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

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Aug 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    LAMBIE, Sen Jacqui 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Defence Act 1903
    to link annual wage increases for members of the Australian Defence Force to whichever is the higher of increases in parliamentary allowance or the consumer price index. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Implements certain recommendations of the Review of Defence Support to National Counter-Terrorism Arrangements by amending the
    Defence Act 1903
    to: permit states and territories to request that the Commonwealth call out the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in a wider range of circumstances; enable call out orders to authorise the ADF to operate in multiple jurisdictions, as well as the offshore area; authorise the ADF to respond to incidents that cross a border into a jurisdiction that has not been specified in an order in certain circumstances; allow the ADF to be pre-authorised to respond to land and maritime threats, in addition to aviation threats; increase the requirements for the ADF to consult with state and territory police where it is operating in their jurisdictions; simplify, expand and clarify the power of the ADF to search and seize, and to control movement during an incident; remove the distinction between general security areas and designated areas; for the purposes of expedited call out, clarify that acting ministers are to be treated as substantive ministers and add the Minister for Home Affairs as an alternative authorising minister; and make technical amendments. Also makes a consequential amendment to the
    Defence Reserve Service (Protection) Act 2001

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Law Enforcement and Cyber Security 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Customs Tariff Act 1995
    to: remove customs duty on rodenticides, fungicides, anti-sprouting products, plant growth regulators, disinfectants containing a specific range of active substances, and all herbicides and pesticides, imported from Indonesia under the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement; remove customs duty on eligible blinded clinical trial kits and placebos imported for use in clinical trials; and remove a redundant item from the table of preferential custom duty rates for the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    XENOPHON, Sen Nick 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Customs Act 1901
    to prohibit the importation of polyethylene core aluminium composite panels. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Law Enforcement and Cybersecurity 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Customs Act 1901
    to: create two new offences in respect of imported illicit tobacco based on recklessness; and allow Customs officers to investigate certain new illicit tobacco offences that are proposed to be contained in the
    Taxation Administration Act 1953

    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
    08 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    LAMBIE, Sen Jacqui 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to prohibit the wearing of full face coverings in public places under the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth if the threat level under the National Terrorism Threat Advisory System is higher than ‘possible’. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    KAKOSCHKE-MOORE, Sen Skye
    GRIFF, Sen Stirling
    HINCH, Sen Derryn
    XENOPHON, Sen Nick 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to: create a criminal offence for a person over 18 years of age to intentionally misrepresent their age in online communications to a person they reasonably believe to be under 16 years of age for the purposes of encouraging a physical meeting, or with the intention of committing an offence; and impose penalties. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Justice 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to provide for a mandatory minimum sentence and increased maximum penalties for the offences of trafficking firearms or firearms parts within Australia, and into and out of Australia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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