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  • Rural Research and Development Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    25 Sep 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Grape and Wine Authority Act 2013
    ,
    Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989
    and
    Sugar Research and Development Services Act 2013
    to enable the Commonwealth to recover the cost of membership fees to international commodity organisations and regional fisheries management organisations from the matching amounts paid to rural research and development corporations (RDCs);
    Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997
    ,
    Dairy Produce Act 1986
    ,
    Forestry Marketing and Research and Development Services Act 2007
    and
    Sugar Research and Development Services Act 2013
    to remove the tabling requirements for certain documents; and
    Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989
    to remove the requirement for the minister to organise an annual co-ordination meeting for RDC chairs. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Civil Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    29 Oct 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Bankruptcy Act 1966
    in relation to: the Official Trustee; the Official Receiver; the National Disability Insurance Scheme; the offence of concealment; declarations in statements received electronically; indictable and summary offences; and the location of certain offences in the Act;
    International Arbitration Act 1974
    to clarify the application of the Act to certain international arbitration agreements;
    Family Law Act 1975
    to: make technical amendments; clarify the appeal rights available for court security orders; and create access to the Family Court of Australia for court security orders made by the Family Court of Western Australia;
    Court Security Act 2013
    to: provide for the disposal of unclaimed items seized by or given upon request to court security officers; and clarify the processes by which court security orders can be varied and revoked;
    Evidence Act 1995
    to: reflect changes to the Model Uniform Evidence Bill; remove all references to the Australian Capital Territory; and make technical amendments;
    Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986
    to enable the National Cultural Heritage Committee to continue to function when membership falls below the maximum number; and
    Copyright Act 1968
    to extend the legal deposit scheme to include work published in electronic format. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Amending Acts 1970 to 1979 Repeal Bill 2014

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    Date
    22 Oct 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Repeals 656 amending and repeal Acts enacted from 1970 to 1979. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Statute Law Revision Bill (No. 2) 2014

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    Date
    22 Oct 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends: 35 Acts to correct technical errors; 49 Acts to replace references to ‘servants’ with references to ‘employees’; the
    Acts Interpretation Act 1901
    and
    Defence Act 1903
    to remove gender-specific language; the
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to make technical amendments; the
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    ,
    Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990
    ,
    Radiocommunications Act 1992
    and
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    to repeal spent and obsolete provisions; and the
    Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation Limited Sale Act 1993
    to make an amendment consequential on a repeal. Also repeals the
    Conciliation and Arbitration (Electricity Industry) Act 1985
    ,
    Immigration (Education) Charge Act 1992
    and
    Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation Act 1970

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Freedom of Information Amendment (New Arrangements) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    02 Oct 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    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

  • Crimes Legislation Amendment (Psychoactive Substances and Other Measures) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    17 Jul 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to: introduce an offence for importing all substances that have a psychoactive effect; introduce an offence for importing a substance which is similar to a serious drug; introduce international firearms trafficking offences and mandatory minimum sentences; extend existing cross-border disposal or acquisition firearms offences; and clarify that certain slavery offences have universal jurisdiction;
    Customs Act 1901
    to: ensure that Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers have appropriate powers in relation to the new offences; and create a procedure for dealing with claims for the return of seized psychoactive substances;
    International Transfer of Prisoners Act 1997
    in relation to the international transfer of prisoners regime within Australia; and
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    ,
    Customs Act 1901
    ,
    Financial Transaction Reports Act 1988
    and
    Surveillance Devices Act 2004
    to make minor and technical amendments. Also validates access by the AFP to certain investigatory powers in designated state airports from 19 March until 17 May 2014. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    28 Aug 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Education 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to: provide demand-driven funding to diploma, advanced diploma and associate degree courses and extend government subsidies to bachelor and sub-bachelor courses at private universities and non-university higher education providers; remove the maximum student contribution amounts; remove the maximum student contribution amounts that providers can charge students in Commonwealth supported places; merge the FEE-HELP and HECS-HELP loan schemes, including the removal of the FEE-HELP loan fee and lifetime limits, HECS-HELP upfront discount and HELP voluntary repayment bonus; establish a Commonwealth Scholarship Scheme to support disadvantaged students; replace the CPI indexation of HELP loans with the 10 year government bond rate; lower the minimum repayment threshold for HELP debts; enable providers to charge Research Training Scheme students capped tuition fees; remove the lifetime limits on VET FEE-HELP loans and the VET FEE-HELP loan fee; replace the Higher Education Grants Index with the CPI; update the name of the University of Ballarat to Federation University Australia; enable certain New Zealand citizens to be eligible for HELP assistance;
    Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011
    to provide that the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency may determine when fees may be refunded, and disclose certain information;
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to discontinue the HECS-HELP benefit;
    Australian National University Act 1991
    ,
    Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000
    ,
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to make consequential amendments; and
    Australian Research Council Act 2001
    to enable additional investment in research through the Future Fellowships Scheme, apply indexation, apply a one-off efficiency dividend, and add an additional forward estimate amount. Also: amends the Commonwealth Grants Scheme Guidelines 2012 and Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2012; and repeals the Higher Education (Designated Courses of Study) Specification 2011 and a determination made under subsection 169-20(1) of the
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    [FRLI No. F2007B01092]. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Amendment Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    27 Feb 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Education 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011
    in relation to: quality assessments of higher education providers; the delegation of decisions; extending periods of accreditation or registration; the appointment of commissioners; the roles and responsibilities of the Chief Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer; notifying providers of decisions; the scope of ministerial directions; and ministerial approval being required for legislative instruments which determine fees to be charged. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Higher Education Support Amendment (Savings and Other Measures) Bill 2013

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    21 Nov 2013 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Education 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to: remove the HECS-HELP up-front payment discount for units of study with a census date on or after 1 January 2014; remove the HELP voluntary repayment bonus for repayments made on or after 1 January 2014; apply an efficiency dividend of 2 per cent in 2014 and 1.25 per cent in 2015 to Commonwealth contribution amounts under the Commonwealth Grant Scheme; and reflect the name change of the University of Ballarat to the Federation University Australia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Social Security Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Job Seeker Compliance Framework) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    25 Sep 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to: provide that: from 1 January 2015, where a job seeker’s payment is suspended following a failure to attend an appointment with their employment services provider, it will not be restored until the job seeker attends their next appointment; and from 1 July 2015, if it is determined that a job seeker has no reasonable excuse for missing their first appointment, they will not be back paid for the period of non-compliance; and broaden the existing delegation powers to include regulations or other instruments; and
    Social Security Act 1991
    to exclude certain job seekers aged 55 years or over from certain concessional treatment otherwise available. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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