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
    22 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Finance 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006
    and
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to prescribe the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre and the National Competition Council as listed entities for the purposes of the
    Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013
    (PGPA Act); nine Acts to align and harmonise their operation with the PGPA Act; the PGPA Act to correct a typographical error; and the
    Health Insurance Commission (Reform and Separation of Functions) Act 1997
    ,
    Privacy Act 1988
    and
    Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973
    to make amendments consequential on the sale of Medibank Private Limited in 2014. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    A New Tax System (Wine Equalisation Tax) Act 1999
    to: introduce additional eligibility criteria for the wine equalisation tax (WET) producer rebate; provide that a purchaser of wine is only able to claim a WET credit for WET included in the purchase price of that wine if it makes a taxable dealing with the wine; reduce the WET producer rebate cap from $500 000 to $350 000; amend the timing of the application of the associated producers rule; and remove the earlier producer rebate rule; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to provide asset roll-over relief for mandatory transfers within a superannuation fund in the transition to a MySuper product. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    21 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Customs Tariff Act 1995
    to: incorporate Customs Tariff Proposal (No. 1) 2017 to correct the customs duty rate for mosaic tiles; simplify the classification of machining centres able to perform two or more machining operations with an automatic tool change; reclassify paraquat dichloride; extend the concession for automotive prototype and components to automotive service providers; remove the $12 000 special customs duty on used and second-hand motor vehicles; and make technical amendments to certain tariff subheadings. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    21 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Migration Act 1958
    to preserve section 501 character decisions made relying on information provided by gazetted law enforcement and intelligence agencies, which is protected, or purportedly protected, from disclosure under section 503A. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Industry, Innovation and Science 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation Act 1987
    to provide greater flexibility to the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation in its activities, including the use of its property, facilities and resources for science, technology, innovation and training purposes. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Commercial Broadcasting (Tax) Bill 2017, the bill amends: the
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    to: abolish the ‘75% audience reach rule’, which prohibits commercial television broadcasting licensees from controlling licences whose combined licence area populations exceed 75 per cent of the Australian population; abolish the ‘2 out of 3 cross-media control rule’, which prohibits control over more than two out of three regulated media platforms in any one commercial radio licence area; provide additional local programming obligations for regional commercial television broadcasting licensees; and require the Australian Communications and Media Authority to undertake a review by 1 July 2021; the
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    and Broadcasting Services (Events) Notice (No. 1) 2010 to amend measures relating to the anti-siphoning scheme and the anti-siphoning notice, including extending the automatic delisting period and removing the multi-channelling rule; and five Acts to provide for collection and assessment arrangements for the new transmitter licence tax. Also establishes a transitional support payment scheme for certain commercial broadcasters; and repeals the Broadcasting Services (Datacasting Charge) Regulations 2001,
    Datacasting Charge (Imposition) Act 1998
    ,
    Datacasting Transmitter Licence Fees Act 2006
    ,
    Radio Licence Fees Act 1964
    and
    Television Licence Fees Act 1964
    to abolish broadcasting licence fees, datacasting charges and apparatus licence fees paid by commercial broadcasters. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Broadcasting Reform) Bill 2017, the bill imposes an interim tax on transmitter licences that are associated with commercial broadcasting licences. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Environment and Energy 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975
    to rectify an unintended consequence of the sunsetting regime established under the
    Legislation Act 2003
    by providing that plans of management are not revoked when regulations giving effect to the enforcement provisions of the plan are repealed. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Environment and Energy 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Liquid Fuel Emergency Act 1984
    to enable the Australia Government to enter into commercial oil stockholding contracts, also known as ticketing contracts, with either foreign or Australian entities. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Foreign Affairs and Trade 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Passports Act 2005
    and
    Foreign Passports (Law Enforcement and Security) Act 2005
    to require the Minister for Foreign Affairs to deny a passport or demand the surrender of a foreign travel document when an Australian citizen is on a state or territory child sex offender register with reporting obligations; and
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to create an offence for a registered child sex offender with reporting obligations to travel, or attempt to travel, overseas without permission from a relevant authority. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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