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
    28 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Establishes a Modern Slavery Reporting Requirement to require certain large businesses and other entities in Australia to make annual public reports (Modern Slavery Statements) on their actions to address modern slavery risks in their operations and supply chains. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Prime Minister 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Office of National Intelligence Bill 2018 to implement the recommendation of the 2017 Independent Intelligence Review to establish an Office of National Intelligence (ONI), the bill: repeals the
    Office of National Assessments Act 1977
    ; amends 18 Acts to make consequential amendments; amends the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to make amendments contingent on the
    National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Act 2018
    ; and provides for transitional arrangements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Prime Minister 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Office of National Intelligence (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2018 to implement the recommendation of the 2017 Independent Intelligence Review to establish an Office of National Intelligence (ONI), the bill establishes the ONI as an independent statutory agency within the Prime Minister’s portfolio reporting directly to the Prime Minister, and subsuming the role, functions and staff of the Office of National Assessments (ONA). 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Therapeutic Goods Act 1989
    to: introduce mandatory reporting requirements for sponsors of mainly prescription medicines to report shortages of, and any decision to permanently discontinue, their products; and make miscellaneous amendments in relation to: enabling standards to adopt other documents as in force from time to time; enabling the Secretary to require priority pathway applicants to provide supporting information; streamlining of health practitioner notifications under the Special Access Scheme and certain advertising requirements; variations to registered medicines through notification; and a minor technical amendment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Financial Sector (Shareholdings) Act 1998
    to: increase from 15 per cent to 20 per cent the ownership restriction applying to life insurance and general insurance companies, authorised deposit-taking institutions (ADIs) and relevant holding companies; and create a streamlined path for owners of qualifying domestically incorporated companies with assets less than the relevant threshold applying to become a financial sector company; and
    Banking Act 1959
    to: enable the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority to grant a new entrant to the banking sector a time limited ADI licence; and correct a drafting error. 

    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
    27 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    LEYONHJELM, Sen David 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995
    to remove the ban on publications, films and computer games that offend against standards of morality, decency and propriety; and
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    to: remove bans on broadcasting, datacasting and online content, with a specific focus on bans affecting services provided behind paywalls; narrow the guidance provided by government to broadcasting industries and datacasting licensees in the development of codes of practice; remove certain restrictions on subscription television broadcasters and online content services relating to programs or content that has been or would be classified as X 18+, ‘category 1 restricted’ or ‘category 2 restricted’; and remove a ban on broadcasting electoral advertising relating to a federal, state, territory or local election on election day or on the preceding Thursday or Friday. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    LEYONHJELM, Sen David 
    Summary
    Amends 23 Commonwealth Acts to remove certain restrictions on insulting or offensive speech. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • 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

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