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  • Civil Law and Justice (Omnibus Amendments) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    25 Jun 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975
    in relation to: notification of applications for review; non-disclosure of certain information; the method of giving documents or things for the purposes of proceedings; tribunal members’ powers to dismiss certain applications; and the reinstatement of withdrawn applications; the
    Bankruptcy Act 1996
    in relation to: confidentiality requirements relating to statements of affairs; removal of certain requirements to notify, and lodge requests with, the Official Receiver; imposition of time limits for certain applications; and removal of an obsolete reference; the
    Evidence Act 1995
    to make a drafting change; the
    Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999
    to: provide arresters with the power to use reasonable force to enter premises to execute an arrest warrant; and remove an obsolete reference; the
    Federal Court of Australia Act 1976
    in relation to: the jury empanelment process; the pre-trial process for indictable offences; and technical amendments; the
    International Arbitration Act 1974
    in relation to: enforcement of foreign arbitral awards; confidentiality provisions to arbitral proceedings; and technical amendments; and 10 Acts to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Australian Government Boards (Gender Balanced Representation) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    24 Jun 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    The bill: requires Government boards to comprise of at least 40 per cent men and 40 per cent women; and provides for annual reporting requirements in relation to the gender composition of Government boards. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Higher Education Support Amendment (New Zealand Citizens) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    24 Jun 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to enable certain New Zealand citizens who are Special Category Visa holders to be eligible for HELP assistance from 1 January 2016. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Consumer Lease Exclusion) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    24 Jun 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to provide that consumer leases are excluded goods for the purposes of the income management regime. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Voice for Animals (Independent Office of Animal Welfare) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    23 Jun 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    The bill: establishes the Office of Animal Welfare as an independent statutory authority with responsibility for advising on the protection of animal welfare in Commonwealth regulated activities; provides for the functions, appointment, and terms and conditions of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO); provides for staff and consultants; establishes the Office of Animal Welfare Advisory Committee to advise the CEO; and provides for reporting requirements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    03 Jun 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Bill 2015, the bill: amends the
    Ombudsman Act 1976
    to enable the Commonwealth Ombudsman to transfer complaints to the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO); and enables the Australian Small Business Commissioner to disclose to the ASBFEO relevant information and documents for the purposes of the ASBFEO’s functions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Bill 2015

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    Date
    03 Jun 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2015, the bill: establishes the position of Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman to advocate for, and give assistance to, small business and family enterprises by providing for the Ombudsman’s: powers and functions, terms and conditions of appointment, and powers of delegation; and provides: for staffing matters; for other governance requirements; for disclosure of protected information; for review of certain decisions; and that state or territory laws are not excluded by the operation of this legislation. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Social Services Legislation Amendment (No. 2) Bill 2015

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    Date
    28 May 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to abolish certain incentive payments in relation to income management;
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    in relation to the operation of the income management regime and vulnerable welfare payment recipients;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to make consequential amendments;
    Aged Care Act 1997
    and
    Aged Care (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997
    to cease the payment of residential care subsidy for care recipients during a period of leave taken before entering a residential care service; and
    Aged Care Act 1997
    to abolish the Aged Care Planning Advisory Committees. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Social Services Legislation Amendment (Youth Employment and Other Measures) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    28 May 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: extend and simplify the ordinary waiting period for all working age payments from 1 July 2015; extend youth allowance (other) to 22 to 24 year olds in lieu of newstart allowance and sickness allowance from 1 July 2016; provide for a four-week waiting period for certain persons aged under 25 years applying for youth allowance (other) or special benefit from 1 July 2016; and pause indexation on certain income free and income test free areas and thresholds for three years; the
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to cease the low income supplement from 1 July 2017; and four Acts to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2015 Measures No. 3) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    27 May 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Shipping Reform (Tax Incentives) Act 2012
    to abolish the seafarer tax offset; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to reduce the refundable and non-refundable rates of the tax offset available under the research and development tax incentive for the first $100 million of eligible expenditure by 1.5 percentage points. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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