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: 78

  • Date
    02 Mar 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Migration Act 1958
    to: provide that the minister must determine that a detained minor is to reside at a specified place within the community rather than being held in a detention facility; and ensure that the minister can only designate a country as a regional processing country if the minister is satisfied that the country complies with relevant international laws, meets relevant human rights standards, is a safe and appropriate place for minors to reside and will release any detained person subsequently identified as a minor from detention. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Mar 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    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

  • Date
    31 Aug 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    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
    31 Aug 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Racial Discrimination Act 1975
    to amend section 18C (which makes unlawful certain offensive acts that are done because of race, colour or national or ethnic origin) to remove the words ‘offend’ and ‘insult’. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    31 Aug 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure and Regional Development 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Aviation Transport Security Act 2004
    and
    Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Act 2003
    to: prevent the use of aviation and maritime transport or offshore facilities in connection with serious or organised crime; establish a regulatory framework to implement harmonised eligibility criteria for the aviation security identification card (ASIC) and maritime security identification card (MSIC) schemes; clarify and align the legislative basis for undertaking security checking of ASIC and MSIC applicants and holders; provide for regulations to prescribe penalties for offences; and insert an additional severability provision to provide guidance to a court as to Parliament’s intention. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    to: abolish the ‘75% audience reach rule’ which prohibits commercial television broadcasting licensees from controlling licences whose combined licence area populations exceed 75 per cent of the population of Australia; abolish the ‘2 out of 3 cross-media control rule’ which prohibits control over more than two out of three regulated media platforms in any one commercial radio licence area; and provide additional local programming obligations for regional commercial television broadcasting licensees. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Payments Structural Reform and Participation Measures) Bill 2016, the bill amends the:
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    and
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999
    to: cease the child care benefit (CCB) and child care rebate; introduce a child care subsidy (CCS) which is subject to both an income and activity test; introduce various rates of additional child care subsidy (ACCS) that are available in certain circumstances; and make amendments in relation to CCS and ACCS claims, reviews of decisions, provider approvals, and compliance obligations of approved providers of child care services;
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    to provide that the current vaccination and immunisation details and schedules may be applied, adopted or incorporated in a minister’s determination;
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999
    in relation to: circumstances in which applications for approval of a child care service are taken not to have been made; backdating of CCB service approvals; reassessments of child care service conditions of continued approval; and cessation of enrolment advances;
    A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999
    in relation to goods and services tax treatment of new child care funding programs; and
    A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999
    ,
    Early Years Quality Fund Special Account Act 2013
    ,
    Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986
    and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Migration Act 1958
    to establish a sponsorship framework for the sponsored family visa program to: separate sponsorship assessment from the visa application process for family sponsored visas; require the approval of persons as family sponsors before any relevant visa applications are made; impose statutory obligations on persons who are or were approved as family sponsors and provide for sanctions if those obligations are not satisfied; facilitate the sharing of personal information between parties identified in a sponsorship application; enable the refusal of a sponsorship application and the cancellation or barring of a family sponsor in certain circumstances; enable the regulations to prescribe details for, and in relation to, the operation of the sponsorship framework; and make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: remove the assets test exemption for youth allowance and austudy payment recipients whose partner receives certain income support payments; extend the means test rules used to assess interests in trusts and companies to independent youth allowance and austudy payment recipients; align income test treatment of gift payments from immediate family members with existing pension rules; harmonise the family tax benefit and youth allowance parental income tests by including tax free pensions and benefits as income for the parental income test; ensure that all students receiving income support receive a health care card; and enable the Australian Statistical Geography Standard remoteness structure used to assess eligibility for student payments to be automatically updated. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum