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  • Fair Work Amendment Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    27 Feb 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Work Act 2009
    in relation to: requests for extended periods of unpaid parental leave; the payment of annual leave upon termination of employment; taking or accruing leave while receiving workers’ compensation; the requirements for flexibility terms in modern awards and enterprise agreements and individual flexibility arrangements made under those terms; the negotiation of single-enterprise greenfields agreements; the transfer of business rules; application for a protected action ballot order; right of entry framework; the Fair Work Commission not having to hold a conference or hearing to dismiss an unfair dismissal application; and interest payments on unclaimed monies. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Building and Construction Industry (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    14 Nov 2013 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013, the bill: repeals the
    Fair Work (Building Industry) Act 2012
    ; makes consequential amendments to the
    Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977
    ,
    Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009
    and
    Jurisdiction of Courts (Cross-Vesting) Act 1987
    ; amends the proposed
    Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2013
    as a consequence of new Australian Privacy Principles; and provides for transitional arrangements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    14 Nov 2013 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Building and Construction Industry (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013, the bill: re-establishes the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner (ABC Commissioner) and the Australian Building and Construction Commission; enables the minister to issue a Building Code; provides for the appointment and functions of the Federal Safety Commissioner; prohibits certain unlawful industrial action; prohibits coercion, discrimination and unenforceable agreements; provides the ABC Commissioner with powers to obtain information; provides for orders for contraventions of civil remedy provisions and other enforcement powers; and makes miscellaneous amendments in relation to: self-incrimination; protection of liability against officials; admissible records and documents, protection and disclosure of information; powers of the Commissioner in certain proceedings; and jurisdiction of courts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Climate Change Authority (Abolition) Bill 2013 [No. 2]

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    23 Jun 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Environment 
    Summary
    Part of a package of 11 bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill: repeals the
    Climate Change Authority Act 2011
    to abolish the authority; amends the:
    Clean Energy Act 2011
    ,
    Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011
    ,
    National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007
    and
    Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000
    to provide for certain periodic reviews of climate change measures to be undertaken by the minister; and
    Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001
    ,
    Clean Energy Regulator Act 2011
    ,
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    and Financial Management and Accountability Regulations 1997 to make amendments consequent on the repeal; and enables the transfer of the authority’s assets and liabilities to the Commonwealth. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Bilateral Agreement Implementation) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    14 May 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Environment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    in relation to bilateral agreements by providing that: states and territories can be accredited for approval decisions on large coal mining and coal seam gas developments likely to have a significant impact on a water resource; all states and territories can be declared under the Act for the purposes of requesting advice from the Independent Expert Scientific Committee (IESC); states and territories undertake to seek and take advice form the IESC for approval bilateral agreements which may have a significant impact on a water resource; the IESC provide advice to the Commonwealth about the operation of a bilateral agreement in relation to large coal mining and coal seam gas developments likely to have a significant impact on a water resource; an approval process can be completed when an approval bilateral agreement is suspended, cancelled or ceases to apply to a particular action; state and territory processes that meet the appropriate standards can be accredited for bilateral agreements; a relevant bilateral agreement continues to apply to an accredited state or territory management arrangement or authorisation process despite minor amendments to the arrangement or authorisation process; and proponents do not need to make referrals to the Commonwealth for actions that are covered by an approval bilateral agreement. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Family and Community Services and Veterans' Affairs Legislation Amendment (Further Assistance for Older Australians) Bill 2001

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    22 May 2001 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Family and Community Services portfolio 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    18 Jun 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the
    National Health Act 1953
    in relation to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and the Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme by: increasing the concessional patient co-payment by 80 cents from 1 January 2015; increasing the general patient co-payment by $5.00 from 1 January 2015; increasing the concessional safety net threshold by two prescriptions each year for four years, from 2015 to 2018; and increasing the general patient safety net threshold by 10 per cent each year for four years, from 2015 to 2018. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Migration Amendment (Strengthening Biometrics Integrity) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    05 Mar 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Migration Act 1958
    to: provide a single broad discretionary power to collect one or more personal identifiers from non-citizens and citizens at the border; enable flexibility on the types of personal identifiers that may be required, the circumstances in which they may be collected, and the places where they may be collected; enable personal identifiers to be provided by an identification test or by another way specified by the minister or an officer; enable personal identifiers to be required either orally, in writing, or through an automated system; enable personal identifiers to be collected from minors and incapable persons without the need to obtain consent, or require the presence of a parent, guardian or independent person during the collection; and remove redundant provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Migration Amendment (Maintaining the Good Order of Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2015

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    25 Feb 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Migration Act 1958
    to: provide a framework for the use of reasonable force in specified circumstances by authorised officers within immigration detention facilities; and establish a complaints mechanism relating to the exercise of power to use reasonable force. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Australian Citizenship and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    23 Oct 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Citizenship Act 2007
    to: extend good character requirements; clarify residency requirements and related matters; clarify the circumstances in which a person’s approval as an Australian citizen may or must be cancelled; clarify the circumstances in which the minister may defer a person making the pledge of commitment to become an Australian citizen; clarify the circumstances in which a person’s Australian citizenship may be revoked; enable the minister to specify certain matters in a legislative instrument; enable the use and disclosure of personal information obtained under the
    Migration Act 1958
    or the migration regulations; and make technical amendments; and
    Migration Act 1958
    to enable the use and disclosure of personal information obtained under the
    Australian Citizenship Act 2007
    or the citizenship regulations. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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