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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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TOTAL RESULTS: 144

  • 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    to: remove outdated concepts and ensure consistency with the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
    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
    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
    22 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to: introduce a criminal offence for giving a registered organisation, or person associated with a registered organisation, a corrupting benefit; introduce a criminal offence for receiving or soliciting a corrupting benefit; introduce a criminal offence for certain national system employers to provide, offer or promise to provide cash or in kind payments, other than certain legitimate payments, to employee organisations or prohibited beneficiaries; introduce a criminal offence for soliciting, receiving, obtaining or agreeing or obtain any such prohibited payment; and require bargaining representatives for a proposed enterprise agreement to disclose certain financial benefits. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    21 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Postal Corporation Act 1989
    ,
    Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973
    and Remuneration Tribunal (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 1976 to make the Remuneration Tribunal (the tribunal) the responsible body for setting the remuneration of the Managing Director of Australia Post; and
    National Broadband Network Companies Act 2011
    to make the tribunal the responsible body for setting the remuneration of the Chief Executive Officer of NBN Co. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    21 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to: ensure that modern awards cannot be varied to reduce penalty rates or the hours to which penalties rates apply if the variation is likely to result in a reduction in the take-home pay of an employee; and provide that any such determination made by the Fair Work Commission made on or after 22 February 2017 is of no effect. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to: ensure that modern awards cannot be varied to reduce penalty rates or the hours to which penalties rates apply if the variation is likely to result in a reduction in the take-home pay of an employee; and provide that any such determination made by the Fair Work Commission made on or after 22 February 2017 is of no effect. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to: ensure that penalty rates in a modern award cannot be varied to make the penalty rate lower than that in force under the award on 1 January 2017; and provide that any such determination made by the Fair Work Commission made on or after 22 February 2017 is of no effect. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997
    to: prohibit the export of live-stock for slaughter on or after 1 July 2020; and provide in the interim that export licence holders ensure all live stock are treated satisfactorily prior to slaughter; and
    Export Control Act 1982
    to: prohibit the export of live-stock for slaughter unless the secretary is satisfied that the live-stock will be treated satisfactorily prior to slaughter; and prohibit the export of live-stock for slaughter on or after 1 July 2020. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    National Land Transport Act 2014
    to: include additional matters which the minister must consider when approving a project as an Investment Project; and provide for the publishing and tabling of the project approval instrument for an Investment Project and a summary of the evidence on which the minister’s decision to approve the project is based. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum