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: 164

  • Date
    13 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Finance 
    Summary
    Implements measures relating to public communications in the conduct of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey, including: requiring authorisations on all forms of communication of marriage law survey matter and providing the Electoral Commissioner with related information-gathering powers; imposing obligations on broadcasters to give reasonable opportunities for broadcasting opposing views; providing for offences for bribery and threats and civil penalties in relation to vilification, interference, discrimination and misleading or deceptive publications; providing for injunctive relief in relation to the statistics collection process and related activities; and enabling the Electoral Commissioner to make rules prescribing certain matters. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    05 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Grape and Wine Authority Act 2013
    to: enable the Australian Grape and Wine Authority to implement, facilitate and administer programs for cider and in relation to international wine tourism, and to administer grant programs for wine; change the authority’s name to Wine Australia; and amend the short title of the Act to the
    Wine Australia Act 2013
    ; and
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    ,
    Primary Industries (Customs) Charges Act 1999
    ,
    Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Act 1999
    and
    Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Act 1991
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Aug 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Education Services for Overseas Students Amendment Bill 2017, the bill amends the
    Education Services for Overseas Students (TPS Levies) Act 2012
    to: enable the minister to set the administrative and base fee components of the TPS levy by legislative instrument; allow an annual indexed amount to be applied to the dollar amounts for the administrative and base fee components worked out by the minister; set an upper limit which the minister cannot exceed in determining the administrative and base fee components; and require the minister to cause the amount of the indexed administrative and base fee components to be published in any manner he or she considers appropriate. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Aug 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Education Services for Overseas Students (TPS Levies) Amendment Bill 2017, the bill amends the
    Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000
    to: provide that the Tuition Protection Service (TPS) Director is responsible for working out, as opposed to setting, the amount of the TPS levy each year; and provide that the TPS Director must determine the TPS levy amount in accordance with the Act. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Aug 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    International Monetary Agreements Act 1947
    to provide a standing appropriation and authority to borrow for payments to meet drawings made by the International Monetary Fund under the decision to renew the New Arrangements to Borrow. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Aug 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Environment and Energy 
    Summary
    Part of a package of four bills to introduce national emission standards for new non-road spark ignition engines and equipment, the bill amends the
    Customs Act 1901
    to clarify that emissions-controlled products imported or exported in contravention of the proposed
    Product Emissions Standards Act 2017
    are not forfeited to the Crown under section 229 of the Act. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Aug 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Environment and Energy 
    Summary
    Part of a package of four bills to introduce national emission standards for new non-road spark ignition engines and equipment, the bill imposes a charge on the import of emissions-controlled products. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Aug 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Environment and Energy 
    Summary
    Part of a package of four bills to introduce national emission standards for new non-road spark ignition engines and equipment, the bill imposes a charge on the domestic manufacture of emissions-controlled products. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Aug 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Environment and Energy 
    Summary
    Part of a package of four bills to introduce national emission standards for new non-road spark ignition engines and equipment, the bill: enables the minister to prescribe products as emissions-controlled products and make rules relating to those products; provides mechanisms in the rules for emissions-controlled products to be certified to specified emissions standards; provides that the rules may exempt persons or products from the operation of one or more provisions of the bill; establish offences and civil penalty provisions relating to the import or supply of certain emissions controlled products; triggers the compliance and enforcement provisions of the
    Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014
    (regulatory powers Act) and provides additional compliance and enforcement powers; enables the sharing of information with other agencies and the publication of certain information relating to an emissions-controlled product; enables the delegation of the minister’s and the secretary’s functions and powers under the proposed Act or the regulatory powers Act; and requires a review of the operation of the proposed Act at regular intervals. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 
    Summary
    Repeals the
    Australian Research Council (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2001
    ,
    Australian Technical Colleges (Flexibility in Achieving Australia’s Skills Needs) Act 2005
    ,
    Skilling Australia’s Workforce Act 2005
    and
    Skilling Australia’s Workforce (Repeal and Transitional Provisions) Act 2005
    . Also makes a consequential amendment to the
    Social Security Act 1991

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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