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
    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 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Competition and Consumer) Bill 2017, the bill establishes an ongoing funding arrangement for fixed wireless and satellite infrastructure (the Regional Broadband Scheme) by imposing a monthly charge on carriers, including NBN Co Ltd, in relation to each premises connected to their network that has an active fixed-line superfast broadband service during the month. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Telecommunications (Regional Broadband Scheme) Charge Bill 2017, the bill amends the:
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    and
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    to: remove regulation of networks servicing small business customers; enable new superfast networks to operate on a functionally separated basis with the approval of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC); enable the ACCC to exempt small start-up networks from separation regulation; provide that all services supplied on networks that are wholesale-only or functionally separated will be subject to clear non-discrimination obligations; amend the enforcement regime, including conferring additional powers on the ACCC; and introduce a statutory infrastructure provider regime; Carrier Licence Conditions (Networks supplying Superfast Carriage Services to Residential Customers) Declaration 2014 and Legislation (Exemptions and Other Matters) Regulation 2015 in relation to sunsetting arrangements;
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    ,
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    and
    Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999
    to implement the administrative arrangements for the Regional Broadband Scheme; and
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    to extend the ‘designated day’ for the purposes of Telstra’s structural separation to 1 January 2020. Also repeals four declarations. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Commercial Broadcasting (Tax) Bill 2017, the bill 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 Australian population; 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; provide additional local programming obligations for regional commercial television broadcasting licensees; amend measures relating to the anti-siphoning scheme and the anti-siphoning notice, including extending the automatic delisting period and removing the multi-channelling rule; abolish broadcasting licence fees, datacasting charges and apparatus licence fees paid by commercial broadcasters; provide for collection and assessment arrangements for the new transmitter licence tax; establish a transitional support payment scheme for certain commercial broadcasters; and require the Australian Communications and Media Authority to undertake a review by 1 July 2021. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Broadcasting Reform) Bill 2017, the bill imposes an interim tax on transmitter licences that are associated with commercial broadcasting licences. 

    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

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