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: 262

  • Date
    24 May 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997
    and
    Export Control Act 1982
    to increase criminal penalties and introduce new criminal offences and civil penalties for individuals and companies in relation to live-stock export standards and requirements and conduct that poses a risk to trade. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 May 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Part of a package of four bills to enable the Australian Securities and Investments Commission to recover its costs for specific regulatory activities, the bill amends the
    National Consumer Credit Protection (Fees) Act 2009
    to provide that the credit fees regulations may prescribe different fees for a chargeable matter based on the type of entity. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 May 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Part of a package of four bills to enable the recovery of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission’s costs for specific regulatory activities, the bill amends the
    Superannuation Auditor Registration Imposition Act 2012
    to increase the cap on fees in relation to an application for registration to be a self-managed superannuation fund auditor. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 May 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Part of a package of four bills to enable the recovery of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission’s (ASIC) costs for specific regulatory activities, the bill amends the
    Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993
    to impose fees in relation to an application to vary or revoke the conditions, or cancel the registration, of an approved self-managed superannuation fund auditor. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 May 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    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
    24 May 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997
    to extend by 12 months to 30 June 2019 the period during which small business entities can access expanded accelerated depreciation rules. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 May 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Prudential Regulation Authority Act 1998
    to enable the Governor-General to appoint a second Deputy Chair of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 May 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    A New Tax System (Medicare Levy Surcharge—Fringe Benefits) Act 1999
    and
    Medicare Levy Act 1986
    to: increase the Medicare levy and Medicare levy surcharge low-income threshold amounts for individuals, families and individual taxpayers and families eligible for the seniors and pensioners tax offset; and increase the phase-in limits as a result of the increased threshold amounts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 May 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to: implement the OECD hybrid mismatch rules by preventing entities that are liable to income tax in Australia from being able to avoid income taxation, or obtain a double non-taxation benefit, by exploiting differences between the tax treatment of entities and instruments across difference countries; deny imputation benefits on franked distributions made by an Australian corporate tax entity if all or part of the distribution gives rise to a foreign income deduction; clarify the expenditure that can be claimed under the film producer offset for films undertaking principal photography overseas; and include the Melbourne Korean War Memorial Committee Incorporated as a specifically listed deductible gift recipient between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2019; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to: implement the OECD hybrid mismatch rules by limiting the scope of the exemption for foreign branch income and preventing a deduction from arising for payments made by an Australian branch of a foreign bank to its head office in certain circumstances; prevent certain foreign equity distributions received by an Australian corporate tax entity from being non assessable non-exempt income if all or part of the distribution gives rise to a foreign income tax deduction; and provide an income tax exemption for the International Cricket Council Business Corporation FZ-LLC (IBC) and exempt from withholding tax payments of interest, dividend and royalties made to the IBC, for a five-year period. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 May 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Veterans' Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
    and
    Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988
    to provide former members of the Australian Defence Force with incapacity payments at 100 per cent of their normal weekly earnings where they are studying full time as part of their approved rehabilitation plan;
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to: create a Veteran Suicide Prevention pilot aimed at providing coordinated care to veterans who have attempted suicide, have suicide ideation or are in crisis; deem a submariner’s service on a submarine on a special submarine operation between 1 January 1978 and 31 December 1992 as operational service; and extend eligibility for the Long Tan Bursary scheme to the grandchildren of a veteran who has operational service in Vietnam; and
    Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
    to: allow a wholly dependent partner up to 2 years to decide whether to take a lump sum, a pension or a combination of both as compensation for their partner’s death; and enable veterans to lodge a claim for compensation orally. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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