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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
    15 Sep 2011 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Banking Act 1959
    to establish a framework for the issue of covered bonds by: enabling authorised deposit institutions to issued covered bonds; and providing that the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority set prudential standards for the issue of the bonds. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Nov 2011 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    to: extend from 1 January 2012 to 1 January 2013 the review relating to the allocation of one or more additional commercial television broadcast licences (“the sixth channel review”); and expand the scope of this and any subsequent review. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Nov 2011 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Innovation, Industry, Science and Research 
    Summary
    Clarifies that consequential amendments made by the
    Business Names Registration (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Act 2011
    to ten Acts will not apply until the national business names registration system commences. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 May 2012 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    to provide earlier access, in particular circumstances, to the digital commercial satellite television service known as the Viewer Access Satellite Television (VAST) by: enabling VAST licensees to provide their digital commercial satellite television services to specified external territories; enabling third party digital retransmission services to be taken into account for administering the conditional access scheme for VAST services; requiring licensees in certain licence areas to nominate multiple places against which their time based broadcasting obligations will be assessed; and enabling the minister to vary the date for digital switchover in a licence area or when that area becomes a digital only local market area. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 May 2012 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    in relation to the provision of captioning services by commercial, national and subscription television broadcasters by: introducing and increasing captioning targets; requiring the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to develop a captioning standard to determine the quality of captioning services; requiring broadcasters to transmit emergency warnings in the form of text and speech, and captioned where possible; introducing compliance reporting and record keeping requirements; providing for a statutory review by the ACMA; and making compliance with the captioning requirements a licensing condition. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum