Search all bills

Keyword(s)
Status
Current Bills
Previous Bills
Type

TOTAL RESULTS: 210

  • Date
    25 Nov 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Passed Both Houses 
    Portfolio
    Special Minister of State 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to: extend the application of the foreign donations framework to current sitting members of the House of Representatives and Senators; require members of the House of Representatives and Senators who receive gifts for the purpose of incurring electoral expenditure or creating or communicating electoral matter to lodge an annual return with the Australian Electoral Commission; and extend the period for which a person is taken to be a candidate by an additional six months for the purpose of the disclosure period for candidate and Senate group returns and for restrictions on receiving foreign donations. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Nov 2021 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Passed Both Houses 
    Portfolio
    Foreign Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Autonomous Sanctions Act 2011
    to: specify thematic categories of conduct to which autonomous sanctions can be applied; clarify that autonomous sanctions regimes established under the regulations can be either country-specific or thematic; and specify decision-making processes for imposing targeted financial sanctions and travel bans on person and entities under thematic sanctions regimes. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Oct 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Passed Both Houses 
    Portfolio
    Special Minister of State 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to: respond to a recommendation of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters'
    Report on the conduct of the 2016 federal election and matters related thereto
    by requiring the Electoral Commissioner to implement certain processes to assure the security and accuracy of the computer systems (including the systems for scanning ballot papers and counting votes) used to scrutinise votes for a Senate election; clarify the process for resolving candidate ties; clarify that the 'bulk exclusion' process is not required to be used in the computerised scrutiny process; allow a scrutineer to request access to an original ballot paper to resolve a question about formality or a preference vote being counted in the scrutiny of a Senate election; and require the Electoral Commissioner to publish Senate election data for each formal ballot case in the election within 7 days of the return of the writ for a Senate election. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Oct 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Passed Both Houses 
    Portfolio
    Special Minister of State 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to: implement certain recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters'
    Report of the inquiry on the future conduct of elections operating during times of emergency situations
    by enabling the Electoral Commissioner to make limited operational modifications by legislative instrument where an emergency declaration has been issued under a Commonwealth law and moving the existing power to adjourn or suspend polling at a polling place or pre-poll voting office from local polling booth presiding officers to the Electoral Commissioner; delay the commencement of the scrutiny for a House of Representatives election for a Division where polling has been adjourned or temporarily suspended; prevent scrutineers and Australian Electoral Commission officers from disclosing the results of a Senate election in a Division where polling has been adjourned; and make minor amendments in relation to the cut-off date for postal vote applications and the format of postal vote certificates. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Oct 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Passed Both Houses 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    National Health Act 1953
    to: provide for price reductions on the fifth, tenth and fifteenth anniversary of a drug listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), and when the first new brand of a drug lists on the PBS; retain ministerial discretion to ensure that the minister can intervene if a legislated price reduction were to have an unintended consequence; and establish a price reduction floor, and stockholding requirements, for certain PBS listed brands that may be susceptible to global medicines shortages; and
    National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits—Budget and Other Measures) Act 2018
    to remove redundant provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Oct 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Passed Both Houses 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Provides a further response to the final report of the second year review of the National Redress Scheme by amending the
    National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Act 2018
    to: extend the funder of last resort arrangements to encompass non-defunct institutions that are unable to participate in the scheme, and defunct institutions with which participating jurisdictions do not share responsibility for abuse and there is no parent institution to take responsibility; and provide the scheme operator with specific authority to disclose certain protected information about non-participating institutions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    21 Oct 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Passed Both Houses 
    Portfolio
    Industry, Science, Energy and Resourses 
    Summary
    Further to the Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Bill 2021 and the Offshore Electricity Infrastructure (Regulatory Levies) Bill 2021, the bill amends the:
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006
    to: extend the operation of the Act to provide that a person commits an offence if a regulated entity interferes with offshore infrastructure activities; clarify the dual role of the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) in regulating the Act and the Offshore Electricity Infrastructure framework, including in relation to NOPSEMA's duties, money and annual reporting requirements; and clarify that the National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator may also be appointed as the Offshore Infrastructure Registrar; and
    Coral Sea Islands Act 1969
    ,
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    ,
    Sea Installations Act 1987
    and
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    21 Oct 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Passed Both Houses 
    Portfolio
    Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    to: define Telstra successor companies and designated Telstra successor entities and replace references to Telstra with references to the successor entities; allow the Minister and Australian Communications and Media Authority to make determinations relating to the designated successor entities; and make technical and consequential amendments; Telstra Corporation Act 2001 to extend existing regulations relating to the operation and ownership of Telstra to its successor entities; the
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to: extend existing regulations relating to the operation and ownership of Telstra to its successor entities; and make consequential amendments; the
    Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999
    to: extend the Minister's powers to impose service provider obligations to Telstra's successor entities and retail price controls on each successor entity; and make consequential technical amendments; and amends three regulations, four determinations and a code of access in relation to ownership of Telstra shares, access to telecommunications infrastructure, carrier licence conditions, emergency call persons and services, real estate development exemptions, arbitration and sunsetting. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    21 Oct 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Passed Both Houses 
    Portfolio
    Veterans’ Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends: nine Acts to: exempt certain payments, known as the adjusted disability pension, from the social security income test; and remove the Defence Force Income Support Allowance; the
    Veterans' Entitlement Act 1986
    to: remove the disability income rent test; replace references to 'disability pension' with references that clarify the nature of the payment as a compensation payment; and adjust the mechanism for indexation of certain payments; and the
    Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
    to establish a non-liability rehabilitation pilot to provide veterans with access to rehabilitation support without the requirement to have lodged a compensation claim. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Sep 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Passed Both Houses 
    Portfolio
    Industry, Science, Energy and Resources 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Bill 2021 to facilitate and regulate the development of electricity infrastructure in Commonwealth waters, the bill imposes an offshore electricity infrastructure levy on offshore electricity infrastructure licence holders or those engaging in offshore infrastructure activities prescribed by regulations. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

Browse bills

Browse all bills by title
Latest updates to bill homepages
Bills lists

These publications provide a complete list of all bills before Parliament for the current calendar year and details of their progress through both houses of Parliament.

More on bills

Bills and committees

The House of Representatives Selection Committee and the Senate Selection of Bills Committee routinely consider whether bills should be referred to committees for inquiry and report. The House Committee reports its determinations to the chamber, while the Senate Committee makes recommendations which the Senate may then adopt. Bills may also be referred to committees by either chamber or by the relevant minister to House and joint committees.

Acts and Australian Law
Legislation proposed for introduction (external links)
Senate statistics