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: 1306

  • Date
    17 Mar 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to establish a remedial power so that the Commissioner of Taxation can make a disallowable legislative instrument to modify the operation of a taxation law in certain circumstances;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to enable primary producers to access income tax averaging 10 income years or more after they opted out; and
    A New Tax System (Luxury Car Tax) Act 1999
    to provide an exemption from luxury car tax to certain public institutions that import or acquire luxury cars for the sole purpose of public display. Also makes technical amendments to 10 Acts and repeals 45 excise Acts and the
    Income Tax (War-time Arrangements) Act 1942

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Mar 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Corporations Act 2001
    to ensure that auditors registered from 1 December 2005 on the basis of the CPA/ICAA competency standard, as approved by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission on 24 November 2004, are validly registered with effect from the date of their purported registration. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Mar 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Customs Act 1901
    to: enable the minister to exempt certain persons from liability to pay the import declaration processing charge; extend the circumstances in which an application can be made to move, alter or interfere with goods for export that are subject to customs control; remove certain requirements and clarify provisions in relation to the making of tariff concession orders for made-to-order capital equipment; and remove unnecessary and outdated provisions;
    Commerce (Trade Descriptions) Act 1905
    to enable an officer to inspect and examine goods that they believe are goods prescribed by the Commerce (Imports) Regulations 1940 which are imported; and enable the regulations to prescribe penalties for offences against those regulations; and
    Maritime Powers Act 2013
    to clarify that powers under the Act are able to be exercised in the course of passage through or above the waters of another country in a manner consistent with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Mar 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    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
    16 Mar 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    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
    16 Mar 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Mar 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Act 1991
    to enable levy and charge payer information to be provided to rural research and development corporations for the purpose of developing levy payer registers; and the
    Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997
    ,
    Dairy Produce Act 1986
    and
    National Residue Survey Administration Act 1992
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Mar 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Social Security Act 1991
    to establish a health care card to provide people diagnosed with Diabetes Mellitus Type 1 with access to medication and peripheral devices; and the
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to enable the Parliament to appropriate funds to support these payments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Mar 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Communications 
    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 for some additional local programming obligations for regional commercial television broadcasting licensees. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Mar 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Foreign Affairs and Trade 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Registration of Deaths Abroad Act 1984
    to: enable the minister to appoint any state or territory registrar as the Registrar of Deaths Abroad (the registrar); validate the prior appointment of the ACT Registrar-General as the registrar and validate any previous registrations of deaths; enable the registrar to register death that could have been registered under the law of a state or territory, where the state or territory concerned has provided notice that it will not register a death; and ensure that only the registrar can register deaths. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum