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: 185

  • Date
    21 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: amend the residency requirements for the age pension and the disability support pension by changing certain timeframes which need to be met before claims will be deemed payable to eligible recipients; and increase the maximum liquid assets waiting period for youth allowance, austudy, newstart allowance and sick allowance from 13 weeks to 26 weeks;
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to cease payment of the pension supplement after six weeks temporary absence overseas and immediately for permanent departures; and
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    to align the income test taper rates so that all income above the higher income free area is treated equally when calculating an individual’s rate of family tax benefit Part A. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    19 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    WILKIE, Andrew, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to: ensure that, when a supplier provides a customer with an itemised bill or proof of transaction, the document is given in paper form unless the customer consents to receiving it electronically; and ensure that customers are not charged a fee for receiving the document in paper. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    19 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    SHARKIE, Rebekha, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to impose a penalty on Australian cattle exporters who do not take reasonable steps to ensure that Australian cattle that is slaughtered, or processed after slaughter, in a foreign country is not marketed as Australian beef. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    19 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    CHRISTENSEN, George, MP 
    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 30 June 2017; provide that any such determination made by the Fair Work Commission made on or after 22 February 2017 is of no effect; and ensure that penalty rates cannot be reduced in any future greenfields or non-greenfields enterprise agreement if an employee is worse off than they would have been under the award, by virtue of the fact that the employee works only or mainly on days on which penalty rates are paid. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    19 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    LEYONHJELM, Sen David
    ROBERTS, Sen Malcolm 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Airports Act 1996
    to provide that the regulation of smoking at airports does not apply to the use of e-cigarettes (vaping);
    Therapeutic Goods Act 1989
    to exclude e-cigarettes from regulation by the Therapeutic Goods Administration; and
    Tobacco Advertising Prohibition Act 1992
    to provide that the ban on the advertising of smoking does not apply to the advertising of vaping. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Citizenship Act 2007
    in relation to: strengthened citizenship requirements, including in relation to permanent residency and English language proficiency; the definition of ‘spouse’ and ‘de facto partner’; citizenship by adoption; automatic acquisition of citizenship; citizenship by conferral; residence requirements for citizenship; good character requirements; bar on approval for citizenship where there are related criminal offences; offence provisions; mandatory and discretionary cancellation of approval of citizenship; ministerial discretion to delay the making of the pledge of allegiance; increase in the maximum period of deferral for making the pledge of allegiance; revocation of citizenship by descent, conferral or under intercountry adoption arrangements; ministerial power to make legislative instruments; use and disclosure of personal information; and consequential amendments; and
    Migration Act 1958
    to enable the use and disclosure of personal citizenship information. 

    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
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    XENOPHON, Sen Nick 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Corporations Act 2001
    to require an email address to be included on a register of members of a company or registered scheme. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    MCALLISTER, Sen Jenny 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Productivity Commission Act 1998
    to: expand the functions of the Productivity Commission to include the undertaking of research on inequality and its effects on the Australian economy and community; require the commission to have regard in the exercise of its functions to the need to mitigate the negative effects of inequality; and provide for reporting requirements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    The bill: establishes the Regional Investment Corporation to administer farm business loans and financial assistance granted to states and territories in relation to water infrastructure projects, and any future programs prescribed by rules; provides for the corporation’s functions, operating mandate, ministerial directions, board membership and appointment of a chief executive officer and staff; and provides for miscellaneous matters, including the recovery of costs, delegations, power to make rules, and an independent review of the operation of the Act before 1 July 2024. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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