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Private Health Insurance Bill 2007

Previous Citations
  • Private Health Insurance Bill 2006
Health and Ageing
Originating house
House of Representatives
Parliament no

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Part of a package of seven bills to reform the private health insurance sector, the bill replaces the current regulatory framework with a new regulatory framework which includes measures such as: the introduction of Broader Health Cover which will cover out of hospital services which substitute for, or avert, hospital care; premiums reduction and incentive payments schemes; standard product information; conversion to for-profit status; restructures, mergers and acquisitions of health funds; a comparative website for consumers; changes to Lifetime Health Cover for those with 10 years’ continuous cover; and provides for the Office of Private Health Insurance Ombudsman.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 07 Dec 2006
Second reading moved 07 Dec 2006
Second reading agreed to 14 Feb 2007
Third reading agreed to 14 Feb 2007
Introduced and read a first time 26 Feb 2007
Second reading moved 26 Feb 2007
Second reading agreed to 20 Mar 2007
Committee of the Whole debate
  • Amendment details: 104 Government, 1 Opposition and 2 Humphries agreed to
23 Mar 2007
Third reading agreed to 23 Mar 2007
House of Representatives
Message from Senate reported 26 Mar 2007
Consideration of Senate message
  • Details: House agreed to Senate amendments
27 Mar 2007
  • Act no.: 31
  • Year: 2007
30 Mar 2007

Documents and transcripts

Text of bill

Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments

House of representatives


Schedules of amendments

Bills digest


Helpful information

Text of bill

  • First reading: Text of the bill as introduced into the Parliament
  • Third reading: Prepared if the bill is amended by the house in which it was introduced. This version of the bill is then considered by the second house.
  • As passed by both houses: Final text of bill agreed to by both the House of Representatives and the Senate which is presented to the Governor-General for assent.

Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and provides an explanation of the content of the introduced version (first reading) of the bill.
  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

Proposed amendments

Circulated by members and senators when they propose to make changes to the bill. For details about the outcome of proposed amendments please refer to either the Votes and Proceedings (House of Representatives) or the Journals (Senate).

Schedules of amendments

Schedules of amendments list amendments agreed to by the second house are communicated to the first house for consideration. Subsequent action by either house may also be included in a schedule.