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  • Aviation Transport Security Amendment (Cargo) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    17 Sep 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure and Regional Development 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Aviation Transport Security Act 2004
    to introduce the Known Consignor framework to align Australia’s air cargo security with international standards. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Banking Laws Amendment (Unclaimed Money) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    13 Aug 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Banking Act 1959
    and
    Life Insurance Act 1995
    to: extend to seven years the period before funds held by authorised deposit-taking institutions (ADI) and life insurance providers are treated as unclaimed moneys; and provide only authorised access to information on unclaimed moneys;
    Banking Act 1959
    to: exempt ADI accounts created for children and those that are held in a foreign currency from the unclaimed money provisions; remove the requirement for the Australian Securities and Investment Commission to publish details of unclaimed moneys in the Unclaimed Moneys Gazette; and expand the circumstances in which account holders can keep their ADI accounts active; and
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    to make consequential amendments. 

    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

  • Biosecurity (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    27 Nov 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture 
    Summary
    Part of a package of five bills to provide for a regulatory framework (which reflects and replaces the
    Quarantine Act 1908
    ), the bill: repeals the
    Quarantine Act 1908
    and
    Quarantine Charges (Collection) Act 2014
    ; makes consequential amendments to 20 Acts to update references to managing biosecurity risk under the proposed
    Biosecurity Act 2014
    , and substitute references to
    Quarantine Act 1908
    with the proposed
    Biosecurity Act 2014
    ; and makes transitional arrangements in relation to the management of biosecurity risks from the
    Quarantine Act 1908
    to the new biosecurity framework under the proposed
    Biosecurity Act 2014

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Biosecurity Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    27 Nov 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture 
    Summary
    Part of a package of five bills to provide for a regulatory framework (which reflects and replaces the Quarantine Act 1908) to: manage biosecurity risks, the risk of contagion of a listed human disease, the risk of listed human diseases entering Australian territory, risks related to ballast water, biosecurity emergencies and human biosecurity emergencies; and give effect to Australia’s international rights and obligations, including the International Health Regulations 2005, the World Health Organization Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures, and the Convention on Biological Diversity 1992. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Broadcasting and Other Legislation Amendment (Deregulation) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    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

  • Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Digital Radio) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    02 Dec 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    and
    Radiocommunications Act 1992
    to: remove the restricted datacasting licence category; remove the requirement for the digital radio moratorium period; remove spent provisions; and make consequential amendments;
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    to remove the minister’s role in the setting of the digital radio start-up day in regional licence areas; and
    Radiocommunications Act 1992
    to amend the definition of ‘non-foundation digital radio multiplex transmitter licence’ to exclude category 3 multiplex licences. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Primary Television Broadcasting Service) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    19 Aug 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Communications 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    to: enable commercial and national free-to-air broadcasters to provide their primary television broadcasting services in standard definition or high definition; and make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Amendment Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    22 Oct 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Industry 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Act 2010
    to: allow building owners who receive unsolicited offers for the sale or lease of their office space and transactions between wholly-owned subsidiaries to be excluded from energy efficiency disclosure obligations; enable certain auditing authorities to directly provide or approve ratings used in Building Energy Efficiency Certificates (BEEC); enable businesses to nominate a commencement date for a BEEC which is later than the date of issue; remove the need for new owners and lessors to reapply or pay the application fee for fresh exemptions if there is an existing one in place for a building; and remove the standard energy efficiency guidance from each BEEC. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Business Services Wage Assessment Tool Payment Scheme (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    05 Jun 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool Payment Scheme Bill 2014, the bill amends the
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    ,
    Social Security Act 1991
    ,
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to make amendments consequential on the establishment of the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool Payment Scheme. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum