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: 1312

  • Date
    23 Jun 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Establishes the Office of Animal Welfare as an independent statutory authority with responsibility for advising on the protection of animal welfare in Commonwealth regulated activities; provides for the functions, appointment and terms and conditions of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and for staff and consultants; establishes the Office of Animal Welfare Advisory Committee to advise the CEO; and provides for reporting requirements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 May 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    to require agencies and ministers to publish the exact wording of freedom of information requests and a statement of reasons concerning the decision to allow or refuse the release of requested documents. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Mar 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991
    to require Food Standards Australia New Zealand to develop and approve within 12 months, a labelling standard to prescribe how the food services sector must identify the country of origin of fish offered for immediate consumption in Australia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    05 Mar 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Requires any use of official development or humanitarian assistance to have regard to reducing gender inequality, and the minister to present an annual report setting out how the Commonwealth used international aid to promote general equality in recipient countries. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Dec 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Defence Act 1903
    to link annual wage increases for members of the Australian Defence Force to whichever is the higher of increases in parliamentary allowance or the consumer price index. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Nov 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983
    to include requirements for the production and dissemination of local content in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Charter. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Nov 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    to reduce certain Family Tax Benefit Part A payments by 20 per cent of any income in excess of the ‘income free area’ until the payment reaches zero. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Nov 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Establishes a Regulator of Medicinal Cannabis to be responsible for formulating rules and monitoring compliance with those rules for licensing the production, manufacture, supply, use, experimental use and import and export of medicinal cannabis; and provides for a national system to regulate the cultivation, production and use of medicinal cannabis products, and related activities such as research. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Nov 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Marriage Act 1961
    to provide that: people may marry regardless of their sex, sexual orientation or gender identity; registered marriage celebrants are not able to discriminate; religious and non-religious private sector celebrants have freedom of conscience not to solemnise marriages; and chaplains in the defence force may exercise a freedom of conscience while maintaining a positive duty to try to ensure that all couples who seek their services are able to marry. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Nov 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    to enable single parents to access the parenting payment (single) until their youngest child has turned 16 years of age;
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to provide for payments under this Act; and
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to provide for an enforceable right to request flexible work arrangements for people with caring responsibilities, including single parents. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum