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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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TOTAL RESULTS: 169

  • Date
    25 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Finance 
    Summary
    Enables the Federal Circuit Court of Australia or the Federal Court of Australia to grant an injunction or order payment of compensation in relation to a contravention of the relevant Commonwealth Procurement Rules, so far as those rules relate to a covered procurement. 

    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
    22 Aug 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the
    My Health Records Act 2012
    to: remove the ability of the My Health Record System Operator to disclose health information in My Health Records to law enforcement and government agencies without an order by a judicial officer or the healthcare recipient’s consent; and require the system operator to permanently delete from the National Repositories Service any health information about a healthcare recipient who has cancelled their My Health Record. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Part of a package of six bills to establish a new national regulatory scheme for industrial chemicals, the bill: repeals the
    Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989
    ,
    Industrial Chemicals (Registration Charge—Customs) Act 1997
    ,
    Industrial Chemicals (Registration Charge—Excise) Act 1997
    and
    Industrial Chemicals (Registration Charge—General) Act 1997
    ; makes consequential amendments to the
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Act 1994
    ,
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    and
    Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997
    ; and provides for transitional arrangements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Part of a package of six bills to establish a new national regulatory scheme for industrial chemicals, the bill amends the
    Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989
    to: amend the definition of a new synthetic polymer to align it with international approaches to regulation; amend the notification requirements for new chemicals; exempt polymers of low concern from notification requirements; remove certain annual reporting requirements; and make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Part of a package of six bills to establish a new national regulatory scheme for industrial chemicals, the bill establishes a legislative framework for the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS) by: establishing the scheme and an Executive Director; defining an industrial chemical; requiring introducers of industrial chemicals to be registered; establishing a system of risk-based categorisation of industrial chemical introductions; providing a framework for the initiation of evaluations of industrial chemicals; establishing the Australian Inventory of Industrial Chemicals; specifying certain information and reporting obligations; enabling the protection of confidential business information; enabling AICIS to monitor compliance; implementing Australian obligations under certain international agreements; and establishing the power for the minister to make rules. Also bans animal testing for new chemical ingredients of cosmetics from 1 July 2018. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Part of a package of six bills to establish a new national regulatory scheme for industrial chemicals, the bill imposes an annual charge on the registration of introducers of industrial chemicals, to the extent that it is a duty of customs. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Part of a package of six bills to establish a new national regulatory scheme for industrial chemicals, the bill imposes an annual charge on the registration of introducers of industrial chemicals, to the extent that it is a duty of excise. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Part of a package of six bills to establish a new national regulatory scheme for industrial chemicals, the bill imposes an annual charge on the registration of introducers of industrial chemicals, to the extent that it is neither a duty of customs nor a duty of excise. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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