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  • Enhancing Online Safety for Children (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2014

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    Date
    03 Dec 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Communications 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Enhancing Online Safety for Children Bill 2014, the bill amends the:
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    to provide the Children’s e-safety Commissioner with certain information gathering powers; and five Acts to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Enhancing Online Safety for Children Bill 2014

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    Date
    03 Dec 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Communications 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Enhancing Online Safety for Children (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2014, the bill: establishes the Children’s e-Safety Commissioner and provides for the commissioner’s functions and powers; provides for a complaints system for cyber-bullying material targeted at an Australian child and a two-tiered system for rapid removal of that material from large social media services; provides for civil penalties, enforceable undertakings and injunctions; and establishes the Children’s Online Safety Special Account to fund the commissioner’s functions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Broadcasting and Other Legislation Amendment (Deregulation) Bill 2015

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    Date
    22 Oct 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Communications 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    to: remove certain requirements that related to the initial planning of services in the broadcasting services bands spectrum; remove the requirement for reports made by certain subscription television licensees and channel providers under the New Eligible Drama Expenditure Scheme to be independently audited; remove the requirement for codes of practice to be periodically reviewed; remove the requirement for certain licensees to provide an annual list of their directors; clarify the calculation of media diversity points in overlapping licence areas; provide for grandfathering arrangements for certain broadcasting licensees; and make technical amendments for references to legislative instruments;
    Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005
    ,
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    and
    Radiocommunications Act 1992
    to remove redundant licensing and planning provisions that regulated the digital switchover and restack processes; and
    Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005
    ,
    Radiocommunications Act 1992
    and
    Datacasting Charge (Imposition) Act 1998
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Telecommunications (Industry Levy) Amendment Bill 2014

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    Date
    22 Oct 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Communications 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Deregulation) Bill 2014, the bill amends the
    Telecommunications (Industry Levy) Act 2012
    to provide that the imposition of the industry levy will continue to operate under the
    Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999
    following the repeal of the
    Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency Act 2012

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Deregulation) Bill 2014

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    Date
    22 Oct 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Communications 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Telecommunications (Industry Levy) Amendment Bill 2014, the bill: amends the
    Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency Act 2012
    to remove the requirement for the minister to prepare a statement of estimate of overall levy target amount; repeals the
    Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency Act 2012
    to abolish the Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency (TUSMA); repeals the
    Telecommunications (Universal Service Levy) Act 1997
    to remove the redundant universal service levy; transfers TUSMA’s functions and contractual responsibilities to the Department of Communications; amends the
    Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005
    ,
    Export Market Development Grants Act 1997
    and
    Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999
    to make amendments consequential on the regulation of the supply of telephone sex services via a standard telephone service being removed from the
    Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999
    ;
    Do Not Call Register Act 2006
    to enable an indefinite registration period for numbers on the register;
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    to: remove the arrangements for the Australian Communications and Media Authority to register e-marketing industry codes; and reduce obligations on telecommunications providers to provide pre-selection; and
    Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999
    to: remove gazettal publishing requirements; and reduce requirements on carriage service providers in relation to customer service guarantees; and makes consequential amendments to six Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Consumer Protection) Bill 2013

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    Date
    14 Nov 2013 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Communications 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Do Not Call Register Act 2006
    to clarify which party is responsible for making telemarketing calls and sending marketing faxes where third parties are carrying out the marketing activities;
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    to: enable industry codes to be varied; extend the application of the reimbursement scheme for developing consumer-related industry codes to varying these codes; require code developers to publish draft code and draft variations and related public submissions; and make amendments consequent on the new Australian Privacy Principles; and
    Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Services Standards) Act 1999
    to: require the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) scheme to comply with standards determined by the minister; and require independent periodic public reviews of the TIO scheme to be conducted. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Submarine Cable Protection) Bill 2013

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    14 Nov 2013 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Communications 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    in relation to the regulatory regime for the protection of international submarine cables landing in Australia by: ensuring consistency with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea by modifying the regime’s application, including criminal and civil enforcement options, to foreign ships and nationals in the water beyond Australia’s territorial seas; enabling domestic submarine cables to be brought within the scope of the regime by regulation; providing for a consultation process between the Australian Communications and Media Authority and the Attorney-General’s department on submarine cable installation permit applications; amending the submarine cable installation permit process by removing the requirement to obtain multiple permits, tightening processing timeframes and removing duplicated processes; and amending the operation of the protection zone declaration, revocation and variation processes; and
    Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977
    and
    Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Defence Trade Controls Amendment Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    26 Feb 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Defence 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Defence Trade Controls Act 2012
    in relation to: providing an additional 12 month implementation period before offence provisions and record-keeping requirements commence; removing controls on the supply of Defence and Strategic Goods List (DSGL) technology; extending the exception to the offence of supplying DSGL technology without a permit; narrowing the scope of publication and brokering offences; establishing offences for brokering dual-use DSGL goods or technology; including additional exceptions to the brokering offence; prohibiting the brokering of military or dual-use DSGL technology where the supply would prejudice Australia’s defence, security or international relations; directing a person to seek a permit for brokering dual-use DSGL goods or technology; requiring the minister to consider prescribed criteria when deciding whether an activity would prejudice Australia’s security, defence or international relations; and providing for reviews of the operation of the Act. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Defence Legislation Amendment (Military Justice Enhancements—Inspector-General ADF) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    03 Dec 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Defence 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Defence Act 1903
    to: strengthen and clarify the independence, powers and privileges of the Inspector-General ADF; provide a statutory basis to support regulatory change including the re-allocation of responsibility for investigation of service-related deaths and the management of the Australian Defence Force redress of grievance process to the Inspector-General ADF; and require the Inspector-General ADF to prepare an annual report. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Defence Legislation Amendment (Woomera Prohibited Area) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    27 Mar 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Defence 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Defence Act 1903
    to establish a framework for the administration of access to the Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA) by: enabling the minister to make the Woomera Prohibited Area Rules to prescribe certain matters, including defining the WPA and the zones to be demarcated within that area; creating a permit system for access and use by non-defence users; introducing offences and penalties for entering the WPA without permission and for failing to comply with a condition of a permit; providing for compensation for any acquisition of property from a person otherwise than on just terms; providing for a cap on compensation payable in respect of loss or damage in the WPA; and validating any declaration or past act under the regulations; and Defence Force Regulations 1952 to update terminology in relation to compensation for acquisition of property. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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