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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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TOTAL RESULTS: 77

  • Date
    09 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Farm Household Support Act 2014
    to: provide that recipients of Farm Household Allowance (FHA) are not required to serve an ordinary waiting period or liquid assets waiting period (if applicable) before they can commence receiving the FHA; broaden the meaning of a ‘farm asset’ to include any asset which is used or held wholly or mainly for the purpose of a farm enterprise; specify water entitlement rights as a newly included class of farm asset; provide for the minster to make rules to exclude certain kinds of asset from the definition of a farm asset; and define the meaning of ‘water entitlement right’. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    08 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Fisheries Administration Act 1991
    to: provide that the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) must have regard to the objective of ensuring that the interests of commercial, recreational and Indigenous fishers are taken into account in the performance of its functions; provide an additional eligibility criteria for AFMA commissioners of expertise in matters relating to recreational or Indigenous fishing; provide restrictions on the appointment of commissioners who hold an executive position in a fishing representative organisation; increase the maximum size of management advisory committees from seven to ten (in addition to the Chair and the AFMA staff member); and require AFMA to try as far as practical to have memberships of commercial and recreational fishers on management advisory committees; and
    Fisheries Management Act 1991
    to provide that the minister, AFMA and Joint Authorities established under the Act must have regard to ensuring that the interests of commercial, recreational and Indigenous fishers are taken into account in the performance of their functions. 

    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 Senate 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Agriculture and Water Resources Legislation Amendment Bill 2016, the bill amends the
    National Residue Survey (Excise) Levy Act 1998
    and
    Primary Industries (Excise) Levy Act 1999
    to remove obsolete regulatory requirements in relation to the sale of honey. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Native Title Act 1993
    to respond to the Federal Court’s decision in
    McGlade v Native Title Registrar
    [2017] FCAFC 10 by: confirming the legal status and enforceability of agreements which have been registered by the Native Title Registrar on the Register of Indigenous Land Use Agreements without the signature of all members of a registered native title claimant (RNTC); enable the registration of agreements which have been made but have not yet been registered; and ensure that area Indigenous Land Use Agreements can be registered without requiring every member of the RNTC to be a party to the agreement. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    ,
    Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979
    ,
    Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977
    and
    Australian Security Intelligence Organisations Act 1979
    to establish a regulatory framework to manage national security risks of espionage, sabotage and foreign interference to Australia’s telecommunications networks and facilities. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Privacy Act 1988
    to prohibit conduct related to the re-identification of de-identified personal information published or released by Commonwealth entities; and
    Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010
    to make a consequential amendment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    to: abolish the ‘75% audience reach rule’ which prohibits commercial television broadcasting licensees from controlling licences whose combined licence area populations exceed 75 per cent of the population of Australia; abolish the ‘2 out of 3 cross-media control rule’ which prohibits control over more than two out of three regulated media platforms in any one commercial radio licence area; and provide additional local programming obligations for regional commercial television broadcasting licensees. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum