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
    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

  • 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 Aug 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Health 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Therapeutic Goods Act 1989
    to: introduce mandatory reporting requirements for sponsors of mainly prescription medicines to report shortages of, and any decision to permanently discontinue, their products; and make miscellaneous amendments in relation to: enabling standards to adopt other documents as in force from time to time; enabling the Secretary to require priority pathway applicants to provide supporting information; streamlining of health practitioner notifications under the Special Access Scheme and certain advertising requirements; variations to registered medicines through notification; and a minor technical amendment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 May 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Aged Care Act 1997
    and
    Australian Aged Care Quality Agency Act 2013
    to provide for a single set of aged care quality standards to apply to all Commonwealth funded aged care providers;
    Australian Aged Care Quality Agency Act 2013
    to vary the functions of the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency to reference the Aged Care Quality Standards; and
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    to exempt protected information acquired by the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency from disclosure under the Act. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 May 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Health Insurance (Approved Pathology Specimen Collection Centres) Tax Act 2000
    to enable the tax payable on the grant of an approval of an Approved Specimen Collection Centre to be calculated for approvals granted for periods of more than one year. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills to increase maximum excess levels for private hospital cover, the bill amends the
    A New Tax System (Medicare Levy Surcharge—Fringe Benefits) Act 1999
    to: give effect to new maximum voluntary excess levels that are permitted for a complying health insurance policy to exempt the holder from the Medicare Levy Surcharge; and remove the grandfathering provisions that provided Medicare levy surcharge exemptions for certain policies that pre-date the commencement of the
    Private Health Insurance Act 2007

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Act 1987
    to implement certain recommendations of the Independent Review of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) by: replacing the representative-based structure of the AIHW board with a skills-based board comprised of members from a range of different fields; providing for board members to be appointed by the minister rather than the Governor-General; providing for members to be appointed for terms of up to five years; specifying employment conditions and administrative arrangements in relation to the membership and operation of the board; and making transitional arrangements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills to increase maximum excess levels for private hospital cover, the bill amends the
    Medicare Levy Act 1986
    to: give effect to new maximum voluntary excess levels that are permitted for a complying health insurance policy to exempt the holder from the Medicare Levy Surcharge; and remove the grandfathering provisions that provided Medicare levy surcharge exemptions for certain policies that pre-date the commencement of the
    Private Health Insurance Act 2007

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills to increase maximum excess levels for private hospital cover, the bill amends the:
    Private Health Insurance Act 2007
    to: increase maximum excess levels for products providing an exemption from the Medicare levy surcharge; enable age-based premium discounts for hospital cover; enable private health insurers to cover travel and accommodation costs for regional Australians as part of a hospital treatment; require insurers to maintain up to date information about complying health insurance products in the form of a ‘private health information statement’; require the minister to assess and determine whether or not to include a private hospital in a class of hospitals eligible for second-tier default benefits; and enable insurers to terminate products and transfer affected policy-holders to new products;
    Age Discrimination Act 2004
    to enable age-based premium discounts to be made available to younger people; and
    Ombudsman Act 1976
    to provide the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman with powers to conduct inspections and audits at the premises of insurers or brokers. Also includes transitional provisions relating to the treatment of benefit limitation period inclusive policies. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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