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: 32

  • Date
    13 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Customs Amendment (2017 Harmonized System Changes) Bill 2016, the bill amends the
    Customs Tariff Act 1995
    to implement changes resulting from the fifth review of the International Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    31 Aug 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Excise Tariff Amendment (Tobacco) Bill 2016, the bill amends the
    Customs Tariff Act 1995
    to increase the rate of excise-equivalent customs duty on tobacco and tobacco products through a series of four annual increases of 12.5 per cent, commencing on 1 September 2017. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Indigenous Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends: five Acts to provide for grants to higher education providers to assist Indigenous students; the
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to enable the secretary to be notified of tax file numbers (TFNs) for the purpose of administering student assistance under the VET FEE-HELP scheme; the
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    to enable the use and disclosure of TFNs by Commonwealth officers for the purposes of administering VET FEE-HELP; and the
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Student Assistance Act 1973
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Industry, Innovation and Science 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Industry Research and Development Act 1986
    to transition Innovation Australia to become Innovation and Science Australia, an independent body responsible for strategic advice on all industry, innovation, science and research matters; and create a statutory framework to provide legislative authority for Commonwealth spending activities in relation to industry, innovation, science and research programs. Also makes consequential amendments to five Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999
    and
    Social Services Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Act 2016
    to provide that clear date of effect rules operate in relation to certain review decisions that create new or increased entitlements to family tax benefit (FTB);
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999
    to make amendments contingent on the commencement of the proposed
    Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Payments Structural Reform and Participation Measures) Act 2016
    which proposes to phase out FTB supplements by 1 July 2018; and
    Social Security Act 1991
    to correct an error made to the youth allowance rate calculator method statement. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Superannuation (Excess Transfer Balance Tax) Imposition Bill 2016, the bill amends: five Acts to impose a $1.6 million cap on the amount of capital that can be transferred to the tax-free earnings retirement phase of superannuation; the
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to: introduce additional income tax rules on recipients of certain defined benefit income streams in excess of $100 000 per annum; and reduce the threshold at which high-income earners pay Division 293 tax on their concessional taxed contribution to superannuation to $250 000; the
    Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997
    to provide transitional capital gains tax relief for superannuation funds that adjust their asset allocations before 1 July 2017; the
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997
    to reduce the annual concessional contributions cap to $25 000 and the annual non-concessional contributions cap to $100 000; introduce criteria for an individual to be eligible for the non-concessional contributions cap and make minor amendments to the non-concessional contributions rules; and remove the anti-detriment deduction; the
    Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992
    to amend how the maximum contribution base is determined; the
    Superannuation (Government Co-contribution for Low Income Earners) Act 2003
    to enable eligible low income earners to receive the low income superannuation tax offset; the
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to: remove the requirement that an individual must earn less than 10 per cent of their income to be able to claim a deduction for personal superannuation contributions; enable catch-up concessional contributions; extend the spouse superannuation tax offset; and amend the earnings tax exemption for complying superannuation funds, retirement savings account providers and life insurance companies; and 11 Acts to make administration and consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Treasury Laws Amendment (Fair and Sustainable Superannuation) Bill 2016, the bill imposes an excess transfer balance tax on the notional earnings of capital moved into a retirement phase superannuation account that is in excess of $1.6 million. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Corporations Act 2001
    to ensure that auditors registered from 1 December 2005 on the basis of the CPA/ICAA competency standard, as approved by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission on 24 November 2004, are validly registered with effect from the date of their purported registration. 

    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

  • Date
    01 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Income Tax Rates Act 1986
    to increase the third personal income tax threshold so that the rate of tax payable on taxable incomes from $80 001 to $87 000 for individuals is 32.5 per cent. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum