Senate Bills List

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Parl No.
45
Date
18 Sep 2017
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As at cob 18 September 2017

Abbreviations

AC Australian Conservatives

AG Australian Greens

ALP Australian Labor Party [Opp]

CLP Country Liberal Party [Govt]

DHJP Derryn Hinch—€™s Justice Party

FFP Family First Party

Ind Independent

KAP Katter—€™s Australian Party

JLN Jacqui Lambie Network

LDP Liberal Democratic Party

LP Liberal Party of Australia [Govt]

Nats The Nationals [Govt]

NXT Nick Xenophon Team

PHON Pauline Hanson—€™s One Nation

CID Consideration in detail stage (House of Representatives)

PM Private member—€™s bill

PS Private senator—€™s bill

S Senate bill

SBC Senate Selection of Bills Committee

SC House of Representatives Selection Committee

Note: Each bill summary reflects the content of the bill as first introduced into the Parliament.

PS A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Amendment (Make Electricity GST Free) Bill 2017

(Introduced by Senator Leyonhjelm —€“ LDP)

Senate: Intro. 5/9/17; Negatived at 2nd reading 7/9/17

PS Aged Care Amendment (Ratio of Skilled Staff to Care Recipients) Bill 2017

(Introduced by Senator Hinch —€“ DHJP)

Senate: Intro. 6/9/17; 2nd reading adjourned 6/9/17, 7/9/17

PM Aged Care (Living Longer Living Better) Amendment (Review) Bill 2016

(Introduced by Ms Collins MP —€“ ALP)

Amends the Aged Care (Living Longer Living Better) Act 2013 to provide for an independent review of the operation of Part 2.4 of the Aged Care Act 1997, the Classification Principles 2014 and the Aged Care Funding Instrument.

House of Representatives: Intro. 10/10/16; Removed from Notice Paper 28/3/17

Agriculture and Water Resources Legislation Amendment Bill 2016

Introduced with the Excise Levies Legislation Amendment (Honey) Bill 2016, the bill amends the: Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992 to cease the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) Advisory Board; Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994 to: amend the information that the APVMA is required to provide to Food Standards Australia New Zealand; and amend an incorrect reference in the Agvet Code; Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997 to: remove the requirements for an export licence to export meat by-products and for certain documents to be tabled; and repeal obsolete provisions; Biosecurity Act 2015 to make minor technical amendments; Dairy Produce Act 1986, Forestry Marketing and Research and Development Services Act 2007 and Sugar Research and Development Services Act 2013 to remove the requirements for certain documents to be tabled; Farm Household Support Act 2014 to remove the ability of the secretary to delegate their general rule-making power; Fisheries Administration Act 1991 to cease the Fishing Industry Policy Council; Fisheries Management Act 1991 to: enable the Australian Fisheries Management Authority to renew an existing permit without existing permit holders needing to re-apply; transfer the functions of the Statutory Fishing Rights Allocation Review Panel to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, and cease the panel; and remove the text of the Treaty on Fisheries between the Governments of Certain Pacific Island States and the Government of the United States of America; Illegal Logging Prohibition Act 2012 to enable the secretary to delegate certain powers; Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989 to remove the requirement for the minister to organise an annual co-ordination meeting for the chairs of the statutory research and development corporations; and Water Amendment (Review Implementation and Other Measures) Act 2016 to clarify dates for water-related reviews and change a commencement date. Also repeals the Rural Adjustment Act 1992 to cease the National Rural Advisory Council, makes consequential amendments to the Natural Heritage Trust of Australia Act 1997 and repeals 12 redundant Acts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 1/12/16; Passed 13/2/17

Senate: Intro. 14/2/17; 2nd reading adjourned 14/2/17

PM Air Services Amendment Bill 2016

(Introduced by Mr Bandt MP —€“ AG)

Amends the: Air Services Act 1995 to: include in the functions of Airservices Australia (AA) the protection of community amenity and residential areas from the effects of the operation and use of aircraft; require AA to consult and cooperate with government, sectors of the aviation industry and communities when modifying or creating flight paths; require AA to provide a complaints mechanism during the consultation process; provide that AA publish details of consultations; provide that AA must request the minister to appoint a Community Aviation Advocate to represent communities possibly affected by changed flight paths; provide for the composition of the AA Board; require AA to include details of any complaints in the annual report; and provide for the establishment of an Aircraft Noise Ombudsman; and Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to require the minister to appoint a Community Aviation Advocate in certain circumstances.

House of Representatives: Intro. 28/11/16; Removed from Notice Paper 15/8/17

Airports Amendment Bill 2016

Amends the Airports Act 1996 to: implement a differential master plan submission cycle for federal leased airports (excluding Mount Isa and Tennant Creek); mandate the inclusion of an Australian Noise Exposure Forecast in each new master plan; increase the monetary trigger for major development plans (MDPs) from $20 million to $35 million and enable the minister to review and revise the monetary trigger every three years; specify a 15 business day statutory timeframe within which the minister must consider applications from airport-lessee companies for reduced consultation periods for MDPs, with such applications deemed approved if there is no ministerial decision within this timeframe; enable the minister to extend more than once the period that approved MDPs are required to be substantially completed; enable airport-lessee companies to notify the minister if an approved MDP is not able to proceed on the basis of exceptional circumstances; and make technical amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 1/12/16; 2nd reading adjourned 1/12/16

Senate:

Provisions of bill referred to Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 9/2/17 (SBC report 1/17); interim report tabled 28/3/17; extension of time for final report 28/3/17; report due first sitting day in March 2018

Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Amendment Bill 2017

Amends the: Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 to: expand the objects of the Act to reflect the domestic objectives of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing regulation; expand the scope of the Act to include regulation of digital currency exchange providers; clarify due diligence obligations relating to correspondent banking relationships and broadening the scope of these relationships; qualify the term —€˜in the course of carrying on a business—€™; allow related bodies corporate to share information; expand the range of regulatory offences for which the AUSTRAC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is able to issue infringement notices; allow the CEO to issue a remedial direction to a reporting entity to retrospectively comply with an obligation that has been breached; give police and customs officers broader powers to search and seize physical currency and bearer negotiable instruments and establish civil penalties for failing to comply with questioning and search powers; revise certain definitions; and clarify certain powers and obligations of the CEO; and Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 and Financial Transaction Reports Act 1988 to de-regulate the cash-in-transit sector, insurance intermediaries and general insurance providers.

House of Representatives: Intro. 17/8/17; 2nd reading adjourned 17/8/17

Senate:

Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 17/8/17 (SBC report 9/17); report due 16/10/17

Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2016-2017

Appropriates additional money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the ordinary annual services of the government, in addition to the appropriations provided for by the Appropriation Act (No. 1) 2016-2017.

House of Representatives: Intro. 9/2/17; Passed 29/3/17

Senate: Intro. 29/3/17; Passed 29/3/17

Assent: 12/4/17; Act No. 29, 2017

Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2016-2017

Appropriates additional money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure, in addition to the appropriations provided for by the Appropriation Act (No. 2) 2016-2017.

House of Representatives: Intro. 9/2/17; Passed 29/3/17

Senate: Intro. 29/3/17; Passed 29/3/17

Assent: 12/4/17; Act No. 30, 2017

Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2017-2018

Appropriates money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the ordinary annual services of the government.

House of Representatives: Intro. 9/5/17; Passed 15/6/17

Senate: Intro. 19/6/17; Passed 19/6/17

Assent: 23/6/17; Act No. 60, 2017

Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2017-2018

Appropriates money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure.

House of Representatives: Intro. 9/5/17; Passed 15/6/17

Senate: Intro. 19/6/17; Passed 19/6/17

Assent: 23/6/17; Act No. 61, 2017

Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2017-2018

Appropriates money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for expenditure in relation to the parliamentary departments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 9/5/17; Passed 15/6/17

Senate: Intro. 19/6/17; Passed 19/6/17

Assent: 23/6/17; Act No. 62, 2017

ASIC Supervisory Cost Recovery Levy Amendment Bill 2017

House of Representatives: Intro. 7/9/17; 2nd reading adjourned 7/9/17

ASIC Supervisory Cost Recovery Levy Bill 2017

Part of a package of three bills to enable the recovery of the regulatory costs of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), the bill imposes a levy on persons regulated by ASIC.

House of Representatives: Intro. 30/3/17; Passed 30/5/17

Senate: Intro. 13/6/17; Passed 15/6/17

Assent: 19/6/17; Act No. 43, 2017

ASIC Supervisory Cost Recovery Levy (Collection) Bill 2017

Part of a package of three bills to enable the recovery of the regulatory costs of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), the bill: provides for the collection of the levy; and requires entities regulated by ASIC to submit annual returns.

House of Representatives: Intro. 30/3/17; Passed 30/5/17

Senate: Intro. 13/6/17; Passed 15/6/17

Assent: 19/6/17; Act No. 44, 2017

ASIC Supervisory Cost Recovery Levy (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2017

Part of a package of three bills to enable the recovery of the regulatory costs of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), the bill makes consequential amendments to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001, Corporations Act 2001, Corporations (Fees) Act 2001 and National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009.

House of Representatives: Intro. 30/3/17; Passed 30/5/17

Senate: Intro. 13/6/17; Passed 15/6/17

Assent: 19/6/17; Act No. 45, 2017

PM Australian Bill of Rights Bill 2017

(Introduced by Mr Wilkie MP —€“ Ind)

Seeks to give effect to certain provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child by: declaring an Australian Bill of Rights; providing that any Commonwealth, state or territory law that is inconsistent with the Bill of Rights is invalid to the extent of the inconsistency; specifying that Commonwealth, state and territory laws must be interpreted consistently with the Bill of Rights; and providing the Australian Human Rights Commission with a range of additional powers and functions in relation to the rights and freedoms in the Bill of Rights.

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/8/17; 2nd reading adjourned 14/8/17

Australian Border Force Amendment (Protected Information) Bill 2017

Amends the: Australian Border Force Act 2015 to: amend the definition of —€˜protected information—€™ so that only specific kinds of information are covered by the secrecy and disclosure provisions of the Act; remove the current requirements for bodies to which information can be disclosed and classes of information to be prescribed in the Australian Border Force (Secrecy and Disclosure) Rule 2015; and add new permitted purposes for which certain Immigration and Border Protection information that contains personal information can be disclosed under the Act; and Petroleum and Other Fuels Reporting Act 2017 to make a consequential amendment.

House of Representatives: Intro. 9/8/17; Passed 11/9/17

CID amendments: 2 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 12/9/17; 2nd reading adjourned 12/9/17

Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 10/8/17 (SBC report 8/17); report tabled 12/9/17

PS Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Regional Australia) Bill 2017

(Introduced by Senator Burston —€“ PHON)

Amends the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 to provide that at least 35 per cent of the money of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation applied in a financial year is applied in making payments to persons in regional, rural or remote parts of Australia.

Senate: Intro. 9/8/17; 2nd reading adjourned 9/8/17

PS Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Restoring Shortwave Radio) Bill 2017

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon —€“ NXT)

Amends the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 to: require the Australian Broadcasting Corporation to maintain three domestic shortwave transmission services for the Northern Territory that were operating up until 31 January 2017; and maintain an international shortwave radio transmission service for Papua New Guinea and parts of the Pacific.

Senate: Intro. 13/2/17; 2nd reading adjourned 13/2/17, 17/8/17

Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 16/2/17 (SBC report 2/17); extension of time to report 9/5/17; report tabled 9/8/17

PS Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Rural and Regional Advocacy) Bill 2015

(Introduced by Senator McKenzie —€“ Nats)

Amends the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 to: amend the Australian Broadcasting Corporation—€™s (ABC) Charter in relation to the delivery of services to rural and regional Australia in each state and territory; impose certain requirements on the ABC and the ABC Board; and provide for the establishment, functions and membership of the Rural and Regional Advisory Council.

Senate: Intro. 1/12/15; 2nd reading adjourned 1/12/15

Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 3/12/15 (SBC report 16/15); interim report presented out of sitting 5/5/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 13/9/16

Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 15/9/16 (SBC report 6/16); extensions of time to report 8/11/16, 7/2/17, 21/3/17; interim report presented out of sitting 31/3/17; final report presented out of sitting 13/4/17

PS Australian Centre for Social Cohesion Bill 2015

(Introduced by Senator Milne —€“ AG)

Establishes the Australian Centre for Social Cohesion and provides for: the director to develop and implement programs to improve social cohesion and prevent violent extremism; the director—€™s powers, appointment and terms and conditions of employment; and deputy directors, staff, consultants and delegations.

Senate: Intro. 9/2/15; 2nd reading adjourned 9/2/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 15/9/16

Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017

Amends the: Australian Citizenship Act 2007 in relation to: strengthened citizenship requirements, including in relation to permanent residency and English language proficiency; the definition of —€˜spouse—€™ and —€˜de facto partner—€™; citizenship by adoption; automatic acquisition of citizenship; citizenship by conferral; residence requirements for citizenship; good character requirements; bar on approval for citizenship where there are related criminal offences; offence provisions; mandatory and discretionary cancellation of approval of citizenship; ministerial discretion to delay the making of the pledge of allegiance; increase in the maximum period of deferral for making the pledge of allegiance; revocation of citizenship by descent, conferral or under intercountry adoption arrangements; ministerial power to make legislative instruments; use and disclosure of personal information; and consequential amendments; and Migration Act 1958 to enable the use and disclosure of personal citizenship information.

House of Representatives: Intro. 15/6/17; Passed 14/8/17

Senate: Intro. 15/8/17; 2nd reading adjourned 15/8/17

Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 22/6/17 (SBC report 7/17); extension of time to report 4/9/17; report tabled 5/9/17

Australian Crime Commission Amendment (Criminology Research) Bill 2016

Merges the functions of the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) with the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) by amending the Australian Crime Commission Act 2002 to enable the ACIC to perform the AIC—€™s functions, including carrying out criminology research, sharing and publishing that research and carrying out commissioned research; and repealing the Criminology Research Act 1971 to abolish the AIC as a statutory agency.

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/9/16; 2nd reading adjourned 14/9/16

Senate:

Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 13/10/16 (SBC report 7/16); report tabled 9/11/16

Australian Education Amendment Bill 2017

Amends the: Australian Education Act 2013 to: retain the Schooling Resource Standard (SRC); provide that government schools receive 20 per cent and non-government schools receive 80 per cent of the Commonwealth share of the SRS; ensure that all schools transition to their relevant share of the SRS by 2027; provide for transition adjustment funding; update the per-student base funding amounts for 2018; allow for the indexation of base amounts to be tied to an indexation rate; change the calculation of the —€˜student with disability—€™ loading; require the minister to determine each non-government school—€™s socio-economic status score for the purpose of its capacity to contribute percentage; reduce the benefit afforded to non-government primary schools under capacity to contribute calculations; and make technical amendments in relation to the number of students at a school, school education information, reviewable decisions, former approved authorities and the making of regulations; and Australian Education Act 2013 and Australian Education (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2013 to: update the preamble and objects of the Act; stipulate certain conditions of financial assistance on the states and territories; require the states and territories to maintain their 2017 per-student funding levels as a condition of Commonwealth funding; stipulate certain ongoing policy requirements for approved authorities for non-government schools; remove the distinction between participating and non-participating schools; remove certain requirement for approved authorities; and include additional annual reporting requirements in relation to Commonwealth funding.

House of Representatives: Intro. 11/5/17; Passed 29/5/17

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 13/6/17; Passed 23/6/17 a.m.

Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 11/5/17 (SBC report 5/17); report tabled 14/6/17

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Committee amendments: 8 Govt (1 as amended by 3 AG)/passed; 4 Opp/negatived; 10 AG/negatived; 1 AG/withdrawn; 2 AC/negatived; 4 LDP/negatived; 5 items opposed (4 Opp; 1 LDP)/items agreed to

Committee requests for amendments: 16 Govt/passed; 6 Opp/negatived; 5 AG/negatived

[House made Senate requests for amendments 23/6/17 a.m.; House agreed to Senate amendments 23/6/17 a.m.]

Assent: 27/6/17; Act No. 78, 2017

S Australian Grape and Wine Authority Amendment (Wine Australia) Bill 2017

Senate: Intro. 5/9/17; 2nd reading adjourned 5/9/17

PS Australian Human Rights Commission Amendment (Preliminary Assessment Process) Bill 2017

(Introduced by Senator Burston —€“ PHON)

Amends the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 to: require the Australian Human Rights Commission to undertake a preliminary assessment of a complaint before proceeding to a full inquiry and attempt to conciliate; set out the steps of the preliminary assessment process; and provide for the termination of a complaint at any time during the preliminary assessment process.

Senate: Intro. 7/2/17; 2nd reading adjourned 7/2/17, 16/2/17

Australian Immunisation Register and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Amends the: Australian Immunisation Register Act 2015 to: allow the assessments of medical exemptions to immunisation by paediatricians, public health physicians, infectious diseases physicians and clinical immunologists to be recognised by the Australian Immunisation Register; and make explicit that certain vaccination information can be provided only by recognised vaccination providers, and not members of the public; and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/3/17; Passed 9/8/17

Senate: Intro. 9/8/17; Passed 10/8/17

Assent: 16/8/17; Act No. 81, 2017

PM Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry (Amendment) (Tagging Live-stock) Bill 2016

(Introduced by Mr Wilkie MP —€“ Ind)

Amends the Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997 to provide that all live-stock exported from Australia are fitted with an electronic tag and that data from the tag is captured at all stages of the export supply chain.

House of Representatives: Intro. 28/11/16; Removed from Notice Paper 15/8/17

S Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation Amendment Bill 2017

Amends the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation Act 1987 to provide greater flexibility to the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation in its activities, including the use of its property, facilities and resources for science, technology, innovation and training purposes.

Senate: Intro. 20/6/17; Passed 14/8/17

House of Representatives: Intro. 15/8/17; Passed 14/9/17

Assent: 18/9/17; Act No. 109, 2017

PM Australian Postal Corporation (Unsolicited Political Communications) Bill 2016

(Introduced by Mr Wilkie MP —€“ Ind)

Amends the Australian Postal Corporation Act 1989 to prevent Australia Post from delivering unaddressed political material to a premises where a sticker or sign specifically requests that unaddressed mail or political material not be delivered.

House of Representatives: Intro. 17/10/16; Removed from Notice Paper 23/5/17

PS Automotive Transformation Scheme Amendment (Securing the Automotive Component Industry) Bill 2015

(Introduced by Senators Rice and Simms —€“ AG)

Amends the: Automotive Transformation Scheme Act 2009 to: broaden the objects of the Act; and apply principles to encourage investment in manufacturing sustainable transport options; and Automotive Transformation Scheme Regulations 2010 to: broaden the eligibility for Australian motor vehicle and automotive component manufacturers for assistance under the Automotive Transformation Scheme (ATS); and enable the minister to grant permission to certain persons to apply for registration under the ATS.

Senate: Intro. 10/11/15; 2nd reading adjourned 10/11/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 15/9/16

PM Banking Amendment (Establishing an Effective Code of Conduct) Bill 2017

(Introduced by Mr Wilkie MP —€“ Ind)

Amends the Banking Act 1959 to: require the minister to make, by legislative instrument, a Banking Code of Conduct; and provide for the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority to receive and investigate complaints in relation to non-compliance with the code by authorised deposit-taking institutions.

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/3/17; 2nd reading adjourned 27/3/17

PS Banking and Financial Services Commission of Inquiry Bill 2017

(Introduced by Senator Whish-Wilson —€“ AG, Senators Hanson and Roberts —€“ PHON, Senator Xenophon —€“ NXT, Senator Hinch —€“ DHJP and Senator Lambie —€“ JLN)

Establishes a parliamentary inquiry into the banking and financial services to report to Parliament on particular matters.

Senate: Intro. 22/3/17; Passed 15/6/17

House of Representatives: Intro. 15/6/17; 2nd reading adjourned 15/6/17

PM Banking Commission of Inquiry Bill 2016

(Introduced by Mr Katter MP —€“ KAP)

Requires the Treasurer to establish a Banking Commission of Inquiry with the same powers as a royal commission.

House of Representatives: Intro. 10/10/16; Removed from Notice Paper 28/3/17

Biosecurity Amendment (Ballast Water and Other Measures) Bill 2017

Amends the Biosecurity Act 2015 to: implement the Ballast Water Convention and regulate the ballast water and sediment of certain vessels in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) to manage the risk of invasive marine pests entering Australian waters; alter and standardise the type of legislative instruments that set out matters and exceptions relating to ballast water discharge in Australian seas; broaden the existing power to destroy exotic vectors of human diseases of concern on vessels and aircraft arriving in Australia; and reinstate a previous power from the superseded Quarantine Act 1908 for human health officials to direct a private property to undertake control activities if an exotic vector incursion is detected.

