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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
    25 May 2006 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Communications, Information Technology and the Arts 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Do Not Call Register (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2006, the bill establishes a framework to regulate and minimise unsolicited telemarketing calls, including: establishing a Do Not Call Register which will allow individuals to register their home and mobile numbers on the register for a period of 3 years; establishing a complaints mechanism; and providing for a civil penalties regime. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Mar 2006 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Defence 
    Summary
    Following government endorsement of the recommendations of the Review of the Corporate Governance of Statutory Authorities and Office Holders (the Uhrig Review) and the recommendations of an interdepartmental committee, the bill amends the
    Defence Housing Authority Act 1987
    to: rename the Defence Housing Authority (DHA) as Defence Housing Australia; reduce the size of the Board and create an advisory committee; expand the scope of the services DHA can provide and enable it to expand operations to include the provision of services to other Commonwealth agencies; remove DHA’s exemption from Commonwealth taxation and require it to make State and Territory tax equivalent payments to the Commonwealth; and remove outdated provisions. Also amends the
    Defence Force (Home Loans Assistance) Act 1990
    and
    Occupational Health and Safety (Commonwealth Employment) Act 1991
    to reflect the name change to Defence Housing Australia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    07 Dec 2005 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Defence 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Defence Act 1903
    to permit the use of the Australian Defence Force to protect States and Territories in response to domestic security and violence situations and to protect Commonwealth interests where State and Territory jurisdictions do not apply. Also makes consequential amendments to the
    Air Force Act 1923
    ,
    Defence Reserve Service (Protection) Act 2001
    and
    Naval Defence Act 1910

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Nov 2005 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Defence 
    Summary
    Clarifies the extent of the ADF’s exemption from the operation of particular State and Territory road transport laws in certain circumstances, to enable the operation of the Australian Defence Force Road Transport Exemption Framework recently negotiated between the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and State and Territory road transport authorities by. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Aug 2002 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Dairy Produce Act 1986
    to incorporate planning, facilitation and participation in the reform or privatisation of the Australian Dairy Corporation (ADC) and the Dairy Research and Development Corporation as an additional function of the ADC; and
    Dairy Produce Act 1986
    and
    Farm Household Support Act 1992
    to enable holders of Dairy Structural Adjustment Program scheme and Supplementary Dairy Assistance scheme entitlements to access a farm exit payment under the Farm Help Re-establishment Grant scheme. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 May 2002 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Customs Act 1901
    and
    Excise Act 1901
    to extend the Diesel Fuel Rebate Scheme to power generation by retail and hospitality businesses. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Feb 2002 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Disability Discrimination Act 1992
    to allow the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, in consultation with the National Transport Secretariat, to grant exemptions from disability standards dealing with public transportation services and facilities. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Feb 2002 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Family and Community Services 
    Summary
    Reforms Commonwealth-funded employment services and rehabilitation programs provided to people with disabilities by establishing a new quality assurance system which will make funding of employment services and approval of rehabilitation programs dependent on a service provider being certified by an industry-based certification body as meeting relevant standards. Also contains transitional arrangements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 Aug 2001 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Defence portfolio 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 May 2001 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry portfolio 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum