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  • Regulatory Powers (Standardisation Reform) Bill 2016

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    02 Mar 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends: 15 Acts to remove current provisions providing for regulatory regimes and to apply the standard provisions of the
    Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014
    ; the
    Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014
    in relation to: the ability to secure evidence of a contravention when exercising monitoring powers; the age of photographs for identity cards; the time period for the making of a civil penalty order; and the cap on the amount to be stated in an infringement notice; and the
    Paid Parental Leave Act 2010
    to make amendments consequential on the commencement of the proposed
    Fairer Paid Parental Leave Act 2016

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Family Law Amendment (Financial Agreements and Other Measures) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    25 Nov 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Family Law Act 1975
    to: amend the financial agreement regime to remove existing uncertainties around requirements for entering, interpreting and enforcing agreements, make changes to the coverage of spousal maintenance matters in agreements, provide for a statement of principles to outline their binding nature, and to reinforce the binding nature of the agreements; strengthen protections from violence in certain procedural matters; strengthen Australia’s response to international parental child abduction; update the arrest powers of the family court; assist the operation of the family law courts; and make minor and technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Registration of Deaths Abroad Amendment Bill 2016

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    02 Mar 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Foreign Affairs and Trade 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Registration of Deaths Abroad Act 1984
    to: enable the minister to appoint any state or territory registrar as the Registrar of Deaths Abroad (the registrar); validate the prior appointment of the ACT Registrar-General as the registrar and validate any previous registrations of deaths; enable the registrar to register death that could have been registered under the law of a state or territory, where the state or territory concerned has provided notice that it will not register a death; and ensure that only the registrar can register deaths. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Social Security Legislation Amendment (Community Development Program) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    02 Dec 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Indigenous Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to: create new income support payment and compliance arrangements for individuals living in remote Australia who are eligible for activity tested income support payments including newstart, youth allowance, parenting payment, disability support pension and special benefit; and remove spent provisions in relation to the Northern Territory Community CDEP Transition Payment and the Community Development Employment Project Scheme; and the
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    and
    Social Services Legislation Amendment (Youth Employment) Act 2015
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Australian Crime Commission (National Policing Information Charges) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    03 Dec 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Justice 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Australian Crime Commission Amendment (National Policing Information) Bill 2015, the bill enables the Australian Crime Commission to impose charges for applications for, and the provision of, national policing information services. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Australian Crime Commission Amendment (National Policing Information) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    03 Dec 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Justice 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Australian Crime Commission (National Policing Information Charges) Bill 2015, the bill merges the functions of the CrimTrac Agency into the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) by amending the
    Australian Crime Commission Act 2002
    to enable the ACC to perform CrimTrac’s functions, including providing national coordinated criminal history checks; and the
    Crimes Act 1914
    ,
    Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006
    and
    Privacy Act 1988
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Criminal Code Amendment (Firearms Trafficking) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    02 Dec 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Justice 
    Summary
    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. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Social Services Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    02 Dec 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Social Security Act 1991
    in relation to: special benefit payments; assessment of full-time study load for youth allowance and austudy payments; the definition of new apprentices; exemptions from the assets test for austudy payments; indexation of pharmaceutical allowance; calculating allowable income for the purposes of step 2 of the health care card income test calculator; and technical corrections; and the
    A New Tax (Family Assistance)(Administration) Act 1999
    to re-align the time period for income reconciliation for certain family tax benefit recipients; and remove a delegation provision. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Parliamentary Entitlements Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    02 Oct 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Special Minister of State 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Members of Parliament (Life Gold Pass) Act 2002
    to: amend the short title of the Act to
    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 the
    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

  • Tax Laws Amendment (Tax Incentives for Innovation) Bill 2016

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    16 Mar 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    ,
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to: create an early stage investor regime that provides tax incentives for qualifying investors through a non-refundable tax offset and capital gains tax exemption on innovation related investments; require early stage innovation companies to report on specific innovation related investments; and provide a mechanism for Innovation Australia to provide guidance about whether particular investment activities are ineligible activities;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to: provide non-refundable carry-forward tax offsets for limited partners in early stage venture capital limited partnerships (ESVCLP); provide for a capital gains tax exemption for fixed and unit trust beneficiaries of partners in ESVCLPs; and exclude small entities from eligible venture capital investment auditor requirements;
    Venture Capital Act 2002
    to increase the maximum fund size for ESVCLPs to $200 million;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Venture Capital Act 2002
    to: remove the requirement that an ESVCLP divest an investment in an entity once the value of the entity’s assets exceeds $250 million; provide that an entity can invest in another entity and remain an eligible venture capital investment; and enable foreign venture capital funds of funds to hold more than 30 per cent of the committee capital of an ESVCLP and extend their access to capital gains tax and other income tax concessions in relation to eligible venture capital investments; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to enable a managed investment trust to disregard its investment in, and through, an ESVCLP or venture capital limited partnership when determining if it is a trading trust. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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