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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: 56

  • Date
    12 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Marriage Act 1961
    to: define marriage as a union of two people; clarify that ministers of religion or chaplains are not bound to solemnise marriage; and remove the prohibition of the recognition of same sex marriages solemnised in a foreign country; and the
    Sex Discrimination Act 1984
    to make a consequential amendment. Also includes a regulation making power so that consequential amendments can be made to other Acts. 

    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 the 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
    19 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Migration Act 1958
    to: establish a framework which requires certain visa holders to revalidate certain information, either within a specified period (a routine revalidation check) or if the minister determines that it is in the public interest (a public interest revalidation check); provide that certain events that cause a visa that is in effect to cease will, as a general rule, cause a visa that is held, but not in effect, to be taken to cease; and enable the use of contactless technology to clear travellers through the immigration clearance system (SmartGate). 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Further to the
    Tribunals Amalgamation Act 2015
    , the bill amends the
    Migration Act 1958
    to: harmonise and streamline provisions in relation to the code of procedure for review of decisions by the Migration and Refugee Division (MRD) of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal; clarify the operation of certain provisions relating to the conduct of review; clarify the notification requirements in relation to oral decisions of the MRD; and make technical amendments in relation to the giving of documents and the mechanism for review of decisions by the Immigration Assessment Authority in relation to family groups; and the
    Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    31 Aug 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Establishes the National Disability Insurance Scheme Savings Fund Special Account to assist the Commonwealth to meet its funding obligations in relation to the National Disability Insurance Scheme. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • 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
    19 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Implements recommendations of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security’s
    Advisory report on the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014
    and the Australian Law Reform Commission’s report
    For Your Information: Australian Privacy Law and Practice
    by amending the
    Privacy Act 1988
    to require agencies, organisations and certain other entities to provide notice to the Australian Information Commissioner and affected individuals of an eligible data breach. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    21 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    The bill: establishes Renew Australia as a statutory authority to oversee the transition of Australia’s electricity system to one based on renewable energy and provides for its functions and powers; establishes the Board of Renew Australia and provides for its functions, members and meetings; provides for the appointment of a Chief Executive Officer and staff, consultants and committees; provides for financial arrangements; and sets out a timetable for the phased closure of coal-fired power stations. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Veterans’ Affairs 
    Summary
    Creates the
    Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988
    which will be a re-enacted version of the
    Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensations Act 1988
    that is modified to apply only to members of the Defence Force and their dependants; and amends: the
    Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988
    to remove entitlement to compensation for members of the Defence Force and their dependants; eight Acts to make consequential amendments; and the
    Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
    ,
    Military Rehabilitation and Compensation (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2004
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    in relation to interactions between compensation and other benefits provided to members of the Defence Force and their dependants. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills in relation to the Seacare scheme, the bill amends the:
    Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992
    to introduce a new test to clarify coverage of the Seacare scheme; and implement amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention relating to insurance obligations of employers of seafarers;
    Seafarers, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988
    and
    Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988
    to align workers’ compensation arrangements for the Seacare and Comcare schemes with minimum benchmarks to be set by the proposed National Injury Insurance Scheme; and ensure that persons in receipt of incapacity payments can continue to receive those payments until they reach pension age;
    Work Health and Safety Act 2011
    to clarify the application of the Act; and
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006
    ,
    Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988
    ,
    Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992
    and
    Work Health and Safety Act 2011
    to make consequential amendments. Also repeals the Financial Management and Accountability (Establishment of Special Account) Determination 2002/06,
    Occupational Health and Safety (Maritime Industry) Act 1993
    ,
    Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Levy Act 1992
    and
    Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Levy Collection Act 1992
    ; and integrates the functions currently performed by the Seacare Authority into Comcare, abolishes the Seacare Authority and splits the functions between Comcare and the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (SRCC), and enables an advisory group to be appointed to support the SRCC and Comcare. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum