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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: 90

  • 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
    31 Aug 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Customs Tariff Amendment (Tobacco) Bill 2016, the bill amends the
    Excise Tariff Act 1921
    to increase the rate of excise duty on tobacco and tobacco products through a series of four annual increases of 12.5 per cent, commencing on 1 September 2017. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    31 Aug 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Fair Work Act 2009
    and
    Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009
    to: establish the Registered Organisations Commission and provide it with investigation and information gathering powers to monitor and regulate registered organisations; and provide for the appointment, functions and powers of the commissioner (who will assume the investigations, enforcement advice and assistance responsibilities in relation to registered organisations currently undertaken by the General Manager of the Fair Work Commission); and
    Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009
    to: amend the requirements on officers’ disclosure of material personal interests and change grounds for disqualification and ineligibility for office; increase financial accounting and disclosure obligations for registered organisations and their officers; and increase civil penalties and introduce criminal offences for serious breaches of officers’ duties and new offences in relation to the conduct of investigations. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    31 Aug 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to amend the definition of unlawful terms to include an objectionable emergency management term that cannot be included in an enterprise agreement that covers a designated emergency management body; and provide that certain volunteer bodies can make submissions to the Fair Work Commission in relation to enterprise agreements or workplace determinations that affect, or could affect, the volunteers of a designated emergency management body. 

    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
    09 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Farm Household Support Act 2014
    to: provide that recipients of Farm Household Allowance (FHA) are not required to serve an ordinary waiting period or liquid assets waiting period (if applicable) before they can commence receiving the FHA; broaden the meaning of a ‘farm asset’ to include any asset which is used or held wholly or mainly for the purpose of a farm enterprise; specify water entitlement rights as a newly included class of farm asset; provide for the minster to make rules to exclude certain kinds of asset from the definition of a farm asset; and define the meaning of ‘water entitlement right’. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Environment and Energy 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Levy Bill 2016, the bill amends the
    Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Act 1989
    to: enable full cost recovery under the hazardous waste permit scheme; remove the requirement for particulars of certain export applications to be specified in the regulations prior to a decision being made; remove the requirement to specify the place of export in a Basel export permit; remove the $8000 cap on the prescribed fee amount for permit applications; enable indexation of permit fees; provide that certain permit and application information currently required to be published in the Commonwealth Gazette will instead be published on the Department of Environment and Energy’s website; introduce new permit and notification arrangements for the bringing of hazardous waste into Australia; enable the minister to delegate any or all of his or her functions and powers under the Act to Executive Level 2 employees; remove the text of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal; provide that permit applications must be accompanied by a levy; and make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Environment and Energy 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Amendment Bill 2016, the bill imposes a levy on hazardous waste permit applications under the
    Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Act 1989

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Indigenous Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends: five Acts to provide for grants to higher education providers to assist Indigenous students; the
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to enable the secretary to be notified of tax file numbers (TFNs) for the purpose of administering student assistance under the VET FEE-HELP scheme; the
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    to enable the use and disclosure of TFNs by Commonwealth officers for the purposes of administering VET FEE-HELP; and the
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Student Assistance Act 1973
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Racial Discrimination Act 1975
    to: amend section 18C, which prohibits offensive behaviour based on racial hatred, to replace the words ‘offend’, ‘insult’ and ‘humiliate’ with ‘harass’ (resulting in the formulation ‘harass or intimidate’); and provide that an assessment of whether an act is reasonably likely to harass or intimidate a person or group of persons is made against the standard of a reasonable member of the Australian community;
    Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
    to: replace the defined term of ‘alleged unlawful discrimination’ with ‘alleged acts, omissions or practices’; repeal the requirement for the President and commissioners to act in a way that promotes the collegiate nature of the Australian Human Rights Commission; provide that certain powers to report to the minister must be exercised by the President; expressly provide that the President is responsible for managing the administrative affairs, and is the accountable authority, of the commission; remove mandatory requirements to report to the minister on certain matters and replace them with discretionary reporting powers; provide that the President cannot delegate certain powers; introduce new grounds on which the commission or the President may or must close inquiries or terminate complaints; require the commission to act fairly in the performance of its inquiry functions; increase the threshold for lodging complaints; require the President to consider whether a complaint should be terminated on certain grounds before starting to inquire into the complaint; require the President to act fairly in his or her handling of complaints; allow the President to terminate complaints lodged more than six months after the alleged unlawful discrimination; require the inclusion of a note about the costs jurisdiction of the Federal Court (FC) and the Federal Circuit Court (FCC) in a notice of termination; prescribe procedures for voluntary conciliation conferences; and provide that applications may be made to the FC or FCC in relation to complaints terminated on certain grounds; and
    Native Title Act 1993
    to replace the mandatory requirement for the Social Justice Commissioner to provide an annual report to the minister with a discretion to report when he or she sees fit. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum