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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
    07 Dec 2000 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business portfolio 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Nov 2009 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Occupational Health and Safety Act 1991
    to provide that the manufacture, supply, installation, design and safe use of lifts are regulated;
    Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988
    to: restore Comcare’s access to the Consolidated Revenue Fund to pay compensation claims for diseases with long latency periods; re-instate workers’ compensation claims arising from off-site recess injuries; allow for compensation for medical expenses to be paid when payment of compensation benefits is suspended; and set time limits within which claims must be determined; and
    Occupational Health and Safety Act 1991
    ,
    Occupational Health and Safety (Maritime Industry) Act 1993
    and
    Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992
    to make amendments consequent on the commencement of the
    Legislative Instruments Act 2003

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Aug 2007 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Industry, Tourism and Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Offshore Petroleum Act 2006
    to: convert certain geodetic data references of area descriptions to Geocentric Datum of Australia (GOA94); remove certain ministerial emergency powers in part of Bass Strait; and make technical corrections. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Feb 2010 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Resources and Energy 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Safety Levies) Act 2003
    to provide transitional arrangements until 31 December 2012 to enable safety levies relating to pipelines in designated coastal waters to be collected in certain states and the Northern Territory. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Feb 2010 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Resources and Energy 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006
    in relation to: registration fees; functions of the National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority; multiple titleholders of petroleum titles; strict liability offences; occupational health and safety duties of titleholders; and transitional and technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 Sep 2010 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
    HANSON-YOUNG, Sen Sarah 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Ombudsman Act 1976
    to establish the Education Ombudsman as a separate office within the office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman to deal with complaints about the domestic and international education sector; and
    Migration Act 1958
    and
    Privacy Act 1988
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Mar 2010 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
    HANSON-YOUNG, Sen Sarah 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Ombudsman Act 1976
    to establish the Education Ombudsman as a separate office within the office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman to deal with complaints about the domestic and international education sector; and
    Migration Act 1958
    and
    Privacy Act 1988
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Oct 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Prime Minister 
    Summary
    Amends: four Acts in the Agriculture portfolio to: abolish the Fishing Industry Policy Council; and remove obsolete provisions; four Acts in the Communications portfolio in relation to: re-transmission of programs; and consultation and publication requirements; four Acts in the Environment portfolio in relation to: abolition of the Product Stewardship Advisory Group and the Oil Stewardship Advisory Council; fuel quality standards; and hazardous waste; the
    Social Security Act 1991
    to make an amendment consequential on a repeal; three Acts administered in the Prime Minister and Cabinet portfolio to make minor amendments and repeal certain provisions; eight Acts administered in the Social Services portfolio in relation to: approved provider obligations; use or disclosure of personal information; and removal of spent social security and family assistance payments; seven Acts in the Treasury portfolio to make amendments consequential on repeals; the
    Insurance Act 1973
    to remove a redundant standing appropriation; and five Acts in the Veterans’ Affairs portfolio to remove spent veterans’ affairs and military rehabilitation and compensation payments. Also repeals seven Acts administered in four portfolios. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Nov 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Prime Minister 
    Summary
    Amends: four Acts in the Agriculture and Water Resources portfolio to abolish the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) Advisory Board and the Fishing Industry Policy Council, limit the information that the APVMA is required to provide to Food Standards Australia and New Zealand, and remove obsolete provisions; four Acts in the Communications and the Arts portfolio in relation to re-transmission of programs, and consultation and publication requirements; the
    Social Security Act 1991
    to make an amendment consequential on a repeal; two Acts in the Environment portfolio to make technical amendments and clarify regulatory arrangements; four Acts in the Health portfolio to abolish the Medical Training Review Panel, remove requirements for redundant reviews of Medicare provider number legislation, simplify approved provider obligations in areas of aged care, and make consequential amendments; 20 Acts in the Infrastructure and Regional Development portfolio and the A.C.T. Self-Government (Consequential Provisions) Regulations to make amendments consequential on the establishment of the Australian Capital Territory as a self-governing territory; the
    Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
    to make amendments consequential on a repeal; three Acts in the Prime Minister and Cabinet portfolio to make minor amendments and remove certain provisions; seven Acts in the Social Services portfolio in relation to use or disclosure of personal information and removal of spent social security and family assistance payments; seven Acts in the Treasury portfolio to make amendments consequential on repeals; the
    Insurance Act 1973
    to remove a redundant standing appropriation; and five Acts in the Veterans’ Affairs portfolio to remove spent veterans’ affairs and military rehabilitation and compensation payments. Also repeals 28 Acts administered in eight portfolios. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Jun 2013 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
    RHIANNON, Sen Lee 
    Summary
    The bill: establishes United Nations targets for official development assistance; requires the minister to prepare and present to Parliament an annual statement outlining Australia’s annual official development assistance; establishes an Independent Commissioner on Aid Effectiveness; provides for the appointment, functions and powers of the commissioner; and provides for staff, consulting and an annual reporting requirement. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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