House of Representatives: Intro. 15/2/17; Passed 28/3/17

CID amendment: 1 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 29/3/17; Passed 9/5/17

Assent: 17/5/17; Act No. 34, 2017

Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Broadcasting Reform) Bill 2017

Introduced with the Commercial Broadcasting (Tax) Bill 2017, the bill amends the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to: abolish the —€˜75% audience reach rule—€™, which prohibits commercial television broadcasting licensees from controlling licences whose combined licence area populations exceed 75 per cent of the Australian population; abolish the —€˜2 out of 3 cross-media control rule—€™, which prohibits control over more than two out of three regulated media platforms in any one commercial radio licence area; provide additional local programming obligations for regional commercial television broadcasting licensees; amend measures relating to the anti-siphoning scheme and the anti-siphoning notice, including extending the automatic delisting period and removing the multi-channelling rule; abolish broadcasting licence fees, datacasting charges and apparatus licence fees paid by commercial broadcasters; provide for collection and assessment arrangements for the new transmitter licence tax; establish a transitional support payment scheme for certain commercial broadcasters; and require the Australian Communications and Media Authority to undertake a review by 1 July 2021.

House of Representatives: Intro. 15/6/17; Passed 21/6/17

CID amendments: 2 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 22/6/17; Passed 14/9/17

2nd reading amendments: 2 AG/passed

Committee amendments: 2 NXT/passed; 1 Opp/negatived; 5 AG/negatived; 3 AC/negatived; 1 Schedule opposed (Opp)/Schedule agreed to

Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Media Reform) Bill 2016

Amends the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to: abolish the —€˜75% audience reach rule—€™ which prohibits commercial television broadcasting licensees from controlling licences whose combined licence area populations exceed 75 per cent of the population of Australia; abolish the —€˜2 out of 3 cross-media control rule—€™ which prohibits control over more than two out of three regulated media platforms in any one commercial radio licence area; and provide additional local programming obligations for regional commercial television broadcasting licensees.

House of Representatives: Intro. 1/9/16; Passed 30/11/16

CID amendments: 2 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 1/12/16; 2nd reading adjourned 1/12/16

Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 1/9/16 (SBC report 5/16); report tabled 7/11/16

Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Amendment Bill 2017

Amends the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2016 to: bring forward to the end of 31 August 2017 the expiry of the exemption from any relevant enterprise agreement content rules for building industry participants covered by non-code compliant enterprise agreements made before 2 December 2016; and limit the scope of the exemption to enable such participants to submit expressions of interest or tenders for, but not to be awarded, building work funded by the Commonwealth or a Commonwealth Authority.

House of Representatives: Intro. 8/2/17; Passed 14/2/17

Senate: Intro. 15/2/17; Passed 15/2/17

Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 9/2/17 (SBC report 1/17); report tabled 15/2/17

Committee amendments: 3 Opp/negatived

Assent: 16/2/17; Act No. 1, 2017

Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Amendment Bill 2017

Amends the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011 to: remove the obligation to obtain consent of eligible interest holders from existing area-based emissions-avoidance projects; clarify that state and territory government Crown lands ministers and Commonwealth ministers responsible for land rights legislation have consent rights for projects conducted on exclusive possession native title land that is Torrens system land or land rights land; provide for legislative rules or regulations to allow parts of a sequestration offsets project to be removed and credits surrendered for the carbon stored in that area; ensure a sequestration project—€™s net total liability under the scheme does not include credits issued for emissions avoidance or credits that have already been relinquished; clarify that requirements to relinquish carbon credits if carbon stores are lost apply to sequestration projects that store carbon and avoid emissions; provide for projects to transfer between methods so as to move between emissions-avoidance and sequestration; ensure that relinquishment requirements apply to projects whose crediting period extends beyond their permanence period; and allow legislative rules or regulations to provide for the removal of regulatory approval or consent conditions on declarations obtained after the end of the first reporting period for the project.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/3/17; 2nd reading adjourned 23/3/17

Senate:

Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 30/3/17 (SBC report 4/17); report tabled 9/5/17

PS Charter of Budget Honesty Amendment (Intergenerational Report) Bill 2015

(Introduced by Senator Milne —€“ AG)

Amends the: Parliamentary Service Act 1999 to: require the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) to prepare an intergenerational report for the Treasurer every five years; and enable the PBO to request a Commonwealth body to provide information that is relevant to the preparation of that report; and Charter of Budget Honesty Act 1998 to make consequential amendments.

Senate: Intro. 17/3/15; 2nd reading adjourned 17/3/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 15/9/16

PM Charter of Budget Honesty Amendment (Regional Australia Statements) Bill 2016

(Introduced by Ms McGowan MP —€“ Ind)

Amends the Charter of Budget Honesty Act 1998 to require the Treasurer to release and table regular regional Australia statements to provide information to allow assessment of the impact of government policy decisions on regional Australia.

House of Representatives: Intro. 28/11/16; Removed from Notice Paper 15/8/17

S Civil Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Amends the: Acts Interpretation Act 1901 and Legislation Act 2003 to clarify the validity of ministerial acts and the operation of provisions about the management of compilations prepared for the Federal Register of Legislation; Archives Act 1983 to: provide the National Archives of Australia with tools to manage high-volume applicants requesting access to records; and make other minor technical amendments; Bankruptcy Act 1966 to clarify that the Family Court of Australia has bankruptcy jurisdiction when a trustee applies to have a financial agreement set aside under the Family Law Act 1975; Domicile Act 1982 to provide that it applies to territories currently specified in the Domicile Regulations 1982; Evidence Act 1995 to amend the presumption about when postal articles sent by prepaid post are received; Family Law Act 1975 to: introduce new offences relating to international parental child abduction and to allow a person to request a location order for the purposes of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction; clarify who may perform the powers of the registry managers; align financial and other provisions for de facto and married couples; make various amendments relating to the operation of the family law courts; and make minor and technical amendments; International Arbitration Act 1974 to: specify the meaning of —€˜competent court—€™ for the purpose of the Model Law; clarify procedural requirements for enforcement of an arbitral award; modernise provisions governing certain arbitrators—€™ powers; and clarify the application of certain confidentiality provisions; Marriage Act 1961 to: remove outdated concepts and ensure consistency with the Family Law Act 1975 in relation to parental consent for the marriage of minors; and make minor and technical amendments; and Sex Discrimination Act 1984 to remove the exemption for discrimination against women employed, engaged or appointed in Australian Defence Force positions involving combat duties. Also makes consequential amendments to nine Acts.

Senate: Intro. 22/3/17; 2nd reading adjourned 22/3/17

Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 30/3/17 (SBC report 4/17); report tabled 10/5/17

Clean Energy Finance Corporation Amendment (Carbon Capture and Storage) Bill 2017

Amends the Clean Energy Finance Corporation Act 2012 to remove the prohibition on the Clean Energy Finance Corporation investing in carbon capture and storage technologies.

House of Representatives: Intro. 31/5/17; 2nd reading adjourned 31/5/17

Coastal Trading (Revitalising Australian Shipping) Amendment Bill 2017

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/9/17; 2nd reading adjourned 13/9/17

Comcare and Seacare Legislation Amendment (Pension Age and Catastrophic Injury) Bill 2017

Amends the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 and Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992 to: align workers—€™ compensation arrangements for the Seacare and Comcare schemes with minimum benchmarks to be set by the proposed National Injury Insurance Scheme; and ensure that persons in receipt of incapacity payments can continue to receive those payments until they reach pension age.

