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: 83

  • Date
    24 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to enable income management to continue in Cape York and Doomadgee for a further two years until 30 June 2019. 

    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
    30 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    International Monetary Agreements Act 1947
    to: establish a standing appropriation and authority to borrow for payments to meet drawings made by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) under a new bilateral loan agreement entered into by Australia and the IMF; and make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends: six Acts to make amendments arising out of the enactment of the
    Treasury Laws Amendment (Fair and Sustainable Superannuation) Act 2016
    in relation to: the transfer balance cap; concessional and non-concessional contributions; limited recourse borrowing arrangements; objective of superannuation; transition to retirement income streams; capital gains tax relief for superannuation funds; and administrative processes; the
    Bankruptcy Act 1966
    and
    Corporations Act 2001
    to enable a single approval to cover a profit or advantage received by an external administrator or trustee even when the benefit is passed on to multiple related entitles; and the
    Corporations Act 2001
    to: ensure that annual and end-of-control returns by controllers are included on the Australian Securities and Investments Commission’s public register; and make technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    ,
    Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997
    and
    Tax Laws Amendment (Small Business Measures No. 2) Act 2015
    to extend by 12 months to 30 June 2018 the period during which small business entities can access expanded accelerated depreciation rules. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    A New Tax System (Medicare Levy Surcharge—Fringe Benefits) Act 1999
    and
    Medicare Levy Act 1986
    to increase the Medicare levy and Medicare levy surcharge low-income threshold amounts for individuals, families and individual taxpayers and families eligible for the seniors and pensioners tax offset; and increase the phase-in limits as a result of the increased threshold amounts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Further to the
    Treasury Laws Amendment (Enterprise Tax Plan) Act 2017
    , the bill amends the:
    Income Tax Rates Act 1986
    to: progressively extend the lower 27.5 per cent corporate tax rate to all corporate tax entities by the 2023-24 financial year; and further reduce the corporate tax rate in stages so that by the 2026 27 financial year, the corporate tax rate for all entities will be 25 per cent; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    ,
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    ,
    Treasury Laws Amendment (Combating Multinational Tax Avoidance) Act 2017
    and
    Treasury Laws Amendment (Enterprise Tax Plan) Act 2017
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills to enable the recovery of the regulatory costs of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), the bill: provides for the collection of the levy; and requires entities regulated by ASIC to submit annual returns. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum