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
    12 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Privacy Act 1988
    to prohibit conduct related to the re-identification of de-identified personal information published or released by Commonwealth entities; and
    Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010
    to make a consequential amendment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Indigenous Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005
    to remove the requirement for the Indigenous Business Australia’s corporate plan to be tabled;
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Act 2005
    to enable the appropriate consenting authority to waive the exercise of its statutory consent power by providing written notice;
    Auditor-General Act 1997
    to align the annual reporting requirements of the Auditor-General with his or her responsibility to the Parliament; and
    Royal Commissions Act 1902
    to: enable commissioners to compel the provision of a written statement; increase the penalty for failure to comply with a summons or notice to produce; replace references to penalties expressed as a number of dollars with penalties expressed as a number of penalty units; and enable the Secretary of the Attorney-General’s Department to be given custody of Royal Commission records by regulation. Also repeals the
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (Queensland Reserves and Communities Self-management) Act 1978
    and
    Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation Act 1991
    ; and amends the
    Age Discrimination Act 2004
    and
    Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1983
    to make amendments consequential on the repeal of those Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989
    to: enable statutory research and development corporations to undertake marketing activities funded by voluntary contributions; remove the requirement that the corporations can undertake marketing only where a marketing levy is attached to the corporation; and enable corporations to undertake incidental activities such as consulting about, or planning, marketing activities. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    KATTER, Bob, Jnr, MP 
    Summary
    Establishes a Commission of Inquiry to inquire into unethical, unlawful and improper conduct in the banking, financial services and related sectors. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Aug 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    WONG, Sen Penny 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Intelligence Services Act 2001
    to change the membership, powers and functions of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS); and
    Independent National Security Legislation Monitor Act 2010
    and
    Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986
    in relation to the provision of certain reports to the PJCIS. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Aug 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    XENOPHON, Sen Nick 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990
    to require an explanatory statement to be provided with certain types of travel entitlement claims by members, parliamentary office-holders and ministers; and provide for penalties if claims are made in excess of entitlement; and the
    Ombudsman Act 1976
    to expand the powers of the Commonwealth Ombudsman to include the scrutiny of parliamentary entitlements claims. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    ROBERTS, Sen Malcolm 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Parliamentary Business Resources Act 2017
    to enable Senators and Members to opt-out of receiving any or all of their parliamentary entitlements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Nov 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    BERNARDI, Sen Cory 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Act 1998
    and
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    to remove prohibitions on the construction or operation of certain nuclear installations. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    07 Dec 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to: amend existing, and introduce new, espionage offences relating to a broad range of dealings with information, including solicitation and preparation and planning offences; introduce new offences relating to foreign interference with Australia’s political, governmental or democratic processes; replace the existing sabotage offence with new sabotage offences relating to conduct causing damage to a broad range of critical infrastructure that could prejudice Australia’s national security; introduce a new offence relating to theft of trade secrets on behalf of a foreign government; amend existing, and introduce new, offences relating to treason and other threats to national security, such as interference with Australian democratic or political rights by conduct involving the use of force, violence or intimidation; introduce a new aggravated offence where a person provides false or misleading information relating to an application for, or maintenance of, an Australian Government security clearance; eight Acts to make consequential amendments; the
    Crimes Act 1914
    and
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to replace certain existing, and introduce new, offences relating to secrecy of information; 20 Acts to make consequential amendments; the
    Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979
    to amend the definition of a ‘serious offence’ to include the offences provided for by the bill; and the proposed
    Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Act 2017
    to amend the definitions of ‘electoral donations threshold’, ‘general political lobbying’ and ‘political or governmental influence’. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Oct 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    BANDT, Adam, MP 
    Summary
    Establishes a National Integrity Commission as an independent statutory agency which will consist of the National Integrity Commissioner, the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner and the Independent Parliamentary Advisor and provide for: the investigation and prevention of misconduct and corruption in all Commonwealth departments, agencies, and federal parliamentarians and their staff; the investigation and prevention of corruption in the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Crime Commission; and independent advice to ministers and parliamentarians on conduct, ethics and matters of propriety. Also provides for the establishment of a Parliamentary Joint Committee on the National Integrity Commission; and makes consequential amendments to the
    Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006
    and
    Ombudsman Act 1976

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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