House of Representatives: Intro. 11/5/17; Passed 14/6/17

Senate: Intro. 15/6/17; Passed 15/6/17

Assent: 22/6/17; Act No. 48, 2017

Commercial Broadcasting (Tax) Bill 2017

Introduced with the Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Broadcasting Reform) Bill 2017, the bill imposes an interim tax on transmitter licences that are associated with commercial broadcasting licences.

House of Representatives: Intro. 15/6/17; Passed 21/6/17

Senate: Intro. 22/6/17; Passed 14/9/17

PM Commission of Inquiry (Coal Seam Gas) Bill 2017

(Introduced by Mr Katter MP —€“ KAP)

House of Representatives: Intro. 4/9/17; 2nd reading adjourned 4/9/17

PS Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Donation Reform and Transparency) Bill 2016

(Introduced by Senator Farrell —€“ ALP)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: reduce the disclosure threshold to $1000; ensure that, for the purposes of the disclosure threshold and the disclosure of gifts, related political parties are treated as one entity; prohibit the receipt of a gift of foreign property and all anonymous gifts by registered political parties, candidates and members of a Senate group; provide that public funding of election campaigning is limited to declared expenditure incurred by the eligible political party, candidate or Senate group, or the sum payable calculated on the number of first preference votes received where they have satisfied the four per cent threshold, whichever is the lesser; provide for the recovery of gifts of foreign property, anonymous gifts and undisclosed gifts; introduce new offences and penalties; and increase penalties for existing offences.

Senate: Intro. 28/11/16; 2nd reading adjourned 28/11/16

PM Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Donation Reform and Transparency) Bill 2017

(Introduced by Mr Shorten MP —€“ ALP)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: reduce the disclosure threshold to $1000; ensure that, for the purposes of the disclosure threshold and the disclosure of gifts, related political parties are treated as one entity; prohibit the receipt of a gift of foreign property and all anonymous gifts by registered political parties, candidates and members of a Senate group; provide that public funding of election campaigning is limited to declared expenditure incurred by the eligible political party, candidate or Senate group, or the sum payable calculated on the number of first preference votes received where they have satisfied the four per cent threshold, whichever is the lesser; provide for the recovery of gifts of foreign property, anonymous gifts and undisclosed gifts; introduce new offences and penalties; and increase penalties for existing offences.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/2/17; Removed from Notice Paper 5/9/17

PS Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Donations Reform) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Rhiannon —€“ AG)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to prohibit political donations from certain industries and from industry representative organisations whose majority members are prohibited donors.

Senate: Intro. 4/12/14; 2nd reading adjourned 4/12/14, 3/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 31/8/16

PM Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Foreign Political Donations) Bill 2016

(Introduced by Mr Wilkie MP —€“ Ind)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: prohibit the receipt of a gift which exceeds $1000 by a political party or candidate from a foreign person; provide that a gift received in these circumstances is a debt owing to the Commonwealth and may be recovered by the Commonwealth; and provide that a gift received in these circumstances is not unlawful if it is returned within 30 days after its receipt.

House of Representatives: Intro. 10/10/16; Removed from Notice Paper 28/3/17

PS Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Political Donations and Other Measures) Bill 2016

(Introduced by Senator Rhiannon —€“ AG)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: reduce the disclosure threshold to $1000; require certain persons making gifts at or above the threshold to furnish a return within eight weeks after polling day; ensure that for the purposes of the disclosure threshold and the disclosure of gifts, related political parties are treated as one entity; prohibit the receipt of a gift of foreign property and all anonymous gifts by registered political parties, candidates and members of a Senate group; extend existing recovery powers; and introduce new offences and penalties and increase penalties for existing offences.

Senate: Intro. 2/3/16; 2nd reading adjourned 2/3/16

Bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 3/3/16 (SBC report 3/16); report due 17/6/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 31/8/16

PM Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Protect the Eureka Flag) Bill 2016

(Introduced by Ms King MP —€“ ALP)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to enable the Australian Electoral Commission to consider the historical and cultural context of flags and other symbols when assessing their use in political party logos.

House of Representatives: Intro. 21/11/16; Removed from Notice Paper 20/6/17

PS Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Reducing Barriers for Minor Parties) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Rhiannon —€“ AG)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to decrease to $500 and $1000, respectively, the nomination deposit that must be paid by or on behalf of candidates for the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Senate: Intro. 4/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 4/3/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 31/8/16

Communications Legislation Amendment (Deregulation and Other Measures) Bill 2017

Amends the: Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to: amend account keeping and licence fee administration arrangements for commercial broadcasters and datacasting transmitter licensees; remove duplicative requirements for licensees, publishers and controllers to notify the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) of certain changes in control of regulated media assets; provide a consistent classification arrangement for all television programs, including films; and amend two statutory publication requirements; National Broadband Network Companies Act 2011 to provide that NBN Co may dispose of surplus non-communications goods; Telecommunications Act 1997 to: correct a technical error in relation to the admissibility of certain evidence in court proceedings; remove the requirement for the ACMA to consult with an advisory committee before declaring a submarine cable protection zone; and remove the ability of NBN Co to issue and keep a register of statements that it will not be installing fibre in a new real estate development; Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005 and Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to remove duplication in the complaints handling and information gathering functions of the ACMA; Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to remove the ability of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to issue tariff filing directions to certain carriers and carriage service providers; Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and Telecommunications Act 1997 to amend the statutory information collection powers of the ACMA and the ACCC; Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983, Special Broadcasting Service Act 1991 and Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999 to make technical amendments; and Telecommunications Act 1997 and three other Acts to enable the development of an industry-based scheme for the management of telephone numbering resources. Also repeals 53 Acts and removes redundant provisions in four Acts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 29/3/17; 2nd reading adjourned 29/3/17

PS Communications Legislation Amendment (Executive Remuneration) Bill 2017

(Introduced by Senator Hanson —€“ PHON)

Amends the: Australian Postal Corporation Act 1989, Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973 and Remuneration Tribunal (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 1976 to make the Remuneration Tribunal (the tribunal) the responsible body for setting the remuneration of the Managing Director of Australia Post; and National Broadband Network Companies Act 2011 to make the tribunal the responsible body for setting the remuneration of the Chief Executive Officer of NBN Co.

Senate: Intro. 21/3/17; 2nd reading adjourned 21/3/17, 17/8/17

Communications Legislation Amendment (SBS Advertising Flexibility) Bill 2017

Amends the Special Broadcasting Service Act 1991 to: increase the restriction of no more than five minutes per hour of advertising to 10 minutes of advertising in any hour of broadcasting on the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS); and clarify SBS—€™s ability to earn revenue through the broadcast of programs containing product placement.

House of Representatives: Intro. 22/3/17; Discharged from Notice Paper 10/8/17

Competition and Consumer Amendment (Abolition of Limited Merits Review) Bill 2017

Amends the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to: prevent the Australian Competition Tribunal from reviewing decisions made under the National Electricity Law, the National Gas Law and the National Energy Retail Law, other than decisions relating to the disclosure of confidential or protected information; and provide that decisions made by the Australian Energy Regulator under those laws are not subject to merits review by any other state or territory body.

House of Representatives: Intro. 10/8/17; Passed 5/9/17

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 5/9/17; 2nd reading adjourned 5/9/17

Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 7/9/17 (SBC report 10/17); report due 16/10/17

PS Competition and Consumer Amendment (Australian Country of Origin Food Labelling) Bill 2015

(Introduced by Senator Milne —€“ AG and Senator Xenophon —€“ Ind)

Amends the: Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to: create specific requirements for country of origin labelling for food; extend country of origin labelling to all packaged and unpackaged food for retail sale; restrict the range of labelling to three kinds of claim; and create penalties and defences; and Imported Food Control Act 1992 to make consequential amendments.

Senate: Intro. 12/2/15; 2nd reading adjourned 12/2/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 15/9/16

Competition and Consumer Amendment (Competition Policy Review) Bill 2017

Amends the: Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to: clarify that —€˜competition—€™ includes competition from goods and services that are capable of importation, in addition to those actually imported; confine the application of cartel conduct provisions to conduct affecting competition in Australian markets; change the scope of the joint venture exceptions; remove provisions relating to the anti-competitive disclosure of pricing and other information (known as price signalling); prohibit a corporation from engaging in a concerted practice that has the purpose, effect or likely effect of substantially lessening competition; remove the separate prohibition on exclusionary provisions; define —€˜contract—€™ and —€˜party—€™ to include covenants; increase the maximum penalty applying to breaches of the secondary boycott provisions; prohibit third line forcing only where it has the purpose, effect or likely effect of substantially lessening competition; enable a corporation or person to notify the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) of resale price maintenance conduct, as an alternative to seeking authorisation from the commission for such conduct; provide an exemption from the resale price maintenance prohibition for conduct between related bodies corporate; consolidate authorisation provisions, including those relating to mergers, into a single authorisation process; grant the ACCC with —€˜class exemption—€™ and —€˜stop notice—€™ powers; provide for reviews by the Australian Competition Tribunal of merger authorisation determinations by the ACCC; enable a party bringing certain proceedings to rely on both admissions of fact and finding of fact made in certain other proceedings; extend the ACCC—€™s power to obtain information, documents and evidence in relation to investigations of alleged contraventions or court enforceable undertakings and merger authorisation determinations, and introduce a —€˜reasonable search—€™ defence in relation to the failure or refusal to comply with a notice to produce such documents; implement recommendations made by the Productivity Commission in relation to the National Access Regime; streamline administration of the Act, particularly in relation to requirements of the Australian Consumer Law; and make consequential amendments; and Radiocommunications Act 1992 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 30/3/17; Passed 5/9/17

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 6/9/17; 2nd reading adjourned 6/9/17

Competition and Consumer Amendment (Country of Origin) Bill 2016

(Act citation: Competition and Consumer Amendment (Country of Origin) Act 2017)

Amends the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to clarify the country of origin labelling requirements by amending the definition of substantial transformation as it applies to the safe harbour provisions and removing the 50 per cent production cost test.

House of Representatives: Intro. 1/9/16; Passed 28/11/16

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 29/11/16; Passed 8/2/17

Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 15/9/16 (SBC report 6/16); report tabled 10/10/16

2nd reading amendment: 1 NXT/negatived

Committee amendments: 2 NXT/negatived

Assent: 22/2/17; Act No. 5, 2017

PM Competition and Consumer Amendment (Exploitation of Indigenous Culture) Bill 2017

(Introduced by Mr Katter MP —€“ KAP)

Amends the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to: prohibit the supply in trade or commerce of anything that includes an Indigenous cultural expression, unless it is done in accordance with an arrangement with the relevant Indigenous community and artist and the thing is made in Australia; and create an offence for the supply of anything that includes an Indigenous cultural expression without an arrangement with the relevant Indigenous community and artist.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/2/17; Removed from Notice Paper 5/9/17

PM Competition and Consumer Amendment (Exploitation of Indigenous Culture) Bill 2017

(Introduced by Mr Katter MP —€“ KAP)

House of Representatives: Intro. 11/9/17; 2nd reading adjourned 11/9/17

Competition and Consumer Amendment (Misuse of Market Power) Bill 2017

(Previous title: Competition and Consumer Amendment (Misuse of Market Power) Bill 2016)

Amends the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to: strengthen the prohibition on corporations with substantial market powers from engaging in conduct that has the purpose, effect or likely effect of substantially lessening competition in markets in which they directly or indirectly participate; remove provisions in relation to telecommunications-specific anti-competitive conduct and the competition notices and exemption order regime; and make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 1/12/16; Passed 28/3/17

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 3 Govt/passed; 9 KAP/negatived

Senate: Intro. 29/3/17; Passed 14/8/17

Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 1/12/16 (SBC report 10/16); report tabled 16/2/17

Committee amendments: 1 AG/passed; 2 NXT/negatived

[House agreed to Senate amendment 15/8/17]

Assent: 23/8/17; Act No. 87, 2017

PM Competition and Consumer Amendment (Paper Bills and Statements) Bill 2017

(Introduced by Mr Wilkie MP —€“ Ind)

Amends the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to: ensure that, when a supplier provides a customer with an itemised bill or proof of transaction, the document is given in paper form unless the customer consents to receiving it electronically; and ensure that customers are not charged a fee for receiving the document in paper.

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/6/17; 2nd reading adjourned 19/6/17

PM Competition and Consumer Amendment (Safeguarding the Reputation of Australian Beef) Bill 2017

(Introduced by Ms Sharkie MP —€“ NXT)

Amends the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to impose a penalty on Australian cattle exporters who do not take reasonable steps to ensure that Australian cattle that is slaughtered, or processed after slaughter, in a foreign country is not marketed as Australian beef.

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/6/17; 2nd reading adjourned 19/6/17

PS Competition and Consumer Amendment (Truth in Labelling—€”Palm Oil) Bill 2017

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon —€“ NXT)

Amends the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to require the minister to make an information standard for goods containing palm oil and ensure that the information standard is in force at all times.

Senate: Intro. 21/6/17; 2nd reading adjourned 21/6/17, 17/8/17

PS Competition and Consumer Legislation Amendment (Small Business Access to Justice) Bill 2017

(Introduced by Senator Gallagher —€“ ALP)

Amends the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Act 2015 to: allow the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman to provide assistance in advising and preparing a person—€™s case for a no adverse costs order in proceedings in relation to contraventions of Part IV of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010; and require the number of requests for assistance in relation to an application for a no adverse costs order to be included in the Ombudsman—€™s annual report; and Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to: allow for a no adverse costs order to be sought, at any time during proceedings, by a person bringing an action in relation to loss or damage by conduct of another person that was done in contravention of Part IV of the Act; and specify the circumstances in which the court is able to make a no adverse costs order.

