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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Assented Bills of the current Parliament

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TOTAL RESULTS: 181

  • Date
    06 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Customs Amendment (Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement Amendment Implementation) Bill 2017 to give effect to Australia’s obligations under new chapters of the Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement, the bill amends the
    Customs Tariff Act 1995
    to: provide duty-free access for most eligible Singaporean originating goods; maintain customs duty rates for certain Singaporean originating goods; provide for excise-equivalent rates of duty on certain alcohol, tobacco and petroleum products; and repeal after three years provisions in the Act that provide for excise-equivalent rates of duty on certain alcohol, tobacco, fuel and petroleum products. 

    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
    17 Aug 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Justice 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006
    to: expand the objects of the Act to reflect the domestic objectives of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing regulation; expand the scope of the Act to include regulation of digital currency exchange providers; clarify due diligence obligations relating to correspondent banking relationships and broaden the scope of these relationships; qualify the term ‘in the course of carrying on a business’; allow related bodies corporate to share information; expand the range of regulatory offences for which the AUSTRAC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is able to issue infringement notices; allow the CEO to issue a remedial direction to a reporting entity to retrospectively comply with an obligation that has been breached; give police and customs officers broader powers to search and seize physical currency and bearer negotiable instruments and establish civil penalties for failing to comply with questioning and search powers; revise certain definitions; and clarify certain powers and obligations of the CEO; and
    Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006
    and
    Financial Transaction Reports Act 1988
    to de-regulate the cash-in-transit sector, insurance intermediaries and general insurance providers. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Aug 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Environment and Energy 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to: prevent the Australian Competition Tribunal from reviewing decisions made under the National Electricity Law, the National Gas Law and the National Energy Retail Law, other than decisions relating to the disclosure of confidential or protected information; and provide that decisions made by the Australian Energy Regulator under those laws are not subject to merits review by any other state or territory body. 

    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

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