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
    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
    Transport and Regional Services 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Aviation Transport Security Act 2004
    and
    Civil Aviation Act 1988
    to allow background checking of holders of security designated authorisations (particularly flight crew);
    Aviation Transport Security Act 2004
    to include contractors of Airservices Australia as aviation industry participants; and
    Aviation Transport Security (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Act 2004
    to allow certain programs under the
    Air Navigation Act 1920
    to continue as programs under the
    Aviation Transport Security Act 2004
    . Also contains a regulation-making power and a transitional provision. 

    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
    Justice and Customs 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Customs Tariff Amendment (Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Bill 2004 to give effect to Australia’s obligations under the Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreement, the bill amends the
    Customs Act 1901
    to: incorporate new rules of origin for Thai goods for eligibility for preferential duty rates; and impose certain obligations on Australian exporters and Australian producers of goods who claim preferential tariff treatment in Thailand. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Aug 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Justice and Customs 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Customs Amendment (Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Bill 2004 to give effect to Australia’s obligations under the Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA), the bill amends the
    Customs Tariff Act 1995
    to: provide duty-free access to certain goods and preferential rates of customs duty for other goods that are of Thai origin; phase the preferential rates of customs duty for certain goods to zero by 2015; and provide the mechanism to initiate safeguard measures on sensitive products including canned tuna, processed pineapple and pineapple juice, if necessary. Also makes contingent amendments to the
    Customs Tariff Act 1995
    and
    US Free Trade Agreement Implementation (Customs Tariff) Act 2004
    in the event the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement is not in force for Australia before TAFTA enters into force for Australia. 

    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
    Finance and Administration 
    Summary
    Further to the accrual budgeting and reporting framework introduced by the
    Financial Management Legislation Amendment Act 1999
    , the bill amends 112 Acts, including the
    Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997
    and
    Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997
    , to: update, clarify and align financial management and reporting provisions applying to Commonwealth entities; expand information requirements for special account determinations; and transfer from the Treasurer to the Finance Minister powers and functions to approve investments, money raising and guarantees for certain bodies (including power to delegate these powers and functions). Also repeals 28 redundant Acts and contains saving provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Aug 2004 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 
    Summary
    Validates certain plans of management determined, amended and/or revoked under the
    Fisheries Management Act 1991
    . Also validates things done under or for the purposes of those plans. 

    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
    11 Aug 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Finance and Administration 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Superannuation Act 1976
    and the Rules for the Administration of the Public Sector Superannuation Scheme (PSS) in respect of the Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme (CSS) and the PSS in relation to the superannuation salary for secretaries of departments and certain other Australian Government office holders. Also validates past determinations of superannuation salary for such scheme members and ensures that no benefit already paid will be reduced by this validation. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum