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  • 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

  • Parliamentary Entitlements Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    02 Oct 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Special Minister of State 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Members of Parliament (Life Gold Pass) Act 2002
    to: rename the Act as the
    Parliamentary Retirement Travel Act 2002
    ; impose certain limits on access to the parliamentary retirement travel entitlement; reduce the number of trips available under the entitlement; remove the ability of spouses or de facto partners (other than those of a former prime minister) to access the entitlement; reduce the entitlement of spouses or de facto partners of a former prime minister; and require that all travel under the entitlement be subject to a public benefit test; and
    Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990
    to: apply a 25 per cent loading to any adjustment to a prescribed travel benefit; limit the domestic travel entitlement of dependent children of senior officers to those under 18 years of age; and enable the recovery of payments made which are beyond the entitlement. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 4) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    02 Oct 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    The bill amends: the
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    and
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: pause indexation on certain income free and income test free areas and thresholds for three years from 1 July 2015; index parenting payment single to the Consumer Price Index; and pause indexation of income free areas and other means-test thresholds for student payments, including student income bank limits; the
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    : to maintain the standard FTB child rates for two years in the maximum and base rate of family tax benefit Part A and the maximum rate of family tax benefit Part B, from 1 July 2015; and in relation to family tax benefit (from 1 July 2015) by: revising end-of-year supplements to their original values and ceasing indexation; reducing the primary earner income limit; limiting family tax benefit Part B; and introducing a single parent supplement; the
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: extend and simplify the ordinary waiting period for all working age payments from 1 January 2015; extend youth allowance (other) to 22 to 24 year olds in lieu of newstart allowance and sickness allowance from 1 January 2015; and provide for 26-week waiting periods and non-payment periods from 1 January 2015; the
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to abolish the pensioner education supplement from 1 January 2015; the
    Social Security Act 1991
    ,
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to abolish the education entry payment from 1 January 2015; the
Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
to remove the three months’ backdating of disability pension from 1 January 2015; and five Acts to make consequential amendments. 

Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 5) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    02 Oct 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    The bill amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to: pause indexation of income test free areas for pensions (other than parenting payment single) and deeming thresholds for three years from 1 July 2017; index pensions (other than parenting payment single) to the Consumer Price Index from 20 September 2017; reduce social security and veterans’ entitlements income test deeming thresholds from 20 September 2017; and increase the age pension qualifying age, and the non-veteran pension age, from 67 to 70 years by six months every two years, commencing on 1 July 2025; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Seniors Supplement Cessation) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    02 Oct 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    ,
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to abolish the senior supplement for holders of the Commonwealth seniors health card or the veterans’ affairs gold card from 20 September 2014; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Albury-Wodonga Development Corporation (Abolition) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    01 Oct 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Finance 
    Summary
    The bill: repeals the
    Albury-Wodonga Development Act 1973
    to abolish the Albury-Wodonga Development Corporation (AWDC); provides for transitional arrangements, including the transfer of AWDC’s property management functions, and assets and liabilities to the Commonwealth; and makes consequential amendments to the
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    ,
    Remuneration and Allowances Act 1990
    and
    Urban and Regional Development (Financial Assistance) Act 1974

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Aged Care and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    25 Sep 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Health and Other Services (Compensation) Care Charges (Amendment) Bill 2014, the bill amends the:
    Aged Care Act 1997
    to remove the workforce supplement from the list of primary supplements provided for by the Subsidy Principles;
    Aged Care (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997
    to make consequential amendments;
    Health and Other Services (Compensation) Act 1995
    to enable the recovery of past home care costs under the compensation payment reduction scheme; and
    Healthcare Identifiers Act 2010
    to allow the collection, use and disclosure of information, including healthcare identifiers, for specified aged care purposes. 

    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

  • Health and Other Services (Compensation) Care Charges (Amendment) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    25 Sep 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Aged Care and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014, the bill amends the:
    Health and Other Services (Compensation) Care Charges Act 1995
    to enable the recovery of past home care costs under the compensation payment reduction scheme. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    25 Sep 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Maritime Powers Act 2013
    to: provide clarity and consistency in relation to powers to detain and move vessels and people; clarify the relationship between the Act and other laws; and provide for the minister to give directions about the exercise of maritime powers;
    Migration Act 1958
    to: introduce temporary protection for those who engage Australia’s non-refoulement obligations and who arrive in Australia illegally; create the authority to make deeming regulations; create the Safe Haven Enterprise Visa class; introduce a fast track assessment process and remove access to the Refugee Review Tribunal (RRT); establish the Immigration Assessment Authority within the RRT to consider fast track reviewable decisions; clarify the availability of removal powers independent of assessments of Australia’s non-refoulement obligations; codify Australia’s interpretation of its protection obligations under the Refugees Convention; clarify the legal status of children of unauthorised maritime arrivals and transitory persons; and enable the minister to place a statutory limit on the number of protection visas granted; and
    Maritime Powers Act 2013
    ,
    Migration Act 1958
    ,
    Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1997
    ,
    Immigration (Guardianship of Children) Act 1946
    and Migration Regulations 1994 to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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