Electoral Legislation Amendment (Modernisation and Other Measures) Bill 2018

Special Minister of State
Originating house
House of Representatives
Parliament no

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Amends the: Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: make completion of a qualification checklist compulsory in relation to candidate nominations; enable candidates to lodge their nominations and certain other documents electronically; and allow a senior Australian Electoral Commission staff member rather than a senior Divisional Returning Officer to be on the Redistribution Committee for the Australian Capital Territory; and Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 and Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984 to amend various aspects of voting and scrutiny processes.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 29 Nov 2018
Second reading moved 29 Nov 2018
Second reading debate 12 Feb 2019
Second reading agreed to 12 Feb 2019
Third reading agreed to 12 Feb 2019
Introduced and read a first time 14 Feb 2019
Second reading moved 14 Feb 2019
Second reading agreed to 14 Feb 2019
Third reading agreed to
  • : Amendment details: 38 Government agreed to
14 Feb 2019
House of Representatives
Consideration of Senate message
  • Details: House agreed to Senate amendments
18 Feb 2019
Finally passed both Houses 18 Feb 2019
  • Act no: 2
  • Year: 2019
01 Mar 2019

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Text of bill

Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments


Schedules of amendments

Bills digest


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Text of bill

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  • 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.
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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

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Schedules of amendments

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