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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TOTAL RESULTS: 148

  • Date
    12 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends: 15 Acts to remove current provisions providing for regulatory regimes and to apply the standard provisions of the
    Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014
    ; and the
    Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014
    in relation to: the ability to secure evidence of a contravention when exercising monitoring powers; the age of photographs for identity cards; the time period for the making of a civil penalty order; and the cap on the amount to be stated in an infringement notice. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Communications 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Copyright Act 1968
    to: replace the exception for persons with a disability and others acting on their behalf with a fair dealing exception; replace the current statutory licences for institutions assisting persons with a print or intellectual disability with a single exception; harmonise and modernise the preservation exceptions for copyright material in libraries, archives and key cultural institutions; consolidate and simplify the statutory licences that allow educational institutions to use works and broadcasts; allow copyright material to be incorporated into educational assessments conducted online; set new standard terms of protection for published and unpublished materials and for Crown copyright in original materials; and update references to ministers and preconditions for making regulations extending or restricting the operation of the Act in relation to foreign countries. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Communications 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Enhancing Online Safety for Children Act 2015
    to: amend the short title of the Act to the
    Enhancing Online Safety Act 2015
    ; change the title of the Children’s e-Safety Commissioner to the e-Safety Commissioner; expand the role and function of the commissioner to cover Australians more generally rather than only Australian children; permit the commissioner to disclose a broader class of information to specified Commonwealth authorities; and make consequential amendments. Also makes consequential amendments to five other Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    to: amend account keeping and licence fee administration arrangements for commercial broadcasters and datacasting transmitter licensees; remove duplicative requirements for licensees, publishers and controllers to notify the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) of certain changes in control of regulated media assets; provide a consistent classification arrangement for all television programs, including films; and amend two statutory publication requirements;
    National Broadband Network Companies Act 2011
    to provide that NBN Co may dispose of surplus non-communications goods;
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    to: correct a technical error in relation to the admissibility of certain evidence in court proceedings; remove the requirement for the ACMA to consult with an advisory committee before declaring a submarine cable protection zone; and remove the ability of NBN Co to issue and keep a register of statements that it will not be installing fibre in a new real estate development;
    Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005
    and
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    to remove duplication in the complaints handling and information gathering functions of the ACMA;
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to remove the ability of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to issue tariff filing directions to certain carriers and carriage service providers;
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    and
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    to amend the statutory information collection powers of the ACMA and the ACCC;
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983
    ,
    Special Broadcasting Service Act 1991
    and
    Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999
    to make technical amendments; and
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    and three other Acts to enable the development of an industry-based scheme for the management of telephone numbering resources. Also repeals 53 Acts and removes redundant provisions in four Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Special Broadcasting Service Act 1991
    to: increase the restriction of no more than five minutes per hour of advertising to 10 minutes of advertising in any hour of broadcasting on the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS); and clarify SBS’s ability to earn revenue through the broadcast of programs containing product placement. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Implements the Government’s response to the recommendations of the 2015
    Review of Illegal Offshore Wagering
    , the bill amends the:
    Interactive Gambling Act 2001
    to: clarify the services to which the Act applies by recognising prohibited interactive gambling services and regulated interactive gambling services; prohibit a person providing regulated interactive gambling services to Australians unless the person holds a licence under the law of an Australian state and territory; introduce a civil penalty regime to be enforced by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA); prohibit ‘click to call’ in-play betting services; streamline complaints handling and investigation processes; establish a register of eligible regulated interactive gambling services to be published on the ACMA website; and enable the minister to determine by legislative instrument that a specific thing is, or is not, a sporting event for the purposes of the Act; Interactive Gambling Regulations 2001 to make consequential amendments; and
    Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005
    to enable the ACMA to disclose certain information to foreign regulators and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    to: abolish the ‘75% audience reach rule’ which prohibits commercial television broadcasting licensees from controlling licences whose combined licence area populations exceed 75 per cent of the population of Australia; abolish the ‘2 out of 3 cross-media control rule’ which prohibits control over more than two out of three regulated media platforms in any one commercial radio licence area; and provide additional local programming obligations for regional commercial television broadcasting licensees. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Defence 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Defence Act 1903
    to enable a policy framework to broaden and expand the conditions under which a positive test result of prohibited substances must be disregarded;
    Defence Reserve Service (Protection) Act 2001
    to: extend the application of employment, partnership and education protections to all types of Reserve service; extend the application of financial liability and bankruptcy protections to full time service that is operational service; protect reservists in the workplace from harassment or detriment including victimisation relating to their status or service as a reservist; and introduce a civil penalty regime to complement existing criminal offences;
    Defence Reserve Service (Protection) Act 2001
    and the proposed
    Regulatory Powers (Standardisation Reform) Act 2017
    to make amendments contingent on the commencement of the
    Regulatory Powers (Standardisation Reform) Act 2017
    ;
    Intelligence Services Act 2001
    ,
    Navigation Act 2012
    and
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    to transfer hydrographic, meteorological and oceanographic functions from the Royal Australian Navy to the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation; and
    Australian Defence Force Cover Act 2015
    to: align certain provisions with other military superannuation schemes; and clarify the definition of an eligible child of a member or invalid. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Education Act 2013
    to: retain the Schooling Resource Standard (SRC); provide that government schools receive 20 per cent and non-government schools receive 80 per cent of the Commonwealth share of the SRS; ensure that all schools transition to their relevant share of the SRS by 2027; provide for transition adjustment funding; update the per-student base funding amounts for 2018; allow for the indexation of base amounts to be tied to an indexation rate; change the calculation of the ‘student with disability’ loading; require the minister to determine each non-government school’s socio-economic status score for the purpose of its capacity to contribute percentage; reduce the benefit afforded to non-government primary schools under capacity to contribute calculations; and make technical amendments in relation to the number of students at a school, school education information, reviewable decisions, former approved authorities and the making of regulations; and
    Australian Education Act 2013
    and
    Australian Education (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2013
    to: update the preamble and objects of the Act; stipulate certain conditions of financial assistance on the states and territories; require the states and territories to maintain their 2017 per-student funding levels as a condition of Commonwealth funding; stipulate certain ongoing policy requirements for approved authorities for non-government schools; remove the distinction between participating and non-participating schools; remove certain requirement for approved authorities; and include additional annual reporting requirements in relation to Commonwealth funding. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to: increase the maximum student contributions by 1.8 per cent for four years from 2018; adjust the Commonwealth contribution amounts from 2018 to 2021 to reflect the increased student contribution amounts; apply an efficiency dividend of 2.5 per cent per annum to grants under the Commonwealth Grant Scheme (CGS) in 2018 and 2019; extend the medical student loading to include veterinary science and dentistry units of study from 2018; expand the demand driven funding system to include approved sub-bachelor courses at public universities from 2018; require enabling course students to pay a student contribution amount for any units of study with census dates on or after 1 January 2018; allocate enabling courses on a cyclical basis through a three-year tender process from 2019; introduce performance-contingent funding under the CGS; reduce the Higher Education Loan Program minimum repayment income to $41 999 and replace the current repayment thresholds with new ones, including additional repayment thresholds and rates; index repayment thresholds to the consumer price index rather than average weekly earnings; restructure the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program to include new student loading for students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, annual performance funding and grants for a National Priorities Pool; and make minor and technical amendments;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to make consequential amendments; and
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    and
    VET Student Loans Act 2016
    to: extend access to student loans to most Australian permanent residents and most New Zealand citizens while removing their entitlement to a Commonwealth supported place from 1 January 2018; and preserve current eligibility arrangements for several cohorts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum