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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Assented Bills of the current Parliament

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TOTAL RESULTS: 107

  • Date
    01 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to modify the foreign resident capital gains withholding payments regime to: increase the withholding rate from 10 per cent to 12.5 per cent; and reduce the withholding threshold from $2 million to $750 000. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    International Monetary Agreements Act 1947
    to: establish a standing appropriation and authority to borrow for payments to meet drawings made by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) under a new bilateral loan agreement entered into by Australia and the IMF; and make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends: six Acts to make amendments arising out of the enactment of the
    Treasury Laws Amendment (Fair and Sustainable Superannuation) Act 2016
    in relation to: the transfer balance cap; concessional and non-concessional contributions; limited recourse borrowing arrangements; objective of superannuation; transition to retirement income streams; capital gains tax relief for superannuation funds; and administrative processes; the
    Bankruptcy Act 1966
    and
    Corporations Act 2001
    to enable a single approval to cover a profit or advantage received by an external administrator or trustee even when the benefit is passed on to multiple related entitles; and the
    Corporations Act 2001
    to: ensure that annual and end-of-control returns by controllers are included on the Australian Securities and Investments Commission’s public register; and make technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    ,
    Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997
    and
    Tax Laws Amendment (Small Business Measures No. 2) Act 2015
    to extend by 12 months to 30 June 2018 the period during which small business entities can access expanded accelerated depreciation rules. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    ,
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    ,
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to provide a one-off energy assistance payment to recipients of the age pension, disability support pension, parenting payment single and certain veterans’ payments who are payable and residing in Australia on 20 June 2017; and
    Social Security Act 1991
    ,
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    and
    Veteran’s Entitlements Act 1986
    to provide a pensioner concession card to certain social security pensioners and veterans’ payments recipients whose payment or pension was cancelled on 1 January 2017 due to changes in the assets test parameters. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    A New Tax System (Medicare Levy Surcharge—Fringe Benefits) Act 1999
    and
    Medicare Levy Act 1986
    to increase the Medicare levy and Medicare levy surcharge low-income threshold amounts for individuals, families and individual taxpayers and families eligible for the seniors and pensioners tax offset; and increase the phase-in limits as a result of the increased threshold amounts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Veterans’ Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Australian Participants in British Nuclear Tests (Treatment) Act 2006
    to enable eligible Australian participants in the British Nuclear Testing Program to access treatment for any condition, not just malignant neoplasia; extend eligibility for treatment to Australian veterans of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force and civilians present at a British nuclear test area during a relevant period; and amend the short title of the Act to the
    Australian Participants in British Nuclear Tests and British Commonwealth Occupation Force (Treatment) Act 2006
    ; 10 Acts to make consequential amendments; the
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to amend the work history requirements for eligibility for the Special or Intermediate Rates of Disability Pension; and the
    Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
    and
    Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988
    to enable the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission to determine a class of persons eligible to participate in an early access to rehabilitation pilot programme. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988
    and
    Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992
    to: align workers’ compensation arrangements for the Seacare and Comcare schemes with minimum benchmarks to be set by the proposed National Injury Insurance Scheme; and ensure that persons in receipt of incapacity payments can continue to receive those payments until they reach pension age. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills to enable the recovery of the regulatory costs of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), the bill: provides for the collection of the levy; and requires entities regulated by ASIC to submit annual returns. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills to enable the recovery of the regulatory costs of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), the bill makes consequential amendments to the
    Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001
    ,
    Corporations Act 2001
    ,
    Corporations (Fees) Act 2001
    and
    National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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