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
    15 May 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON-YOUNG, Sen Sarah 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Marriage Act 1961
    to: remove the prohibition of the recognition of same sex marriages solemnised in a foreign country; and provide that these marriages are recognised under the laws of Australia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    WILKIE, Andrew, MP 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    07 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    RICE, Sen Janet 
    Summary
    The bill: repeals the
    Regional Forest Agreements Act 2002
    ; and makes consequential amendments to the
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    DI NATALE, Sen Richard 
    Summary
    The bill: establishes Renew Australia as a statutory authority to oversee the transition of Australia’s electricity system to one based on renewable energy and provides for its functions and powers; establishes the Board of Renew Australia and provides for its functions, members and meetings; provides for the appointment of a Chief Executive Officer and staff, consultants and committees; provides for financial arrangements; and sets out a timetable for the phased closure of coal-fired power stations. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Oct 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    MCGOWAN, Cathy, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Renewable Energy Agency Act 2011
    to: enable the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to fund the planning, development or implementation of community energy projects, and development of innovative business and financing models by the community energy sector; provide that ARENA’s role in collecting, analysing, interpreting and disseminating information and knowledge extends to community energy models and advising the minister on such matters; and introduce an explicit reference to ARENA’s capacity to jointly support projects with state and territory governments and other authorities; and
    Clean Energy Finance Corporation Act 2012
    to: insert a definition of ‘community energy project’; and require the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to consider investments in community joint partnerships or other community energy models. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Dec 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    LEYONHJELM, Sen David 
    Summary
    The bill: amends the
    Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988
    and
    Northern Territory (Self-Government) Act 1978
    to remove the prohibition on legalising voluntary euthanasia; and repeals the
    Euthanasia Laws Act 1997

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Mar 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    DI NATALE, Sen Richard
    GALLAGHER, Sen Katy 
    Summary
    The bill: amends the
    Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988
    and
    Northern Territory (Self-Government) Act 1978
    to remove the prohibition on legalising voluntary euthanasia; and repeals the
    Euthanasia Laws Act 1997

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    07 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities 
    Summary
    Part of a package of five bills to regulate the importation and provision of road vehicles, the bill supports the commencement of the proposed
    Road Vehicle Standards Act 2018
    , which will replace the
    Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989
    , by: providing for transitional national road vehicle standards; repealing the
    Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989
    ; providing for transitional arrangements for the regulation of road vehicles and road vehicle components; and making consequential amendments to 10 Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    07 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities 
    Summary
    Part of a package of five bills to regulate the importation and provision of road vehicles, the bill replaces the
    Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989
    by: enabling the minister to determine national road vehicle standards for road vehicles and road vehicle components; prohibiting the importation into Australia of road vehicles that do not comply with national road vehicle standards, except in limited circumstances; establishing a Register of Approved Vehicles, on which road vehicles must be entered before they are introduced to the Australian market; establishing a framework for the recall of road vehicles and approved road vehicle components; providing for criminal offences, civil penalties, injunctions, enforceable undertakings and infringement notices; and providing for administrative matters, including using computer programs, review of decisions and information sharing and delegations. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    07 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities 
    Summary
    Part of a package of five bills to regulate the importation and provision of road vehicles, the bill imposes charges in relation to prescribed matters connected with the administration of the proposed
    Road Vehicle Standards Act 2018
    , so far as those charges are duties of customs. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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