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.

The Vanuatu Parliament Bills of the year

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2016 Bills

These are the bills put before Parliament in 2016

Second Ordinary Session:  8 - 19 December 2016
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Bill for the Appropriation (2017) Act No. of 2016

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Bill for the Supplementary Appropriation (2016) Act No. of 2016

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Bill for the Civil Aviation (Amendment) Act No. of 2016

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Bill for the Decentralization (Amendment) Act No.   of 2016

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Bill for the Energy Efficiency of Electrical Appliances Equipment and Lighting Products Act No. of 2016

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Bill for the Law Commission (Amendment) Act No. of 2016

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Bill for the Maritime Sector Regulatory Act No. of 2016

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Bill for the Meteorology and Geological Hazards and Climate Change Act No. of 2016

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Bill for the Oaths (Amendment) Act No. of 2016

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Bill for the Public Finance (Amendment) Act No. of 2016

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Bill for the Public Solicitor (Amendment) Act No. of 2016

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Bill for the Treaty between the Solomon Islands and the Republic of Vanuatu concerning their Maritime boundaries (Ratification) Act No. of 2016

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Bill for the Water Resource Management (Amendment) Act No. of 2016

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Bill for the Water Supply (Amendment) Act No. 2016

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Second Extra Ordinary Session:  21 - 30 November 2016
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Bill for the  Utilities Regulator Authority (Amendment) Act No. of 2016

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Bill for the Bureau of Standards Act No. of 2016

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Bill for the Citizenship (Amendment) Act No. of 2016

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Bill for the Commercial Government  Business Enterprise Act No. of 2016

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Bill for the Immigration (Amendment) Act No. of 2016

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Bill for the NPFC Act No. of 2016

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Bill for the Penal Code (Amendment) Act No. of 2016

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Bill for the Quarry (Amendment) Act No. of 2016

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Bill for the Referendum (Amendment) Act No. of 2016

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Bill for the Right to Information Act No. of 2016

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Bill for the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act No. of 2016

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2012 Bills

These are the bills put before Parliament in 2012

First Extra Ordinary Session 
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Agreement Establishing the Pacific Islands Forum (Ratification) Act No. 4 of 2012

     

Parliament (Members’ Expenses and Allowances)(Amendment) Act No. 5 of 2012.

     

The Agreement Amending for the second time the ACP-EU Partnership Agreement (Ratification) Act No. 6 of 2012

     

 Prevention of Fraud (Investments)(Amendment) Act No. 7 of 2012.

     
 

Counter Terrorism and Transnational Organised Crime (Amendment) Act No. 9 of 2012

     
 Representation of the People (Amendment) Act No. 10 of 2012.      

 Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters (Amendment) Act No. 11 of 2012.

     

Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) Act No. 12 of 2012.

     

Convention establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization (Ratification) Act No. 13 of 2012.

     

Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (Ratification) Act No. 16 of 2012

     

Statute Law (Miscellaneous) Provisions Act No. 17 of 2012.

     

Value Added Tax (Amendment) Act No. 18 of 2012.

     

Import Duties (Consolidation)(Amendment) Act No. 19 of 2012.

     

Excise (Amendment) Act No. 20 of 2012.

     

International Companies (Amendment) Act No. 21 of 2012.

     

2011 Bills

 These are the bills put before Parliament in 2011

 
Bill Tittle English French Status

Public Service (Amendment) Act No. 1 of 2011.

     

Customary Land Tribunal (Amendment) Act No. 2 of 2011.

     

Public Finance and Economic Management (Amendment) Act No. 3 of 2011.

     

Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (Ratification) Act No. 4 of 2011.

     

Import Duties (Consolidation)(Amendment) Act No. 5 of 2011.

     

The Excise (Amendment) Act No. 11 of 2011

     

The Import Duties (Consolidation)(Amendment) Act No. 12 of 2011.

     

The Customs (Amendment) Act No. 13 of 2011

     

Patents (Amendment) Act No. 14 of 2011.

     

The Business Licence (Amendment) Act No. 15 of 2011.

     

The Passports (Amendment) Act No. 17 of 2011

     

Protocol on the Accession of Vanuatu (Ratification) Act No. 19 of 2011.

     

The Appropriation (2012) Act No. 20 of 2011.

     

2010 Bills

These are the bills put before Parliament in 2010

 
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Company and Trust Service Providers Act No. 8 of 2010.

     

Electricity Supply (Amendment) Act No. 13 of 2010

     

Convention Against Torture and other cruel, Inhuman or degrading Treatment or Punishment (Ratification) Act No. 14 of 2010.

     

United Nations Convention Against Corruption (Ratification) Act No. 15 of 2010.

     

The Supplementary Appropriation (2010) Act No. 16 of 2010.

     

Immigration Act No. 17 of 2010.

     

The Utilities Regulatory Authority (Amendment) Act No. 18 of 2010.

     

Vanuatu Chamber of Agriculture Act No. 19 of 2010.

     

The Police (Amendment Act No. 22 of 2010.

 

Municipalities (Amendment) Act No. 23 of 2010

     

Decentralization (Amendment) Act No. 24 of 2010.

     

Employment (Amendment) Act No. 25 of 2010.

     

Minimum Wage and Minimum Wages board (Amendment) Act No. 26 of 2010.

     

The Ozone Layer Protection Act No. 27 of 2010

     

The Environmental Management and Conservation (Amendment) Act No. 28 of 2010.

     

The Import Duties (Amendment) Act No. 29 of 2010.

     

The Excise (Amendment) Act No. 30 of 2010.

     

The Appropriation (2011) Act No. 32 of 2010.

     

The Parliament (Members’ Expenses and Allowances) (Amendment) Act No. 33 of 2010.

     

The Import of Goods (Control)(Amendment) Act No. 37 of 2010.

     

2009 Bills

These are the bills put before Parliament in 2009


The first Ordinary session of Parliament for 2009 
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Bill for the Telecommunication and Radiocommunication Regulation Act No. of 2009.

     

Bill for the Telecommunication (Amendment) Act No. of 2009

     

Bill for the Passport Act No. of 2009

     

Bill for the Diplomatic and Official Passports Act No. 2009

     

Bill for the Interpretation (Amendment) Act No. 2009

     

Bill for the Protected Cells Company (Amendment) Act No. 2009

     

Bill for the Incorporated Cells Company Act No. 2009

     

Bill for the Offshore Partnership Act No. 2009

     

Bill for the Offshore Partnership Act No. 2009

     

Bill for the Law Reform (Contract) Act No. 2009

     

Bill for the Law Reform (Civil Liability) Act No. 2009

     

Bill for the Civil Status (Amendment) Act No. 2009

     

Bill for the Employment (Amendment) Act No. 2009

     

Bill for the Foundation Act No. 2009

     

Bill for Concessional Loan Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Vanuatu and the Export-Import Bank of China (Ratification) Act No. 2009.

     

Bill for the Reserve Bank (Amendment) Act No. of 2009

     

Bill for the Agriculture Bank (Amendment) Act No. of 2009

     

Bill for the Food (Control) (Amendment) Act No. of 2009

     

Bill for the UNESCO Convention for the safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (Ratification) Act No. of 2009

     

Bill for the Vanuatu Financial Services (Amendment) Act No. of 2009

     

2006 Bills

These are the bills put before Parliament in 2006

The first Ordinary session of Parliament for 2006 
Bill Tittle English French Status
The Business Licence (Amendment) Act No. 1/2006      
The Import Duties (Consolidation ) (Amendment) Act No. 2/2006      
The Export Duties (Amendment) Act No. 3/2006      
The Millenium Challenge Compact Between the United States of America Acting through the Millenium Challenge Corporation and the Government of the  Republic of Vanuatu (Ratification) Act No. 9/2006      

2005 Bills

These are the bills put before Parliament in 2005

First Extra Ordinary Session: 17th – 28th February 2005 
Bill Tittle English French Status
The Appropriation (2005) Act No. 1/2005      
The Supplementary Appropriation (2004)(Amendment) Act No. 2/2005      

 

First Ordinary Session 
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  The Official Salaries (Amendment) Act No. 3/2005      
 

The Parliament (Members’ Expenses and Allowances)(Amendment) 

     

Civil Aviation (Amendment) Act No. 5/2005

     

Casino Control (Amendment) Act No. 6/2005

     

The World Health Organisation Frame Work Convention on Tobacco Control (Ratification) Act No. 7/2005

     

Gaming (control)(Amendment) Act No. 8/2005

     

Labour (Work Permits)(Amendment) Act No. 9/2005

     

Labour (Work Permits)(Amendment) Act No. 9/2005

     

The comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (ratification) Act No. 11/2005

     

The Stockholm Convention on persistent organic pollutants (Ratification) Act No.12/2005

     

The Agreement establishing the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (Ratification) Act No. 13/2005

     

The Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and use of chemical weapons and on their destruction (Ratification) Act No. 14/2005

     

The Vanuatu Commodities Marketing Board (Amendment) Act No. 15/2005

     
 

Convention on the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (Ratification) Act No. 17/2005

     
 

The Parliament (Administration) Act No. 18/2005

     
 

Import Duties (Consolidation)(Amendment) Act No. 19/2005

     
 

Value Added Tax (Amendment) Act No. 20/2005

     
 

The Agreement establishing the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)(Ratification) Act No. 21/2005

     
 

Immigration (Amendment) Act No. 22/2005

     
 

Pacific Islands Civil Aviation Treaty (Ratification) Act No. 24/2005

     
 

Financial Transactions Reporting (Amendment) Act No. 28/2005

     
 

The Counter Terrorism and Transnational Organised Crime Act No. 29/2005

     
 

The Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) Act No. 30/2005

     

 

Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters (Amendment) Act No. 31/2005

     
 

The Vanuatu National Language Council Act No. 32/2005

     
 

The Road Traffic (Control)(Amendment) Act No. 33/2005

     
 

The Vanuatu Tourism Office (Amendment) Act No. 34/2005

     
 

The Vanuatu Financial Services Commission (Amendment) Act No. 35/2005

     
 

The Unit Trusts Act No. 36/2005

     
 

The Protected Cell Companies Act No. 37/2005

     

The Mutual Funds Act No. 38/2005

     
 

The Prevention of Fraud (Investments) (Amendment) Act No. 39/2005

     
 

The Equal Remuneration Convention (Ratification) Act No. 40/2005

     
 

The Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention (Ratification) Act No. 41/2005

     
 

The Minimum Age Convention (Ratification) Act No. 42/2005

     
 

The Seafarers’ Indentity Documents (Revised) Convention (Ratification) Act No. 44/2005

     
 

Business Licence (Amendment) Act No. 45/2005

     
 

Value Added Tax (Amendment) Act No. 47/2005

     
 

The Vanuatu Agriculture College Act No. 51/2005

     
 

Appropriation (2006) Act No. 52/2005

     
 

Supplementary Appropriation (2005) Act No. 53/2005

     
 

The Insurance Act No. 54/2005

     
 

Fisheries Act No. 55/2005

     

2004 Bills

These are the bills put before Parliament in 2004

 

First Extra Session 2004
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Value Added Tax (Amendment) Act No. 2/2004

     

Business License (Amendment) Act No. 5/2004

     
 

Debit Tax (Repeal) Act No. 7/2004

     
 

Import Duties (Consolidation) (Amendment) Act No. 8/2004

     
 

Labour (Work Permits) (Amendment) Act No. 9/2004

     
 

Strata Titles (Amendment) Act No. /2004

     
 

The Supplementary Appropriation (2004) No. 10/2004

     
 

Land Leases (Amendment) Act No. /2004

     

2003 Bills

These are the bills put before Parliament in 2003

First Ordinary Session: 19 June 2003
Bill Tittle English French Status

The Trademarks Act No. 1/2003

     
 

The Patents Act No. 2/2003

     
 

The Design Act No. 3/2003

     
 

The Pacific Agreement on closer Economic Relations (PACER) Act No. 4/2003

     
 

The Pacific Island Countries Trade Agreement (PICTA) Act No. 5/2003

     
 

The Judicial Services and Courts (Amendment) Act No. 6/2003

     
 

The Criminal Procedure Code (Amendment) Act No. 7/2003

     
 

The Public Prosecutors Act No. 8/2003

     
 

The Vanuatu Maritime Authority (Amendment) Act No. 9/2003

     
 

The Labour Work Permit (Amendment) Act No. 10/2003

     
 

The Broadcasting and Television (Amendment) Act No. 11/2003

     
 

The Vanuatu National Sports Council (Amendment) Act No. 12/2003

     
 

The Excise (Amendment) Act No. 13/2003

     
 

The Debit Tax (Amendment) Act No. 14/2003

     
 

The Customs (Amendment) Act No. 15/2003

     
 

The Import Duties (consolidation)(Amendment) Act No. 16/2003

     

 

First Extra Ordinary Session: 17th – 21st November 2003
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The Penal Code (Amendment) Act No. 17/2003

     
 

The Public Prosecutors (Amendment) Act No. 18/2003

     
 

(Ratification) No. 19/2003

     
 

The Consolidation of the French and English Texts of the Laws of Vanuatu Act 

     
 

The Strata Titles Amendment Act No. 21/2003

     
 

The Urban Land (Repeal) Act No. 22/2003

     
 

The Lands Surveyors (Amendment) Act No. 23/2003

     
 

The Land Leases (Amendment) Act No. 24/2003

     
 

The Vanuatu Commodities Marketing Board (Amendment) Act No. 25/2003

     

The Debit Tax (Amendment) Act No. 26/2003

     

The Import Duties (consolidation) Act No. 27/2003

     

Act No. 28/2003

     

The Vanuatu National Provident Fund (Amendment) Act No. 29/2003

     

The Value Added Tax (Amendment) Act No. 30/2003

     

The Road Traffic (Control) Amendment Act No. 31/2003

     

The Appropriation (2004) Act No. 32/2003

     

The Supplementary Appropriation (2004) Act No. 33/2003

     

2002 Bills

These are the bills put before Parliament in 2002

First Extra Ordinary Session 2002
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United Nationa Act No. 1/2002

     
 

Financial Transactions Reporting (Terrorism)(Amendment) Act No. 2/2002

     
 

nternational Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism Act 

     
 

International Banking Act No. 4/2002

     
 

Firearms and Ammunition Special Purchase Act No. 5/2002

     
 

Agriculture Fees (Amendment) Act No. 6/2002

     
 

Kava Act No. 7/2002

     
 

Public Finance and Economic Management (Amendment) Act No. 8/2002

     
 

Water Resources Management Act No. 9/2002

     
 

National Tourism (Amendment) Act No. 10/2002

     
 

Civil Aviation Ratification Act No. 11/2002

     
 

Environmental Management and Conservation Act No. 12/2002

     
 

Proceeds of Crime Act No. 13/2002

     
 

Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act No. 14/2002

     
 

Vanuatu Agricultural Research and Technical Centre Act No. 15/2002

     
 

Extradition Act No. 16/2002

     
 

Reserve Bank (Amendment) Act No. 17/200

     
 

Banking (Repeal) Act No. 18/2002

     
 

Vanuatu Financial Services Commission (Amendment) Act No. 19/2002

     
 

Financial Transactions Reporting (Amendment) Act No. 20/2002

     
 

Vanuatu Financial Institutions (Amendment) Act No. 21/2002

     
 

Valuation of Land Act No. 22/2002

     

Land Valuers Registration Act No. 23/2002

     

 

First Ordinary Session 2002
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Excise Act No. 24/2002

     
 

Beer (Repeal) Act No. 25/2002

     
 

Debits Tax Act No. 26/2002

     
 

Cheque Tax (Repeal) Act No. 27/2002

     
 

Value Added Tax (Amendment) Act No. 28/2002

     
 

Maritime Authority (Amendment) Act No. 29/2002

     
 

Vanuatu Interactive Gaming (Amendment) Act No. 30/2002

     
 

Import Duties (consolidation) (Amendment) Act No. 31/2002

     

Appropriation (2003) Act No. 32/2002

     
 

Supplementary Appropriation (2001 and 2002) Act No. 33/2002

     

1999 Bills

These are the bills put before Parliament in 1999

First Ordinary Session 1999
Bill Tittle English French Status
Foreign Investment (Amendment) Act No.1/1999.      

 

First Extra Ordinary Session 14 August 1999
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Financial Institutions Act No. 2/1999

     

Compensation Strikers (Amendment) Act No. 3/1999

     

Road Traffic (Control)(Amendment) Act No. 4/1999

     

State Law Office (Amendment) Act No. 5/1999

     

Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Vanuatu (Amendment) Act No. 6/1999

     

Leadership Code (Amendment) Act No. 7/1999

     

Import Duties (Consolidation)(Customs Valuation Amendment) Act No. 8/1999

     

Business Licence (Amendment) Act No. 9/1999

     

Public Finance and Economic Management (Amendment) Act No. 10/1999

     

Ports (Amendment) Act No. 11/1999

     

Coastal Trading Control (Repeal) Act No. 12/1999

     

Vanuatu National Training Act No. 13/1999

     

Credit Union Act No. 14/1999

     

Customs Act No. 15/1999

     

Civil Aviation Act No. 16/1999

     

Airport Departure Tax (International Flights)(Repeal) Act No. 17/1999

     

1998 Bills

These are the bills put before Parliament in 1999

First Ordinary Session: May 1998
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The Leadership Code Act No. 2/1998

     

The Expenditure Review Act No. 3/1998

     

The State Law Act No. 4/1998

     

The Government Act No. 5/1998

     

The Public Finance and Economic Management Act No. 6/1998

     

The National Provident Fund (Amendment) Act No. 7/1998

     

The Import Duties Consolidation (Amendment) Act No. 8/1998

     

The Labour Work Permit (Amendment) Act No. 9/1998

     

The Government Contracts and Tenders Act No. 10/1998

     

The Public Service Act No. 11/1998

     

The Value Added Tax Act No. 12/1998

     

The Immigration (Amendment) Act No. 13/1998

     

The Appropriation Act No. 14/1998

     

The Foreign Investment Act No. 15/1998

     

 

Second Ordinary Session: 1998
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The National Bank of Vanuatu (Amendment) Act No. 16/1998      

 

Third Ordinary Session 1998
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Loan Agreement (Comprehensive Reform Programme) between the Republic of Vanuatu and the Asian Development Bank Approval Act No. 17/1998

     

Business Licence Act No. 19/1998

     

Government Remuneration tribunal Act No. 20/1998

     

Civil Aviation Corporation Act No. 21/1998

     

Asset Management Unit Act No. 22/1998

     

 

Extra Ordinary Session 1998
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Vanuatu National Provident Fund (Amendment No. 2) Act No. 23/1998

     

 

Ombudsman Act No. 27/1998

     

 

Coastal Trading (Control)(Amendment) Act No. 30/1998

     

 

Maritime (Amendment) Act No. 31/1998

     

 

Ports (Amendment) Act No. 32/1998

     

 

Shipping (Amendment) Act No. 33/1998

     

 

Vanuatu Financial Services Commission (Amendment) Act No. 34/1998

     

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