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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
    02 Dec 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Social Security Act 1991
    to reduce from 26 to six weeks the period during which age pension and other payments with unlimited portability can be paid outside Australia at the means-tested rate from 1 January 2017; and pause for three years the indexation of various income thresholds that apply to certain social security benefits and allowances and the income test free area for parenting payment single; the
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to abolish the pensioner education supplement from 1 January 2016; the
    Social Security Act 1991
    ,
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to abolish the education entry payment from 1 January 2016; and seven Acts to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Dec 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    to: increase family tax benefit (FTB) Part A fortnightly rates by $10.08 for each FTB child in the family up to 19 years of age; restructure family tax benefit Part B by: increasing the standard rate by $1000.10 per year for families with a youngest child aged under one; maintaining certain standard rates for families, single parents who are at least 60 years of age, grandparents and great-grandparents; and introducing a reduced rate of $1000.10 per year for individuals with a youngest child aged 13 to 16 years of age who are not single parents aged 60 or more or grandparents or great-grandparents; and phase out the family tax benefit Part A and Part B supplements;
    Social Security Act 1991
    to increase certain youth allowance and disability support pension fortnightly rates by approximately $10.44 for recipients under 18 years of age; and
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Dec 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Communications 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    to clarify that the facilities access regime processes in the
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    have precedence over those in this Act;
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    and
    National Transmission Network Sale Act 1998
    to provide that certain access providers are to give access to in-building cabling that they own or control when the cabling is necessary for the supply of an active declared service;
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    in relation to: pilots and trials of new services or technology; access determinations; notices to vary special access undertakings; fixed principles in special access undertakings; authorised conduct for competition law purposes; clarifying ‘declared services’; and consequential amendments; and
    National Broadband Network Companies Act 2011
    to provide that an NBN corporation may dispose of surplus non-communications goods; and enable NBN Co’s line of business restrictions to be changed through regulation. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Nov 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975
    to prevent foreign persons or entities from acquiring a 10 per cent or greater interest in Australian land, water or other assets that are of strategic economic or strategic defensive importance to Australia 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Nov 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Family Law Act 1975
    to: amend the financial agreement regime to remove existing uncertainties around requirements for entering, interpreting and enforcing agreements, make changes to the coverage of spousal maintenance matters in agreements, provide for a statement of principles to outline their binding nature, and to reinforce the binding nature of the agreements; strengthen protections from violence in certain procedural matters; strengthen Australia’s response to international parental child abduction; update the arrest powers of the family court; assist the operation of the family law courts; and make minor and technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Nov 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Provides that financial institutions with credit agreements to which a security over Australian land applies: must provide to defaulting borrowers notification of their claim of default and register the notification with an authorised government instrumentality; are prohibited from enforcing a right to re-possess or sell the land for a period of two years after default; are prohibited from imposing additional charges on the borrower that were not in place before the default arose; and require the borrower to continue to make interest payments on the credit amount. Also prevents confidentiality clauses in settlement agreements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Nov 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Privacy Act 1988
    to provide for a new criminal offence for those who harass the children of celebrities or any other person due to that person’s vocation or occupation, through their attempt to photograph or record the child’s image or voice, whether by following or lying in wait for the child. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Nov 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to: enable the receipt of funds from terrorist organisations for legal assistance in certain circumstances; enable control orders to be imposed on persons from 14 years of age; impose an obligation on a person subject to a requirement to wear a tracking device to maintain the tracking device in good operational order; remove the authority of the Family Court of Australia to issue control orders and preventative detention orders (PDOs); clarify the meaning of ‘imminence’ for the purposes of obtaining a PDO; and create a new offence prohibiting conduct advocating genocide;
    Crimes Act 1914
    ,
    Surveillance Devices Act 2004
    and
    Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979
    to establish regimes to monitor the compliance of individuals subject to a control order through search warrants, surveillance device warrants and telecommunications interception warrants;
    Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979
    to enable the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation to furnish security assessments directly to states and territories;
    Classification (Publication, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995
    to broaden the range of conduct that may be considered as advocating the doing of a terrorist act;
    Crimes Act 1914
    to clarify the threshold requirements for the issue of a delayed notification search warrant;
    National Security Information (Criminal and Civil Proceedings) Act 2004
    to: broaden protections for national security information in control order proceedings; enable a court to make an order that is inconsistent with regulations made under the Act if the Attorney-General has applied for the order; and enable the regulations to continue to apply to the extent they provide for ways of dealing with national security information in criminal and civil proceedings;
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to enable the disclosure of certain information; and
    Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975
    and
    Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Nov 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Prime Minister 
    Summary
    Amends: four Acts in the Agriculture and Water Resources portfolio to abolish the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) Advisory Board and the Fishing Industry Policy Council, limit the information that the APVMA is required to provide to Food Standards Australia and New Zealand, and remove obsolete provisions; four Acts in the Communications and the Arts portfolio in relation to re-transmission of programs, and consultation and publication requirements; the
    Social Security Act 1991
    to make an amendment consequential on a repeal; two Acts in the Environment portfolio to make technical amendments and clarify regulatory arrangements; four Acts in the Health portfolio to abolish the Medical Training Review Panel, remove requirements for redundant reviews of Medicare provider number legislation, simplify approved provider obligations in areas of aged care, and make consequential amendments; 20 Acts in the Infrastructure and Regional Development portfolio and the A.C.T. Self-Government (Consequential Provisions) Regulations to make amendments consequential on the establishment of the Australian Capital Territory as a self-governing territory; the
    Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
    to make amendments consequential on a repeal; three Acts in the Prime Minister and Cabinet portfolio to make minor amendments and remove certain provisions; seven Acts in the Social Services portfolio in relation to use or disclosure of personal information and removal of spent social security and family assistance payments; seven Acts in the Treasury portfolio to make amendments consequential on repeals; the
    Insurance Act 1973
    to remove a redundant standing appropriation; and five Acts in the Veterans’ Affairs portfolio to remove spent veterans’ affairs and military rehabilitation and compensation payments. Also repeals 28 Acts administered in eight portfolios. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Nov 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Not Proceeding 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992
    and
    Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (Norfolk Island Reforms) Act 2015
    to align the earnings base for calculating the superannuation guarantee charge (SG) with the earnings base for calculating SG contributions;
    Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992
    to align the nominal interest on unpaid or late SG contributions with the period over which they are actually outstanding;
    Crimes (Taxation Offences) Act 1980
    ,
    Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992
    and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to align the penalties imposed under the superannuation guarantee charge regime with the administrative penalties imposed by the
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    ;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    ,
    Small Superannuation Accounts Act 1995
    ,
    Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992
    and
    Superannuation (Unclaimed Money and Lost Members) Act 1999
    to enable the Commissioner of Taxation to pay for certain superannuation amounts directly to individuals with a terminal medical condition; and remove the requirement for superannuation funds to lodge a separate biannual lost members statement; and
    Corporations Act 2001
    to modify the notification and reporting obligations applying to certain corporations that have property in receivership or property in respect of which a controller is acting. Also amends 10 Acts to remove redundant or spent provisions and repeals five Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum