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  • Fair Entitlements Guarantee Amendment Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    04 Sep 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Entitlements Guarantee Act 2012
    to: cap the maximum amount of redundancy pay entitlement available under the Fair Entitlements Guarantee scheme at 16 weeks; and make technical amendments to clarify the operation of the scheme. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill 2014

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    Date
    19 Jun 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Fair Work Act 2009
    and
    Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009
    to: establish the Registered Organisations Commission and provide it with investigation and information gathering powers to monitor and regulate registered organisations; and provide for the appointment, functions and powers of the commissioner (who will assume the investigations, enforcement advice and assistance responsibilities in relation to registered organisations currently undertaken by the General Manager of the Fair Work Commission); and
    Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009
    to: amend the requirements on officers’ disclosure of material personal interests and change grounds for disqualification and ineligibility for office; increase financial accounting and disclosure obligations for registered organisations and their officers; and increase civil penalties and introduce criminal offences for serious breaches of officers’ duties and new offences in relation to the conduct of investigations. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

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    Date
    19 Mar 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988
    and
    Work Health and Safety Act 2011
    to: remove the requirement for a ministerial declaration for a corporation to be eligible to be granted a licence for self-insurance; enable certain corporations to apply to join the Comcare scheme; allow a former Commonwealth authority to apply to be a self-insurer in the Comcare scheme and be granted a group licence if it meets the national employer test; enable group licences to be granted to related corporations; and extend coverage to corporations that are licenced to self-insure;
    Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988
    to exclude access to workers’ compensation when injuries occur during recess breaks away from an employer’s premises or a person engages in serious and wilful misconduct; and
    Work Health and Safety Act 2011
    to make technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Fair Work Amendment Bill 2014

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    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

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    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

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    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

  • National Water Commission (Abolition) Bill 2014

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    25 Sep 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Environment 
    Summary
    The bill: repeals the
    National Water Commission Act 2004
    to abolish the National Water Commission; amends the
    Water Act 2007
    to transfer certain functions to the Productivity Commission; and provides for transitional arrangements. 

    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

  • Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2013

    Track (What's this?)

    Date
    14 Nov 2013 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Environment 
    Summary
    The bill: addresses implications arising from the Federal Court’s decision in
    Tarkine National Coalition Incorporated v Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
    [2013] FCA 694 by ensuring the validity of specified decisions made prior to 31 December 2013 that require the minister to have regard to any relevant approved conservation advice; and amends the
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    and
    Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975
    to provide additional protection for dugong and turtle populations from the threats of poaching, illegal trade and illegal transportation. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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