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Assented Bills of the current Parliament

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  • Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Amendment (Australian Grape and Wine Authority) Bill 2013

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    14 Nov 2013 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills to create the Australian Grape and Wine Authority, the bill amends the
    Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Act 1999
    to: enable levies collected to be paid to the Australian Grape and Wine Authority; and remove the requirement for the Wine Australia Corporation to make recommendations to the minister about the levy rate. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Biological Control Amendment Bill 2016

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    25 Feb 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Biological Control Act 1984
    to clarify the definition of an organism to reflect the use of viruses and sub-viral agents as agent and target organisms for biological control activities in the Australian Capital Territory (including the Jervis Bay Territory). 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Dairy Produce Amendment (Dairy Service Levy Poll) Bill 2016

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    11 Feb 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Dairy Produce Act 1986
    to remove the requirement for the dairy industry to hold a dairy levy poll every five years; and enable the minister to make a legislative instrument to require the industry services body to establish a levy poll advisory committee to consider the levy rate every five years, require the industry services body to hold a levy poll if a variation to the rate is recommended by the advisory committee, and include a mechanism for dairy farmer members of Dairy Australia Limited to request a poll if they disagree with the advisory committee’s decision not to convene a levy poll. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Water Amendment (Review Implementation and Other Measures) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    03 Dec 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Water Act 2007
    in relation to: reviews and reporting requirements for the Basin Plan; accreditation of first generation state water resource plans with further accreditations linked to Basin Plan review outcomes; incorporation of Indigenous expertise and knowledge in the governance of the basin’s water resources; trading by the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder; and the redundancy of the Murray-Darling Basin Water Rights Information Service; and technical and consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Export Control Amendment (Quotas) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    12 Nov 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Consolidates quota export certification arrangements for agriculture by amending the:
    Export Control Act 1982
    to: provide the secretary with powers to make orders providing for, or in relation to, the establishment and administration of a system or systems of tariff rate quotas; and enable the secretary to make directions in relation to matters covered by an order, and to override the order; and
    Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997
    ,
    Dairy Produce Act 1986
    and
    Export Charges (Collection) Act 2015
    to make consequential amendments. Also repeals the
    Australian Meat and Live-stock (Quotas) Act 1990

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Law and Justice Legislation Amendment (Northern Territory Local Court) Bill 2016

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    03 Mar 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Acts Interpretation Act 1901
    , 16 other Acts and the A.C.T. Self-Government (Consequential Provisions) Regulations to make technical and consequential amendments to ensure that jurisdiction and powers currently being exercised under Commonwealth legislation by Northern Territory Local Court Magistrates may continue to be validly exercised following commencement of the
    Local Court Act 2015
    (NT). 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Courts Administration Legislation Amendment Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    02 Dec 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Federal Court of Australia Act 1976
    ,
    Family Law Act 1975
    and
    Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999
    to: designate the Federal Court of Australia (including the National Native Title Tribunal), the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia as a single administrative entity under the
    Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013
    and a single statutory agency under the
    Public Service Act 1999
    ; establish shared corporate services functions for the courts; maintain heads of jurisdiction’s responsibility in relation to the business and administrative affairs of their respective courts; provide for a chief executive officer (CEO) for each head of jurisdiction to assist with the management of administrative affairs and provide that the CEOs also hold the position of Principal Registrar; provide for the Federal Court CEO to have responsibility for managing the shared corporate services, with a requirement for consultation; and provide that the Federal Court CEO is the accountable authority for the administrative entity and the agency head for the statutory agency. Also makes consequential amendments to 16 Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Amending Acts 1990 to 1999 Repeal Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    12 Nov 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Repeals 877 amending and repeal Acts enacted from 1990 to 1999. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Statute Law Revision Bill (No. 3) 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    12 Nov 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends: 19 Acts to correct technical errors; the
    Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988
    to clarify on the face of an Act that the Crown in right of the Australian Capital Territory and of the Northern Territory is bound; and modernise the provision about whether the Crown is liable to be prosecuted for an offence; 152 Acts to replace references to ‘guilty of an offence’ with references to ‘commits an offence’ or similar phrases; eight Acts to replace references to ‘reference base’ with references to ‘index reference period’; and five Acts to remove spent and obsolete provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    25 Jun 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Consequential on the
    Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) Act 2015
    , the bill amends: 201 Acts to make technical amendments; the
    Legislation Act 2003
    (or the
    Legislative Instruments Act 2003
    ) to clarify that rules of court are not legislative instruments; the
    Family Law Act 1975
    to clarify that provisions which set out the application of the
    Legislative Instruments Act 2003
    to rules of the Family Court apply to those rules whether they are made under the
    Family Law Act 1975
    or another Act; and the
    Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) Act 2015
    ,
    Acts Interpretation Act 1901
    and
    Legislation Act 2003
    to: clarify the application of their requirements to administrative forms; and make technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum