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
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Implements certain recommendations of the Australian Consumer Law Review Final Report by amending the:
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to: amend evidentiary requirements to allow private litigants to rely on admitted facts from earlier proceedings; clarify the operation of unsolicited services provisions and unsolicited consumer agreements in a public place; ensure that fees or charges associated with pre-selected options must be included in the single price; strengthen the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) powers to obtain information about product safety; enable third parties to give effect to a community service order; and clarify the scope of the exemption from the consumer guarantees for the transport or storage of goods;
    Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001
    and
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to: extend the unconscionable conduct protections to publicly listed companies; and enable the ACCC and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) to investigate possible unfair contract terms; and
    Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001
    to: correct inconsistent terminology for financial products that involve interests in land; and clarify the application of consumer protections to financial products. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    RICE, Sen Janet 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Air Services Act 1995
    to: provide that the functions of Airservices Australia (AA) include undertaking activities to protect the human and natural environment, community amenity and residential areas from the effects of the operation and use of aircraft, and associated effects; introduce new consultation arrangements for AA and persons affected by aircraft noise; require AA to consider the need to minimise the impact of aircraft operations on the human and natural environment, community amenity and residential areas when preparing corporate plans; expand the AA board by up to two members and require that it include an expert in environmental management and a representative of a community group affected by aircraft noise; and provide for the creation and operations of the Aircraft Noise Ombudsman and related reporting arrangements; and
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    to require the minister to appoint an independent Community Aviation Advocate to represent communities affected by aircraft noise. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to establish a two year drug testing trial in three regions for 5000 new recipients of newstart allowance and youth allowance from 1 July 2018;
    Farm Household Support Act 2014
    to make consequential amendments; and
    Farm Household Support Act 2014
    ,
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to make amendments contingent on the commencement of the proposed
    Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Act 2018

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    BERNARDI, Sen Cory 
    Summary
    Repeals the
    Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
    to abolish the Australian Human Rights Commission. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    08 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Treasury Laws Amendment (Reducing Pressure on Housing Affordability Measures No. 2) Bill 2018, the bill amends the
    Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Fees Imposition Act 2015
    to impose reconciliation fees on developers who sell a near-new dwelling to a foreign person under a near-new dwelling exemption certificate. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    08 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Corporations Act 2001
    and
    National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009
    to allow regulations to provide for exemptions from the Australian Financial Services Licence and Australian Credit Licence requirements for the purposes of testing financial and credit products and services under certain conditions;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to amend the venture capital and early stage investor provisions to ensure that they operate as intended in relation to capital gains tax transactions, managed investment trusts and the early stage investor tax offset; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    to amend the definition of public trading trusts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    08 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Fees Imposition Amendment (Near-new Dwelling Interests) Bill 2018, the bill amends the:
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to: remove the entitlement to the capital gains tax (CGT) main residence exemption for foreign residents; and clarify that, for the purpose of determining whether an entity’s underlying value is principally derived from taxable Australian real property under the foreign resident CGT regime, the principal asset test is applied on an associate inclusive basis;
    Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997
    to provide for transitional arrangements in relation to the main residence exemption;
    Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975
    to require a reconciliation payment to be made by developers who sell dwellings to foreign persons under a near-new dwelling exemption certificate; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to provide an additional affordable housing capital gains discount of up to 10 per cent. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    07 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON, Sen Pauline 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Citizenship Act 2007
    in relation to: strengthened citizenship requirements, including in relation to permanent residency and English language proficiency; the definition of ‘spouse’ and ‘de facto partner’; citizenship by adoption; automatic acquisition of citizenship; citizenship by conferral; residence requirements for citizenship; good character requirements; the bar on approval of citizenship where there are related criminal offences; offence provisions; mandatory and discretionary cancellation of approval of citizenship; ministerial discretion to delay the making of the pledge of allegiance; the maximum period of deferral for making the pledge of allegiance; revocation of citizenship by descent, conferral or under intercountry adoption arrangements; ministerial power to make legislative instruments; use and disclosure of personal information; and consequential amendments; and
    Migration Act 1958
    to enable the use and disclosure of personal citizenship information. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    07 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities 
    Summary
    Part of a package of five bills to regulate the importation and provision of road vehicles, the bill supports the commencement of the proposed
    Road Vehicle Standards Act 2018
    , which will replace the
    Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989
    , by: providing for transitional national road vehicle standards; repealing the
    Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989
    ; providing for transitional arrangements for the regulation of road vehicles and road vehicle components; and making consequential amendments to 10 Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    07 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities 
    Summary
    Part of a package of five bills to regulate the importation and provision of road vehicles, the bill replaces the
    Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989
    by: enabling the minister to determine national road vehicle standards for road vehicles and road vehicle components; prohibiting the importation into Australia of road vehicles that do not comply with national road vehicle standards, except in limited circumstances; establishing a Register of Approved Vehicles, on which road vehicles must be entered before they are introduced to the Australian market; establishing a framework for the recall of road vehicles and approved road vehicle components; providing for criminal offences, civil penalties, injunctions, enforceable undertakings and infringement notices; and providing for administrative matters, including using computer programs, review of decisions and information sharing and delegations. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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