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
    13 Feb 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    PRATT, Sen Louise 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Water Act 2007
    to remove the statutory limit of 1500 gigalitres on Commonwealth purchases of surface water across the Murray-Darling Basin. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Feb 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Water Act 2007
    to provide for a standing Indigenous member position on the Murray-Darling Basin Authority. 

    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
    14 Feb 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Veterans' Affairs 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Treatment Benefits (Special Access) (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2019, the bill provides for medical treatment, through a Department of Veterans' Affairs treatment card (gold card), of members of Australian Civilian Surgical and Medical Teams that provided medical aid, training and treatment to local Vietnamese people during the Vietnam War. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Feb 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Veterans' Affairs 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Treatment Benefits (Special Access) Bill 2019, the bill makes consequential amendments to 12 Acts to: support the provision of medical treatment, through a Department of Veterans' Affairs treatment card (gold card), of members of Australian Civilian Surgical and Medical Teams that provided medical aid, training and treatment to local Vietnamese people during the Vietnam War; and provide for transitional arrangements. 

    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
    13 Feb 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Commonwealth Registers Bill 2019, Business Names Registration (Fees) Amendment (Registries Modernisation) Bill 2019, Corporations (Fees) Amendment (Registries Modernisation) Bill 2019 and National Consumer Credit Protection (Fees) Amendment (Registries Modernisation) Bill 2019 to create a new Commonwealth business registry regime, the bill: amends 12 Acts to bring 35 existing business registers into the new regime; and
    Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006
    ,
    Corporations Act 2001
    ,
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to introduce a director identification number requirement. 

    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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