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: 67

  • 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
    23 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Justice 
    Summary
    Amends: six Acts to ensure that assistance that Australia can currently provide to foreign countries can also be provided to the International Criminal Court and international war crimes tribunals; the
    Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1987
    to: amend provisions in relation to proceeds of crime search warrants; clarify which foreign proceeds of crime orders can be registered in Australia; clarify the roles of judicial officers in domestic proceedings to produce documents or articles for a foreign country; and make minor and technical amendments; the
    Extradition Act 1988
    to ensure that magistrates and judges have powers to make orders necessary for the conduct of extradition proceedings; the
    Foreign Evidence Act 1994
    to: ensure foreign evidence can be appropriately certified; and extend the application of foreign evidence rules to proceedings in the external territories and the Jervis Bay territory; the
    Crimes Act 1914
    to ensure the offence of identifying a child witness or vulnerable adult complainant extends to identifying a child complainant; the
    Crimes Legislation Amendment (Law Enforcement Integrity, Vulnerable Witness Protection and Other Measures) Act 2013
    to clarify the application of supports and protections for victims and witnesses to future criminal proceedings, regardless of when the alleged conduct occurred; the
    Crimes Act 1914
    ,
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    and
    Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979
    to clarify the operation of human trafficking, slavery and slavery-like offences; the
    War Crimes Act 1945
    to streamline reporting arrangements; the
    Australian Federal Police Act 1979
    to: ensure that the Australian Federal Police’s alcohol and drug testing program and integrity framework apply to the entire workforce; ensure that the most up to date testing standards can be employed at the time a sample is provided; and clarify the processes for resignation in cases of serious misconduct or corruption; the
    Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006
    to: enable travellers departing Australia to report cross-border movements of physical currency electronically; and enable the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission to access AUSTRAC information; the
    Australian Crime Commission Act 2002
    to clarify the use of the Australian Crime Commission’s prescribed alternative name; and the
    AusCheck Act 2007
    to enable AusCheck to conduct and coordinate background checks in relation to major national events. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    21 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to enable the Australian Electoral Commission to consider the historical and cultural context of flags and other symbols when assessing their use in political party logos. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    21 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to amend the National Employment Standards to require that people who work on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day receive public holiday penalty rates, regardless of whether the state or territory in which they reside has declared these dates as public holidays. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    21 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    The bill: establishes the High Speed Rail Planning Authority and provides for its functions, appointment and terms and conditions of appointment of members, staff and consultants, conduct of meetings, and reporting and information requirements; and enables the minister to make rules prescribing matters. 

    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
    10 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Implements the Government’s response to the recommendations of the 2015
    Review of Illegal Offshore Wagering
    , the bill amends the:
    Interactive Gambling Act 2001
    to: clarify the services to which the Act applies by recognising prohibited interactive gambling services and regulated interactive gambling services; prohibit a person providing regulated interactive gambling services to Australians unless the person holds a licence under the law of an Australian state and territory; introduce a civil penalty regime to be enforced by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA); prohibit ‘click to call’ in-play betting services; streamline complaints handling and investigation processes; establish a register of eligible regulated interactive gambling services to be published on the ACMA website; and enable the minister to determine by legislative instrument that a specific thing is, or is not, a sporting event for the purposes of the Act; Interactive Gambling Regulations 2001 to make consequential amendments; and
    Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005
    to enable the ACMA to disclose certain information to foreign regulators and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. 

    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
    09 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Veterans’ Affairs 
    Summary
    The bill: 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
    20 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Paid Parental Leave Act 2010
    to: provide that parental leave pay under the Paid Parental Leave scheme will only be provided to parents who have no employer-provided paid primary carer leave, or whose employer-provided paid primary carer leave is for a period less than 18 weeks or is paid at a rate below the full-time national minimum wage; remove the requirement for employers to provide paid parental leave to eligible employees, unless an employer chooses to manage the payment to employees and the employees agree for the employer to pay them; extend the application of the four-week backdating rule; modify the paid parental leave work test to take into account the circumstances of pregnant women in hazardous occupations and to extend the permissible break from eight to 12 weeks; and make amendments contingent on the commencement of the proposed
    Regulatory Powers (Standardisation Reform) Act 2016

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum