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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: 125

  • Date
    24 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the
    National Health Act 1953
    to: enable the minister, the secretary or the Chief Executive Medicare to arrange for the use of computer programs to make decisions and determinations, exercise powers or comply with obligations and do anything else related to those actions; enable approved pharmacists whose premises have been affected by disaster or exceptional circumstances to supply pharmaceutical benefits at alternative premises in the same locality for a limited period and be paid for claims at the full rate; and ensure that entitlements for concessional beneficiaries and their dependants will apply for pharmaceutical benefits until midnight on the day of a person’s death. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Veterans’ Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Military, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
    ,
    Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to: enable the secretary to arrange for the use of computer programs to make decisions and determinations, exercise powers or comply with obligations and do anything else related to those actions; enable the secretary to disclose information about a particular case or class of cases where the secretary certifies that it is necessary in the public interest to do so; and enable information sharing between the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission and the Secretary of the Department of Defence or the Chief of the Defence Force;
    Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988
    to amend the short title of the Act once it is enacted; and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to make technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Air Services Act 1995
    to: include in the functions of Airservices Australia (AA) the protection of community amenity and residential areas from the effects of the operation and use of aircraft; require AA to consult and cooperate with government, sectors of the aviation industry and communities when modifying or creating flight paths; require AA to provide a complaints mechanism during the consultation process; provide that AA publish details of consultations; provide that AA must request the minister to appoint a Community Aviation Advocate to represent communities possibly affected by changed flight paths; provide for the composition of the AA Board; require AA to include details of any complaints in the annual report; and provide for the establishment of an Aircraft Noise Ombudsman; and
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    to require the minister to appoint a Community Aviation Advocate in certain circumstances. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997
    to provide that all live-stock exported from Australia are fitted with an electronic tag and that data from the tag is captured at all stages of the export supply chain. 

    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
    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
    28 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to require employers to pay a base rate of pay, full rate of pay and any casual loading that is not less than the relevant award or national minimum wage for employees covered by an enterprise agreement. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Migration Act 1958
    to: require employers nominating 457 visa workers under labour agreements, and as standard business sponsors, to meet certain labour market testing requirements; require certain sponsors in specified sectors to employ their guest workers under a Labour Agreement; and introduce an Australian Jobs Test that requires employers to demonstrate their contribution to local employment and skills development as part of their application to sponsor temporary workers; and Migration Regulations 1994 to: require the minister to publish policy guidelines relating to the negotiation of certain agreements; require certain 457 visa applicants to hold a relevant licence or undertake a mandatory skills assessment; and make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Customs Act 1901
    to: enable regulations to be made to provide that export permits for defence and strategic goods can be revoked where, in the opinion of the Defence Minister, the exportation of those goods would prejudice Australia’s national security, defence or international relations; remove the requirement that the Comptroller-General of Customs enter into an interim trusted trader agreement with an entity; enable the minister to exempt certain persons from liability to pay the import declaration processing charge; extend the circumstances in which an application can be made to move, alter or interfere with goods for export that are subject to customs control; remove certain requirements and clarify provisions in relation to the making of tariff concession orders for made-to-order capital equipment; and remove unnecessary and outdated provisions;
    Commerce (Trade Descriptions) Act 1905
    to: enable an officer to inspect and examine imported goods that they believe are goods prescribed by the Commerce (Imports) Regulations 1940; and enable the regulations to prescribe penalties for offences against those regulations; and
    Maritime Powers Act 2013
    to clarify that powers under the Act are able to be exercised in the course of passage through or above the waters of another country in a manner consistent with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Also repeals the
    Customs (Tariff Concession System Validations) Act 1999
    and
    Import Processing Charges (Amendment and Repeal) Act 2002

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Customs Tariff Act 1995
    to: remove the list of countries and places to which special non-reciprocal rates of customs duty apply and instead include it in the Customs Tariff Regulations 2004; remove expired safeguard provisions relating to the Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreement; clarify the tariff classification of certain fruits, vegetables and pastas; and clarify the end date of the Enhanced Project By-law Scheme. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum