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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: 68

  • 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
    13 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Veterans’ Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
    to: enable payments to be made to a person before they receive a Commonwealth superannuation benefit in circumstances where it is not possible to determine the level of incapacity payments because information has not been received from the relevant agencies; and provide that veterans continue to receive incapacity payments until they become eligible for the age pension; and the
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to extend eligibility for Non-Liability Health Care treatment for certain mental health conditions to all current and former permanent members of the Australian Defence Force. 

    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
    19 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Implements recommendations of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security’s
    Advisory report on the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014
    and the Australian Law Reform Commission’s report
    For Your Information: Australian Privacy Law and Practice
    by amending the
    Privacy Act 1988
    to require agencies, organisations and certain other entities to provide notice to the Australian Information Commissioner and affected individuals of an eligible data breach. 

    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
    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
    09 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Foreign Affairs and Trade 
    Summary
    Clarifies that decisions approving civil nuclear transfers to India are taken not to be inconsistent with, or have been made with due regard to, Australia’s obligations relating to nuclear safeguards under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty, if particular conditions are met. 

    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