Senate: Intro. 16/2/17; Passed 10/8/17

House of Representatives: Intro. 10/8/17; Read a 1st time 10/8/17

Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Bill 2017

Amends the Copyright Act 1968 to: replace the exception for persons with a disability and others acting on their behalf with a fair dealing exception; replace the current statutory licences for institutions assisting persons with a print or intellectual disability with a single exception; harmonise and modernise the preservation exceptions for copyright material in libraries, archives and key cultural institutions; consolidate and simplify the statutory licences that allow educational institutions to use works and broadcasts; allow copyright material to be incorporated into educational assessments conducted online; set new standard terms of protection for published and unpublished materials and for Crown copyright in original materials; and update references to ministers and preconditions for making regulations extending or restricting the operation of the Act in relation to foreign countries.

House of Representatives: Intro. 22/3/17; Passed 28/3/17

Senate: Intro. 29/3/17; Passed 15/6/17

Assent: 22/6/17; Act No. 49, 2017

Corporations Amendment (Crowd-sourced Funding) Bill 2016

(Act citation: Corporations Amendment (Crowd-sourced Funding) Act 2017)

Amends the: Corporations Act 2001 to: establish a framework to facilitate crowd-sourced funding offers by small unlisted public companies; provide new public companies that are eligible to crowd fund with temporary relief from certain reporting and corporate governance requirements; and enable the minister to provide that certain financial market and clearing and settlement facility operators are exempt from specified parts of the Australian Market Licence and clearing and settlement facility licencing regimes; and Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/11/16; Passed 8/2/17

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 8/2/17; Passed 20/3/17

Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 1/12/16 (SBC report 10/16); report tabled 13/2/17

Committee amendments: 1 Opp/passed; 1 Opp/negatived

[House agreed to Senate amendment 22/3/17]

Assent: 28/3/17; Act No. 17, 2017

Corporations Amendment (Crowd-sourced Funding for Proprietary Companies) Bill 2017

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/9/17; 2nd reading adjourned 14/9/17

Corporations Amendment (Life Insurance Remuneration Arrangements) Bill 2016

(Act citation: Corporations Amendment (Life Insurance Remuneration Arrangements) Act 2017)

Amends the Corporations Act 2001 to: remove the exemption from the conflicted remuneration ban on benefits paid in relation to certain life risk insurance products; enable regulations to prescribe other circumstances where a benefit paid in relation to life insurance is conflicted remuneration even where no advice is provided; enable the Australian Securities and Investments Commission to permit benefits in relation to life risk insurance products when certain requirements are met; and ban volume based payments in life risk products.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/10/16; Passed 29/11/16

Senate: Intro. 30/11/16; Passed 9/2/17

Assent: 22/2/17; Act No. 6, 2017

PS Corporations Amendment (Modernisation of Members Registration) Bill 2017

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon —€“ NXT)

Amends the Corporations Act 2001 to require an email address to be included on a register of members of a company or registered scheme.

Senate: Intro. 15/6/17; 2nd reading adjourned 15/6/17

Bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 22/6/17 (SBC report 7/17); report tabled 11/9/17

Corporations Amendment (Professional Standards of Financial Advisers) Bill 2016

(Act citation: Corporations Amendment (Professional Standards of Financial Advisers) Act 2017)

Amends the: Corporations Act 2001 to: require that certain financial advisers meet specified education and training standards and comply with a code of ethics; apply transitional arrangements to existing financial advisers; impose an obligation on an Australian financial services licensee to ensure that its financial advisers comply with the education standards and are covered by a compliance scheme; restrict the use of the titles —€˜financial adviser—€™ and —€˜financial planner—€™; amend the content requirements for the register of financial advisers; provide for sanctions where a financial adviser or licensee fails to comply with the new obligations; and establish a standards body which will approve foreign qualifications and develop and set the education standards and code of ethics; and Tax Agent Services Act 2009 to provide for the Tax Practitioners Board and monitoring bodies to share information.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/11/16; Passed 7/2/17

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 8/2/17; Passed 9/2/17

Assent: 22/2/17; Act No. 7, 2017

Crimes Amendment (Penalty Unit) Bill 2017

Amends the Crimes Act 1914 to: increase the amount of the Commonwealth penalty unit from $180 to $210 from 1 July 2017; delay the first automatic Consumer Price Index (CPI) adjustment of the penalty unit until 1 July 2020; and provide for CPI indexation to occur on 1 July every three years thereafter.

House of Representatives: Intro. 16/2/17; Passed 28/3/17

Senate: Intro. 29/3/17; Passed 11/5/17

Assent: 19/5/17; Act No. 35, 2017

Crimes Legislation Amendment (International Crime Cooperation and Other Measures) Bill 2016

Amends: six Acts to ensure that assistance that Australia can currently provide to foreign countries can also be provided to the International Criminal Court and international war crimes tribunals; the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1987 to: amend provisions in relation to proceeds of crime search warrants; clarify which foreign proceeds of crime orders can be registered in Australia; clarify the roles of judicial officers in domestic proceedings to produce documents or articles for a foreign country; and make minor and technical amendments; the Extradition Act 1988 to ensure that magistrates and judges have powers to make orders necessary for the conduct of extradition proceedings; the Foreign Evidence Act 1994 to: ensure foreign evidence can be appropriately certified; and extend the application of foreign evidence rules to proceedings in the external territories and the Jervis Bay territory; the Crimes Act 1914 to ensure the offence of identifying a child witness or vulnerable adult complainant extends to identifying a child complainant; the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Law Enforcement Integrity, Vulnerable Witness Protection and Other Measures) Act 2013 to clarify the application of supports and protections for victims and witnesses to future criminal proceedings, regardless of when the alleged conduct occurred; the Crimes Act 1914, Criminal Code Act 1995 and Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 to clarify the operation of human trafficking, slavery and slavery-like offences; the War Crimes Act 1945 to streamline reporting arrangements; the Australian Federal Police Act 1979 to: ensure that the Australian Federal Police—€™s alcohol and drug testing program and integrity framework apply to the entire workforce; ensure that the most up to date testing standards can be employed at the time a sample is provided; and clarify the processes for resignation in cases of serious misconduct or corruption; the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 to: enable travellers departing Australia to report cross-border movements of physical currency electronically; and enable the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission to access AUSTRAC information; the Australian Crime Commission Act 2002 to clarify the use of the Australian Crime Commission—€™s prescribed alternative name; and the AusCheck Act 2007 to enable AusCheck to conduct and coordinate background checks in relation to major national events.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/11/16; 2nd reading adjourned 23/11/16

Senate:

Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 1/12/16 (SBC report 10/16); extension of time to report 16/2/17; report tabled 23/3/17

Crimes Legislation Amendment (Powers, Offences and Other Measures) Bill 2017

Amends the: Australian Federal Police Act 1979 to clarify the functions of the Australian Federal Police to enable cooperation with international organisations and non-government organisations; Crimes Act 1914 to: clarify the custody notification obligations of investigating officials when they intend to question an Aboriginal person or Torres Strait Islander; create separate offence regimes for —€˜insiders—€™ and —€˜outsiders—€™ for the disclosure of information relating to controlled operations; remove an obsolete reference to the death penalty; amend procedural requirements relating to protections of the identity of a vulnerable witness or complainant in a criminal proceeding; authorise collection, use and disclosure of information for the purposes of preventing, detecting, investigating or dealing with fraud or corruption against the Commonwealth; and enable the New South Wales Enforcement Conduct Commission to use and disclose spent conviction information; and Criminal Code Act 1995 to increase the maximum applicable penalties for breach of the general dishonesty offences.

