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: 75

  • Date
    01 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Migration Act 1958
    to establish a sponsorship framework for the sponsored family visa program to: separate sponsorship assessment from the visa application process for family sponsored visas; require the approval of persons as family sponsors before any relevant visa applications are made; impose statutory obligations on persons who are or were approved as family sponsors and provide for sanctions if those obligations are not satisfied; facilitate the sharing of personal information between parties identified in a sponsorship application; enable the refusal of a sponsorship application and the cancellation or barring of a family sponsor in certain circumstances; enable the regulations to prescribe details for, and in relation to, the operation of the sponsorship framework; and make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Indigenous Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends: five Acts to provide for grants to higher education providers to assist Indigenous students; the
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to enable the secretary to be notified of tax file numbers (TFNs) for the purpose of administering student assistance under the VET FEE-HELP scheme; the
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    to enable the use and disclosure of TFNs by Commonwealth officers for the purposes of administering VET FEE-HELP; and the
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Student Assistance Act 1973
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Industry, Innovation and Science 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006
    and
    Petroleum Resource Rent Tax Assessment Act 1987
    to ensure the ongoing validity of apportionment agreements, where it becomes apparent that an agreement relates to an area which contains multiple petroleum pools, rather than a single discrete pool;
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006
    to: include a regulation making power to ensure there is a legal basis for the regulations to provide for the refund and remittal of environment plan (EP) levies; provide for the retrospective commencement of this regulation making power to ensure the validity of refunds of EP levies previously made to offshore petroleum titleholders; and clarify that regulations can provide for the remittal and refund of safety case levies. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Industry, Innovation and Science 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to clarify the country of origin labelling requirements by amending the definition of substantial transformation as it applies to the safety harbour provisions and removing the 50 per cent production cost test. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Industry, Innovation and Science 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Industry Research and Development Act 1986
    to transition Innovation Australia to become Innovation and Science Australia, an independent body responsible for strategic advice on all industry, innovation, science and research matters; and create a statutory framework to provide legislative authority for Commonwealth spending activities in relation to industry, innovation, science and research programs. Also makes consequential amendments to five Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    31 Aug 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure and Regional Development 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Aviation Transport Security Act 2004
    and
    Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Act 2003
    to: prevent the use of aviation and maritime transport or offshore facilities in connection with serious or organised crime; establish a regulatory framework to implement harmonised eligibility criteria for the aviation security identification card (ASIC) and maritime security identification card (MSIC) schemes; clarify and align the legislative basis for undertaking security checking of ASIC and MSIC applicants and holders; provide for regulations to prescribe penalties for offences; and insert an additional severability provision to provide guidance to a court as to Parliament’s intention. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Justice 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to provide for a mandatory minimum sentence and increased maximum penalties for the offences of trafficking firearms or firearms parts within Australia, and into and out of Australia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Justice 
    Summary
    Merges the functions of the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) with the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) by amending the
    Australian Crime Commission Act 2002
    to enable the ACIC to perform the AIC’s functions, including carrying out criminology research, sharing and publishing that research and carrying out commissioned research; and repealing the
    Criminology Research Act 1971
    to abolish the AIC as a statutory agency. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Aug 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Prime Minister 
    Summary
    Amends 15 Acts to correct technical errors. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: remove the assets test exemption for youth allowance and austudy payment recipients whose partner receives certain income support payments; extend the means test rules used to assess interests in trusts and companies to independent youth allowance and austudy payment recipients; align income test treatment of gift payments from immediate family members with existing pension rules; harmonise the family tax benefit and youth allowance parental income tests by including tax free pensions and benefits as income for the parental income test; ensure that all students receiving income support receive a health care card; and enable the Australian Statistical Geography Standard remoteness structure used to assess eligibility for student payments to be automatically updated. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum