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 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills in relation to the Seacare scheme, the bill imposes a seafarers insurance levy (to support a safety net fund where an employer cannot meet its workers’ compensation obligations) and a seafarers cost recovery levy (to enable the recovery of the costs of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission, Comcare and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority in performing their respective regulatory functions) on seafarer berths. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills in relation to the Seacare scheme, the bill provides for the collection of the seafarers insurance levy and the seafarers cost recovery levy by: requiring employers of seafarers to lodge returns in relation to the number of seafarer berths aboard a prescribed vessel and make levy payments quarterly; providing for a late payment penalty; providing for the appointment of authorised persons and the manner in which authorised persons may have access to premises and books for the purpose of examining certain matters; and enabling the transfer of funds raised by the cost recovery levy to Comcare and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Environment and Energy 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Underwater Cultural Heritage Bill 2018 to replace the framework established by the
    Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976
    , the bill: repeals the
    Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976
    ; and makes consequential amendments to the
    Australian Heritage Council Act 2003
    ,
    Navigation Act 2012
    ,
    Protection of the Sea (Powers of Intervention) Act 1981
    and
    Sea Installations Act 1987
    . Also includes transitional provisions in relation to: automatically and individually declared sites and articles; notified relics; notices of possession, custody and control of articles; applications for, and issued, permits; and continuation of the Register of Historic Shipwrecks. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Environment and Energy 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Underwater Cultural Heritage (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2018 to replace the framework established by the
    Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976
    , the bill: provides for the identification, protection and conservation of Australia’s underwater cultural heritage, including submerged aircraft and human remains; implements national and international maritime heritage responsibilities; and promotes public awareness and appropriate use of Australia’s underwater cultural heritage. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    31 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Environment and Energy 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Clean Energy Finance Corporation Act 2012
    to remove the prohibition on the Clean Energy Finance Corporation investing in carbon capture and storage technologies. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Environment and Energy 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011
    to: remove the obligation to obtain consent of eligible interest holders from existing area-based emissions-avoidance projects; clarify that state and territory government Crown lands ministers and Commonwealth ministers responsible for land rights legislation have consent rights for projects conducted on exclusive possession native title land that is Torrens system land or land rights land; provide for legislative rules or regulations to allow parts of a sequestration offsets project to be removed and credits surrendered for the carbon stored in that area; ensure a sequestration project’s net total liability under the scheme does not include credits issued for emissions avoidance or credits that have already been relinquished; clarify that requirements to relinquish carbon credits if carbon stores are lost apply to sequestration projects that store carbon and avoid emissions; provide for projects to transfer between methods so as to move between emissions-avoidance and sequestration; ensure that relinquishment requirements apply to projects whose crediting period extends beyond their permanence period; and allow legislative rules or regulations to provide for the removal of regulatory approval or consent conditions on declarations obtained after the end of the first reporting period for the project. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Finance 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Judges’ Pensions Act 1968
    to enable members of the Judges’ Pensions Scheme to request that they be paid a lump sum amount from the scheme to meet their Division 293 tax liability; the
    Parliamentary Contributory Superannuation Act 1948
    to: ensure that the calculation of any lump sum superannuation guarantee safety-net benefit meets the minimum superannuation guarantee requirements; enable the Parliamentary Retiring Allowances Trust to pass a resolution without a meeting; and enable an actuary other than the Australian Government Actuary to provide advice in relation to the Parliamentary Contributory Superannuation Scheme; five Acts to increase the age from which an eligible child of a deceased superannuation scheme member must be in full time education and remove the requirement for an eligible child to not be ordinarily in employment; the
    Judges and Governors-General Legislation Amendment (Family Law) Act 2012
    to correct a misdescribed reference; and the
    Governance of Australian Government Superannuation Schemes Act 2011
    to reduce the size of the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation Board from 11 to 9 directors. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    07 Dec 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Finance 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to: establish public registers for key non-party political actors; require non-financial particulars, such as senior staff and discretionary government benefits, to be reported; prohibit donations from foreign governments and state-owned enterprises being used to finance public debate; require wholly political actors to verify that donations over $250 come from an organisation incorporated in Australia, or with its head office or principal place of activity in Australia, or an Australian citizen or Commonwealth elector; prohibit other regulated political actors from using donations from foreign sources to fund reportable political expenditure; limit public election funding to demonstrated electoral spending; amend the enforcement and compliance regime for political finance regulation; and enable the Electoral Commissioner to prescribe certain matters by legislative instrument; and
    Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Aug 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Finance 
    Summary
    Part of a package of 11 bills to fund the Commonwealth’s contribution to the National Disability Insurance Scheme, the bill: repeals the
    Nation-building Funds Act 2008
    ; and makes consequential amendments to five Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Finance 
    Summary
    Enables the Federal Circuit Court of Australia or the Federal Court of Australia to grant an injunction or order payment of compensation in relation to a contravention of the relevant Commonwealth Procurement Rules, so far as those rules relate to a covered procurement. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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