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
    19 Mar 2009 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Evidence Act 1995
    to amend the professional confidential relationship privilege provisions available to protect confidential communications between journalists and their sources in certain circumstances by: providing that courts observe public interest considerations; requiring courts to consider any likely harm to a journalist if certain evidence were given; repealing provisions for automatic loss of privilege in cases of misconduct; and removing the requirement for courts to give the greatest weight to any risk of prejudice to national security. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Mar 2007 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995
    by establishing industry based self-assessment schemes in relation to: advertising unclassified films and computer games; and television series compilations. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Nov 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Sex Discrimination Act 1984
    to permit the provision of teaching scholarships to persons of one sex, in order to address the imbalance in the number of male and female teachers in schools. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Aug 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Disability Discrimination Act 1992
    to support the draft Disability Standards for Education which will be formulated and tabled following passage of this bill and which will clarify and elaborate the obligations under the Act of education and training providers in relation to students with disabilities. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Aug 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975
    to reform the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), particularly in relation to: AAT procedures; removal of restrictions on the constitution of the AAT for particular hearings; increased powers for ordinary members; role of the Federal Court; and expanded qualification requirements for appointment as President. Also makes consequential and related amendments to 18 other Acts and contains application and transitional provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Aug 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Bankruptcy Act 1966
    and
    Family Law Act 1975
    to clarify the interaction between family law and bankruptcy, particularly in relation to the rights of the non-bankrupt spouse and the interests of creditors; and
    Bankruptcy Act 1966
    to: establish a supervised account regime for the collection by a bankruptcy trustee of a bankrupt’s assessed income contributions; and prevent the use of financial and maintenance agreements to defeat the claims of creditors. Also contains application provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Aug 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Family Law Act 1975
    to extend the regime by which future superannuation payments can be split on marriage breakdown or divorce, to certain superannuation-like annuity products. Also contains application provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Aug 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Sex Discrimination Act 1984
    to permit the provision of teaching scholarships to males, in order to address the imbalance in the number of male and female teachers in schools. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Jun 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    The bill: establishes procedures for federal, State and Territory law enforcement agencies to obtain warrants, emergency authorisations and authorisations for the installation and use of surveillance devices in Australia and overseas in relation to criminal investigations and child recovery orders; and regulates the use, communication, publication, storage, destruction and making of records in connection with surveillance device operations. Also makes consequential amendments to the
    Australian Federal Police Act 1979
    ,
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    ,
    Customs Act 1901
    and
    Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1987
    ; and contains transitional and savings provisions and a regulation-making power. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 May 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Marriage Act 1961
    to: define marriage as a union of a man and a woman; and clarify that same-sex marriages entered into under the law of another country will not be recognised in Australia; and
    Family Law Act 1975
    to prevent intercountry adoptions by same sex couples under multilateral or bilateral agreements or arrangements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum