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
    27 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    LEYONHJELM, Sen David 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979
    ,
    Crimes Act 1914
    and
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to remove certain restrictions on speech. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    RHIANNON, Sen Lee
    HINCH, Sen Derryn 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Export Control Act 1982
    to prohibit the export of live equines for slaughter. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON, Sen Pauline 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Inscribed Stock Act 1911
    to limit the amount the government can borrow, by providing that the Australian Office of Financial Management cannot issue further stock if it would result in the value of stock and securities on issue to be an amount greater than 35% of Australia’s gross domestic product. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Confirms the validity of the appointment of a proclaimed port in the Territory of Ashmore and Cartier Islands contained in the
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette
    No. GN 3, 23 January 2002, by: clarifying the geographical coordinates of the area of waters within the Territory of Ashmore and Cartier Islands specified in the appointment; ensuring that there was a properly proclaimed port at Ashmore and Cartier Islands at all relevant times; and ensuring that things done under the
    Migration Act 1958
    which relied directly or indirectly on the terms of the appointment are valid and effective. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    STEELE-JOHN, Sen Jordon 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    and
    Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984
    to: lower the minimum (non-compulsory) voting age in Australian federal elections and referenda from 18 to 16 years; allow 14 and 15 year olds to be added to the electoral roll in preparation for their eligibility to vote at 16 years of age; provide for 16 and 17 year olds to be included in the certified list of voters (but not to be given a penalty notice if they do not vote); and provide that an eligible voter, who is not yet on the electoral roll or enrolled at their correct address, is able to cast a provisional vote on election day. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 May 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992
    to provide for a one-off 12 month amnesty to encourage employers to self-correct historical superannuation guarantee non-compliance;
    Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992
    to enable certain employees with multiple employers to apply for an employer shortfall exemption certificate which prevents their employer from having a superannuation guarantee shortfall if they do not make contributions for a period;
    Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977
    to make consequential amendments;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to ensure that a superannuation entity’s non-arm’s length income includes income where expenditure in gaining or producing it was not an arm’s length expense; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to ensure that, in certain circumstances involving limited recourse borrowing arrangements, the total value or a superannuation fund’s assets is taken into account in working out individual members’ total superannuation balances. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 May 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    LEYONHJELM, Sen David 
    Summary
    Amends five Acts and the Criminal Code Regulations 2002 to remove barriers in Commonwealth legislation to the legalisation and regulation of cannabis for recreational, medicinal, industrial and other purposes. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 May 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    PATRICK, Sen Rex 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009
    to: establish a mandatory comprehensive credit reporting regime to apply from 1 July 2018; and expand the Australian Securities and Investments Commission’s powers so it can monitor compliance with the regime; and
    Privacy Act 1988
    to impose additional requirements as to where and how data held by a credit reporting body must be stored. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    RICE, Sen Janet 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Air Services Act 1995
    to: provide that the functions of Airservices Australia (AA) include undertaking activities to protect the human and natural environment, community amenity and residential areas from the effects of the operation and use of aircraft, and associated effects; introduce new consultation arrangements for AA and persons affected by aircraft noise; require AA to consider the need to minimise the impact of aircraft operations on the human and natural environment, community amenity and residential areas when preparing corporate plans; expand the AA board by up to two members and require that it include an expert in environmental management and a representative of a community group affected by aircraft noise; and provide for the creation and operations of the Aircraft Noise Ombudsman and related reporting arrangements; and
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    to require the minister to appoint an independent Community Aviation Advocate to represent communities affected by aircraft noise. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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