Bills before Parliament

Bills are draft acts of Parliament which are introduced into the house for discussion. A law begins its life as a Bill. This is a proposal for a new Act of Parliament. However before a Bill can become an Act it must pass through several stages in the Parliament. As it passes through Parliament a Bill can be amended during the Committee stages.All actions taken by a government must always be lawful in terms of the Constitution. That means that no Bill can be in conflict with what is in the Constitution. The only exception to this is a Bill to amend the Constitution.

There are two main types of Bills in the Vanuatu Parliament. These are Government Bills and Private Bills. The Budget is simply a rather complicated form of Government Bill and it will be dealt with separately. Government Bills are by far the most common. They may arise from party policy, or because interest groups have asked for them or because the Administration has decided it needs them or they may be to make Vanuatu follow a new international agreement or United Nations resolution.

2018 Bills

These are the bills put before Parliament in 2018

Second Ordinary Session: 10 December to 19 December 2018
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Bill for the Appropriation (2019) 

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Bill for the Correctional Services (Amendment) 

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Bill for the Customs (Amendment) 

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Bill for the Disaster Risk Management 

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Bill for the Environmental Protection and Conservation (Amendment) 

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Bill for the Forestry 

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Bill for the National Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency 

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Bill for the Ozone Layer Protection 

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Bill for the Protection of Traditional Knowledge 

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Bill for the Rent Taxation (Amendment) 

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Bill for the Right to Information (Amendment) 

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Bill for the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) 

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Bill for the Tax Administration 

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Bill for the Telecommunication and Radio Broadcasting Regulation (Amendment) 

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Bill for the Value Added Tax (Amendment)

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Second Extra Ordinary Session: 23 November to 7 December 2018
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Bill for the Charitable Associations (Incorporations) (Amendment)

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Bill for the Citizenship (Amendment)

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Bill for the Companies (Amendment)

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Bill for the Financial Dealers Licensing (Amendment

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Bill for the Foundations (Amendment)

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Bill for the International Companies (Amendment)

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Bill for the Labour (Work Permits) (Amendment)

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Bill for the Mutual Funds (Amendment)

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Bill for the Offshore Limited Partnership (Amendment)

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Bill for the Partnership (Amendment)

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Bill for the Unit Trust (Amendment)

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Bill for the Company and Trust Service Providers (Amendment)

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2017 Bills

These are the bills put before Parliament in 2017

Second Ordinary Session: 11 - 19 December 2017
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Bill for the Tax Administration Act No. of 2017

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Bill for the Value Added Tax (Amendment) Act No. of 2017

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Bill for the Drainage Act No. of 2017

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Bill for the Appropriation (2018) Act No. of 2017

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Bill for the Parliament (Members' Expenses and allowance) (Amendment) Act No. of 2017

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Bill for the Supplementary Appropriation (2017) Act No. of 2017

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Bill for the Ratification of Certain Conventions Act No. of 2017

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Bill for the Maritime (Conventions) Act No. of 2017

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Bill for the National Youth Council (Amendment)Act No. of 2017

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Bill for the Privately Financed Airports Infrastructure Projects (Amendment) Act No. of 2017

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Bill for the Vanuatu Copyright Management Society Act No. of 2017

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Bill for the Utilities Regulator Authority (Amendment) Act No. of 2017

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Second Extra Ordinary Session: 20 November - 2 December 2017
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Bill for the Financial Institutions (Amendment) Act No. of 2017

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Bill for the Foundations (Amendment) Act No. of 2017

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Bill for the Charitable Associations (Incorporations) (Amendment) Act No. of 2017

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Bill for the Vanuatu Interactive Gaming (Amendment) Act No. of 2017

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Bill for the Mutual Funds (Amendment) Act No. of 2017

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Bill for the Insurance (Amendment) Act No. of 2017

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Bill for the Gaming (Control) (Amendment) Act No. of 2017

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Bill for the Lotteries (Amendment) Act No. of 2017

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Bill for the E-Business (Amendment) Act No. of 2017

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Bill for the Credit Unions (Amendment) Act No. of 2017

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Bill for the Cooperative Societies (Amendment) Act No. of 2017

 
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Bill for the Companies (Amendment) Act No. of 2017

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Bill for the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters (Amendment) Act No. of 2017

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Bill for the Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) Act No. of 2017

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Bill for the Public Finance and Economic Management  (Amendment) Act No. of 2017

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Bill for the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act No. of 2017

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Bill for the Cooperative Societies (Amendment) Act No. of 2017

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Bill for the Environment Management and Protection (Amendment) Act No. of 2017

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Bill for the National Youth Council (Amendment) Act No. of 2017

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Bill for the Geothermal Energy (Amendment) Act No. of 2017

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Bill for the Privately Financed Airports Infrastructure Projects (Amendment) Act No. of 2017

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Bill for the Forestry (Amendment) Act No. of 2017

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Bill for the Copyright and Related Rights (Amendment) Act No. of 2017

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Bill for the Utilities Regulatory Authority  (Amendment) Act No. of 2017

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Bill for the Electricity Supply (Amendment) Act No. of 2017

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Bill for the Public Health (Amendment) Act No. of 2017

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Bill for the Maritime (Amendment) Act No. of 2017

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Bill for the Extradition (Amendment) Act No. of 2017

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Bill for the Customs (Amendment) Act No. of 2017

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Bill for the Police Powers  (Amendment) Act No. of 2017

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First Ordinary Session: 1 - 8 June 2017
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Bill for the Tax Administration

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Bill for the Value Added Tax (Amendment) 

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Bill for the Business License (Amendment)

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Bill for the Import Duties (Consolidated) (Amendment) 

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Bill for the Stamp Duties (Amendment) 

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Bill for the Land Acquisition (Amendment) 

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Bill for the Land Leases (Amendment) 

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Bill for the Land Reform (Amendment) 

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Bill for the Strata Titles (Amendment) 

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Bill for the Supplementary Appropriation (2017) 

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First Extra Ordinary Session: 9 - 19 June 2017
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Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) Bill

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Counter - Terrorism and Transnational Organised Crime (Amendment) Bill

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United Nations Financial Sanctions Bill

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Government  (Amendment) Bill [related to UN Financial Sanctions]

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Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing

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Dealers in Securities (Licensing)  (Amendment) Bill

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International Banking  (Amendment) Bill

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Casino (Control)  (Amendment) Bill

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Company and Trust Service Provider  (Amendment) Bill

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International Campanies (Amendment) Bill

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Penal Code (Amendment) Bill

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Copyright and Related Rights (Amendment) Bill

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 Firearms (Amendment) Bill

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2016 Bills

These are the bills put before Parliament in 2018

Second extra ordinary Session
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Bill for the Charitable Associations (Incorporations) (Amendment) Act No.  of 2018

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Bill for the Citizenship (Am) Act No. of 2018

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Bill for the Companies (Am) Act No. of 2018

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Bill for the Company and Trust Service Providers (Am) Act No  of 2018 

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Bill for the Financial Dealers Licensing (Amendment) Act No.  of 2018

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Bill for the Foundations (Am) Act No. of 2018

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Bill for the International Companies (Am) Act No. of 2018

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 Bill for the Labour (Work Permits) (Am) Act No. of 2018

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Bill for the Mutual Funds (Am) Act No. of 2018

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Bill for the Offshore Limited Partnership (Am) Act No. of 2018

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Bill for the Partnership (Am) Act No. of 2018

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Bill for the Treaty concerning Maritime boundaries Ratification

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Bill for the Unit Trust (Am) No. of 2018

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