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
    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
    16 Oct 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Brings forward tax relief for small and medium businesses by amending the
    Treasury Laws Amendment (Enterprise Tax Plan) Act 2017
    to: reduce the corporate tax rate for corporate tax entities that derive no more than 80 per cent of their income in passive forms and have an aggregated turnover of less than $50 million (base rate entities) to 26 per cent for the 2020-21 financial year and to 25 per cent from the 2021-22 financial year; increase the small business income tax offset rate for small businesses that have an aggregated turnover of less than $5 million to 13 per cent for the 2020-21 financial year and to 16 per cent from the 2021-22 financial year; and make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Oct 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Sep 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to introduce a national regime to regulate gift cards, including requirements that: gift cards must have a minimum three year expiry period; information about the expiry of a gift card must be displayed prominently on the card itself; terms and conditions cannot allow certain post-supply fees to be charged; and certain fees cannot be charged after a gift card is supplied. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Sep 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Veterans' Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
    to enable the Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) to make a claim for liability for a current serving Australian Defence Force member, where the member has given consent for the CDF to make the claim on their behalf for a service injury or disease;
    Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988
    to expand the existing power of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission to request certain information to include any Commonwealth, state or territory departments and authorities, and other persons; and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to provide that exempt lump sum determinations made by the Secretary of the Department of Social Services will apply as exempt lump sums from the income test that applies to Department of Veterans' Affairs' income support clients. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    19 Sep 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    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
    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

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