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TOTAL RESULTS: 62

  • Date
    09 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Health Insurance Act 1973
    to: provide for the appointment and functions of a National Rural Health Commissioner to develop and advise the minister responsible for rural health on a National Rural Generalist Pathway; provide for the commissioner’s office to cease on 1 July 2020, when the commissioner’s functions will be complete; abolish the Medical Training Review Panel; and remove the requirement for reviews of the Medicare provider number legislation. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Diverted Profits Tax Bill 2017, the bill amends: five Acts to provide for a diverted profits tax from 1 July 2017 to ensure that significant global entities are not able to avoid their tax obligations by diverting profits generated in Australia offshore; the
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to increase the administrative penalties that can be imposed by the Commissioner of Taxation on significant global entities for breaching their tax reporting obligations; and the
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to update the reference to Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) transfer pricing guidelines in Australia’s cross-border transfer pricing rules to include the 2016 OECD amendments to the guidelines. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    08 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    to: increase family tax benefit (FTB) Part A fortnightly rates by $20.02 for each FTB child in the family up to 19 years of age; remove the entitlement to FTB Part B for single parent families who are not single parents aged 60 or more or grandparents or great-grandparents from the start of the calendar year their youngest child turns 17 years of age; and phase out the FTB Part A and Part B end-of-year supplements; the
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: increase certain youth allowance and disability support pension fortnightly rates by approximately $19.37 for recipients under 18 years of age; reduce from 26 to six weeks the period during which age pension and other payments with unlimited portability can be paid outside Australia at the means-tested rate; pause for three years the indexation of various income thresholds that apply to certain social security benefits and allowances and the income test free area for parenting payment single; extend and simplify the ordinary waiting period for all working age payments; extend youth allowance (other) to 22 to 24 year olds in lieu of newstart allowance and sickness allowance; and provide for a four-week waiting period for certain persons aged under 25 years applying for youth allowance (other) or special benefit and require these job seekers to complete certain pre-benefit activities; the
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    and
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999
    to: cease the child care benefit (CCB) and child care rebate; introduce a child care subsidy (CCS) which is subject to both an income and activity test; introduce various rates of additional child care subsidy (ACCS) that are available in certain circumstances; and make amendments in relation to CCS and ACCS claims, reviews of decisions, provider approvals, and compliance obligations of approved providers of child care services; the
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to abolish the pensioner education supplement; the
    Social Security Act 1991
    ,
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to abolish the education entry payment; six Acts to prevent new recipients of welfare payments or concession cards from being paid the energy supplement from 20 September 2017; the
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to cease the payment of pension supplement after six weeks temporary absence overseas and immediately for permanent departures; the
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to enable automation of the regular income stream review process; the
    Social Security Act 1991
    ,
    Farm Household Support Act 2014
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to trial a social security income test incentive aimed at increasing the number of job seekers who undertake specified seasonal horticultural work, such as fruit picking; the
    Paid Parental Leave Act 2010
    to: provide that parental leave pay under the Paid Parental Leave scheme will only be provided to parents who have no employer-provided paid primary carer leave, or whose employer-provided paid primary carer leave is for a period less than 20 weeks or is paid at a rate below the full-time national minimum wage; remove the requirement for employers to provide paid parental leave to eligible employees, unless an employer chooses to manage the payment to employees and the employees agree for the employer to pay them; and make amendments contingent on the commencement of the proposed
    Regulatory Powers (Standardisation Reform) Act 2017
    ; and 11 Acts to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Dec 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    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. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Dec 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Health and Aged Care 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Therapeutic Goods Act 1989
    to: enable certain variations that do not impact the quality, safety or efficacy of medicines to be made by notification to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA); enable Australian designated bodies to undertake conformity assessment of manufacturers of medical devices; alter the requirements for the minister to consult with committees; provide review and appeal rights for persons applying to have new ingredients permitted for use in listed complementary medicines; enable priority approval of therapeutic goods, biologicals and medical devices; specify timeframes within which the secretary must complete actions or make decisions in relation to listed complementary medicines; amend record-keeping arrangements to assist with post-marketing monitoring of medicines and medical devices; provide further grounds on which applications to vary an entry in the register will not be considered to be effective; update terminology and provide for certain public notifications in relation to the recall of therapeutic goods; enable the secretary to obtain certain information from sponsors of listed medicines; and make miscellaneous amendments in relation to powers to approve unapproved goods in the event of a shortage, alignment of cancellation powers, revoking the cancellation of goods cancelled for non-payment of annual charges, information-gathering powers in relation to holders of manufacturing licences, and conditions of inclusion in the register of medical devices; and
    A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999
    and
    Therapeutic Goods Act 1989
    to enable health practitioners to supply certain therapeutic goods not on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods to patients under a notification scheme. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Further to the
    Tribunals Amalgamation Act 2015
    , the bill amends the:
    Migration Act 1958
    to: harmonise and streamline provisions in relation to the code of procedure for review of decisions by the Migration and Refugee Division (MRD) of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal; clarify the operation of certain provisions relating to the conduct of review; clarify the notification requirements in relation to oral decisions of the MRD; and make technical amendments in relation to the giving of documents and the mechanism for review of decisions by the Immigration Assessment Authority in relation to family groups; and
    Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    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. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    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. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    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. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum