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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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  • Date
    22 Jun 2011 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Innovation, Industry, Science and Research 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Patents Act 1990
    in relation to: the thresholds set for the grant of a patent; and exempting patent infringement of research and experimental activities;
    Patents Act 1990
    and
    Trade Marks Act 1995
    to: reduce delays in finalising patent and trade mark applications; enable trade marks and patent attorneys to practise through a corporate structure; and extend to trade marks and patent attorneys the same ‘advice’ privilege available to legal professionals;
    Copyright Act 1968
    and
    Trade Marks Act 1995
    in relation to the enforcement regime for counterfeit trade mark and copyright goods; and
    Designs Act 2003
    ,
    Patents Act 1990
    ,
    Plant Breeder’s Rights Act 1994
    and
    Trade Marks Act 1995
    to provide that the intellectual property rights system can adapt to the electronic and global business environments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Jun 2011 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976
    to enable certain parcels of land to be granted to relevant Aboriginal Land Trusts;
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005
    to: remove the connection between the election of members to the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) and Queensland local government elections; and allow for changes to be made to the composition of the TSRA, following a governance review. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    06 Jul 2011 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Health and Ageing 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989
    to: provide that chemicals in products previously regulated by other Commonwealth agencies can be transferred to the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme; enable formal notification and assessment arrangements for ultra-violet filters in secondary sunscreen products; and enable summary assessment reports to be published online. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Aug 2011 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005
    and
    Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976
    to change the title of certain statutory positions to ‘Chief Executive Officer’; and
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005
    to: allow information held by Indigenous Business Australia to be disclosed in limited circumstances; and remove certain references to two discontinued Aboriginal Hostels Limited schemes. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Nov 2011 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Insurance Contracts Act 1984
    to enable regulations to be made to: establish a standard definition of flood for riverine flooding in home building and home contents insurance contracts and contracts held by small businesses and strata titles; and require insurance providers to provide consumers with a key facts sheet for home building and home contents insurance contracts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum