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  • Date
    03 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Environment 
    Summary
    Part of a package of five bills to establish a national framework to manage the ongoing use, handling and disposal of industrial chemicals, the bill amends the:
    Industrial Chemicals Act 2019
    to: provide that the scheduling charge can be collected in conjunction with the registration charge; provide that the scheduling charge is not credited to the Industrial Chemicals Special Account; and correct a drafting error; and
    Industrial Chemicals Environmental Management (Register) Act 2020
    to make amendments contingent on the commencement of the
    Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2020

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends six Acts to: provide national collecting institutions with broader investment powers in relation to donated revenue than those currently permitted by the
    Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013
    ; and make administrative amendments, including standardising delegation powers and the maximum length of service for governing body members, removing ministerial approval requirements in relation to routine financial transactions and assets disposals, and removing certain reporting requirements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Assent 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Introduced with the National Emergency Declaration Bill 2020 to implement a recommendation of the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements, the bill amends: 24 Acts, four regulations and four ordinances that contain powers that are used by the Commonwealth when responding to, or supporting the recovery from, emergencies to enable the use of alternative or simplified statutory tests to streamline the exercise of those powers where a national emergency has been declared; and
    National Emergency Declaration Act 2020
    and
    Radiocommunications Act 1992
    to make amendments contingent on the commencement of the
    Radiocommunications Legislation Amendment (Reform and Modernisation) Act 2020

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Assent 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Introduced with the National Emergency Declaration (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2020 to implement a recommendation of the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements, the bill: establishes a framework for the declaration of a national emergency by the Governor-General, on the advice of the Prime Minister; enables ministers to suspend, vary or substitute administrative requirements in legislation they administer in certain circumstances; and enables the Prime Minister to require Commonwealth entities to report on available stockpiles, assets and resources, and options and recommendations to respond to a national emergency. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends: six Acts to remove current provisions providing for regulatory regimes and apply the standard provisions of the
    Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014
    ; and
    Regulatory Powers (Standards Provisions) Act 2014
    to make minor amendments to the ability of monitoring powers to be exercised in relation to matters and the descriptions of offence provisions and provisions relating to infringement notices which might apply to the contravention of both a civil penalty and criminal offence provision. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Surveillance Devices Act 2004
    and
    Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979
    to: introduce data disruption warrants to enable the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) to disrupt data by modifying, adding, copying or deleting data in order to frustrate the commission of serious offences online; and make minor technical corrections; the
    Surveillance Devices Act 2004
    to introduce network activity warrants to enable the AFP and ACIC to collect intelligence on serious criminal activity by permitting access to the devices and networks used to facilitate criminal activity; the
    Crimes Act 1914
    to: introduce account takeover warrants to enable the AFP and ACIC to take over a person's online account for the purposes of gathering evidence to further a criminal investigation; and make minor amendments to the controlled operations regime to ensure controlled operations can be conducted effectively in the online environment; and 10 Acts to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    to: extend the existing prohibition on developers who are constitutional corporations from selling or leasing a building lot or building unit in a new development unless fibre-ready facilities are installed in proximity to the lot or unit to all types of developers, whether incorporated or unincorporated; clarify that a fibre-ready facility must be technically capable of being used in connection with an optical fibre line; and make a technical correction. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Aged Care Act 1997
    and
    Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Act 2018
    to: implement a Serious Incident Response Scheme for residential aged care and flexible care delivered in a residential aged care setting; and expand the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner's powers to administer and enforce the requirements of the scheme and the responsibilities of approved providers and related offences; and
    Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Act 2018
    to make amendments contingent on the commencement of the
    Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2020

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Industry, Science, Energy and Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Designs Act 2003
    to: implement recommendations of the former Advisory Council on Intellectual Property review of the designs system by: providing designers a 12-month grace period to apply for design protection after publishing or using their design to protect designers from losing their rights through inadvertent disclosure; introducing an infringement exemption for prior use; streamlining the initial steps for registering a design; correcting an anomaly to the innocent infringer defence where infringement occurs between filing and registration; providing exclusive licensees with legal standing to take infringement action through the courts; and extending the power of the Registrar of Designs to make directions about the forms of documents to 'approved forms' for designs; and make minor technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Assent 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997
    to: provide an alternative mechanism to the existing test for working out if the $5 billion threshold applies to qualify for the temporary full expensing concession; enable entities to opt out of temporary full expensing and the backing business investment incentives on an asset-by-asset basis; and make a minor clarification to the operation of the temporary loss carry back provisions; the
    Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997
    to make a minor technical correction; the
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to: reallocate the responsibility for conducting sectoral assessments and making consumer data rules; and make miscellaneous amendments in relation to the consumer data right regime; the
    Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012
    to provide that an entity is not a basic religious charity if the entity has been identified as being responsible for past institutional child sexual abuse and it has not participated in the National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse; and 17 Acts in the Treasury portfolio to make minor and technical amendments. Also repeals 18 Acts in the Treasury portfolio. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Nov 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    HILL, Julian, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Migration Act 1958
    to enable applicants for Subclass 309 (Partner (Provisional)) visas to be granted the visa whilst the applicant remains onshore until 31 December 2021 (due to restrictions of international travel in and out of Australia as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic). 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Nov 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    WILKIE, Andrew, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009
    to: impose a cap on the total payments that can be made under a consumer lease (known as rent-to-buy schemes); require small amount credit contracts (SACCs) (known as payday loans) to have equal repayment and payment intervals; remove the ability for SACC providers to charge monthly fees in respect of the residual term of a loan where a consumer fully repays the loan early; prevent lessors and credit assistance providers from undertaking door-to-door selling of leases at residential homes; introduce anti-avoidance protections, and increase penalties. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Nov 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Assent 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Financial Sector Reform (Hayne Royal Commission Response) Bill 2020, the bill amends the
    Corporations (Fees) Act 2001
    to enable the Australian Securities and Investments Commission to charge a fee for an application by an entity to be exempted from the deferred sales model for add-on insurance products. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Nov 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Assent 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Corporations Act 2001
    to: establish a debt restructuring process for eligible small companies and provide temporary relief for eligible companies seeking to enter the process; and expand the situations where documents relating to the external administration of a company may be given electronically and allow documents relating to the external administration of a company to be signed electronically; and
    Bankruptcy Act 1966
    and
    Corporations Act 2001
    to establish a simplified liquidation process for the purpose of winding up the affairs and distributing the property of an eligible company in a creditors' voluntary winding up, as well as the requirements for entering and exiting the process. Also makes consequential amendments to seven Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Nov 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Assent 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Corporations (Fees) Amendment (Hayne Royal Commission Response) Bill 2020, the bill amends the:
    Corporations Act 2001
    and
    National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009
    to strengthen the existing voluntary code of conduct framework by enabling the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) to designate enforceable code provisions in approved codes of conduct which, if breached, may attract civil penalties; and establish a mandatory code of conduct framework for the financial services and consumer credit industry through regulations, with the ability to designate certain provisions of civil penalty provisions;
    Insurance Contracts Act 1984
    to: limit the circumstances in which an insurer can avoid a life insurance contract on the basis of non-fraudulent misrepresentation or non-disclosure by an insured; and replace the duty of disclosure for consumer insurance contracts with a duty to take reasonable care not to make a misrepresentation;
    Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001
    to: implement an industry wide deferred sales model for the sale of add-on insurance products; and formalise ASIC's meeting procedures;
    Corporations Act 2001
    to: provide for the interaction of the deferred sales model with the anti hawking obligations; make claims handling and settling a financial service; and ban the hawking of financial products;
    Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001
    and
    National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009
    to cap the commission that may be paid in relation to add-on risk products supplied in connection with the sale or long-term lease of a motor vehicle; Insurance Act 1973 to restrict the use of the terms 'insurance' and 'insurer';
    Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993
    to: impose a new condition on licences held by a body corporate trustee of a registrable superannuation entity; and amend the roles and responsibilities of superannuation industry regulators;
    Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001
    and
    Corporations Act 2001
    to extend the financial services licensing regime to cover a broader range of activities undertaken by superannuation trustees regulated by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA);
    Corporations Act 2001
    ,
    National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009
    and
    National Consumer Credit Protection (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Act 2009
    to: impose new obligations on financial services licensee and credit licensees in relation to reference checking and information sharing, and breach reporting and remediation; and clarify and strengthen the breach reporting regime for financial services licensees and introduce a breach reporting regime for credit licensees;
    Australian Prudential Regulation Authority Act 1998
    and
    Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001
    to require APRA and ASIC to cooperate and share information with each other, including requiring them to notify each other when they reasonably believe there may be material breaches of each other's legislation. Also makes consequential amendments to five Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Nov 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Assent 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: extend the COVID-19 supplement to 31 March 2021 for all persons in receipt of youth allowance, including full time students and new apprentices; extend the temporary COVID-19 qualification rules for jobseeker payment and youth allowance to 31 March 2021; end the COVID-19 exemptions from the liquid assets test waiting period and assets tests from 1 January 2021; and temporarily enable the minister to determine modifications to specified provisions of the social security law in response to COVID-19;
    Farm Household Support Act 2014
    and
    Social Security Act 1991
    to provide that the COVID-19 supplement and the exemptions from the ordinary waiting period, newly arrived resident's waiting period and seasonal work preclusion period cannot be extended beyond 31 March 2021; and
