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
    10 May 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Water Act 2007
    to: enable the minister to direct the Murray-Darling Basin Authority to prepare an amendment to the Basin Plan 2012 that is the same in effect as an amendment that has previously been disallowed by either House of the Parliament, without having to undertake consultation; and provide for transitional arrangements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Jun 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    RHIANNON, Sen Lee 
    Summary
    The bill: establishes the Office of Animal Welfare as an independent statutory authority with responsibility for advising on the protection of animal welfare in Commonwealth regulated activities; provides for the functions, appointment and terms and conditions of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and for staff and consultants; establishes the Office of Animal Welfare Advisory Committee to advise the CEO; and provides for reporting requirements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Nov 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    LAMBIE, Sen Jacqui 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to provide that all veterans, including former members of the Defence Force and members of a peacekeeping force, who have served in war or war-like operations, are eligible for medical treatment, regardless of whether the condition or injury was caused by war or contracted during war or war-like operations. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    19 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    LEYONHJELM, Sen David
    ROBERTS, Sen Malcolm 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Airports Act 1996
    to provide that the regulation of smoking at airports does not apply to the use of e-cigarettes (vaping);
    Therapeutic Goods Act 1989
    to exclude e-cigarettes from regulation by the Therapeutic Goods Administration; and
    Tobacco Advertising Prohibition Act 1992
    to provide that the ban on the advertising of smoking does not apply to the advertising of vaping. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Environment and Energy 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Underwater Cultural Heritage (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2018 to replace the framework established by the
    Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976
    , the bill: provides for the identification, protection and conservation of Australia’s underwater cultural heritage, including submerged aircraft and human remains; implements national and international maritime heritage responsibilities; and promotes public awareness and appropriate use of Australia’s underwater cultural heritage. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Environment and Energy 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Underwater Cultural Heritage Bill 2018 to replace the framework established by the
    Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976
    , the bill: repeals the
    Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976
    ; and makes consequential amendments to the
    Australian Heritage Council Act 2003
    ,
    Navigation Act 2012
    ,
    Protection of the Sea (Powers of Intervention) Act 1981
    and
    Sea Installations Act 1987
    . Also includes transitional provisions in relation to: automatically and individually declared sites and articles; notified relics; notices of possession, custody and control of articles; applications for, and issued, permits; and continuation of the Register of Historic Shipwrecks. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    A New Tax System (Australian Business Number) Act 1999
    to ensure that working holiday maker employer registration information is not publicly released; and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to restrict the ability of the Commissioner of Taxation to provide certain protected information to the Fair Work Ombudsman. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Aug 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Part of a package of 11 bills to fund the Commonwealth’s contribution to the National Disability Insurance Scheme, the bill amends the
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to increase from 3 per cent to 3.5 per cent the rate of Medicare levy and Medicare levy surcharge component of the untainting tax rate. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    to provide that, when determining if the multinational anti-avoidance law applies to a scheme, supplies made and income received by a closely related trust or partnership are treated as being made or received by a foreign entity;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to: include additional conditions that must be satisfied to apply the small business capital gains tax concessions to capital gains; and provide an income tax exemption for payments made under the Defence Force Ombudsman Scheme in relation to abuse by Australian Defence Force personnel; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    ,
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    and
    Venture Capital Act 2002
    to ensure that venture capital investment tax concessions are available for investments in fintech businesses. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    08 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Fees Imposition Amendment (Near-new Dwelling Interests) Bill 2018, the bill amends the:
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to: remove the entitlement to the capital gains tax (CGT) main residence exemption for foreign residents; and clarify that, for the purpose of determining whether an entity’s underlying value is principally derived from taxable Australian real property under the foreign resident CGT regime, the principal asset test is applied on an associate inclusive basis;
    Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997
    to provide for transitional arrangements in relation to the main residence exemption;
    Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975
    to require a reconciliation payment to be made by developers who sell dwellings to foreign persons under a near-new dwelling exemption certificate; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to provide an additional affordable housing capital gains discount of up to 10 per cent. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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