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: 59

  • Date
    11 Sep 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development 
    Summary
    Repeals the
    ANL Act 1956
    and
    ANL Guarantee Act 1994
    to: remove restrictions on the use of ‘protected names’ relating to the former Commonwealth-owned shipping line ANL Limited; and remove outdated and unnecessary legislation. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    31 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture 
    Summary
    Establishes an independent Inspector-General of Live Animal Exports to oversee the Department of Agriculture in its role as the regulator of Australia’s live-stock exports. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011
    to implement certain recommendations of the
    Review of the impact of the TEQSA Act on the higher education sector
    by: removing references to specific categories of non-threshold standards; removing unnecessary references to 'the Research Minister' and requiring that advice on new standards need only be sought from that minister in certain circumstances; requiring TEQSA to advise the minister and the Higher Education Standards Panel (the panel) before it undertakes a quality review that could have certain impacts; providing that overseas universities can offer a course of study not wholly or mainly provided from Australian premises, and use the word 'university' to represent its operations, without committing an offence; providing that a quorum for TEQSA meetings is a majority of commissioners; expanding the skill set that the minister must ensure is encompassed by the panel members; expanding the functions of the panel; providing a consent-based exception to the offence of unauthorised disclosure or use of information; allowing TEQSA to disclose certain higher education and personal information to the minister, the secretary and relevant officers; and allowing TEQSA to disclose information for research purposes and to a complainant in relation to a complaint without the consent of the body to which the information applies. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Veterans’ Affairs 
    Summary
    The bill: provides a general recognition of veterans and their families; sets out the Australian Defence Force Covenant; provides statements that veterans’ affairs portfolio legislation will be interpreted with a beneficial intention and that the Commonwealth is committed to working cooperatively with veterans, their families and ex-service organisations to address issues facing veterans; and provides that the Commonwealth may issue pins, cards and other artefacts to veterans and their family members. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Civil Aviation Act 1988
    to require the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, in developing and promulgating aviation safety standards, to take into consideration the impacts of costs and the relative risk environment of the different aviation industry sectors. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Health Insurance Act 1973
    to introduce a statutory scheme (the Bonded Medical Program) which consolidates the existing Bonded Medical Places and Medical Rural Bonded Scholarship schemes under a single legislative framework. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    National Disability Insurance Scheme 
    Summary
    Amends the
    National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013
    to establish a database for nationally consistent worker screening for people who provide NDIS supports and services through a registered NDIS provider. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Families and Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    National Rental Affordability Scheme Act 2008
    to: expand and clarify the object of the National Rental Affordability Scheme; expressly identify the constitutional powers being relied upon and giving the Act operation within the scope of those constitutional powers; and expand and clarify the power to make regulations under the Act. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Road Vehicle Standards Act 2018
    and
    Road Vehicle Standards (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2018
    to postpone the commencement of the substantive provisions of these Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Oct 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Farm Household Support Act 2014
    and Farm Household Support Minister’s Rule 2014 to: increase access to the Farm Household Allowance (FHA) program for eligible farmers and their partners to four years in every specified ten year period; and broaden the circumstances in which the off-farm income offset can be applied and increase the upper limit of the offset from $80 000 to $100 000; and
    Farm Household Support Act 2014
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to: provide for a one-off lump sum payment of $7500 (single recipient) or $6500 (members of a couple) for FHA recipients who have been payable for 1460 days of payment by 30 June 2020; and provide the minister with a power to determine who may qualify for, and the amount of, future relief payments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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