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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: 88

  • Date
    15 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Justice 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to provide for a mandatory minimum sentence and increased maximum penalties for the offences of trafficking firearms or firearms parts within Australia, and into and out of Australia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    21 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Excise Tariff Amendment (Tobacco Duty Harmonisation) Bill 2017, the bill amends the
    Customs Tariff Act 1995
    to adjust the rate of excise-equivalent customs duty on tobacco other than stick form over four years to align it with the amount of duty applying to the average per stick tobacco content of cigarettes. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Defence 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Defence Act 1903
    to enable a policy framework to broaden and expand the conditions under which a positive test result of prohibited substances must be disregarded;
    Defence Reserve Service (Protection) Act 2001
    to: extend the application of employment, partnership and education protections to all types of Reserve service; extend the application of financial liability and bankruptcy protections to full time service that is operational service; protect reservists in the workplace from harassment or detriment including victimisation relating to their status or service as a reservist; and introduce a civil penalty regime to complement existing criminal offences;
    Defence Reserve Service (Protection) Act 2001
    and the proposed
    Regulatory Powers (Standardisation Reform) Act 2017
    to make amendments contingent on the commencement of the
    Regulatory Powers (Standardisation Reform) Act 2017
    ;
    Intelligence Services Act 2001
    ,
    Navigation Act 2012
    and
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    to transfer hydrographic, meteorological and oceanographic functions from the Royal Australian Navy to the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation; and
    Australian Defence Force Cover Act 2015
    to: align certain provisions with other military superannuation schemes; and clarify the definition of an eligible child of a member or invalid. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000
    to: enable the minister to specify additional matters which may be taken into consideration for the fit and proper person requirements for registration purposes; expand the scope of events that a provider must report to education services for overseas students agencies; extend information sharing provisions; and enable a 30-day payment period for late payment penalties;
    Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011
    to: enable the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) to take additional matters into account in its regulatory decision-making; introduce a requirement that providers must be fit and proper persons; expand the scope of matters about which providers must notify TEQSA; enable TEQSA to delegate its functions or powers to the Chief Executive Officer; require the accreditation of certain diplomas and certificates; and increase financial viability and transparency requirements; and
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to: prohibit unscrupulous marketing practices and barriers to withdrawal from study; define a ‘genuine student’ for the purposes of reporting and claiming FEE-HELP liabilities; enable the minister to vary conditions of approval for providers and determinations relating to advance payments in certain circumstances; provide for civil penalties in cases of non-compliance; subject the Act to monitoring under the
    Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014
    ; provide for more stringent provider application requirements; and increase financial viability and transparency requirements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Special Minister of State 
    Summary
    Implements the Government’s response to the recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters’ report The 2016 Federal Election: Interim Report on the authorisation of voter communication by amending the:
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to: apply the electoral authorisation requirements to modern communication channels; require all paid electoral advertising to be authorised; require entities subject to the electoral funding and financial disclosure regime to include this information in their political communications; ensure the obligation to authorise electoral and referendum matter primarily rests with those responsible for the decision to communicate it; and replace the current criminal non-compliance regime with a civil penalty regime to be administered by the Australian Electoral Commission;
    Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984
    ,
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1993
    ,
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    and
    Special Broadcasting Service Act 1991
    to harmonise authorisation requirements across broadcasting, electoral and referendum legislation;
    Parliamentary Proceedings Broadcasting Act 1946
    to make consequential amendments; and
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to introduce an offence which criminalises false representations in relation to a Commonwealth body. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Customs Tariff Amendment (Tobacco Duty Harmonisation) Bill 2017, the bill amends the
    Excise Tariff Act 1921
    to adjust the rate of excise duty on tobacco other than stick form over four years to align it with the amount of duty applying to the average per stick tobacco content of cigarettes. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Foreign Affairs and Trade 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Act 1991
    to: expand the functions of the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (Efic) to include the provision of services to Commonwealth entities and companies, subject to ministerial approval; and expand Efic’s powers to enable direct lending to a wider range of small to medium sized enterprises. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    BANDT, Adam, MP 
    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

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