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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TOTAL RESULTS: 126

  • Date
    14 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Foreign Affairs and Trade 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Passports Act 2005
    and
    Foreign Passports (Law Enforcement and Security) Act 2005
    to require the Minister for Foreign Affairs to deny a passport or demand the surrender of a foreign travel document when an Australian citizen is on a state or territory child sex offender register with reporting obligations; and
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to create an offence for a registered child sex offender with reporting obligations to travel, or attempt to travel, overseas without permission from a relevant authority. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001
    and
    Corporations Act 2001
    to validate certain agreements to employ or engage Australian Securities and Investments Commission staff that were purportedly made before the end of 9 March 2017. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Fees Imposition Act 2015
    to: simplify the commercial fee framework; and increase fees for residential property purchases by 10 per cent for acquisitions of $10 million or less. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Medicare Guarantee Bill 2017, the bill amends the
    Health Insurance Act 1973
    and
    National Health Act 1953
    to make amendments consequential on the establishment of the Medicare Guarantee Fund. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Medicare Guarantee (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2017, the bill establishes the Medicare Guarantee Fund for the purposes of funding Medicare benefits and payments under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • 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
    01 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999
    to: introduce a reverse charge for business to business transactions between suppliers and purchasers of gold, silver and platinum to remove the opportunity for a supplier to avoid paying goods and services tax (GST) by liquidating; and ensure that entities cannot exploit the special GST treatment for second-hand goods to claim input tax credits by changing the form of a precious metal. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Treasury Laws Amendment (Major Bank Levy) Bill 2017, the bill imposes a levy on authorised deposit-taking institutions with total liabilities of more than $100 billion. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Major Bank Levy Bill 2017, the bill amends: the
    Australian Prudential Regulation Authority Act 1998
    to enable the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) to share major bank levy information with the Commissioner of Taxation;
    Financial Sector (Collection of Data) Act 2001
    to enable the APRA reporting standards to include information relating to amounts for the purposes of the levy;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to provide for the indexation of the $100 billion threshold; and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to: specify that the levy is payable to the commissioner quarterly; ensure that the ordinary collection and recovery provisions apply in relation to the levy; introduce an anti-avoidance law for the levy; and enable the commissioner to share levy information with APRA. 

    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

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