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: 84

  • Date
    16 Oct 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Aged Care (Accommodation Payment Security) Act 2006
    ,
    Aged Care (Accommodation Payment Security) Levy Act 2006
    ,
    Aged Care Act 1997
    and six other Acts to: transfer certain aged care regulatory functions and powers from the Secretary of the Department of Health to the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner in relation to the approval, monitoring and enforcement of regulatory compliance of providers of aged care; and provide for the reconsideration and review of decisions in relation to the new functions of the commissioner. Also provides for transitional arrangements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    19 Sep 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Veterans’ Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Defence Service Homes Act 1918
    to expand eligibility for the Defence Service Homes Insurance Scheme to current and former members of the Australian Defence Force who have at least one day of continuous full-time service, including reservists and peacekeepers. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • 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on the use of ‘protected names’ relating to the former Commonwealth-owned shipping line ANL Limited; and remove outdated and unnecessary legislation.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
    01 Aug 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Crimes Act 1914
    to: expand the existing presumption against bail and parole for persons charged or convicted of a terrorism offence to include persons being considered for bail for a further federal offence, persons the subject of a control order and persons who have demonstrated support for, or have links to, terrorist activity; and make it explicit that the best interests of a child must be considered as a primary consideration by the relevant decision maker at the key points in the criminal justice processes of bail, sentencing and parole; and
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to: expand eligibility for the continuing detention order (CDO) scheme by ensuring that terrorist offenders who are currently serving a period of imprisonment for a terrorism offence and another offence remain eligible for consideration for a CDO at the conclusion of their term of imprisonment; and amend the information disclosure obligations in relation to sensitive national security information in CDO applications. 

    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
    National Disability Insurance Scheme 
    Summary
    Amends the
    National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013
    to: introduce new requirements for appointments to the National Disability Insurance Scheme Launch Transition Agency and the Independent Advisory Council; establish a 28-day requirement for consultations with host jurisdictions for certain matters that require consultation (with the ability for host jurisdictions to seek an extension for up to 90 days); and re-categorise certain National Disability Insurance Scheme rules. 

    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

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