House of Representatives: Intro. 30/3/17; 2nd reading adjourned 30/3/17

Senate:

Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 11/5/17 (SBC report 5/17); report tabled 8/8/17

Crimes Legislation Amendment (Sexual Crimes Against Children and Community Protection Measures) Bill 2017

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/9/17; 2nd reading adjourned 13/9/17

Senate:

Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 14/9/17 (SBC report 11/17); report due 16/10/17

PS Criminal Code Amendment (Animal Protection) Bill 2015

(Introduced by Senator Back —€“ LP)

Amends the Criminal Code Act 1995 to: insert new offences in relation to failure to report a visual recording of malicious cruelty to domestic animals, and interference with the conduct of lawful animal enterprises; and make consequential amendments.

Senate: Intro. 11/2/15; 2nd reading adjourned 11/2/15

Bill referred to Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 12/2/15 (SBC report 1/15); interim report presented out of sitting 29/5/15; final report presented out of sitting 12/6/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 31/8/16

S Criminal Code Amendment (Firearms Trafficking) Bill 2017

(Previous title: Criminal Code Amendment (Firearms Trafficking) Bill 2016)

Amends the Criminal Code Act 1995 to provide for a mandatory minimum sentence and increased maximum penalties for the offences of trafficking firearms or firearms parts within Australia, and into and out of Australia.

Senate: Intro. 15/9/16; Passed 13/2/17

Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 13/10/16 (SBC report 7/16); report tabled 7/11/16

Committee amendments: 3 Opp (2 as amended by 6 NXT)/passed; 3 items negatived (Opp)

House of Representatives: Intro. 15/2/17; Read a 1st time 15/2/17

Criminal Code Amendment (Impersonating a Commonwealth Body) Bill 2017

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/9/17; 2nd reading adjourned 13/9/17

Senate:

Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 14/9/17 (SBC report 11/17); report due 13/11/17

PS Criminal Code Amendment (Misrepresentation of Age to a Minor) Bill 2016

(Introduced by Senators Kakoschke-Moore, Griff and Xenophon —€“ NXT and Senator Hinch —€“ DHJP)

Amends the Criminal Code Act 1995 to: create a criminal offence for a person over 18 years of age to intentionally misrepresent their age in online communications to a person they reasonably believe to be under 16 years of age for the purposes of encouraging a physical meeting, or with the intention of committing an offence; and impose penalties.

Senate: Intro. 12/10/16; 2nd reading adjourned 12/10/16, 10/11/16

PM Criminal Code Amendment (Private Sexual Material) Bill 2016

(Introduced by Mr Watts MP and Ms Butler MP —€“ ALP)

Amends the Criminal Code Act 1995 to insert new offences in relation to the use of a carriage service for private sexual material (image-based sexual exploitation, or —€˜revenge porn—€™).

House of Representatives: Intro. 17/10/16; Removed from Notice Paper 23/5/17

PS Criminal Code Amendment (Prohibition of Full Face Coverings in Public Places) Bill 2017

(Introduced by Senator Lambie —€“ JLN)

Amends the Criminal Code Act 1995 to: prohibit the wearing of full face coverings in public places under the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth if the threat level under the National Terrorism Threat Advisory System is higher than —€˜possible—€™.

Senate: Intro. 8/2/17; 2nd reading adjourned 8/2/17, 16/2/17, 14/9/17

Criminal Code Amendment (Protecting Minors Online) Bill 2017

Amends the: Criminal Code Act 1995 to introduce an offence criminalising acts done using a carriage service to prepare or plan to cause harm to, procure, or engage in sexual activity with, a person under the age of 16; and Crimes Act 1914 and Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 30/3/17; Passed 13/6/17

Senate: Intro. 14/6/17; Passed 15/6/17

Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 30/3/17 (SBC report 4/17); report tabled 13/6/17

Assent: 22/6/17; Act No. 50, 2017

Customs Amendment (Anti-Dumping Measures) Bill 2017

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/9/17; 2nd reading adjourned 13/9/17

Senate:

Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 14/9/17 (SBC report 11/17); report due 6/10/17

PS Customs Amendment (Safer Cladding) Bill 2017

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon —€“ NXT)

Senate: Intro. 11/9/17; 2nd reading adjourned 11/9/17

Customs Amendment (Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement Amendment Implementation) Bill 2017

House of Representatives: Intro. 6/9/17; 2nd reading adjourned 6/9/17

Customs and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016

(Act citation: Customs and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2017)

Amends the: Customs Act 1901 to: enable regulations to be made to provide that export permits for defence and strategic goods can be revoked where, in the opinion of the Defence Minister, the exportation of those goods would prejudice Australia—€™s national security, defence or international relations; remove the requirement that the Comptroller-General of Customs enter into an interim trusted trader agreement with an entity; enable the minister to exempt certain persons from liability to pay the import declaration processing charge; extend the circumstances in which an application can be made to move, alter or interfere with goods for export that are subject to customs control; remove certain requirements and clarify provisions in relation to the making of tariff concession orders for made-to-order capital equipment; and remove unnecessary and outdated provisions; Commerce (Trade Descriptions) Act 1905 to: enable an officer to inspect and examine imported goods that they believe are goods prescribed by the Commerce (Imports) Regulations 1940; and enable the regulations to prescribe penalties for offences against those regulations; and Maritime Powers Act 2013 to clarify that powers under the Act are able to be exercised in the course of passage through or above the waters of another country in a manner consistent with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Also repeals the Customs (Tariff Concession System Validations) Act 1999 and Import Processing Charges (Amendment and Repeal) Act 2002.

House of Representatives: Intro. 30/11/16; Passed 13/2/17

Senate: Intro. 14/2/17; Passed 27/3/17

Assent: 4/4/17; Act No. 19, 2017

Customs Tariff Amendment Bill 2016

(Act citation: Customs Tariff Amendment Act 2017)

Amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to: remove the list of countries and places to which special non-reciprocal rates of customs duty apply and instead include it in the Customs Tariff Regulations 2004; remove expired safeguard provisions relating to the Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreement; clarify the tariff classification of certain fruits, vegetables and pastas; and clarify the end date of the Enhanced Project By-law Scheme.

House of Representatives: Intro. 30/11/16; Passed 13/2/17

Senate: Intro. 14/2/17; Passed 27/3/17

Assent: 4/4/17; Act No. 20, 2017

Customs Tariff Amendment (Incorporation of Proposal and Other Measures) Bill 2017

Amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to: incorporate Customs Tariff Proposal (No. 1) 2017 to correct the customs duty rate for mosaic tiles; simplify the classification of machining centres able to perform two or more machining operations with an automatic tool change; reclassify paraquat dichloride; extend the concession for automotive prototype and components to automotive service providers; remove the $12 000 special customs duty on used and second-hand motor vehicles; and make technical amendments to certain tariff subheadings.

House of Representatives: Intro. 21/6/17; Passed 8/8/17

Senate: Intro. 9/8/17; Passed 10/8/17

Assent: 16/8/17;