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
    31 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Safe Work Australia Act 2008
    to: implement recommendations of the
    Review of Safe Work Australia’s Role and Functions
    by clarifying Safe Work Australia’s role and the relationships between its role and function, and updating and consolidating its functions; replace certain outdated terms; and clarify that work health and safety (WHS) ministers will continue to approve the model WHS legislative framework and other key documents. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Treasury Laws Amendment (Major Bank Levy) Bill 2017, the bill imposes a levy on authorised deposit-taking institutions with total liabilities of more than $100 billion. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Major Bank Levy Bill 2017, the bill amends: the
    Australian Prudential Regulation Authority Act 1998
    to enable the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) to share major bank levy information with the Commissioner of Taxation;
    Financial Sector (Collection of Data) Act 2001
    to enable the APRA reporting standards to include information relating to amounts for the purposes of the levy;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to provide for the indexation of the $100 billion threshold; and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to: specify that the levy is payable to the commissioner quarterly; ensure that the ordinary collection and recovery provisions apply in relation to the levy; introduce an anti-avoidance law for the levy; and enable the commissioner to share levy information with APRA. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    International Monetary Agreements Act 1947
    to: establish a standing appropriation and authority to borrow for payments to meet drawings made by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) under a new bilateral loan agreement entered into by Australia and the IMF; and make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends: 18 Acts to modernise language and correct technical errors; six Acts to make amendments consequential on the
    Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) Act 2015
    ; and five Acts to repeal spent and obsolete provisions. Also repeals the
    Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment (Township Leasing) Act 2007
    ,
    Governor-General Amendment Act 2003
    ,
    Stevedoring Industry Act 1961
    and
    Stevedoring Industry (Temporary Provisions) Act 1968

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends: six Acts to make amendments arising out of the enactment of the
    Treasury Laws Amendment (Fair and Sustainable Superannuation) Act 2016
    in relation to: the transfer balance cap; concessional and non-concessional contributions; limited recourse borrowing arrangements; objective of superannuation; transition to retirement income streams; capital gains tax relief for superannuation funds; and administrative processes; the
    Bankruptcy Act 1966
    and
    Corporations Act 2001
    to enable a single approval to cover a profit or advantage received by an external administrator or trustee even when the benefit is passed on to multiple related entitles; and the
    Corporations Act 2001
    to: ensure that annual and end-of-control returns by controllers are included on the Australian Securities and Investments Commission’s public register; and make technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    ,
    Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997
    and
    Tax Laws Amendment (Small Business Measures No. 2) Act 2015
    to extend by 12 months to 30 June 2018 the period during which small business entities can access expanded accelerated depreciation rules. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    ,
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    ,
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to provide a one-off energy assistance payment to recipients of the age pension, disability support pension, parenting payment single and certain veterans’ payments who are payable and residing in Australia on 20 June 2017; and
    Social Security Act 1991
    ,
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    and
    Veteran’s Entitlements Act 1986
    to provide a pensioner concession card to certain social security pensioners and veterans’ payments recipients whose payment or pension was cancelled on 1 January 2017 due to changes in the assets test parameters. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to enable income management to continue in Cape York and Doomadgee for a further two years until 30 June 2019. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    A New Tax System (Medicare Levy Surcharge—Fringe Benefits) Act 1999
    and
    Medicare Levy Act 1986
    to increase the Medicare levy and Medicare levy surcharge low-income threshold amounts for individuals, families and individual taxpayers and families eligible for the seniors and pensioners tax offset; and increase the phase-in limits as a result of the increased threshold amounts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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