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
    16 Sep 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Migration Act 1958
    to: provide that when an unlawful non-citizen is in the process of being removed to another country and before they enter that country the person is returned to Australia, then that person has a lawful basis to return to Australia without a visa; ensure that when that person is returned to Australia, bars on the person making a valid visa application for certain visas will continue to apply as if they had never left Australia; make technical and consequential amendments arising out of the enactment of the
    Migration Amendment (Character and General Visa Cancellation) Act 2014
    ; clarify that a person who has previously been refused a protection visa application that was made on their behalf cannot make a further protection visa application; ensure that fast track applicants can apply to the Administrative Review Tribunal for review of certain decisions; correct a referencing error in relation to maritime crew visas; and ensure that visa ceasing provisions operate as intended; and the
    Maritime Powers Act 2013
    to clarify that powers are able to be exercised in the course of passage through or above waters of another country in a manner consistent with the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Sep 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: extend and simplify the ordinary waiting period for all working age payments; extend youth allowance (other) to 22 to 24 year olds in lieu of newstart allowance and sickness allowance; and provide for a four-week waiting period for certain persons aged under 25 years applying for youth allowance (other) or special benefit and require these job seekers to complete certain pre-benefit activities; and the
    Farm Household Support Act 2014
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Sep 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993
    to require trustees of registrable superannuation entity licensees to have a minimum of one-third independent directors and an independent chair on their boards; and make consequential amendments; and the
    Governance of Australian Government Superannuation Schemes Act 2011
    to restructure the board of the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation by reducing the number of directors from eleven to nine and providing for the majority of the directors to be independent. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Sep 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Trade Marks Act 1995
    to prohibit the registration of trade marks which consist of a sign which is of national significance or iconic value to the people of Australia; and provide that any trade marks that currently purport to restrict the use of a sign of national significance must be removed from the register of trade marks. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Sep 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    in relation to the job seeker compliance framework by: strengthening and aligning financial penalties for failure to enter into an Employment Pathway Plan; suspending participation payments and applying financial penalties for failure to behave in an appropriate manner at an appointment; enabling more immediate application of financial penalties for failure to participate in activities or job interviews; suspending participation payments for inadequate job search; removing waivers for serious financial penalties incurred for refusing or failing to accept a suitable job; renaming all failures resulting in short-term financial penalties as ‘no show no pay’ failures; and removing redundant provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Aug 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Environment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    (EPBC Act) to provide that only aggrieved persons (as defined by section 5 of the
    Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977
    ) may make an application for judicial review of decisions made under the EPBC Act. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    19 Aug 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Provides for a national plebiscite to be conducted at the next general election on the question of whether two people should be able to marry, regardless of gender. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Aug 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Marriage Act 1961
    to: define marriage as a union of two people; clarify that ministers of religion or chaplains are not bound to solemnise marriage by any other law; and remove the prohibition of the recognition of same sex marriages solemnised in a foreign country; and the
    Sex Discrimination Act 1984
    to make a consequential amendment. Also includes a regulation making power so that consequential amendments can be made to other Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Aug 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990
    to require an explanatory statement to be provided with certain types of travel entitlement claims by members, parliamentary office-holders and ministers; and provide for penalties if claims are made in excess of entitlement; and the
    Ombudsman Act 1976
    to expand the powers of the Commonwealth Ombudsman to include the scrutiny of parliamentary entitlements claims. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Jun 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Paid Parental Leave Act 2010
    to provide that parents entitled to receive employer-provided primary carer leave payments (or other like payments) in excess of the total amount of parental leave pay will not receive parental leave pay under the Paid Parental Leave scheme; and remove the requirement for employers to provide paid parental leave to eligible employees, unless an employer chooses to manage the payment to employees and the employees agree for the employer to pay them. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum