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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
    27 May 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    ,
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Superannuation (Government Co-contribution for Low Income Earners) Act 2003
    to: extend eligibility for the Government co-contribution for low income earners; and ensure that persons entitled to a co-contribution cannot also claim a tax deduction for personal superannuation contributions; and
    Superannuation (Government Co-contribution for Low Income Earners) Act 2003
    to make administrative and technical amendments in relation to: interest on unpaid co-contribution amounts; provider repayment dates and general interest charge; reports to Parliament; and payments of co-contributions into the Superannuation Holding Accounts Account. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 May 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    to remove the requirement for certain pension providers to obtain an actuary’s certificate to qualify for tax exemptions;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to require taxpayers under age 18 to satisfy a work test in order to claim a tax deduction for personal superannuation contributions;
    Retirement Savings Accounts Act 1997
    to align the portability request time frame applying to retirement savings account providers with that of superannuation providers;
    Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992
    to simplify the superannuation guarantee earnings base arrangements; and
    Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993
    to correct a cross-referencing error in relation to cancellation of registrable superannuation entity licences. Also contains application provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 May 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    ,
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Venture Capital Act 2002
    in relation to the venture capital regime;
    Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986
    to extend the fringe benefits tax exemption transitional arrangements for certain contributions to worker entitlement funds; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    to make technical corrections in relation to foreign tax credits. Also contains application provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 May 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    A New Tax (Medicare Levy Surcharge—Fringe Benefits) Act 1999
    and
    Medicare Levy Act 1986
    to increase the Medicare levy low income thresholds and the Medicare levy surcharge low income thresholds for the 2003-2004 financial year and later financial years. Also contains an application provision. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 May 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Family and Community Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to: provide an assets test exemption for market-linked income streams from 20 September 2004; reduce to 50 per cent the available assets test exemption for certain non-commutable income streams purchased after 20 September 2004; align the characteristics of life expectancy income streams with those of market-linked income streams; and extend the guarantee period for assets test exempt lifetime income streams within which such income streams can be commuted if the primary beneficiary dies. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 May 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Trade 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Export Market Development Grants Act 1997
    to provide that grants are not payable if the applicant or an associate of the applicant are determined by Austrade, in accordance with Ministerial guidelines, to be “not fit and proper” to receive a grant, with effect to grants for grant years commencing after 1 July 2003. Also provides that a determination is review by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 May 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Health and Ageing 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Medical Indemnity Legislation Amendment (Run-off Cover Indemnity and Other Measures) Bill 2004, the bill imposes the run-off cover support payment as a levy on the premium income received by insurers for medical indemnity cover. Also contains a regulation-making power. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 May 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Health and Ageing 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Medical Indemnity (Run-off Cover Support Payment) Bill 2004, the bill amends the:
    Medical Indemnity Act 2002
    ,
    Medical Indemnity (Prudential Supervision and Product Standards) Act 2003
    ,
    Health Insurance Act 1973
    ,
    Health Insurance Commission Act 1973
    and
    National Health Act 1953
    to introduce a run-off cover indemnity scheme to cover the cost of medical indemnity claims against eligible practitioners after they have retired or are not participating in the private medical workforce, which will be funded by a levy on medical indemnity insurers (the run-off cover support payment); and the
    Medical Indemnity Act 2002
    to enable a claims protocol to be determined to cover the payment of expenses arising from incurred but not reported indemnity scheme claims. Also repeals the
    Medical Indemnity (Enhanced UMP Indemnity) Contribution Act 2002
    and makes minor amendments to the
    Medical Indemnity Act 2002
    ,
    Medical Indemnity (Prudential Supervision and Product Standards) Act 2003
    and the Medical Indemnity (Prudential Supervision and Product Standards) Regulations 2003. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 May 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Superannuation (Government Co-contribution for Low Income Earners) Act 2003
    to: increase the level of Government matching of personal superannuation contributions; increase the maximum amount of co-contribution available; increase the income level up to which the maximum co-contribution applies; and reduce the rate by which the maximum co-contribution phases out; and 3 Acts to reduce the maximum surcharge rates over the next 3 financial years; and 5 Acts to reduce the superannuation surcharge cap. Also contains application provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 May 2004 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Income Tax Rates Act 1986
    to increase personal income tax thresholds for the 42 per cent and 47 per cent tax brackets in two stages, to apply to the 2004-05 and later income years. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum