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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: 76

  • Date
    16 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Act 2015
    to: allow the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman to provide assistance in advising and preparing a person’s case for a no adverse costs order in proceedings in relation to contraventions of Part IV of the
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    ; and require the number of requests for assistance in relation to an application for a no adverse costs order to be included in the Ombudsman’s annual report; and
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to: allow for a no adverse costs order to be sought, at any time during proceedings, by a person bringing an action in relation to loss or damage by conduct of another person that was done in contravention of Part IV of the Act; and specify the circumstances in which the court is able to make a no adverse costs order. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Crimes Act 1914
    to: increase the amount of the Commonwealth penalty unit from $180 to $210 from 1 July 2017; delay the first automatic Consumer Price Index (CPI) adjustment of the penalty unit until 1 July 2020; and provide for CPI indexation to occur on 1 July every three years thereafter. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Disability Services Act 1986
    to link the upper age limit of the Disability Employment Services - Disability Management Service program to the age pension eligibility age under the
    Social Security Act 1991

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure and Regional Development 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 1983
    to implement amendments to Annexes I, II, IV and V of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships to restrict the discharge of oil, noxious liquid substances, sewage and garbage from certain ships operating in polar waters. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Biosecurity Act 2015
    to: implement the Ballast Water Convention and regulate the ballast water and sediment of certain vessels in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) to manage the risk of invasive marine pests entering Australian waters; alter and standardise the type of legislative instruments that set out matters and exceptions relating to ballast water discharge in Australian seas; broaden the existing power to destroy exotic vectors of human diseases of concern on vessels and aircraft arriving in Australia; and reinstate a previous power from the superseded
    Quarantine Act 1908
    for human health officials to direct a private property to undertake control activities if an exotic vector incursion is detected. 

    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
    13 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983
    to: require the Australian Broadcasting Corporation to maintain three domestic shortwave transmission services for the Northern Territory that were operating up until 31 January 2017; and maintain an international shortwave radio transmission service for Papua New Guinea and parts of the Pacific. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Health Insurance Act 1973
    to: provide for the appointment and functions of a National Rural Health Commissioner to develop and advise the minister responsible for rural health on a National Rural Generalist Pathway; provide for the commissioner’s office to cease on 1 July 2020, when the commissioner’s functions will be complete; abolish the Medical Training Review Panel; and remove the requirement for reviews of the Medicare provider number legislation. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    08 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to: prohibit the wearing of full face coverings in public places under the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth if the threat level under the National Terrorism Threat Advisory System is higher than ‘possible’. 

    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