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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: 81

  • Date
    01 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends: 100 Acts to replace references to penalties expressed as a number of dollars with penalties expressed as a number of penalty units; 27 Acts to replace references to ‘maximum penalty’ with references to ‘penalty’; 32 Acts to provide that provisions relating to the evidentiary status of a certificate (or other instrument or register) clearly provide that it is prima facie evidence of the matters stated in it; and the
    Antarctic Treaty (Environment Protection) Act 1980
    ,
    Crimes (Aviation) Act 1991
    ,
    Crimes (Currency) Act 1981
    and
    Maritime Powers Act 2013
    to update references to aircraft registered in accordance with the Civil Aviation Regulations 1988. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Radio Licence Fees Act 1964
    and
    Television Licence Fees Act 1964
    to reduce the licence fees payable by commercial television broadcasting and commercial radio licensees by 25 per cent per annum; and the Radio Licence Fees Act 1964 to include a regulation making power to enable radio licence fee rebates. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Ombudsman Act 1976
    to: establish the office of the VET Student Loans Ombudsman; prescribe the functions of the Ombudsman and the manner in which he or she is able to perform those functions; allow for the Ombudsman to receive and investigate complaints, investigate complaints on his or her own initiative and refer complaints to other bodies; require the Ombudsman to report to VET student loan scheme providers in certain circumstances; require the minister to table reports about VET loan scheme providers in the Parliament if requested to do so by the Ombudsman; require the Ombudsman to provide annual and certain other reports to the minister; enable the Ombudsman to provide evidence to a VET student loan provider principal executive officer that a VET student loan officer of the provider has engaged in misconduct;
    VET Student Loans Act 2016
    to: allow the minster to specify, by legislative instrument, that the Ombudsman is an external dispute resolution scheme for the purposes of the Act; and provide that all approved course providers are deemed to be members of the Ombudsman if it is specified as an external dispute resolution scheme by the minister; and
    Australian Research Council Act 2001
    to: update indexation against appropriation funding caps for existing legislated amounts; and include an additional forward estimate amount for the financial year starting on 1 July 2019. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills to replace the VET FEE-HELP loan scheme with a student loans program, the bill imposes an annual charge on approved course providers. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills to replace the VET FEE-HELP loan scheme with a student loans program, the bill amends the
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to: close down access to VET FEE-HELP assistance to new VET providers from 5 October 2016; close down access to VET FEE-HELP assistance to new students for units from 1 January 2017; and enable existing and active students enrolled with VET providers to continue to access VET FEE-HELP assistance for units that start before 1 January 2018; and the
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    ,
    National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011
    and
    Student Identifiers Act 2014
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills to replace the VET FEE-HELP loan scheme with a student loans program, the bill: provides that student loans are approved only for eligible students for approved courses; limits course eligibility for loans through a courses and loan caps determination; imposes stronger eligibility requirements for qualification as an approved course provider; bans providers from using brokers or agents to interact or engage with students in relation to the loans; and provides for monitoring and investigations powers and enforcement powers such as civil penalties, infringement notices, enforceable undertakings and injunctions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Payments Structural Reform and Participation Measures) Bill 2016, the bill amends the:
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    and
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999
    to: cease the child care benefit (CCB) and child care rebate; introduce a child care subsidy (CCS) which is subject to both an income and activity test; introduce various rates of additional child care subsidy (ACCS) that are available in certain circumstances; and make amendments in relation to CCS and ACCS claims, reviews of decisions, provider approvals, and compliance obligations of approved providers of child care services;
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    to provide that the current vaccination and immunisation details and schedules may be applied, adopted or incorporated in a minister’s determination;
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999
    in relation to: circumstances in which applications for approval of a child care service are taken not to have been made; backdating of CCB service approvals; reassessments of child care service conditions of continued approval; and cessation of enrolment advances;
    A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999
    in relation to goods and services tax treatment of new child care funding programs; and
    A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999
    ,
    Early Years Quality Fund Special Account Act 2013
    ,
    Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986
    and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    08 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2016
    to: bring forward to the end of 31 August 2017 the expiry of the exemption from any relevant enterprise agreement content rules for building industry participants covered by non-code compliant enterprise agreements made before 2 December 2016; and limit the scope of the exemption to enable such participants to submit expressions of interest or tenders for, but not to be awarded, building work funded by the Commonwealth or a Commonwealth Authority. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    31 Aug 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013, the bill: repeals the
    Fair Work (Building Industry) Act 2012
    ; makes consequential amendments to the
    Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977
    ,
    Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009
    and
    Jurisdiction of Courts (Cross-Vesting) Act 1987
    ; amends the proposed
    Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2013
    as a consequence of new Australian Privacy Principles; and provides for transitional arrangements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    31 Aug 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Building and Construction Industry (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013, the bill: re-establishes the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner (ABC Commissioner) and the Australian Building and Construction Commission; enables the minister to issue a Building Code; provides for the appointment and functions of the Federal Safety Commissioner; prohibits certain unlawful industrial action; prohibits coercion, discrimination and unenforceable agreements; provides the ABC Commissioner with powers to obtain information; provides for orders for contraventions of civil remedy provisions and other enforcement powers; and makes miscellaneous amendments in relation to self-incrimination, protection of liability against officials, admissible records and documents, protection and disclosure of information, powers of the Commissioner in certain proceedings, and jurisdiction of courts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum