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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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TOTAL RESULTS: 32

  • Date
    15 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to: enable the receipt of funds from terrorist organisations for legal assistance in certain circumstances; enable control orders to be imposed on persons from 14 years of age; impose an obligation on a person subject to a requirement to wear a tracking device to maintain the tracking device in good operational order and create offences for interfering with the operation of a tracking device; authorise the Australian Federal Police to ensure that the tracking device remains operational and to enter premises to install equipment necessary for the operation of the tracking device; remove the authority of the Family Court of Australia to issue control orders and preventative detention orders (PDOs); clarify the meaning of ‘imminence’ for the purposes of obtaining a PDO; and create a new offence prohibiting conduct advocating genocide;
    Crimes Act 1914
    ,
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    ,
    Surveillance Devices Act 2004
    and
    Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979
    to establish regimes to monitor the compliance of individuals subject to a control order through search warrants, surveillance device warrants and telecommunications interception warrants;
    Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979
    to enable the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation to furnish security assessments directly to states and territories; and provide that unauthorised disclosures of information by members of the community, except those who are entrusted persons, only constitute an offence if the information endangers the health or safety of a person or prejudices the effective conduct of a special intelligence operation;
    Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995
    to broaden the range of conduct that may be considered as advocating the doing of a terrorist act;
    Crimes Act 1914
    to clarify the threshold requirements for the issue of a delayed notification search warrant;
    National Security Information (Criminal and Civil Proceedings) Act 2004
    to: broaden protections for national security information in control order proceedings; provide for a special advocate to represent the interests of people subject to control order proceedings who have been excluded from parts of a proceeding; enable a court to make an order that is inconsistent with regulations made under the Act if the Attorney-General has applied for the order; and enable the regulations to continue to apply to the extent they provide for ways of dealing with national security information in criminal and civil proceedings;
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to enable the disclosure of certain information; and
    Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975
    and
    Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the Basin Plan 2012 to provide for a second notification of sustainable diversion limit adjustment measures by 30 June 2017 to enable basin jurisdictions to develop and notify new projects to augment the first package of measures notified on 5 May 2016 by the Basin Officials Committee to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority Act 2008
    to abolish the Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority (AOTDTA) Advisory Council; and establish the Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Board to govern the AOTDTA. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Superannuation (Excess Transfer Balance Tax) Imposition Bill 2016, the bill amends: five Acts to impose a $1.6 million cap on the amount of capital that can be transferred to the tax-free earnings retirement phase of superannuation; the
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to: introduce additional income tax rules on recipients of certain defined benefit income streams in excess of $100 000 per annum; and reduce the threshold at which high-income earners pay Division 293 tax on their concessional taxed contribution to superannuation to $250 000; the
    Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997
    to provide transitional capital gains tax relief for superannuation funds that adjust their asset allocations before 1 July 2017; the
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997
    to reduce the annual concessional contributions cap to $25 000 and the annual non-concessional contributions cap to $100 000; introduce criteria for an individual to be eligible for the non-concessional contributions cap and make minor amendments to the non-concessional contributions rules; and remove the anti-detriment deduction; the
    Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992
    to amend how the maximum contribution base is determined; the
    Superannuation (Government Co-contribution for Low Income Earners) Act 2003
    to enable eligible low income earners to receive the low income superannuation tax offset; the
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to: remove the requirement that an individual must earn less than 10 per cent of their income to be able to claim a deduction for personal superannuation contributions; enable catch-up concessional contributions; extend the spouse superannuation tax offset; and amend the earnings tax exemption for complying superannuation funds, retirement savings account providers and life insurance companies; and 11 Acts to make administration and consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Treasury Laws Amendment (Fair and Sustainable Superannuation) Bill 2016, the bill imposes an excess transfer balance tax on the notional earnings of capital moved into a retirement phase superannuation account that is in excess of $1.6 million. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Gives effect to Australia’s commitments under the World Trade Organization’s Expanded Information Technology Agreement by amending the
    Customs Tariff Act 1995
    to: create new tariff classifications to enable certain information technology products to be separately identified; incrementally reduce the customs duty rates on certain information technology products to free; and remove obsolete customs duty rates. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999
    and
    Social Services Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Act 2016
    to provide that clear date of effect rules operate in relation to certain review decisions that create new or increased entitlements to family tax benefit (FTB);
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999
    to make amendments contingent on the commencement of the proposed
    Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Payments Structural Reform and Participation Measures) Act 2016
    which proposes to phase out FTB supplements by 1 July 2018; and
    Social Security Act 1991
    to correct an error made to the youth allowance rate calculator method statement. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    19 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979
    and seven other Acts to reflect the establishment of the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission of New South Wales and its inspector;
    Australian Postal Corporation Act 1989
    ,
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    and
    Surveillance Devices Act 2004
    to provide the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission of Victoria with investigative powers equivalent to those available to other state anti-corruption bodies; and
    Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
    to clarify the meaning of lawfully acquired property or wealth. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Customs Tariff Amendment (2017 Harmonized System Changes) Bill 2016, the bill amends the
    Customs Act 1901
    to implement changes resulting from the fifth review of the International Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System; and maintain the collection of appropriate import duties for biofuels and biofuel blends imported under the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Customs Amendment (2017 Harmonized System Changes) Bill 2016, the bill amends the
    Customs Tariff Act 1995
    to implement changes resulting from the fifth review of the International Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum