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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  • Date
    02 Oct 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the: Freedom of Information Act 1982 to provide for: the Administrative Appeals Tribunal to have sole jurisdiction for external merits review of freedom of information (FOI) decisions; the Attorney-General to be responsible for FOI guidelines, collection of FOI statistics and the annual report on the operation of the Act; and the Ombudsman to have sole responsibility for the investigation of FOI complaints; and Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 and Privacy Act 1988 to provide for an Australian Privacy Commissioner as an independent statutory officer holder within the Australian Human Rights Commission. Also repeals the Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010 to abolish the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner; and makes consequential amendments to 22 Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 May 2013 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the Constitution to make specific provision in relation to the granting of financial assistance by the Commonwealth to local government bodies. [
    The bill has been passed by an absolute majority of each House of the Parliament - see section 128 of the Constitution
    .] 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 May 2013 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Privacy Act 1988
    to establish a framework for the mandatory notification by regulated entities of serious data breaches to the Australian Information Commissioner and to affected individuals. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Mar 2013 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Marriage Amendment (Celebrant Administration and Fees) Bill 2013, the bill: imposes an annual celebrant registration charge with a statutory limit of $600 for the 2013-14 financial year; and provides for indexation of the statutory limit in later financial years. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Mar 2013 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Marriage (Celebrant Registration Charge) Bill 2013, the bill amends the
    Marriage Act 1961
    to: provide for a celebrant registration charge to be imposed from 1 July 2013 on Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants who are authorised under the Marriage Celebrants Program to perform marriages; provide for the deregistration of celebrants who do not pay the celebrant registration charge or obtain an exemption; enable the imposition of a registration application fee for prospective celebrants seeking registration; provide for exemptions and the imposition of processing fees for applications for exemptions; remove the requirement for performance reviews every five years of marriage celebrants; and make minor amendments to the Marriage Celebrants Program. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Nov 2012 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Native Title Act 1993
    to: enable certain parties to agree to disregard historical extinguishment of native title in certain areas set aside and public works in areas set aside; clarify the conduct expected of parties in future act negotiations; extend to eight months the time before a party may seek a determination from an arbitral body; streamline processes and broaden the scope for voluntary indigenous land use agreements; and make a technical amendment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Oct 2012 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Establishes a framework of standard regulatory powers exercised by Commonwealth agencies by providing for: monitoring and investigative powers; and enforcement provisions including civil penalties, infringement notices, enforceable undertakings and injunctions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    21 Jun 2012 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Military Court of Australia Bill 2012, the bill: amends: the
    Defence Force Discipline Act 1982
    to: retain courts martial and Defence Force magistrates; provide for a right of election for trial; clarify the status and character of service offences; remove references to old system offences; and maintain cooperation where military discipline and criminal law jurisdictions overlap; and 22 other Acts to make consequential amendments; and abolishes the Defence Force Discipline Appeals Tribunal by repealing the
    Defence Force Discipline Appeals Act 1955

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    21 Jun 2012 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Military Court of Australia (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Bill 2012, the bill establishes the Military Court of Australia and provides for the court’s management, jurisdiction, administration within the infrastructure of the Federal Court of Australia, and practice and procedure. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Jun 2010 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Family Law Act 1975
    to restructure the Family Court of Australia by creating the Appellate and Superior Division and the General Division; the
    Federal Magistrates Act 1999
    to: remove family law from the jurisdiction of the court; and transfer a number of procedural processes from the court to the General Division of the Family Court; 16 Acts consequent on the restructure of the Family Court; and the
    Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975
    to enable regulations to be made to impose fees on certain agencies to be imposed at any stage in proceedings. Also makes transitional arrangements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum