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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Bills before the Senate

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TOTAL RESULTS: 90

  • Date
    29 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    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
    04 Mar 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    LUDLAM, Sen Scott 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Defence Act 1903
    to provide for parliamentary approval of overseas service by members of the Australian Defence Force; and
    Air Force Act 1923
    and
    Naval Defence Act 1910
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Mar 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    RHIANNON, Sen Lee 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989
    to prohibit the developing, manufacturing, selling, advertising or importing into Australia of cosmetics, or ingredients in cosmetics, which have been tested on live animals; and make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    WATERS, Sen Larissa 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    to impose additional obligations on the minister in making decisions on approvals and conditions; and
    Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility Act 2016
    to: require the Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility to assess whether an entity is a suitable person for the purposes of providing financial assistance for Northern Australia economic infrastructure; and provide that, in undertaking an assessment, the facility consults with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and the Australian Crime Commission. Also provides for a review of certain existing approvals under the
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    in relation to the Adani group. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Sep 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    RHIANNON, Sen Lee 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    to prohibit the import of live primates for research purposes. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Dec 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Agriculture and Water Resources Legislation Amendment Bill 2016, the bill amends the
    National Residue Survey (Excise) Levy Act 1998
    and
    Primary Industries (Excise) Levy Act 1999
    to remove obsolete regulatory requirements in relation to the sale of honey. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Sep 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    WATERS, Sen Larissa 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to: remove restrictions on employees’ rights to disclose the amount of, or information about, their pay or earnings; and prohibit employers from taking adverse action against employees for disclosing this information. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    RHIANNON, Sen Lee 
    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
    13 Aug 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    LEYONHJELM, Sen David
    DAY, Sen Bob 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to remove the requirement that certain small businesses pay penalty rates unless the work is performed on a weekend and is in addition to 38 hours of work over a seven day period, is in addition to ten hours of work in a 24 hour period, or is performed on a public holiday. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Mar 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    CAMERON, Sen Doug 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to: clarify the application of the Act to migrants; require Fair Work Information Statements to contain certain information; provide additional protection from adverse action in certain circumstances; introduce a ‘reasonable person’ test in determining whether an employer has engaged in sham contracting; enable the court to make orders requiring directors of phoenix companies to pay amounts owed by failed companies and orders disqualifying certain persons from managing corporations; increase maximum penalties for certain breaches of the Act; and introduce new offences for serious contraventions of the Act that involve the use of coercion or threats; and
    Corporations Act 2001
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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