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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: 74

  • Date
    30 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Customs Tariff Act 1995
    to: remove the list of countries and places to which special non-reciprocal rates of customs duty apply and instead include it in the Customs Tariff Regulations 2004; remove expired safeguard provisions relating to the Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreement; clarify the tariff classification of certain fruits, vegetables and pastas; and clarify the end date of the Enhanced Project By-law Scheme. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Veterans’ Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Military, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
    ,
    Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to: enable the secretary to arrange for the use of computer programs to make decisions and determinations, exercise powers or comply with obligations and do anything else related to those actions; enable the secretary to disclose information about a particular case or class of cases where the secretary certifies that it is necessary in the public interest to do so; and enable information sharing between the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission and the Secretary of the Department of Defence or the Chief of the Defence Force;
    Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988
    to amend the short title of the Act once it is enacted; and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to make technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Requires bills and regulations relating to superannuation to be accompanied by a statement of their compatibility with the defined primary and subsidiary objectives of the superannuation system. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    08 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Migration Act 1958
    and Migration Regulations 1994 to: prevent unauthorised maritime arrivals or transitory persons (referred to as members of the designated regional processing cohort) who were at least 18 years of age and were taken to a regional processing country after 19 July 2013 from making a valid application for an Australian visa; enable the minister to permit a member of the designated regional processing cohort, or a class of persons within the designated regional processing cohort, to make a valid application for a visa if the minister thinks it is in the public interest to do so; and prevent a member of the designated regional processing cohort from being deemed to have been granted a special purpose visa or being deemed to have applied for particular visas under the Migration Regulations 1994. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    19 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Migration Act 1958
    to: establish a framework which requires certain visa holders to revalidate certain information, either within a specified period (a routine revalidation check) or if the minister determines that it is in the public interest (a public interest revalidation check); provide that certain events that cause a visa that is in effect to cease will, as a general rule, cause a visa that is held, but not in effect, to be taken to cease; and enable the use of contactless technology to clear travellers through the immigration clearance system (SmartGate). 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to provide that fortnightly incentive payments made to young job seekers undertaking internships under the Youth Jobs PaTH do not affect social security payments or veterans’ entitlements; and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to provide that young job seekers employed by a Youth Jobs PaTH employer may have their social security payments suspended rather than cancelled in certain circumstances. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to: tighten the eligibility criteria for mobility allowance for new claims and reduce the period for which the allowance is continued when a person ceases to be qualified; provide that the allowance will no longer be payable to individuals who transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS); and close the mobility allowance program from 1 July 2020. Also makes consequential amendments to five Acts. 

    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
    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

  • 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