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  • Date
    17 Oct 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Passed Both Houses 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Farm Household Support Act 2014
    and Farm Household Support Minister’s Rule 2014 to: increase access to the Farm Household Allowance (FHA) program for eligible farmers and their partners to four years in every specified ten year period; and broaden the circumstances in which the off-farm income offset can be applied and increase the upper limit of the offset from $80 000 to $100 000; and
    Farm Household Support Act 2014
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to: provide for a one-off lump sum payment of $7500 (single recipient) or $6500 (members of a couple) for FHA recipients who have been payable for 1460 days of payment by 30 June 2020; and provide the minister with a power to determine who may qualify for, and the amount of, future relief payments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Oct 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Passed Both Houses 
    Portfolio
    Education 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to: increase the combined Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) loan limit to $152 700 for students undertaking eligible aviation courses with approved providers on or after 1 January 2020; enable the minister to determine the aviation courses for which the higher HELP loan limit will apply; reduce indexation on a person’s outstanding accumulated HELP debt while they are teaching in a school in a very remote location of Australia; and provide for all or part of a person’s HELP debt associated with their initial teacher education course to be remitted after they have undertaken an equivalent of four years’ full time work in a very remote location of Australia; and
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    ,
    Higher Education Support Legislation Amendment (Student Loan Sustainability) Act 2018
    and
    VET Student Loans Act 2016
    to allow the Department of Human Services restricted access to higher education data and VET student loans data in order to administer student benefits. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    19 Sep 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Passed Both Houses 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    International Tax Agreements Act 1953
    to: give legislative authority to the Convention between the Government of Australia and the Government of the State of Israel for the elimination of double taxation with respect to taxes on income and the prevention of tax evasion and avoidance; and correct an incorrect cross reference to the specific source rule that applies in relation to an earlier agreement with Germany; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to introduce a deemed source of income rule to ensure that Australia can exercise its taxing rights under the convention and future international tax agreements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Sep 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Passed Both Houses 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Medical Indemnity Act 2002
    to: clarify eligible related claims for the purposes of aggregation; and clarify that the High Cost Claim Scheme (HCCS) and the Exceptional Claims Scheme (ECS) are only intended to apply in respect of medical practitioners;
    Age Discrimination Act 2004
    ,
    Medical Indemnity Act 2002
    and
    Midwife Professional Indemnity (Commonwealth Contribution) Scheme Act 2010
    to clarify eligibility for the Run off Cover Schemes and permit access for medical practitioners and eligible midwives retiring before the age of 65;
    Medical Indemnity Act 2002
    and
    Midwife Professional Indemnity (Commonwealth Contribution) Scheme Act 2010
    to: clarify the intent of the medical indemnity law that payments will only be made if the claim relates to the provision of a health service; and make administrative changes to streamline and clarify the operation of the legislation;
    Medical Indemnity Act 2002
    ,
    Medical Indemnity (Prudential Supervision and Product Standards) Act 2003
    ,
    Medical Indemnity (Run-off Cover Support Payment) Act 2004
    and
    Midwife Professional Indemnity (Commonwealth Contribution) Scheme Act 2010
    to restructure and consolidate medical and midwife indemnity legislative instruments; and
    Medical Indemnity Act 2002
    and
    Medical Indemnity (Prudential Supervision and Product Standards) Act 2003
    to: require all medical indemnity insurers to provide universal cover to medical practitioners; and create high cost claim and exceptional claims schemes for allied health professionals, and enable private sector employee midwives to access these schemes. Also: repeals the
    Medical Indemnity (Competitive Advantage Payment) Act 2005
    and
    Medical Indemnity (UMP Support Payment) Act 2002
    to remove redundant payments; and makes consequential amendments to five Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Sep 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Passed Both Houses 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the
    National Health Act 1953
    to reduce the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme Safety Net threshold amounts that apply to general and concessional patients. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Nov 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    SIEWERT, Sen Rachel 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Governor-General Act 1974
    to cease the payment of allowances to a former Governor-General, or a spouse of the former Governor-General, where they have engaged in serious misconduct. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Nov 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    PATRICK, Sen Rex 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013
    and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to impose disclosure, consideration and reporting requirements on government agencies and Commonwealth entities entering into contracts with companies or providing grants to persons or companies that are, or have related entities, domiciled in prescribed tax havens. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Oct 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    WATERS, Sen Larissa 
    Summary
    The bill: provides for statutory codes of conduct for the members of each house of parliament and their staff; creates a statutory basis for parliamentarians’ registers of interests; establishes a Parliamentary Integrity Advisor to provide independent, confidential advice and guidance to parliamentarians and their staff in relation to the applicable codes of conduct; and establishes a Parliamentary Standards Commissioner to assist in the assessment, investigation and resolution of alleged breaches of the applicable codes of conduct. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Oct 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Aged Care (Accommodation Payment Security) Act 2006
    ,
    Aged Care (Accommodation Payment Security) Levy Act 2006
    ,
    Aged Care Act 1997
    and six other Acts to: transfer certain aged care regulatory functions and powers from the Secretary of the Department of Health to the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner in relation to the approval, monitoring and enforcement of regulatory compliance of providers of aged care; and provide for the reconsideration and review of decisions in relation to the new functions of the commissioner. Also provides for transitional arrangements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Oct 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Customs Tariff Amendment (Growing Australian Export Opportunities Across the Asia-Pacific) Bill 2019 to give effect to the Peru-Australia Free Trade Agreement, the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement and the Free Trade Agreement between Australia and Hong Kong, China, the bill amends the
    Customs Act 1901
    to introduce new rules of origin to determine preferential rates of duty for certain goods originating from Peru, Indonesia and Hong Kong in accordance with the applicable agreement. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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