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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Bills before the Senate

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TOTAL RESULTS: 114

  • Date
    15 Nov 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    LEYONHJELM, Sen David 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Judiciary Act 1903
    to: require the Attorney-General to issue directions applying generally to Commonwealth legal work that contain requirements for Commonwealth litigants to act as model litigants (model litigant obligations); and enable a court to order a stay of proceedings or make orders in relation to contraventions of model litigant obligations; and
    Ombudsman Act 1976
    to: require the Commonwealth Ombudsman to investigate complaints in relation to contraventions of model litigant obligations; and provide for annual reporting requirements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Nov 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    SMITH, Sen Dean 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Marriage Act 1961
    to: redefine marriage as ‘a union of two people’; introduce non-gendered language so that the requirements of the Act apply equally to all marriages; enable same-sex marriages that have been, or will be, solemnised under the law of a foreign country to be recognised in Australia; amend the definition of ‘authorised celebrant’ to include new categories of religious marriage celebrants and certain Australian Defence Force officers; enable ministers of religion, religious marriage celebrants, chaplains and bodies established for religious purposes to refuse to solemnise or provide facilities, goods and services for marriages on religious grounds; and make amendments contingent on the commencement of the proposed
    Civil Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Act 2017
    ; and
    Sex Discrimination Act 1984
    to provide that a refusal by a minister of religion, religious marriage celebrant or chaplain to solemnise marriage in prescribed circumstances does not constitute unlawful discrimination. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Nov 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    WHISH-WILSON, Sen Peter 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013
    to: set a cap on the remuneration of senior executives of Commonwealth entities or companies, inclusive of any performance payments or other bonuses, at five times the full-time adult average weekly earnings of employees of Commonwealth entities or companies; and provide for annual reporting requirements. 

    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
    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
    18 Oct 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983
    to expand the existing statutory duty of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Board by including the requirement to be ‘fair’ and ‘balanced’ in relation to the gathering and presentation of news and information by the ABC. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Oct 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983
    to: amend the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Charter to require the ABC to broadcast programs that contribute to a sense of regional and national identity, and inform and entertain, and reflect the geographic and cultural diversity of, the Australian community; provide that the ABC Board must have two members with a substantial connection to, or substantial experience in, a regional area through business, industry or community involvement; establish a Regional Advisory Council to advise the ABC Board; and require the ABC Board to report annually on a range of additional matters, including the total number of individuals employed in regional and metropolitan areas, and the journalist to support staff ratio of employees. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Oct 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    DI NATALE, Sen Richard 
    Summary
    Prohibits the Commonwealth government or its agencies from funding the refurbishment, building or purchase, or assisting in the transfer of ownership, of a coal-fired power station. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993
    to require registrable superannuation (RSE) licensees to have at least one-third independent directors and for the Chair of the Board of directors to be one of these independent directors; and
    Governance of Australian Government Superannuation Schemes Act 2011
    to enable the trustee board of the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation to comply with the new independence requirements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993
    to: require trustees to assess on an annual basis whether the outcomes that are being delivered by MySuper products are promoting the financial interests of MySuper members; allow the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) to refuse, or cancel, an authority to offer a MySuper product if it has a reason to believe the registrable superannuation entity (RSE) licensee may fail to comply with its obligations; impose civil and criminal penalties on directors of RSE licensees who fail to execute their responsibilities to act in the best interests of members, or who use their position to further their own interests to the detriment of members; enable APRA to refuse authority for a change in ownership or control where it has concerns about the person seeking ownership or control, give a direction to a person to relinquish control of a RSE licensee and remove or suspend an RSE licensee where it is subject to the control of its owner; align APRA’s directions powers in relation to the superannuation industry with its broader directions powers in the banking and insurance industries; and require RSE licensees to hold annual members’ meetings;
    Corporations Act 2001
    and
    Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993
    to require superannuation funds to disclose on a semi-annual basis investments that they hold directly or through associated entities and initial investments into non-associated entities;
    Financial Sector (Collection of Data) Act 2001
    to provide APRA with the ability to obtain information on expenses incurred by RSE and RSE licensees in managing or operating the RSE; and
    Australian Prudential Regulation Authority Act 1998
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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