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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
    17 Sep 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Education Services for Overseas Students Amendment (Streamlining Regulation) Bill 2015 to reform the international education sector, the bill amends the
    Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Act 1997
    to clarify that a registered education provider pays all entry to market charges but is not charged more than once if its registration period is less than two years and it seeks renewal of that registration. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Sep 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Amendment (Streamlining Regulation) Bill 2015 to reform the international education sector, the bill amends the:
    Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000
    ,
    Education Services for Overseas Students (TPS Levies) Act 2012
    ,
    National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011
    and
    Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011
    to: create Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) agencies, including the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency and the Australia Skills Quality Authority, with direct responsibility for providers’ registration and monitoring providers’ compliance; extend the compliance monitoring and enforcement action that may be taken by an ESOS agency for a breach of either the English Language Courses for Overseas Students Standards or the Foundation Program Standards;
    Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000
    to: provide for an internal review process for decisions made by delegates of ESOS agencies; provide the minister with the power to issue a direction to an ESOS agency about the performance of its functions; enable the Tuition Protection Service (TPS) Director to obtain certain information or documents, be assisted by TPS officers, and recommend that an ESOS agency take action against a provider; enable providers to receive more than 50 per cent of the tuition fees for a course in certain circumstances; remove the definition of a ‘study period’; remove the requirement for non-exempt providers to maintain an account to which all tuition fees paid prior to a course commencing are held; and remove the requirement to report all instances of student default; and
    National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011
    and
    Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Sep 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991
    to replace references to the former Australia and New Zealand Regulation Ministerial Council with references to the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation; make changes to the compositional requirements and appointment process for the Board; and make technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Sep 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Healthcare Identifiers Act 2010
    ,
    Health Insurance Act 1973
    ,
    National Health Act 1953
    and
    Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records Act 2012
    to change the name of the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record system to the My Health Record system;
    Copyright Act 1968
    ,
    Healthcare Identifiers Act 2010
    ,
    Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records Act 2012
    and
    Privacy Act 1988
    to: trial opt-out arrangements in selected regions and enable opt-out to occur nationally if the trials are successful; abolish the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record Jurisdictional Advisory Committee and Independent Advisory Council; revise the way that permissions to collect, use and disclose information are presented; create new civil and criminal penalties and provide that enforceable undertakings and injunctions are available in both the healthcare identifiers service or the My Health Record system; clarify that information about healthcare provider organisations is not personal information; clarify that health-related disability, palliative care and aged care services are considered health services; and clarify mandatory data breach notification requirements for participants in the system; and
    Health Insurance Act 1973
    ,
    National Health Act 1953
    and
    Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records Act 2012
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Sep 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Education Legislation Amendment (Overseas Debt Recovery) Bill 2015 to create an overseas payment obligation for Australians living overseas with a Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) or Trade Support Loan (TSL) debt, the bill imposes the requirement to pay HELP and TSL debts while overseas as a levy. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Sep 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Customs Tariff Amendment (China-Australia Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Bill 2015 to give effect to Australia’s obligations under Chapter 3 of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, the bill amends the
    Customs Act 1901
    to: provide preferential rates of duty for Chinese originating goods; and impose certain obligations on exporters and producers of Australian goods who claim preferential tariff treatment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Sep 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills to implement certain recommendations from the Joint Review of Border Fees, Charges and Taxes, the bill amends the
    Customs Act 1901
    to: amend the amount of warehoused goods declaration fee payable; provide for the circumstances in which warehouse licence application charges, warehouse licence variation charges and warehouse licence grant and renewal charges are payable; provide for the circumstances in which customs broker licence application charges and customs broker licence grant and renewal charges are payable; and enable the charging of fees for service in respect of matters under the Act. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Sep 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills to implement certain recommendations from the Joint Review of Border Fees, Charges and Taxes, the bill amends the
    Customs Depot Licensing Charges Act 1997
    to: amend the short title of the Act to the
    Customs Licensing Charges Act 1997
    ; amend the long title of the Act; impose charges on the processing of applications for warehouse licences, customs broker licences and variations to warehouse licences; and consolidate existing charges payable in relation to warehouse licences and customs broker licences. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Sep 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Customs Amendment (China-Australia Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Bill 2015 to give effect to Australia’s obligations under Chapter 3 of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, the bill amends the
    Customs Tariff Act 1995
    to: provide free rates of customs duty for most goods that are Chinese originating goods; maintain customs duty rates for certain Chinese originating goods; phase the preferential rates of customs duty for certain China originating goods to zero by the fifth year of phasing; and provide for the preferential and phasing rates of duty and maintain excise-equivalent rates of duty on certain alcohol, tobacco and petroleum products. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Sep 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills to implement certain recommendations from the Joint Review of Border Fees, Charges and Taxes, the bill amends the
    Import Processing Charges Act 2001
    to: increase the import processing charges imposed on import and warehouse declarations; remove the price differential between charges for sea cargo, air cargo and postal import declarations and warehouse declarations; and introduce a consistent price differential between electronically and manually lodged import declarations. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum