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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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TOTAL RESULTS: 61

  • Date
    28 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Passenger Movement Charge Act 1978
    to provide that the rate of passenger movement charge of $60 to apply from 1 July 2017 will not increase for a minimum period of five years from that date. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Special Minister of State 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Members of Parliament (Life Gold Pass) Act 2002
    to: amend the short title of the Act to the
    Parliamentary Retirement Travel Act 2002
    ; impose certain limits on access to the parliamentary retirement travel entitlement; reduce the number of trips available under the entitlement; remove the ability of spouses or de facto partners (other than those of a former prime minister) to access the entitlement; reduce the entitlement of spouses or de facto partners of a former prime minister; and require that all travel under the entitlement be subject to a public benefit test;
    Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990
    to: apply a 25 per cent loading to any adjustment to a prescribed travel benefit; and limit the domestic travel entitlement of dependent children of senior officers to those under 18 years of age; and
    Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990
    and
    Members of Parliament (Life Gold Pass) Act 2002
    to enable the recovery of payments made which are beyond the entitlement. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Industry, Innovation and Science 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006
    and
    Petroleum Resource Rent Tax Assessment Act 1987
    to ensure the ongoing validity of apportionment agreements, where it becomes apparent that an agreement relates to an area which contains multiple petroleum pools, rather than a single discrete pool; and
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006
    to: include a regulation making power to ensure there is a legal basis for the regulations to provide for the refund and remittal of environment plan (EP) levies; provide for the retrospective commencement of this regulation making power to ensure the validity of refunds of EP levies previously made to offshore petroleum titleholders; and clarify that regulations can provide for the remittal and refund of safety case levies. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    31 Aug 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Introduced with the National Cancer Screening Register (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2016, the bill: establishes the National Cancer Screening Register, a national electronic infrastructure for the collection, storage, analysis and reporting of cancer screen program data for the National Cervical Screening Program and the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program; authorises the collection, use and disclosure of information for the purposes of the register; creates an offence for the unauthorised disclosure of information; and mandates reporting of screening information to the register. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    31 Aug 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Introduced with the National Cancer Screening Register Bill 2016, the bill amends the:
    Australian Immunisation Register Act 2015
    to authorise the disclosure of specified information kept on the Australian Immunisation Register to the National Cancer Screening Register;
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    to exempt register information from disclosure in response to a freedom of information request; and
    Health Insurance Act 1973
    to enable the ongoing provision of Medicare enrolment and claims data to the register. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Narcotic Drugs (Licence Charges) Bill 2016, the bill amends the
    Narcotic Drugs Act 1967
    to: protect sensitive law enforcement information that may be disclosed by law enforcement agencies for the purposes of regulatory action relating to medicinal cannabis licences, cannabis research licences and manufacture licences; introduce an offence for the unauthorised disclosure of sensitive law enforcement information in certain circumstances; clarify that cannabis research licence holders can supply seeds to licensed cultivators; enable the minister to make standards and guidelines; enable the making of regulations to specify periods within which the secretary must notify licence holders of certain matters; provide for the timing of payments of fees and charges; and enable the pro-rating refund, waiving, reduction or remission of fees; and the
    Therapeutic Goods Act 1989
    to enable regulations to be made prescribing the circumstances in which the use of medicinal cannabis products can be authorised. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Narcotic Drugs Legislation Amendment Bill 2016, the bill imposes charges on licences granted under the
    Narcotic Drugs Act 1967
    to enable the Commonwealth to recover the costs of the administration, monitoring and assessment of compliance under the Act after the licence and permits associated with the licence are granted. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Migration Act 1958
    to give full effect to the
    Migration Amendment (Character and General Visa Cancellation) Act 2014
    in relation to mandatory visa cancellation-related powers and the lawful disclosure of non-citizens’ identifying information where a non-citizen is suspected of being of character concern. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    19 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979
    and seven other Acts to reflect the establishment of the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission of New South Wales and its inspector;
    Australian Postal Corporation Act 1989
    ,
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    and
    Surveillance Devices Act 2004
    to provide the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission of Victoria with investigative powers equivalent to those available to other state anti-corruption bodies; and
    Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
    to clarify the meaning of lawfully acquired property or wealth. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    International Tax Agreements Act 1953
    to give legislative effect to the Agreement between Australia and the Federal Republic of Germany for the Elimination of Double Taxation with respect to Taxes on Income and on Capital and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion and Avoidance and its Protocol, signed at Berlin on 12 November 2015; and the
    International Tax Agreements Act 1953
    and
    Taxation (Interest on Overpayments and Early Payments) Act 1983
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum