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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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  • Date
    15 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Commercial Broadcasting (Tax) Bill 2017, the bill 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 Australian population; 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; provide additional local programming obligations for regional commercial television broadcasting licensees; amend measures relating to the anti-siphoning scheme and the anti-siphoning notice, including extending the automatic delisting period and removing the multi-channelling rule; abolish broadcasting licence fees, datacasting charges and apparatus licence fees paid by commercial broadcasters; provide for collection and assessment arrangements for the new transmitter licence tax; establish a transitional support payment scheme for certain commercial broadcasters; and require the Australian Communications and Media Authority to undertake a review by 1 July 2021. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Broadcasting Reform) Bill 2017, the bill imposes an interim tax on transmitter licences that are associated with commercial broadcasting licences. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    XENOPHON, Sen Nick 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Corporations Act 2001
    to require an email address to be included on a register of members of a company or registered scheme. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    MCALLISTER, Sen Jenny 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Productivity Commission Act 1998
    to: expand the functions of the Productivity Commission to include the undertaking of research on inequality and its effects on the Australian economy and community; require the commission to have regard in the exercise of its functions to the need to mitigate the negative effects of inequality; and provide for reporting requirements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    WATERS, Sen Larissa 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    to impose additional obligations on the minister in making decisions on approvals and conditions; and
    Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility Act 2016
    to: require the Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility to assess whether an entity is a suitable person for the purposes of providing financial assistance for Northern Australia economic infrastructure; and provide that, in undertaking an assessment, the facility consults with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and the Australian Crime Commission. Also provides for a review of certain existing approvals under the
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    in relation to the Adani group. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Corporations Act 2001
    to: create a safe harbour for company directors from personal liability for insolvent trading if the company is undertaking a restructure outside formal insolvency; and
    Corporations Act 2001
    and
    Payment Systems and Netting Act 1998
    to make certain contractual rights unenforceable while a company is restructuring under certain formal insolvency processes. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    31 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013
    to establish the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission with functions in relation to: registration and regulation of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) providers, including Practice Standards and a Code of Conduct; compliance monitoring, investigation and enforcement action; responding to complaints and reportable incidents including abuse and neglect of a person with disability; national policy setting for the screening of workers; national oversight and policy in relation to behaviour support and monitoring restrictive practices within the NDIS; and information sharing arrangements. Also amends the
    National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013
    to make minor administrative amendments in response to an independent review of the Act. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Indigenous Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005
    to remove the requirement for the Indigenous Business Australia’s corporate plan to be tabled;
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Act 2005
    to enable the appropriate consenting authority to waive the exercise of its statutory consent power by providing written notice;
    Auditor-General Act 1997
    to align the annual reporting requirements of the Auditor-General with his or her responsibility to the Parliament; and
    Royal Commissions Act 1902
    to: enable commissioners to compel the provision of a written statement; increase the penalty for failure to comply with a summons or notice to produce; replace references to penalties expressed as a number of dollars with penalties expressed as a number of penalty units; and enable the Secretary of the Attorney-General’s Department to be given custody of Royal Commission records by regulation. Also repeals the
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (Queensland Reserves and Communities Self-management) Act 1978
    and
    Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation Act 1991
    ; and amends the
    Age Discrimination Act 2004
    and
    Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1983
    to make amendments consequential on the repeal of those Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to: supplement the ‘same business test’ with a ‘similar business test’ for the purposes of working out whether a company’s tax losses and net capital losses from previous income years can be used as a tax deduction in a current income year; and make consequential amendments; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to provide taxpayers with the choice to self-assess the effective life of certain intangible depreciating assets they start to hold on or after 1 July 2016. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    RHIANNON, Sen Lee 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to require employers to pay a base rate of pay, full rate of pay and any casual loading that is not less than the relevant award or national minimum wage for employees covered by an enterprise agreement. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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