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  • Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Measures) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    02 Dec 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    and
    A New Tax (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999
    to reduce to six weeks the period during which family tax benefit (FTB) Part A, and additional payments that rely on FTB eligibility, will be paid to recipients who are outside Australia from 1 January 2016; and the
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    to cease the large family supplement from 1 January 2016. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Social Services Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    02 Dec 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Social Security Act 1991
    in relation to: special benefit payments; assessment of full-time study load for youth allowance and austudy payments; the definition of new apprentices; exemptions from the assets test for austudy payments; indexation of pharmaceutical allowance; calculating allowable income for the purposes of step 2 of the health care card income test calculator; and technical corrections; and the
    A New Tax (Family Assistance)(Administration) Act 1999
    to re-align the time period for income reconciliation for certain family tax benefit recipients; and remove a delegation provision. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Telecommunications (Numbering Charges) Amendment Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    02 Dec 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Communications 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Communication Legislation Amendment (Deregulation and Other Measures) Bill 2015, the bill amends the
    Telecommunications (Numbering Charges) Act 1997
    to make consequential amendments to reflect that the allocation to and holding of numbers by carriage service providers, for which charges arise under the Act, could in future be managed in accordance with an industry-based scheme. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Crimes Legislation Amendment (Proceeds of Crime and Other Measures) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    26 Nov 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Justice 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
    to clarify the operation of the non-conviction based proceeds of crime regime in response to two recent court decisions;
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to create two new offences of false dealing with accounting documents; and amend the serious drug offences to clarify the definitions of ‘drug analogue’ and ‘manufacture’ and to ensure that they capture all relevant substances and processes;
    Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006
    to expand the ability of designated officials and agencies to share information under the Act; and to allow the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption of South Australia to access AUSTRAC information; and
    AusCheck Act 2007
    to clarify and extend the circumstances under which AusCheck can disclose AusCheck background check information to the Commonwealth and to certain state and territory government agencies. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Labor 2013-14 Budget Savings (Measures No. 2) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    26 Nov 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends: nine Acts to replace the student start-up scholarship with an income-contingent student start-up loan; and the
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to: remove the HECS-HELP up-front payment discount for units of study with a census date after 1 January 2017; and remove the HELP voluntary repayment bonus for repayments from 1 January 2017. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Aged Care Amendment (Red Tape Reduction in Places Management) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    25 Nov 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Aged Care Act 1997
    to: deem that a transfer of places between providers has been approved unless the secretary vetoes the transfer; increase the provisional allocation period to four years; and limit the amount of extensions available for the allocation of provisionally allocated places to two 12 month periods with further extensions available only in exceptional circumstances. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Amending Acts 1990 to 1999 Repeal Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    12 Nov 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Repeals 877 amending and repeal Acts enacted from 1990 to 1999. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Amendment Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    12 Nov 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Act 1989
    to: amend the appointment process for members of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS); reduce the functions of AIATSIS; reflect contemporary language and apply culturally appropriate terminology; and repeal redundant provisions which enabled the transition from the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies to AIATSIS. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Export Control Amendment (Quotas) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    12 Nov 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Consolidates quota export certification arrangements for agriculture by amending the:
    Export Control Act 1982
    to: provide the secretary with powers to make orders providing for, or in relation to, the establishment and administration of a system or systems of tariff rate quotas; and enable the secretary to make directions in relation to matters covered by an order, and to override the order; and
    Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997
    ,
    Dairy Produce Act 1986
    and
    Export Charges (Collection) Act 2015
    to make consequential amendments. Also repeals the
    Australian Meat and Live-stock (Quotas) Act 1990

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Statute Law Revision Bill (No. 3) 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    12 Nov 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends: 19 Acts to correct technical errors; the
    Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988
    to clarify on the face of an Act that the Crown in right of the Australian Capital Territory and of the Northern Territory is bound; and modernise the provision about whether the Crown is liable to be prosecuted for an offence; 152 Acts to replace references to ‘guilty of an offence’ with references to ‘commits an offence’ or similar phrases; eight Acts to replace references to ‘reference base’ with references to ‘index reference period’; and five Acts to remove spent and obsolete provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum