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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
    17 Oct 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    STORER, Sen Tim 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Oct 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    DI NATALE, Sen Richard 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Sex Discrimination Act 1984
    to remove the exemption for religious educational institutions to discriminate against students and teachers on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identification, marital or relationship status or pregnancy; and
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to ensure that religious exemptions from anti-discrimination provisions do not extend to educational institutions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Oct 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    19 Sep 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    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
    12 Sep 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Bill 2018, the bill: repeals the
    Australian Aged Care Quality Agency Act 2013
    and
    Australian Aged Care Quality Agency (Transitional Provisions) Act 2013
    ; provides for the transfer of the functions and operation of the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency and Aged Care Complaints Commissioner to the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission; provides for the transfer of members of the Quality Agency Advisory Council to the Aged Care Quality and Safety Advisory Council; and makes consequential amendments to the
    Aged Care Act 1997
    ,
    Aged Care (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997
    and
    Freedom of Information Act 1982

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Sep 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2018, the bill: establishes the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission to replace the existing Australian Aged Care Quality Agency and Aged Care Complaints Commission from 1 January 2019; provides for the functions, powers, appointment and terms and conditions of the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner; provides for staff of the commission; and establishes the Aged Care Quality and Safety Advisory Council and provides for its functions, membership, procedures, reporting and planning, information sharing and entry and search powers. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Sep 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    BERNARDI, Sen Cory 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    ,
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    and
    Australian Citizenship Act 2007
    to prohibit the wearing of full face coverings in Commonwealth places and territories in prescribed circumstances, including while attending a Centrelink office and while participating in a citizenship ceremony. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Sep 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    SIEWERT, Sen Rachel 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: increase the maximum single rates of newstart allowance, youth allowance (away from home rates only), austudy, sickness allowance, special benefit, widow allowance and crisis payment by $150 a fortnight; standardise the indexation arrangements for certain pensions and allowances; and make amendments contingent on the commencement of the
    Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Act 2018
    ; and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to provide that these payments are made from monies appropriated by the Parliament. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Aug 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    DI NATALE, Sen Richard 
    Summary
    The bill: enshrines the principles of diversity and multiculturalism; establishes the Australian Multicultural Commission and provides for its functions, powers, constitution, operation and inquiries; and provides for annual reporting requirements for Commonwealth entities. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Aug 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Indigenous Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to: provide that community development program (CDP) participants are subject to the targeted compliance framework; insert exemptions for CDP participants undertaking subsidised employment who are still in receipt of the newstart allowance, youth allowance, disability support pension, special benefit or parenting payment; create exceptions to work refusal failures for CDP participants who refuse subsidised employment and exceptions for participants undertaking subsidised employment who refuse other offers of employment; and create exceptions to unemployment failures for participants who voluntarily leave a suitable subsidised job without a valid reason, or are dismissed from a suitable subsidised job for misconduct;
    Farm House Support Act 2014
    ,
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to make consequential amendments; and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to make contingent amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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