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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  • Date
    21 Jun 2007 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
    FIELDING, Sen Steve 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001
    to: limit banking and credit card penalty fees by ensuring fees are for cost recovery only; and enhance the powers of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission to monitor penalty fees and investigate customer complaints. 

    Bill

  • Date
    21 Jun 2007 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Transport and Regional Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Aviation Transport Security Act 2004
    and
    Civil Aviation Act 1988
    to strengthen aviation security and safety by: enabling regulations to be made to prohibit activities or conduct outside a security controlled airport that disrupt or interfere with airport operations or aircraft; introducing additional powers for Australian Customs officers at airports; enabling the Civil Aviation Safety Authority to introduce a mandatory drug and alcohol regime in the civil aviation industry; and enabling, through regulations, exemption from aviation security screening for senior dignitaries, their spouses and minors. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Jun 2007 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Communications, Information Technology and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Postal Corporation Act 1989
    to provide for the inspection and examination of postal articles carried by Australia Post, with the exception of reserved services material, for interstate quarantine purposes. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    08 Feb 2007 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
    BROWN, Sen Bob 
    Summary
    Confirms the right of a terminally ill person to request assistance from a medically qualified person to voluntarily terminate his or her life in a humane manner, without legal impediment to the person rendering the assistance; and provides procedural protection against possible abuse of this right. 

    Bill

  • Date
    28 Nov 2006 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
    CARR, Sen Kim 
    Summary
    Requires the Australian Government to effect Australia’s obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change by ratifying the Kyoto Protocol. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Sep 2006 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Health and Ageing 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Aged Care Act 1997
    to: harmonise aged care and pension assets tests in relation to income streams purchased on or after 20 September 2007 and asset disposals (i.e. gifts); and clarify the delegation of certain powers to Aged Care Assessment Teams. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    06 Sep 2006 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Arts and Sport 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Archives Act 1983
    ,
    Copyright Act 1968
    ,
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    and
    Privacy Act 1988
    to implement certain recommendations of the Australian Law Reform Commission report on Commonwealth record-keeping and the role of the National Archives of Australia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    19 Jun 2006 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
    BROWN, Sen Bob 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988
    to repeal provisions which provide for the Governor-General to disallow any Act of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory. 

    Bill

  • Date
    29 Mar 2006 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Communications, Information Technology and the Arts 
    Summary
    Following government endorsement of the recommendations of the Review of the Corporate Governance of Statutory Authorities and Office Holders (the Uhrig Review), the bill amends the
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983
    to abolish the staff-elected Director and deputy staff-elected Director positions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Oct 2005 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Environment and Heritage 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984
    to: give certainty to international cultural loan arrangements by providing that a certificate of exemption issued under the
    Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986
    allowing the return of loaned cultural heritage objects cannot be overridden by a declaration under the Act; repeal Part IIA and other Victoria-specific provisions to enable the Victorian Government to administer Aboriginal heritage protection in Victoria directly through its own legislation; and make technical amendments as a consequence of the commencement of the
    Legislative Instruments Act 2003
    ; and
    Aboriginal Land (Lake Condah and Framlingham Forest) Act 1987
    to make amendments consequential on the repeal of Part IIA of the
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum