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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  • Date
    15 Nov 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    FARUQI, Sen Mehreen 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Nov 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    CAMERON, Sen Doug 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Nov 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    BURSTON, Sen Brian 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Oct 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    STORER, Sen Tim 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983
    to insert additional requirements in relation to the process for appointing non-executive directors to the board of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Oct 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    DI NATALE, Sen Richard 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Sex Discrimination Act 1984
    to remove the exemption for religious educational institutions to discriminate against students and teachers on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identification, marital or relationship status or pregnancy; and
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to ensure that religious exemptions from anti-discrimination provisions do not extend to educational institutions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Oct 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    The bill: prohibits the Commonwealth from entering into a trade agreement that includes certain provisions; requires the Commonwealth to include in all bilateral trade agreements a labour chapter with internationally recognised labour principles; prohibit the Commonwealth from entering into a trade agreement unless the agreement requires skills assessments to be undertaken in Australia; requires the minister to commission an independent national interest assessment of any proposed trade agreement; and provides for the establishment of an accredited trade advisers program. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Sep 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    BERNARDI, Sen Cory 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    ,
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    and
    Australian Citizenship Act 2007
    to prohibit the wearing of full face coverings in Commonwealth places and territories in prescribed circumstances, including while attending a Centrelink office and while participating in a citizenship ceremony. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Sep 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    SIEWERT, Sen Rachel 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: increase the maximum single rates of newstart allowance, youth allowance (away from home rates only), austudy, sickness allowance, special benefit, widow allowance and crisis payment by $150 a fortnight; standardise the indexation arrangements for certain pensions and allowances; and make amendments contingent on the commencement of the
    Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Act 2018
    ; and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to provide that these payments are made from monies appropriated by the Parliament. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Aug 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    DI NATALE, Sen Richard 
    Summary
    The bill: enshrines the principles of diversity and multiculturalism; establishes the Australian Multicultural Commission and provides for its functions, powers, constitution, operation and inquiries; and provides for annual reporting requirements for Commonwealth entities. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Aug 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Indigenous Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to: provide that community development program (CDP) participants are subject to the targeted compliance framework; insert exemptions for CDP participants undertaking subsidised employment who are still in receipt of the newstart allowance, youth allowance, disability support pension, special benefit or parenting payment; create exceptions to work refusal failures for CDP participants who refuse subsidised employment and exceptions for participants undertaking subsidised employment who refuse other offers of employment; and create exceptions to unemployment failures for participants who voluntarily leave a suitable subsidised job without a valid reason, or are dismissed from a suitable subsidised job for misconduct;
    Farm House Support Act 2014
    ,
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to make consequential amendments; and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to make contingent amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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