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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
    07 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Foreign Affairs and Trade 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Passports Act 2005
    to enable the minister to make Australian travel document data available for the purposes of, and by the automated means intrinsic to, the identity-matching services to which the Commonwealth, states and territories agreed in the Intergovernmental Agreement on Identity Matching Services, agreed by COAG on 5 October 2017. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Nov 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    FARUQI, Sen Mehreen 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Research Council Act 2001
    to remove ministerial discretion in relation to the approval of research grants administered by the Australian Research Council. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Feb 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Regional Services, Sport, Local Government and Decentralisation 
    Summary
    Implements certain recommendations of the
    Report of the Review of Australia's Sports Integrity Arrangements
    (the Wood review) by amending the:
    Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Act 2006
    and
    Australian Sports Commission Act 1989
    to abolish the Anti-Doping Rule Violation Panel; and
    Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Act 2006
    to: extend statutory protection against civil actions to national sporting organisations and their staff in the exercise of anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) functions; extend the current protection that allows an entrusted person to resist production of protected information to a court or tribunal to any person in possession of protected information; change the statutory threshold at which the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority CEO may issue a disclosure notice from 'reasonably believes' (that a person has information, documents or things that may be relevant to administration of the national anti-doping scheme) to 'reasonably suspects'; allow a person entitled to inspect or view a document produced pursuant to a disclosure notice to do so only at such times and places as the CEO thinks appropriate; increase the penalty for non-compliance with a disclosure notice from 30 to 60 penalty units; and provide that a person is not excused from complying with the requirement to answer a question, give information or provide a document or thing on the grounds that doing so may incriminate them or expose them to a penalty. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Feb 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Veterans' Affairs 
    Summary
    The bill: provides a general recognition of veterans and their families; sets out the Australian Defence Force Covenant; provides statements that veterans' affairs portfolio legislation will be interpreted with a beneficial intention and that the Commonwealth is committed to working cooperatively with veterans, their families and ex service organisations to address issues facing veterans; and provides that the Commonwealth may issue pins, cards and other artefacts to veterans and their family members. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Nov 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    RICE, Sen Janet
    SIMMS, Sen Robert 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Automotive Transformation Scheme Act 2009
    to: broaden the objects of the Act; and apply principles to encourage investment in manufacturing sustainable transport options; and Automotive Transformation Scheme Regulations 2010 to: broaden the eligibility for Australian motor vehicle and automotive component manufacturers for assistance under the Automotive Transformation Scheme (ATS); and enable the minister to grant permission to certain persons to apply for registration under the ATS. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Feb 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    SHARKIE, Rebekha, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Banking Act 1959
    to impose certain obligations and requirements on authorised deposit-taking institutions in relation to loans of up to $5 million to small primary production businesses. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Feb 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON, Sen Pauline 
    Summary
    Enforces the separation of retail commercial banking activities involving the holding of deposits from wholesale and investment banking activities, such as financial advice, wealth management, stock broking and insurance. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    19 Oct 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Bankruptcy Act 1966
    to: provide that, where a bankrupt becomes a bankrupt again, the income contribution obligations and contribution assessment period for the first bankruptcy will cease; provide that ceasing income contributions to a trustee in an earlier bankruptcy in the event of a second bankruptcy does not limit the ability of the trustee in the later bankruptcy to exercise certain powers; amend notification requirements to provide that a bankrupt or discharged bankrupt must notify the trustee within 10 business days of changes to their name, address and phone number during the ‘prescribed period’; clarify the period for which eligible discharged bankrupts must continue to make income contribution payments to the bankrupt estate; extend the requirement to make certain income contribution payments to persons who are eligible to make these payments, but have been automatically discharged after one year; ensure that a bankrupt or discharged bankrupt will ordinarily be liable for income contributions for at least three contribution assessment periods; provide that determinations regarding supervised account regimes apply post discharge and throughout the contribution assessment periods, and only cease when the bankrupt is no longer liable to pay a contribution; extend the obligations and duties on a bankrupt to keep and produce records of income, employment and financial transactions or dealings; provide for an automatic discharge after one year of bankruptcy and related transitional arrangements; and enable the extension of a period of bankruptcy on the basis of an objection by a trustee or official receiver. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    to: abolish the ‘75% audience reach rule’ which prohibits commercial television broadcasting licensees from controlling licences whose combined licence area populations exceed 75 per cent of the population of Australia; abolish the ‘2 out of 3 cross-media control rule’ which prohibits control over more than two out of three regulated media platforms in any one commercial radio licence area; and provide additional local programming obligations for regional commercial television broadcasting licensees. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Feb 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    STEELE-JOHN, Sen Jordon 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    to: require national broadcasters, commercial television broadcasting licensees and subscription television licensees to provide a minimum number of hours of television audio description per week; and provides for the Australian Communications and Media Authority to enforce and review the new requirement. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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