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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: 159

  • Date
    13 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    LEYONHJELM, Sen David 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Marriage Act 1961
    to: define marriage as a union of two people; clarify that authorised celebrants are not bound to solemnise marriage; and remove the prohibition of the recognition of same sex marriages solemnised in a foreign country; and
    Sex Discrimination Act 1984
    to make consequential amendments. Also includes a regulation making power so that consequential amendments can be made to other Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Finance 
    Summary
    Enables the Federal Circuit Court of Australia or the Federal Court of Australia to grant an injunction or order payment of compensation in relation to a contravention of the relevant Commonwealth Procurement Rules, so far as those rules relate to a covered procurement. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON-YOUNG, Sen Sarah 
    Summary
    Prohibits mining activities, including prospecting for or exploring for minerals or other geological material, in the Great Australian Bight marine area. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Jul 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON-YOUNG, Sen Sarah 
    Summary
    The bill: establishes the Office of the Guardian for Unaccompanied Non-citizen Children and provides for the appointment, functions and powers of the guardian, and for staff, consultants and reporting requirements; and amends the
    Immigration (Guardianship of Children) Act 1946
    and
    Migration Act 1958
    to make consequential amendments. 

    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

  • Date
    01 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Imported Food Control Act 1992
    to: require a food safety management certificate from importers of certain foods where at-border testing alone is insufficient to provide assurance of food safety; enable food to be held at the border where there is uncertainty about the safety of a particular food and where the scientific approach to verify its safety is not established; provide additional powers to monitor and manage new and emerging risks; recognise a foreign country’s food safety regulatory system where it is equivalent to Australia’s food safety system; establish differentiated enforcement provisions to enable a graduated approach to non-compliance; require importers of food to keep records to enable traceability of food; and make technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Part of a package of four bills in relation to tax arrangements for working holiday makers, the bill amends the
    Income Tax Rates Act 1986
    to apply a 19 per cent income tax rate to assessable income derived by working holiday makers on amounts up to $37 000, with ordinary tax rates applying for taxable income exceeding this amount. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Dec 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    WRIGHT, Sen Penny 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Independent National Security Legislation Monitor Act 2010
    to: enable the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor to review proposed counter-terrorism and national security legislation; require the monitor to consider whether counter-terrorism and national security legislation is a proportionate response to the national security threat faced; enable Legal and Constitutional Affairs Senate committees and the Human Rights Commission to refer matters to the monitor for inquiry; require for all reports of the monitor to be tabled and the government to respond to any recommendations within six months; ensure that the position of monitor is a full time position; establish the Office of the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor as a statutory agency and a listed entity; and provide for staff; and
    Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
    to enable the Human Rights Commission to refer matters to the monitor for inquiry. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Part of a package of six bills to establish a new national regulatory scheme for industrial chemicals, the bill: repeals the
    Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989
    ,
    Industrial Chemicals (Registration Charge—Customs) Act 1997
    ,
    Industrial Chemicals (Registration Charge—Excise) Act 1997
    and
    Industrial Chemicals (Registration Charge—General) Act 1997
    ; makes consequential amendments to the
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Act 1994
    ,
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    and
    Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997
    ; and provides for transitional arrangements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Part of a package of six bills to establish a new national regulatory scheme for industrial chemicals, the bill amends the
    Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989
    to: amend the definition of a new synthetic polymer to align it with international approaches to regulation; amend the notification requirements for new chemicals; exempt polymers of low concern from notification requirements; remove certain annual reporting requirements; and make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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