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: 14

  • Date
    25 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to: provide that the Secretary of the Department of Social Services is the decision maker for all cashless debit card exit applications; broaden the criteria for the exit provisions to enable the secretary to take into account a person’s ability to manage their affairs generally, including their financial affairs; clarify that exit applications need to be made in a form that is approved by the secretary; and expand the wellbeing exemption provisions so that they apply more broadly across all regions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    ,
    Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010
    and
    Privacy Act 1988
    to create the Consumer Data Right to provide individuals and businesses with a right to access specified data in relation to them held by businesses. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Further to the Timor Sea Maritime Boundaries Treaty Consequential Amendments Bill 2019 and Passenger Movement Charge Amendment (Timor Sea Maritime Boundaries Treaty) Bill 2019, the bill gives effect to tax arrangements required to implement the Treaty Between Australia and the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste Establishing Their Maritime Boundaries in the Timor Sea (New York, 6 March 2018) by amending the
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to provide ‘conditions equivalent’ to participants in transitioned petroleum activities affected by the treaty. Also makes consequential amendments to six Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Finance 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Future Drought Fund Bill 2019, the bill makes consequential amendments to seven Acts to: support the operation of the Future Drought Fund; and provide for transitional arrangements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Finance 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Future Drought Fund (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2019, the bill uses uncommitted funds from the Building Australia Fund to establish the Future Drought Fund (comprised of the Future Drought Fund Special Account and the investments of the Future Drought Fund) as a dedicated investment vehicle to provide a secure revenue stream to be used for drought resilience, preparedness and response. Also establishes the Future Drought Fund Consultative Committee. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979
    to extend the operation of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation’s questioning and detention powers for a further 12 months to 7 September 2020. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Counter-Terrorism (Temporary Exclusion Orders) Bill 2019, the bill amends the:
    Independent National Security Legislation Monitor Act 2010
    to enable the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor to review the operation, effectiveness and implications of the temporary exclusion orders scheme; and
    Intelligence Services Act 2001
    to require the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security to monitor and review the exercise of powers under the scheme. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Counter-Terrorism (Temporary Exclusion Orders) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2019, the bill introduces a temporary exclusion orders scheme to delay Australians of counter-terrorism interest from re-entering Australia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Farm Household Support Act 2014
    to: maintain the farm assets value limit for farm household assistance at $5 million; and ensure that allowable deductions are offset against the type of income to which they relate. 

    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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