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986
    to introduce a discretionary power to extend the principal home exemption temporary absence provisions for the purposes of the social security and veterans' entitlements assets tests. Also permits jobkeeper information provided to Services Australia on or before 28 March 2021 to continue to be used after that date. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Nov 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Education, Skills and Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    and
    VET Student Loans Act 2016
    to: phase out the Commonwealth's obligation to pay VET FEE-HELP (VFH) to VET providers in respect of old student data, and prevent those providers from pursuing students for the amounts the Commonwealth does not pay; enable the Commonwealth to set off debts owed by providers to the Commonwealth under the VFH scheme against amounts of FEE-HELP assistance or VET student loans payable to the provider; and revoke the approval of remaining VET providers, while providing for the continuing operation of the
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    and relevant legislative instruments to enable the Commonwealth to deal with and resolve outstanding matters under the VFH scheme. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Nov 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Education, Skills and Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000
    to: enable refunds of registration charges in special circumstances; amend the definition of 'course'; and enable the minister responsible for international education to include and exempt certain courses from the requirements of the Act. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Nov 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Water and the Environment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Export Control Act 2020
    to: clarify the circumstances where a fit and proper person test is required for an application to vary a registration of an establishment, or to approve an alteration of an establishment; enable the rules to prescribe circumstances where the secretary may approve or refuse to approve a notice of intention to export prescribed goods; provide the secretary with the power to prescribe requirements in the rules for determining whether to issue or to refuse to issue an export permit; enable the rules to modify how certain provisions in the Act and the
    Administrative Appeals Tribunals Act 1975
    apply to reviewable decisions for tariff rate quotas; and enable the rules to apply matters contained in any instrument of a foreign country that sets out, or provides a method for calculating, the tariff rate quota for the importation of a kind of goods into that country. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Nov 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    KENEALLY, Sen Kristina 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Migration Act 1958
    to replace current Maritime Crew Visas with two new categories of visa: the International Seafarers Transit Visa for entering Australia on a continuing international voyage only; and the International Seafarers Work Visa for international seafarers to be engaged on ships authorised under a temporary license to undertake coastal voyages under the
    Coastal Trading (Revitalising Australian Shipping) Act 2012

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Nov 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Assent 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to: enable the minister to declare certain grant programs as eligible for non-assessable non-exempt income tax treatment under an instrument-making power; and update the list of deductible gift recipients to include Neighbourhood Watch Australasia; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Superannuation (Unclaimed Money and Lost Members) Act 1999
    to facilitate the payment of unclaimed superannuation held by the Commissioner of Taxation directly to New Zealand KiwiSaver schemes. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Nov 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    STEGGALL, Zali, MP 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Climate Change (National Framework for Adaptation and Mitigation) Bill 2020, the bill: repeals the
    Climate Change Authority Act 2011
    ; and amends the:
    Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001
    ,
    Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011
    ,
    Clean Energy Regulator Act 2011
    ,
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    and
    National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007
    to make consequential amendments; and
    Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013
    to require Commonwealth entities to consider the potential risks of climate change when performing functions or duties, or exercising powers, and include this information in annual reports. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Nov 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    STEGGALL, Zali, MP 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Climate Change (National Framework for Adaptation and Mitigation) (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2020, the bill: sets a target of achieving net zero emissions by 31 December 2050; establishes the Climate Change Commission (the commission) and provides for its functions, powers, membership and staffing; prescribes a number of guiding principles to which decision makers under the Act must have regard; requires the commission to periodically complete a national climate change assessment (national assessment); requires the minister to prepare a national adaptation plan in response to each national assessment; requires the minister, by legislative instrument, to set an emissions budget for each prescribed emissions budget period; requires the minister to prepare an emissions reduction plan setting out the policies and strategies for meeting each emissions budget; and establishes the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Climate Adaptation and Mitigation and provides for its powers, proceedings and functions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 Oct 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Assent 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Health Insurance Act 1973
    to enable the Commonwealth to recover amounts overpaid for incorrectly claimed Medicare benefits or payments where a false or misleading statement has led to a payment that should not have been made. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 Oct 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Assent 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Immigration (Education) Act 1971
    to: remove the 510 hour limit on an eligible person's entitlement to English tuition; amend the upper limit for eligibility to access English tuition from functional English to vocational English; remove the time limits on the registration, commencement and completion of English tuition for certain visa holders; and provide English tuition to certain visa holders or visa applicants outside Australia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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