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  • Rural Research and Development Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    25 Sep 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Grape and Wine Authority Act 2013
    ,
    Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989
    and
    Sugar Research and Development Services Act 2013
    to enable the Commonwealth to recover the cost of membership fees to international commodity organisations and regional fisheries management organisations from the matching amounts paid to rural research and development corporations (RDCs);
    Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997
    ,
    Dairy Produce Act 1986
    ,
    Forestry Marketing and Research and Development Services Act 2007
    and
    Sugar Research and Development Services Act 2013
    to remove the tabling requirements for certain documents; and
    Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989
    to remove the requirement for the minister to organise an annual co-ordination meeting for RDC chairs. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Freedom of Information Amendment (New Arrangements) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    02 Oct 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    The bill: amends the
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    to provide for: the Administrative Appeals Tribunal to have sole jurisdiction for external merits review of freedom of information (FOI) decisions; the Attorney-General to be responsible for FOI guidelines, collection of FOI statistics and the annual report on the operation of the Act; and the Ombudsman to have sole responsibility for the investigation of FOI complaints;
    Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
    and
    Privacy Act 1988
    to provide for an Australian Privacy Comissioner as an independent statutory officer holder within the Australian Human Rights Commission; repeals the
    Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010
    to abolish the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner; and makes consequential amendments to 22 Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Foreign Fighters) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    24 Sep 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends 22 Acts to respond to the threat posed by Australians engaging in, and returning from, conflicts in foreign states by: providing additional powers for security agencies; strengthening border security measures; cancelling welfare payments for persons involved in terrorism; and implementing recommendations made by the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor’s second and fourth annual reports and the Report of the Council of Australian Governments Review of Counter-Terrorism Legislation. Also repeals the
    Crimes (Foreign Incursions and Recruitment) Act 1978

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Crimes Legislation Amendment (Psychoactive Substances and Other Measures) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    17 Jul 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to: introduce an offence for importing all substances that have a psychoactive effect; introduce an offence for importing a substance which is similar to a serious drug; introduce international firearms trafficking offences and mandatory minimum sentences; extend existing cross-border disposal or acquisition firearms offences; and clarify that certain slavery offences have universal jurisdiction;
    Customs Act 1901
    to: ensure that Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers have appropriate powers in relation to the new offences; and create a procedure for dealing with claims for the return of seized psychoactive substances;
    International Transfer of Prisoners Act 1997
    in relation to the international transfer of prisoners regime within Australia; and
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    ,
    Customs Act 1901
    ,
    Financial Transaction Reports Act 1988
    and
    Surveillance Devices Act 2004
    to make minor and technical amendments. Also validates access by the AFP to certain investigatory powers in designated state airports from 19 March until 17 May 2014. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Personal Property Securities Amendment (Deregulatory Measures) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    19 Mar 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Personal Property Securities Act 2009
    to provide that leases of serial numbered goods of 90 days or more will not be deemed to be leases for the purposes of the Act. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Australian Education Amendment Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    25 Sep 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Education 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Education Act 2013
    to: provide for the establishment of funding programs for schools by regulation; provide the authority for the Commonwealth to make payments for those programs to states and territories for eligible schools; limit capital funding for block grant authorities for 2014; clarify that a debt owed under a funding agreement can be recovered from the authority for a non-government school; provide that certain decisions are reviewable; and correct errors in relation to the calculation of Commonwealth funding entitlements for certain approved authorities; and
    Australian Education (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2013
    to extend the commencement date for improvement planning requirements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    28 Aug 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Education 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to: provide demand-driven funding to diploma, advanced diploma and associate degree courses and extend government subsidies to bachelor and sub-bachelor courses at private universities and non-university higher education providers; remove the maximum student contribution amounts; remove the maximum student contribution amounts that providers can charge students in Commonwealth supported places; merge the FEE-HELP and HECS-HELP loan schemes, including the removal of the FEE-HELP loan fee and lifetime limits, HECS-HELP upfront discount and HELP voluntary repayment bonus; establish a Commonwealth Scholarship Scheme to support disadvantaged students; replace the CPI indexation of HELP loans with the 10 year government bond rate; lower the minimum repayment threshold for HELP debts; enable providers to charge Research Training Scheme students capped tuition fees; remove the lifetime limits on VET FEE-HELP loans and the VET FEE-HELP loan fee; replace the Higher Education Grants Index with the CPI; update the name of the University of Ballarat to Federation University Australia; enable certain New Zealand citizens to be eligible for HELP assistance;
    Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011
    to provide that the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency may determine when fees may be refunded, and disclose certain information;
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to discontinue the HECS-HELP benefit;
    Australian National University Act 1991
    ,
    Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000
    ,
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to make consequential amendments; and
    Australian Research Council Act 2001
    to enable additional investment in research through the Future Fellowships Scheme, apply indexation, apply a one-off efficiency dividend, and add an additional forward estimate amount. Also: amends the Commonwealth Grants Scheme Guidelines 2012 and Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2012; and repeals the Higher Education (Designated Courses of Study) Specification 2011 and a determination made under subsection 169-20(1) of the
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    [FRLI No. F2007B01092]. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Child Care Measures) Bill (No. 2) 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    25 Jun 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Education 
    Summary
    Amends the
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    to maintain the child care benefit income thresholds at the amounts applicable as at 30 June 2014 for three years from 1 July 2014. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Amendment Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    27 Feb 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Education 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011
    in relation to: quality assessments of higher education providers; the delegation of decisions; extending periods of accreditation or registration; the appointment of commissioners; the roles and responsibilities of the Chief Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer; notifying providers of decisions; the scope of ministerial directions; and ministerial approval being required for legislative instruments which determine fees to be charged. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Higher Education Support Amendment (Savings and Other Measures) Bill 2013

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    21 Nov 2013 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Education 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to: remove the HECS-HELP up-front payment discount for units of study with a census date on or after 1 January 2014; remove the HELP voluntary repayment bonus for repayments made on or after 1 January 2014; apply an efficiency dividend of 2 per cent in 2014 and 1.25 per cent in 2015 to Commonwealth contribution amounts under the Commonwealth Grant Scheme; and reflect the name change of the University of Ballarat to the Federation University Australia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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