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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
    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
    05 Jun 2013 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Sugar Research and Development Services Bill 2013, the bill amends the:
    Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Act 1991
    and Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Regulations 1991 to make consequential amendments; and Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Regulations 1991 to: provide for an instalment system for payment of the levy to commence on 1 March 2014; and a penalty for late payment. Also: repeals the Sugar Research and Development Corporation Regulations 1990 to abolish the Sugar Research and Development Corporation on 1 October 2013; and contains transitional provisions relating to the transition to a new industry services body. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • 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
    28 Nov 2012 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994
    to: require the Australian Pesticide and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) to implement the Agvet Code having regard to certain principles; provide for the APVMA to develop, publish and have regard to guidelines (the risk compendium) when exercising powers and performing functions under the code; implement a mandatory scheme for the re-approval of active constituents and re-registration of chemical products to periodically review active constituents and products; enable consistent data protection; and remove disincentives for industry to generate and provide data;
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemical Products (Collection of Levy) Act 1994
    ,
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992
    and
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994
    to: provide the APVMA with a graduated range of compliance and enforcement powers; and provide for a power to apply statutory conditions to registration and approvals;
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemical Products (Collection of Levy) Act 1994
    to enable any Commonwealth agency to collect the levy on product sales on behalf of the APVMA;
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992
    to require a review at least every 10 years of all Commonwealth agricultural and veterinary chemicals legislation;
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Act 1994
    and
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994
    to provide that legislative instruments remain subject to disallowance with two exceptions; and
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Act 1994
    ,
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992
    and
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994
    to remove redundant provisions and amend out of date provisions. Also provides for: a review to be conducted on the operation of the amendments made by this proposed Act after a five-year period; and a review on matters which relate to the functions and powers of the APVMA that are prescribed by regulation. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Jun 2012 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fisheries Management Act 1991
    and
    Fisheries Administration Act 1999
    to: facilitate the implementation of electronic monitoring (e-monitoring) of fishing and fishing-related activities undertaken by Commonwealth fishing concession and scientific permit holders, for the purposes of data collection and compliance monitoring; and make consequential amendments; and
    Fisheries Management Act 1991
    in relation to: fishery closures; waiver of levies payable for surrendered statutory fishing rights; and responsibility of corporations and other concession holders for unlawful conduct of their directors, employees or agents. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    21 Mar 2012 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Wine Australia Corporation Act 1980
    to: reduce the record keeping requirements of persons, or their agents, who supply or receive wine goods that are packaged for sale to a consumer; and provide that a vintage year occurs between 1 September and 31 August;
    Fisheries Management Act 1991
    to: make compliance with a direction to close a fishery a condition on all types of statutory fishing concessions; and make technical amendments;
    Fisheries Administration Act 1991
    to enable co-management arrangements to be implemented;
    Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Act 1991
    to enable the secretary to remit all or part of a penalty imposed for the late payment of a levy or charge; and
    Farm Household Support Act 1992
    to remove specific references to departments and secretaries. Also: makes technical amendments to the
    Export Control Act 1982
    ,
    Primary Industries and Energy Research and Development Act 1989
    and
    Quarantine Act 1908
    ; and repeals the
    States Grants (War Service Land Settlement) Act 1952

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    21 Mar 2012 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 
    Summary
    Implements the recommendations of the Productivity Commission’s report into wheat export marketing arrangements by amending the
    Wheat Export Marketing Act 2008
    to transition the wheat export industry to full deregulation by: abolishing the Wheat Export Accreditation Scheme and the wheat export charge on 10 December 2012; winding up Wheat Export Australia on 31 December 2012; and removing the access test requirements for grain port terminal operators on 30 September 2014. Also makes consequential amendments to the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    and repeals the
    Wheat Export Marketing Act 2008
    on 1 October 2014. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Nov 2011 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 
    Summary
    The bill: prohibits the importation and sale of all timber products containing illegally logged timber; prohibits the processing of illegally harvested domestically grown raw logs; requires importers of regulated timber products and processors of raw logs to comply with due diligence requirements; requires the accurate description of legally logged timber products for sale in Australia; establishes enforcement powers and offences, and imposes penalties; and provides for a review of the first five years of the operation of the Act. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Aug 2011 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 
    Summary
    Amends the
    National Residue Survey (Excise) Levy Act 1998
    to increase the cap on the National Residue Survey component of the deer slaughter levy from 4 cents to 10.5 cents per kilogram. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    06 Jul 2011 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills to establish a horse disease response levy, the bill amends the
    Australian Animal Health Council (Live-stock Industries) Funding Act 1996
    to: enable horse disease response levies to be appropriated to the Australian Animal Health Council; and provide that any excess levies are to be used for research and development activities or the promotion or maintenance of horse health. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum