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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
    03 Dec 2008 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Trade Practices Amendment (Cartel Conduct and Other Measures) Bill 2008, the bill amends the
    Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1983
    ,
    Federal Court of Australia Act 1976
    and
    Judiciary Act 1903
    to enable the Federal Court to apply uniform indictable criminal procedure across Australia to deal with serious cartel offences. Also makes consequential and other amendments to five other Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Dec 2008 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Federal Court of Australia Act 1976
    to: allow the Federal Court to refer all or part of a proceeding to a referee for report; and allow a single Federal Court judge to make interlocutory orders in proceedings that would otherwise be heard and determined by a Full Court;
    International Arbitration Act 1974
    to give the Federal Court concurrent jurisdiction with State and Territory Supreme Courts to enforce foreign arbitral awards;
    Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975
    ,
    Family Law Act 1975
    ,
    Federal Court of Australia Act 1976
    and
    Native Title Act 1993
    to remove restrictions on Chief Justices and Presidents acquiring an interest in land for the purposes of the
    Lands Acquisition Act 1989
    ;
    Public Order (Protection of Persons and Property) Act 1971
    to allow authorised, non-judicial officers of the Federal Court power to make orders specifying that certain premises are ‘court premises’; and
    Family Law Act 1975
    to respond to the Full Family Court of Australia decision in
    Black v Black
    relating to the satisfaction of technical requirements for binding financial and termination agreements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Dec 2008 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Foreign Evidence Act 1994
    to: streamline the process for adducing foreign material that appears to consist of a business record; and make amendments in relation to: testimony obtained from foreign countries; non-conviction based proceeds of crime matters; court discretion when using foreign evidence; and the Attorney-General’s certification of foreign material. Also contains application and transitional provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Jun 2008 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Family Law Act 1975
    in relation to: opposite-sex and same-sex de facto couples accessing the federal family law courts on property and maintenance matters on relationship breakdown; financial agreements between married couples; separation declarations and superannuation splitting; and certificates provided during family dispute resolutions. Also makes consequential amendments to 10 Acts in relation to de facto financial matters; and makes a technical amendment to the
    Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    07 Feb 2007 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Family Law Act 1975
    to validate retrospectively the filing fee charged for divorce applications in the Family Court of Western Australia between 1 July 2005 and 9 October 2006. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 Mar 2006 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Federal Magistrates Act 1999
    to provide statutory disability cover and death benefits for Federal Magistrates. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Mar 2005 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Family Law Act 1975
    in relation to: enforcement of court orders; replacement of certain outdated terms (including introduction of the term “divorce”); recovery of child maintenance paid by a person found not to be a parent; operation of appeals; clarification of the rule-making power of the Family Court; and technical amendments; and
    Bankruptcy Act 1966
    to confer on the Family Court of Western Australia the same jurisdiction that is conferred on the Family Court of Australia in relation to concurrent family law proceedings where a party is a bankrupt. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Nov 2004 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Family Law Act 1975
    to extend the regime by which future superannuation payments can be split on marriage breakdown or divorce, to certain superannuation-like annuity products. Also contains application provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Aug 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Family Law Act 1975
    to extend the regime by which future superannuation payments can be split on marriage breakdown or divorce, to certain superannuation-like annuity products. Also contains application provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Apr 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Family Law Act 1975
    in relation to: interaction of bankruptcy and family law; enforcement of court orders; replacement of certain outdated terms (including introduction of the term “divorce”); recovery of child maintenance paid by a person found not to be a parent; the court’s power in relation to vexatious litigants; clarification of the rule-making power of the Family Court; and technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum