The bill is made available for the House to consider.
MPs debate and vote on the bill. If successful, it is usually sent to a select committee.
The select committee gathers information and prepares a report on the bill for the House, including recommending changes to the bill.
The House debates the select committee report and votes on the bill.
Committee of Whole House:
MPs consider the bill in detail and vote on proposed changes.
Final debate and vote. If successful, the bill has been passed.
Bill signed by Governor-General and becomes an Act.
Fail / Withdrawn:
A bill fails if the vote is lost at first, second, or third reading. The member in charge of a bill may withdraw it. _________________________________________________ Note: this simple progress display does not cover all possible stages for a particular bill. Where a date is shown in brackets, this means the debate has been interrupted. See the Bill History content for more details.