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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TOTAL RESULTS: 108

  • Date
    19 Sep 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Veterans’ Affairs 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Sep 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON, Sen Pauline 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Sep 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Sep 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    WHISH-WILSON, Sen Peter 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Sep 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    PATRICK, Sen Rex 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Aug 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Crimes Act 1914
    to: expand the existing presumption against bail and parole for persons charged or convicted of a terrorism offence to include persons being considered for bail for a further federal offence, persons the subject of a control order and persons who have demonstrated support for, or have links to, terrorist activity; and make it explicit that the best interests of a child must be considered as a primary consideration by the relevant decision maker at the key points in the criminal justice processes of bail, sentencing and parole; and
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to: expand eligibility for the continuing detention order (CDO) scheme by ensuring that terrorist offenders who are currently serving a period of imprisonment for a terrorism offence and another offence remain eligible for consideration for a CDO at the conclusion of their term of imprisonment; and amend the information disclosure obligations in relation to sensitive national security information in CDO applications. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON-YOUNG, Sen Sarah 
    Summary
    The bill: prohibits mining activities, including prospecting or exploring for minerals or other geological material, in the Great Australian Bight marine area; establishes civil penalties for mining in the Bight; and requires the minister to submit the Great Australian Bight for consideration as a World Heritage Site. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Industry, Innovation and Science 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Patents Act 1990
    to: introduce an objects clause; phase out the innovation patent system; replace the ‘reasonable requirements of the public’ test in relation to applications for a compulsory licence with a public interest test; provide that only the patentee of a dependent patent can seek a compulsory licence over the use of the original patent; provide for 'omnibus claims' in patent specifications to be removed at stages of consideration subsequent to examination; clarify the Commissioner of Patents’ power to redact sensitive information from patent documents; remove the requirement to file a certificate of verification for documents translated into English, unless required by the regulations; clarify that Crown use can be invoked for the provision of a service that any Commonwealth, state or territory government has the primary responsibility for providing or funding; require governments to seek negotiated outcomes with patent owners before invoking Crown use; and require ministerial authorisation for invoking Crown use if a negotiated outcome is unsuccessful or in emergency situations;
    Designs Act 2003
    to modify provisions relating to Crown use consistently with the changes to the
    Patents Act 2003
    ; and
    Patents Act 1990
    and
    Trade Marks Act 1995
    to enable the Patent Office and Trade Mark Office to keep and use their official seal in electronic form when supplying electronic certified copies of documents to customers. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    National Disability Insurance Scheme 
    Summary
    Amends the
    National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013
    to: introduce new requirements for appointments to the National Disability Insurance Scheme Launch Transition Agency and the Independent Advisory Council; establish a 28-day requirement for consultations with host jurisdictions for certain matters that require consultation (with the ability for host jurisdictions to seek an extension for up to 90 days); and re-categorise certain National Disability Insurance Scheme rules. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Education 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011
    to implement certain recommendations of the
    Review of the impact of the TEQSA Act on the higher education sector
    by: removing references to specific categories of non-threshold standards; removing unnecessary references to 'the Research Minister' and requiring that advice on new standards need only be sought from that minister in certain circumstances; requiring TEQSA to advise the minister and the Higher Education Standards Panel (the panel) before it undertakes a quality review that could have certain impacts; providing that overseas universities can offer a course of study not wholly or mainly provided from Australian premises, and use the word 'university' to represent its operations, without committing an offence; providing that a quorum for TEQSA meetings is a majority of commissioners; expanding the skill set that the minister must ensure is encompassed by the panel members; expanding the functions of the panel; providing a consent-based exception to the offence of unauthorised disclosure or use of information; allowing TEQSA to disclose certain higher education and personal information to the minister, the secretary and relevant officers; and allowing TEQSA to disclose information for research purposes and to a complainant in relation to a complaint without the consent of the body to which the information applies. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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