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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TOTAL RESULTS: 245

  • Date
    08 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    LAMBIE, Sen Jacqui 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to prohibit the wearing of full face coverings in public places under the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth if the threat level under the National Terrorism Threat Advisory System is higher than ‘possible’. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 May 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    LEYONHJELM, Sen David 
    Summary
    Amends five Acts and the Criminal Code Regulations 2002 to remove barriers in Commonwealth legislation to the legalisation and regulation of cannabis for recreational, medicinal, industrial and other purposes. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    19 Sep 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Customs Act 1901
    to require tobacco importers to pay import duty on tobacco products upon importation into Australia from 1 July 2019, thereby removing the option to enter imported tobacco products into a licensed warehouse without the payment of import duties. Also includes transitional arrangements for the treatment of tobacco products that are still in warehouses on 1 July 2019. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Aug 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Law Enforcement and Cyber Security 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Customs Tariff Amendment (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership Implementation) Bill 2018 to implement Australia’s obligations under the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, the bill amends the
    Customs Act 1901
    to: provide preferential rates of duty for certain Trans-Pacific Partnership originating goods; and impose certain obligations on exporters and producers of eligible goods to a party to the agreement for which a preferential rate of customs duty is claimed. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    19 Sep 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Customs Tariff Amendment (Peru-Australia Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Bill 2018 to implement Australia's obligations under the Peru-Australia Free Trade Agreement, the bill amends the
    Customs Act 1901
    to: provide preferential rates of duty for certain Peruvian originating goods; and impose certain obligations on exporters and producers of eligible goods to Peru for which a preferential rate of customs duty is claimed. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    19 Sep 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Customs Act 1901
    to: streamline the way in which product specific rules of origin of the Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement, the Agreement Establishing the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area, the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement and the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement are given effect domestically; and align the Act with certain free trade agreement provisions which have not yet been given force in domestic legislation. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    XENOPHON, Sen Nick 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Customs Act 1901
    to prohibit the importation of polyethylene core aluminium composite panels. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Aug 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Law Enforcement and Cyber Security 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Customs Amendment (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership Implementation) Bill 2018 to implement Australia’s obligations under the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, the bill amends the
    Customs Tariff Act 1995
    to: provide preferential rates of customs duty for all goods, excluding excise-equivalent goods, that are Trans-Pacific Partnership originating goods; provide for excise-equivalent rates of duty on certain alcohol, tobacco and fuel products; and maintain customs duty rates for certain Trans-Pacific Partnership originating goods. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    19 Sep 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Customs Amendment (Peru-Australia Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Bill 2018 to implement Australia's obligations under the Peru-Australia Free Trade Agreement, the bill amends the
    Customs Act 1901
    to: provide preferential rates of customs duty for all goods, excluding excise-equivalent goods, that are Peruvian originating goods; provide for excise-equivalent rates of duty on certain alcohol, tobacco, fuel and petroleum products; and maintain customs duty rates for certain Peruvian originating goods. 

    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

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