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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
    05 Jun 2013 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Sugar Research and Development Services (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013, the bill enables the minister to: enter into a funding contract with an eligible company to enable it to receive and invest levies collected by the Commonwealth for research and development and to receive the Commonwealth’s matching funding for eligible research and development, up to a determined funding cap; and declare the company to be the industry services body or that it is no longer the industry services body. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    06 Jun 2013 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Citizenship 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Migration Act 1958
    to: require the minister to establish the Ministerial Advisory Council on Skilled Migration to provide advice in relation to the temporary sponsored work visa program; require sponsors participating in the temporary sponsored work visa program to undertake labour market testing in relation to nominated occupations; provide that labour market testing is undertaken after redundancies and retrenchments have occurred; provide for enforceable undertakings between the minister and approved sponsors in relation to sponsorship; and enable Fair Work inspectors to monitor sponsorship compliance;
    Migration Act 1958
    and Migration Regulations 1994 to set out the requirements to be met by approved sponsors when undertaking labour market testing; and Migration Regulations 1994 to extend the period in which certain visa holders can seek new sponsored employment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Jun 2013 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Act 1999
    to: impose the levy on sugar cane that is processed or sold for processing; set the levy rate to a maximum of 70 cents per tonne; and allow for the rate to be amended by regulation; and Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Regulations 1999 to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    19 Jun 2013 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Tax Laws Amendment (Fairer Taxation of Excess Concessional Contributions) Bill 2013, the bill imposes an excess concessional contributions charge on the amount of an individual’s income tax liability for the income year that is attributable to the individual having excess concessional contributions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    19 Jun 2013 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Superannuation (Excess Concessional Contributions Charge) Bill 2013, the bill amends: the
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to: provide that excess concessional contributions in an individual’s assessable income are taxed at their marginal rate; provide for a non-refundable tax offset equal to 15 per cent of an individual’s excess concessional contributions; and enable individuals to elect to have up to 85 per cent of excess concessional contributions for a financial year released from superannuation; and nine Acts to make consequential and contingent amendments. Also repeals the
    Superannuation (Excess Concessional Contributions Tax) Act 2007

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Jun 2013 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Tax Agent Services Act 2009
    to: include entities that give tax advice in the course of giving advice that is usually provided by financial services licensees within the regulatory regime administered by the Tax Practitioners Board;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and Tax Agent Services Regulations 2009 to make consequential amendments; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to update the list of deductible gift recipients. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Nov 2013 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Environment 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Capital Territory (Planning and Land Management) Act 1988
    to provide that the abstraction of water on National Land and by Commonwealth agencies throughout the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) will be managed by the ACT Government;
    Water Act 2007
    to enable the water resources of the Googong Dam Area to be included in a water resource plan area for which the ACT has responsibility; and
    Canberra Water Supply (Googong Dam) Act 1974
    to ensure that the ACT Executive has the appropriate powers to manage the surface waters of the Googong Dam. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Nov 2013 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Inscribed Stock Act 1911
    to increase the cap on the face value of stock and securities that can be on issue under the Treasurer’s standing borrowing authority to $500 billion. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Nov 2013 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Indigenous Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Indigenous Education (Targeted Assistance) Act 2000
    to: enable the minister to enter into agreements with service providers authorising the making of payments from 1 January 2014; and make technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Nov 2013 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Research Council Act 2001
    to: apply indexation adjustments for existing schemes for the financial years starting 1 July 2013, 2014 and 2015; and set an additional funding cap for the financial year starting 1 July 2016. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum