establish the Automotive Transformation Scheme from 2011 by: repealing stage 3 of the Automotive Competitiveness and Investment Scheme; and providing increased uncapped assistance for persons registered under the Scheme. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Nov 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Finance 
    Summary
    The bill: enables the Commonwealth to enter into a loan agreement with the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) for the purpose of the ACT undertaking an asbestos remediation program and for purposes related to that program; and appropriates the Consolidated Revenue Fund for $750 million for the loan of money to the ACT. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Jun 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Consequential on the
    Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) Act 2015
    , the bill amends: 201 Acts to make technical amendments; the
    Legislation Act 2003
    (or the
    Legislative Instruments Act 2003
    ) to clarify that rules of court are not legislative instruments; the
    Family Law Act 1975
    to clarify that provisions which set out the application of the
    Legislative Instruments Act 2003
    to rules of the Family Court apply to those rules whether they are made under the
    Family Law Act 1975
    or another Act; and the
    Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) Act 2015
    ,
    Acts Interpretation Act 1901
    and
    Legislation Act 2003
    to: clarify the application of their requirements to administrative forms; and make technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Oct 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amend the:
    Legislative Instruments Act 2003
    to: amend the short title of the Act to the
    Legislation Act 2003
    to reflect the consolidation of the legislative frameworks of the publication of Commonwealth Acts and the registration of Commonwealth instruments; clarify the definition of ‘legislative instrument’ and ‘legislative character’; provide that certain instruments are notifiable instruments which are registrable but not subject to parliamentary scrutiny or sunsetting; establish the Federal Register of Legislation; and allow the First Parliamentary Counsel to make editorial changes to Acts and instruments in the Register;
    Acts Interpretation Act 1901
    to: clarify references to ministers, departments and other government authorities; and confirm the continued validity of the exercise of powers, functions and duties under Commonwealth agreements following machinery of government changes. Also consequentially repeals four Acts and amends 51 Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    05 Jun 2003 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Acts Interpretation Act 1901
    to insert a provision to make it clear that a reference in Commonwealth legislation to a summons, information or complaint, or other current forms of initiating proceedings, includes all relevant methods of initiating proceedings even if States or Territories change their procedures or terminology. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Jun 2005 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Acts Interpretation Act 1901
    to: clarify the particular meaning of the term “legislative instrument”; make some consequential amendments; and clarify the application of certain provisions and the meaning of certain terms in relation to disallowable non-legislative instruments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Nov 1998 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General portfolio 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 May 2011 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Acts Interpretation Act 1901
    to restructure the Act by: co-locating and listing alphabetically definitions; ensuring powers in relation to instruments apply to all types of instruments; enabling section 19B and 19BA Orders to apply retrospectively; providing that an action by a minister other than a minister authorised to perform that action is not invalid merely on that basis; clarifying actions done by a person purporting to act under an appointment; providing that everything in an Act should be considered part of the Act; and modernising concepts; the
    Legislative Instruments Act 2003
    in relation to the construction of legislative instruments; and 248 Acts to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum