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  • Date
    29 Mar 2022 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    THORPE, Sen Lidia 
    Summary
    The bill: establishes a framework for the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the Commonwealth Government; and makes a consequential amendment to the
    Productivity Commission Act 1998

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Feb 2022 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Veterans’ Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
    ,
    Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988
    and
    Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986
    to: extend eligibility to family members of working age veterans who are experiencing vulnerabilities that give rise to a need for support, whether or not the veteran is participating in a rehabilitation program or has rendered warlike service; and expand the range of supports available to family members under the family support package;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to provide that family support payments for veterans and their families are exempt from income tax; and
    Social Security Act 1991
    to provide that family support payments for veterans and their families are not income for the purposes of the social security income test. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Feb 2022 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    ROBERTS, Sen Malcolm 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to require that labour hire workers covered by certain modern awards receive at least the same rate of pay as other employees performing the same work. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Feb 2022 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    CHANDLER, Sen Claire 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Sports Commission Act 1989
    to require the Australian Sports Commission to promote women’s participation in sport, including by supporting the provision of single-sex sport for women and girls; and
    Sex Discrimination Act 1984
    to provide that the provision of single-sex sports, services and facilities for women and girls is consistent with the objects of the Act; insert definitions of ‘man’ and ‘woman’; and provide that it is not unlawful to exclude persons of one sex from participation in any sporting activity intended for persons of a different sex. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Feb 2022 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    MCGRATH, Sen James 
    Summary
    Responds to recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters' reports into the conduct of the 2013, 2016 and 2019 elections by amending the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    and
    Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984
    to require voters to provide an acceptable form of identification, or alternatively an attestation from another enrolled person who does have an acceptable form of identification, in order to cast an ordinary pre-poll or polling day vote in federal elections and referendums. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    08 Feb 2022 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    MCKIM, Sen Nick 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006
    to require the government to introduce legislation by 30 September 2022 to: include designated services provided by lawyers, conveyancers, accountants, high-value dealers, real estate agents and trust and company service providers; and establish a public register that contains information about the ultimate beneficial ownership of companies registered under the
    Corporations Act 2001
    and certain other legal persons and legal arrangements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Dec 2021 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    MCGRATH, Sen James 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to: replace compulsory preferential voting with optional preferential voting for House of Representatives elections; enable voters to allocate preferences to candidates of their choosing only; provide vote saving provisions for voters who do not preference each and every candidate; provide for the position of candidates listed on House of Representatives ballots papers to be re-ordered between ballot papers (the Robson Rotation); and distribute batches of ballot papers which list each candidate in favourable positions equally. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 Nov 2021 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    WHISH-WILSON, Sen Peter 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006
    to: cancel Petroleum Exploration Permit 11, and Petroleum Exploration Permit/T/49P (King Island, Tasmania); prevent any petroleum exploration leases for the Otway Basin/12 Apostles being granted; and prohibit any further petroleum exploration in the three areas. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Nov 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Northern Australia 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Animal Health Council (Live-stock Industries) Funding Act 1996
    to: facilitate the funding of emergency responses under emergency biosecurity response deeds other than the Emergency Animal Disease Response Agreement, including the proposed Emergency Response Deed for Aquatic Animal Diseases; provide for the Governor-General to make regulations prescribing certain matters; and remove redundant provisions that relate to honey, as honey-related levies are no longer paid to Animal Health Australia;
    Plant Health Australia (Plant Industries) Funding Act 2002
    to: broaden the scope of permissible uses for Emergency Plant Pest Response (EPPR) levies to include the promotion of maintenance of the health of an EPPR plant; provide for the secretary to determine by notifiable instrument a body in relation to a specified EPPR plant product; and remove redundant provisions that provide for the redirection of excess levies to research and development purposes; and
    Horticulture Marketing and Research and Development Services Act 2000
    and
    Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Nov 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Religious Discrimination Bill 2021 and Religious Discrimination (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2021, the bill amends the:
    Age Discrimination Act 2004
    ,
    Disability Discrimination Act 1992
    ,
    Sex Discrimination Act 1984
    and
    Racial Discrimination Act 1975
    to amend or insert objects clauses to provide that, in giving effect to the objects of each Act, regard must be had to the indivisibility and universality of human rights and their equal status in international law, and the principle that every person is free and equal in their dignity and rights;
    Charities Act 2013
    to provide that otherwise charitable entities that engage in lawful activities promoting a traditional view of marriage are undertaking those activities for the public benefit and not contrary to public policy; and
    Marriage Act 1961
    to allow religious educational institutions to refuse to provide facilities, goods or services in relation to the solemnisation of a marriage in accordance with their religious beliefs. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Nov 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Religious Discrimination Bill 2021 and Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill 2021, the bill amends the:
    Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
    to: extend the Australian Human Rights Commission’s complaints-handling functions to complaints of unlawful religious discrimination under the
    Religious Discrimination Act 2021
    , when enacted; and establish the Religious Discrimination Commissioner as a member of the commission;
    Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
    and
    Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986
    to allow the Inspector-General to inquire into acts or practices of intelligence agencies that may be inconsistent with or contrary to the
    Religious Discrimination Act 2021
    , referred by the Australian Human Rights Commission;
    Civil Aviation Act 1988
    to provide that civil aviation regulations may be inconsistent with the
    Religious Discrimination Act 2021
    if necessary for the safety of air navigation;
    Fair Work Act 2009
    (FWA) to recognise the
    Religious Discrimination Act 2021
    as an anti-discrimination law for the purposes of the FWA’s general protection provisions;
    Sea Installations Act 1987
    (SIA) to recognise the
    Religious Discrimination Act 2021
    as an anti-discrimination law for the purposes of the SIA; and
    Religious Discrimination Act 2021
    to make amendments contingent on the commencement of the
    Equal Opportunity (Religious Exceptions) Amendment Act 2021
    (Vic). 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Nov 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Religious Discrimination (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2021 and Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill 2021, the bill: prohibits discrimination on the basis of a person’s religious belief or activity in a range of areas of public life, including in relation to employment, education, access to premises and the provision of goods, services and accommodation; establishes general and specific exceptions from the prohibition of religious discrimination; provides that certain statements of belief do not constitute discrimination for the purposes of certain specified Commonwealth, state or territory anti-discrimination laws; creates offences in relation to victimisation and discriminatory advertisements; establishes the office of the Religious Discrimination Commissioner; confers certain functions on the Australian Human Rights Commission; and provides for miscellaneous matters including delegation of powers or functions, protection from civil actions and a review of the operation of the Act. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Nov 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Migration Act 1958
    to: amend the character test by providing grounds to consider visa cancellation or refusal where a non-citizen has been convicted of offences involving violence against a person, weapons, breaching of an apprehended violence order (or similar) or non-consensual sexual acts; provide that, for an offence involving violence against a person, a person's conviction for an offence of common assault, or equivalent, will not be taken to be a conviction for a designated offence unless the act constituting the offence causes or substantially contributes to bodily harm to another person, or harm to another person's mental health, or involves family violence; and make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Nov 2021 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    GRIFF, Sen Stirling 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Health Insurance Act 1973
    to enable the minister to make rules to establish and maintain a public register of statistical information relating to surgical procedures and patient outcomes. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Oct 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Implements the government's response to the report of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services' inquiry into litigation funding and the regulation of the class action industry by amending the
    Corporations Act 2001
    to: establish a new kind of managed investment scheme called a class action litigation funding scheme; and introduce additional requirements for the constitutions of managed investment schemes that are class action litigation funding schemes. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    21 Oct 2021 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON, Sen Pauline 
    Summary
    Prohibits discrimination based on a person’s COVID-19 vaccination status by the Commonwealth, state and territory governments, statutory authorities, local governments, and private enterprises. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Oct 2021 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    PATRICK, Sen Rex 
    Summary
    The bill: establishes the Australian Federal Integrity Commission as an independent public sector anti-corruption commission for the Commonwealth; provides for the appointment, functions and powers of the Federal Integrity Commissioner, Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner, Whistleblower Protection Commissioner and Assistant Federal Integrity Commissioners; establishes the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Australian Federal Integrity Commission; establishes the Parliamentary Inspector of the Australian Federal Integrity Commission and the Whistleblower Protection Special Account; and makes consequential amendments to the
    Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006
    ,
    Ombudsman Act 1976
    and
    Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Oct 2021 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    MCKIM, Sen Nick 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Migration Act 1958
    to enable uniform and automatic extensions to time-limited temporary visa subclasses, where the visa holder has been unable to enter Australia due to travel restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Oct 2021 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    GRIFF, Sen Stirling 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to require that voice calls communicating an electoral matter to a person must identify the use of any actors at the beginning of the call; and
    Spam Act 2003
    to require political parties to provide an unsubscribe function for all unsolicited electronic communications containing political content. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Oct 2021 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends 41 Acts to replace provisions that require forms to be prescribed by regulations and reflect modern drafting practices, such as providing for the forms to be approved by a specified person or body, by notifiable instrument, or enabling regulations to directly mandate the requirements themselves rather than requiring particular forms. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Sep 2021 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    PATRICK, Sen Rex 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Aged Care Act 1997
    to require all approved aged care facilities to have at least one registered nurse on duty at all times to provide care and supervise the provision of care to residents of approved aged care facilities. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Sep 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Water and the Environment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Biosecurity Act 2015
    to: expand pre-arrival reporting requirements for aircraft and vessels; strengthen penalties for non-compliance with negative pratique requirements; create a mechanism to make a human biosecurity group direction; increase civil and criminal penalties for contraventions of certain requirements in relation to goods; amend the process for making certain determinations specifying prohibited, conditionally non-prohibited and suspended goods or granting permits based on risk assessments; and provide legislative authority for expenditure for biosecurity-related programs and activities, such as surveillance programs for pests and diseases. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Sep 2021 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    ROBERTS, Sen Malcolm 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to: provide for the routine independent auditing of authorised electronic technology used at federal elections; and require voter identification for electors to vote in federal elections; and
    Intelligence Services Act 2001
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Sep 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Assent 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Customs Tariff Amendment (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement Implementation) Bill 2021 to implement Australia's obligations under the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, the bill amends the
    Customs Act 1901
    to: implement rules of origin to determine goods eligible for preferential tariff treatment in accordance with the agreement; enable regulations to prescribe certain record keeping obligations on exporters and producers of eligible goods to a party to the agreement for which a preferential rate of customs duty is claimed; and enable an authorised officer to disclose certain information. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Sep 2021 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    FARUQI, Sen Mehreen 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulations 1958
    and
    Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956
    to prohibit the export and import of greyhounds for racing, breeding and commercial purposes. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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