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A bill is a proposal for a law or a change to an existing law. A bill becomes law (an Act) when agreed to in identical form by both houses of Parliament and assented to by the Governor-General.

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  • Date
    01 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to: increase maximum civil penalties for certain serious contraventions of the Act; hold franchisors and holding companies responsible for certain contraventions of the Act by their franchisees or subsidiaries where they knew or ought reasonably to have known of the contraventions and failed to take reasonable steps to prevent them; clarify the prohibition on employers unreasonably requiring their employees to make payments in relation to the performance of work; provide the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) with evidence-gathering powers similar to those available to corporate regulators such as the Australian Securities and Investment Commission and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission; and prohibit the hindering or obstructing of the FWO and or an inspector in the performance or his or her functions or powers, or the giving of false or misleading information or documents. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to respond to recommendations of the Productivity Commission’s final report into the Workplace Relations Framework by: removing the requirement for the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to conduct 4 yearly reviews of modern awards from the beginning of 1 January 2018; and enabling the FWC to overlook minor procedural or technical errors when approving an enterprise agreement, if it is satisfied that those errors were not likely to have disadvantaged employees; and
    Fair Work Act 2009
    and
    Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009
    to respond to recommendations of the
    Report of Inquiry into Complaints about the Honourable Vice President Michael Lawler of the Fair Work Commission and Related Matters
    by applying the complaint-handling powers of the Minister for Employment and the President of the FWC to FWC members who formerly held office in the Australian Industrial Relations Commission, and applying the
    Judicial Misbehaviour and Incapacity (Parliamentary Commissions) Act 2012
    in relation to FWC members. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    WILKIE, Andrew, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990
    to: require parliamentarians, when claiming travel benefits, to provide details of business undertaken while travelling; provide for an annual audit of parliamentarians’ travel; provide for an audit of all parliamentarians’ travel from 8 September 2013 to date; and require the audit body to report possible offences in relation to the travel claims or benefits. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    A New Tax System (Australian Business Number) Act 1999
    to ensure that working holiday maker employer registration information is not publicly released; and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to restrict the ability of the Commissioner of Taxation to provide certain protected information to the Fair Work Ombudsman. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    SHORTEN, Bill, MP 
    Summary
    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. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    KATTER, Bob, Jnr, MP 
    Summary
    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. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    MCGOWAN, Cathy, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Infrastructure Australia Act 2008
    to require Infrastructure Australia to consider the social and economic needs of rural and regional communities when providing advice on nationally significant infrastructure. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    WILKIE, Andrew, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999
    ,
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to prevent the recovery of a social security or family tax benefit debt from an individual if the debt is being reviewed. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Dec 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    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. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Dec 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure and Transport 
    Summary
    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. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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