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
    13 Sep 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Shipping Registration Act 1981
    to make technical amendments necessary for the remaking of the Shipping Registration Regulations 1981, including: removing provisions requiring the regulations to prescribe the form of shipping registration certificates; removing references to prescribed forms of certificates; and clarifying an appropriate head of power for provisions in the regulations where required. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Sep 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Crimes Act 1914
    to: broaden existing identity check provisions and create offences and powers in relation to identity check, move-on and ancillary directions by constables and protective services officers at Australia’s major airports; and
    Australian Federal Police Act 1979
    to provide that the offence of contravening an identity check or move-on direction is a protective service offence for the purposes of the Act. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Aug 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Bill 2018, the bill: amends the
    Federal Court of Australia Act 1976
    to establish the Family Law Appeal Division in the Federal Court of Australia; and provide the Family Law Appeal Division appellate jurisdiction in relation to family law appeals from the Federal Circuit and Family Court (FCFC) as well as some appeals from the Family Court of Western Australia; amends the
    Family Law Act 1975
    to largely remove the appellate function of the Family Court of Australia; and ensure that the Act continues to operate in the context of the FCFC; makes consequential amendments to 123 Acts and 25 court-related regulations and rules; amends various Acts contingent on the commencement of 21 proposed Acts; modifies court rules for Divisions 1 and 2 of the FCFC and amends court rules for the Federal Court of Australia and the standard rules of court for family law proceedings; provides for transitional arrangements to preserve and transition the titles and appointments of the judges and personnel to the FCFC, and in relation to family law appeals which are on foot and appeals which would be impacted by the transfer of appellate jurisdiction to the Family Law Appeal Division of the Federal Court; and repeals the
    Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Aug 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2018, the bill unifies the administrative structure of the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, which will be known as the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia comprised of Division 1 (which will be a continuation of the Family Court) and Division 2 (which will be a continuation of the Federal Circuit Court). 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Aug 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    SHARKIE, Rebekha, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Aged Care Act 1997
    to require approved residential care service providers to notify the secretary of the ratios of aged care recipients to staff members, broken down into categories of staff members, on a quarterly basis. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Aug 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    WILKIE, Andrew, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Family Law Act 1975
    to require the Australian Institute of Family Studies to conduct a review of government support for single parents. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Aug 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    LEIGH, Andrew, MP
    GOSLING, Luke, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988
    and
    Northern Territory (Self Government) Act 1978
    to remove the prohibition on legalising euthanasia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Aug 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    MCGOWAN, Cathy, MP 
    Summary
    Establishes the Social Security Commission to advise the Parliament on the minimum levels for social security payments, such that all recipients can meet an accepted contemporary minimum standard of living, and provides for its functions, powers, membership and staffing. 

    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
    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

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