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: 147

  • 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
    23 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Environment and Energy 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011
    to: remove the obligation to obtain consent of eligible interest holders from existing area-based emissions-avoidance projects; clarify that state and territory government Crown lands ministers and Commonwealth ministers responsible for land rights legislation have consent rights for projects conducted on exclusive possession native title land that is Torrens system land or land rights land; provide for legislative rules or regulations to allow parts of a sequestration offsets project to be removed and credits surrendered for the carbon stored in that area; ensure a sequestration project’s net total liability under the scheme does not include credits issued for emissions avoidance or credits that have already been relinquished; clarify that requirements to relinquish carbon credits if carbon stores are lost apply to sequestration projects that store carbon and avoid emissions; provide for projects to transfer between methods so as to move between emissions-avoidance and sequestration; ensure that relinquishment requirements apply to projects whose crediting period extends beyond their permanence period; and allow legislative rules or regulations to provide for the removal of regulatory approval or consent conditions on declarations obtained after the end of the first reporting period for the project. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Mar 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Parliamentary Service Act 1999
    to: require the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) to prepare an intergenerational report for the Treasurer every five years; and enable the PBO to request a Commonwealth body to provide information that is relevant to the preparation of that report; and
    Charter of Budget Honesty Act 1998
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Charter of Budget Honesty Act 1998
    to require the Treasurer to release and table regular regional Australia statements to provide information to allow assessment of the impact of government policy decisions on regional Australia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Acts Interpretation Act 1901
    and
    Legislation Act 2003
    to clarify the validity of ministerial acts and the operation of provisions about the management of compilations prepared for the Federal Register of Legislation;
    Archives Act 1983
    to: provide the National Archives of Australia with tools to manage high-volume applicants requesting access to records; and make other minor technical amendments;
    Bankruptcy Act 1966
    to clarify that the Family Court of Australia has bankruptcy jurisdiction when a trustee applies to have a financial agreement set aside under the
    Family Law Act 1975
    ;
    Domicile Act 1982
    to provide that it applies to territories currently specified in the Domicile Regulations 1982;
    Evidence Act 1995
    to amend the presumption about when postal articles sent by prepaid post are received;
    Family Law Act 1975
    to: introduce new offences relating to international parental child abduction and to allow a person to request a location order for the purposes of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction; clarify who may perform the powers of the registry managers; align financial and other provisions for de facto and married couples; make various amendments relating to the operation of the family law courts; and make minor and technical amendments;
    International Arbitration Act 1974
    to: specify the meaning of ‘competent court’ for the purpose of the Model Law; clarify procedural requirements for enforcement of an arbitral award; modernise provisions governing certain arbitrators’ powers; and clarify the application of certain confidentiality provisions;
    Marriage Act 1961
    to: remove outdated concepts and ensure consistency with the
    Family Law Act 1975
    in relation to parental consent for the marriage of minors; and make minor and technical amendments; and
    Sex Discrimination Act 1984
    to remove the exemption for discrimination against women employed, engaged or appointed in Australian Defence Force positions involving combat duties. Also makes consequential amendments to nine Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988
    and
    Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992
    to: align workers’ compensation arrangements for the Seacare and Comcare schemes with minimum benchmarks to be set by the proposed National Injury Insurance Scheme; and ensure that persons in receipt of incapacity payments can continue to receive those payments until they reach pension age. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to: reduce the disclosure threshold to $1000; ensure that, for the purposes of the disclosure threshold and the disclosure of gifts, related political parties are treated as one entity; prohibit the receipt of a gift of foreign property and all anonymous gifts by registered political parties, candidates and members of a Senate group; provide that public funding of election campaigning is limited to declared expenditure incurred by the eligible political party, candidate or Senate group, or the sum payable calculated on the number of first preference votes received where they have satisfied the four per cent threshold, whichever is the lesser; provide for the recovery of gifts of foreign property, anonymous gifts and undisclosed gifts; introduce new offences and penalties; and increase penalties for existing offences. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to: reduce the disclosure threshold to $1000; ensure that, for the purposes of the disclosure threshold and the disclosure of gifts, related political parties are treated as one entity; prohibit the receipt of a gift of foreign property and all anonymous gifts by registered political parties, candidates and members of a Senate group; provide that public funding of election campaigning is limited to declared expenditure incurred by the eligible political party, candidate or Senate group, or the sum payable calculated on the number of first preference votes received where they have satisfied the four per cent threshold, whichever is the lesser; provide for the recovery of gifts of foreign property, anonymous gifts and undisclosed gifts; introduce new offences and penalties; and increase penalties for existing offences. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Dec 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to prohibit political donations from certain industries and from industry representative organisations whose majority members are prohibited donors. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Mar 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to: reduce the disclosure threshold to $1000; require certain persons making gifts at or above the threshold to furnish a return within eight weeks after polling day; ensure that for the purposes of the disclosure threshold and the disclosure of gifts, related political parties are treated as one entity; prohibit the receipt of a gift of foreign property and all anonymous gifts by registered political parties, candidates and members of a Senate group; extend existing recovery powers; and introduce new offences and penalties and increase penalties for existing offences. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum