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National Emergency Declaration Bill 2020

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House of Representatives
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Introduced with the National Emergency Declaration (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2020 to implement a recommendation of the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements, the bill: establishes a framework for the declaration of a national emergency by the Governor-General, on the advice of the Prime Minister; enables ministers to suspend, vary or substitute administrative requirements in legislation they administer in certain circumstances; and enables the Prime Minister to require Commonwealth entities to report on available stockpiles, assets and resources, and options and recommendations to respond to a national emergency.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 03 Dec 2020
Second reading moved 03 Dec 2020
Second reading debate 09 Dec 2020
Second reading agreed to 09 Dec 2020
Consideration in detail debate
  • Amendment details: 5 Government agreed to
09 Dec 2020
Third reading agreed to 09 Dec 2020
Introduced and read a first time 10 Dec 2020
Second reading agreed to 10 Dec 2020
Third reading agreed to 10 Dec 2020
Finally passed both Houses 10 Dec 2020
  • Act no: 128
  • Year: 2020
15 Dec 2020

Documents and transcripts

Text of bill

Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments

House of representatives

Schedules of amendments

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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

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