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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: 90

  • Date
    01 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to respond to recommendations of the Productivity Commission’s final report into the Workplace Relations Framework by: removing the requirement for the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to conduct 4 yearly reviews of modern awards from the beginning of 1 January 2018; and enabling the FWC to overlook minor procedural or technical errors when approving an enterprise agreement, if it is satisfied that those errors were not likely to have disadvantaged employees; and
    Fair Work Act 2009
    and
    Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009
    to respond to recommendations of the
    Report of Inquiry into Complaints about the Honourable Vice President Michael Lawler of the Fair Work Commission and Related Matters
    by applying the complaint-handling powers of the Minister for Employment and the President of the FWC to FWC members who formerly held office in the Australian Industrial Relations Commission, and applying the
    Judicial Misbehaviour and Incapacity (Parliamentary Commissions) Act 2012
    in relation to FWC members. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Nov 2010 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    XENOPHON, Senator Nick
    MILNE, Sen Christine 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975
    to: implement a national interest test to be applied against proposed foreign acquisitions of agricultural land; require any interest in agricultural land greater than five hectares to be notified to the Treasurer; require online publication of information about foreign acquisitions of interest in agricultural land; and impose penalties for not notifying the Treasurer of a proposed acquisition. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    LEYONHJELM, Sen David 
    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
    15 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON-YOUNG, Sen Sarah 
    Summary
    Prohibits mining activities, including prospecting for or exploring for minerals or other geological material, in the Great Australian Bight marine area. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Jul 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON-YOUNG, Sen Sarah 
    Summary
    The bill: establishes the Office of the Guardian for Unaccompanied Non-citizen Children and provides for the appointment, functions and powers of the guardian, and for staff, consultants and reporting requirements; and amends the
    Immigration (Guardianship of Children) Act 1946
    and
    Migration Act 1958
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    FARRELL, Sen Don 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to: increase the maximum student contributions by 1.8 per cent for four years from 2018; adjust the Commonwealth contribution amounts from 2018 to 2021 to reflect the increased student contribution amounts; apply an efficiency dividend of 2.5 per cent per annum to grants under the Commonwealth Grant Scheme (CGS) in 2018 and 2019; extend the medical student loading to include veterinary science and dentistry units of study from 2018; expand the demand driven funding system to include approved sub-bachelor courses at public universities from 2018; require enabling course students to pay a student contribution amount for any units of study with census dates on or after 1 January 2018; allocate enabling courses on a cyclical basis through a three-year tender process from 2019; introduce performance-contingent funding under the CGS; reduce the Higher Education Loan Program minimum repayment income to $41 999 and replace the current repayment thresholds with new ones, including additional repayment thresholds and rates; index repayment thresholds to the consumer price index rather than average weekly earnings; restructure the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program to include new student loading for students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, annual performance funding and grants for a National Priorities Pool; and make minor and technical amendments;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to make consequential amendments; and
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    and
    VET Student Loans Act 2016
    to: extend access to student loans to most Australian permanent residents and most New Zealand citizens while removing their entitlement to a Commonwealth supported place from 1 January 2018; and preserve current eligibility arrangements for several cohorts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Part of a package of four bills in relation to tax arrangements for working holiday makers, the bill amends the
    Income Tax Rates Act 1986
    to apply a 19 per cent income tax rate to assessable income derived by working holiday makers on amounts up to $37 000, with ordinary tax rates applying for taxable income exceeding this amount. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Dec 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    WRIGHT, Sen Penny 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Independent National Security Legislation Monitor Act 2010
    to: enable the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor to review proposed counter-terrorism and national security legislation; require the monitor to consider whether counter-terrorism and national security legislation is a proportionate response to the national security threat faced; enable Legal and Constitutional Affairs Senate committees and the Human Rights Commission to refer matters to the monitor for inquiry; require for all reports of the monitor to be tabled and the government to respond to any recommendations within six months; ensure that the position of monitor is a full time position; establish the Office of the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor as a statutory agency and a listed entity; and provide for staff; and
    Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
    to enable the Human Rights Commission to refer matters to the monitor for inquiry. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Nov 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    XENOPHON, Sen Nick 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Interactive Gambling Act 2001
    to: require gambling services to provide prescribed training to certain employees; enable the Federal Circuit Court of Australia to grant injunctions for the purposes of transaction blocking; place restrictions on the conduct of restricted wagering services in relation to sports betting and provide for offences and civil penalties if they are contravened; place restrictions on the broadcasting of restricted wagering service advertisements and provide for offences and civil penalties if they are contravened; provide for the compliance and enforcement of the new offences and civil penalty provisions; require the Interactive Gambling Regulator to keep a register of individuals who wish to self-exclude from restricted wagering services and provide for the administration of, and the protection of information in, the register; and provide for the appointment of the Interactive Gambling Regulator and the functions of the position; and
    Privacy Act 1988
    to provide that Australian Privacy Principle 7 (direct marketing) does not apply to the extent that restricted wagering services provisions of the
    Interactive Gambling Act 2001
    apply. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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