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  • Date
    03 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Assent 
    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: establishes decision-making principles that set out characteristics for categorising industrial chemicals according to their level of concern to the environment based on their use; enables the minister to make scheduling decisions to categorise an industrial chemical and set out the controls applicable to the use, handling and disposal of an industrial chemical; provides for consultation with the public and states and territories on matters relating to scheduling decisions and decision-making principles; establishes a register of scheduling decisions for industrial chemicals; establishes the Advisory Committee on the Environmental Management of Industrial Chemicals; provides for the sharing, protection, use and disclosure of information; enables the minister to delegate their functions and powers and make rules; and sets out matters relating to the scheduling charge. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Assent 
    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 imposes an annual scheduling charge on registered introducers of industrial chemicals, so far as that charge is a duty of customs. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Assent 
    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 imposes an annual scheduling charge on registered introducers of industrial chemicals, so far as that charge is a duty of excise. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Assent 
    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 imposes an annual scheduling charge on registered introducers of industrial chemicals, so far as that charge is neither a duty of customs nor a duty of excise. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Assent 
    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
    Assent 
    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 the
    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
    07 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    STEELE-JOHN, Sen Jordon 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Defence Act 1903
    to require parliamentary approval of overseas service by members of the Australian Defence Force. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    07 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    BURNEY, Linda, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to: provide for ten days paid domestic and family violence leave in a 12-month period; provide for employees to access paid domestic and family violence leave at their base pay rate for usual hours of work in the period the leave was taken; enable an employee and employer to agree additional paid or unpaid leave can be taken in addition to the 10 days paid domestic and family violence leave; clarify and expand the reasons for which a person can take paid domestic and family violence leave; and strengthen the privacy obligations placed on employers in relation to an employee who takes paid family and domestic violence leave. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    07 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    WILKIE, Andrew, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Meat and Livestock Industry Act 1997
    and
    Export Control Act 1982
    to: permanently ban from 1 July 2023 the export of live animals for slaughter; and establish interim requirements to ensure that animals are treated humanely after being exported. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    08 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    PATRICK, Sen Rex 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Customs Act 1901
    to prohibit the importation into Australia of goods from Xinjiang province in the People's Republic of China as well as goods from other parts of China that are produced by using forced labour. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    08 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON, Sen Pauline 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006
    to broaden the objects clause of the Act to require the National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator and the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority to take into account the benefit to the Australian community when granting new leases or renewing existing leases. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Prime MInister 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Data Availability and Transparency Bill 2020 to implement a scheme to authorise and regulate access to Australian Government data, the bill makes consequential amendments to the
    Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977
    ,
    Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979
    ,
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    and
    Privacy Act 1988
    in relation to the operation of the scheme. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Prime Minister 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Data Availability and Transparency (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2020 to implement a scheme to authorise and regulate access to Australian Government data, the bill: authorises public sector data custodians to share data with accredited users in accordance with specific authorisations, purposes, principles and agreements; specifies the specific responsibilities imposed on data scheme entities; establishes and specifies the functions and powers of the National Data Commissioner as the regulator of the scheme; establishes and specifies the functions and membership of the National Data Advisory Council as an advisory body to the commissioner in relation to sharing and use of public sector data; and establishes the regulation and enforcement framework for the scheme. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    MCKENZIE, Sen Bridget 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    and
    Regional Forest Agreements Act 2002
    to provide that forestry operations covered by a regional forest agreement are exempted from Part 3 of the
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Assent 
    Portfolio
    Industrial Relations 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Fair Work Act 2009
    in relation to: defining casual employment; including a casual conversion entitlement in the National Employment Standards; providing a Casual Employment Information Statement to casual employees; offsetting casual loading amounts against claims for leave and other entitlements in certain circumstances; additional hours for part-time employees; flexible work directions; enterprise agreement making and approval processes; extending the nominal life of greenfields agreements relating to the construction of major projects; the compliance and enforcement framework; Fair Work Commission processes; and consequential amendments;
    Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009
    to provide for the cessation of certain agreement based transitional instruments on 1 July 2022;
    Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2016
    to: enable the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner to accept an enforceable undertaking in relation to a suspected remuneration-related contravention; and require the commissioner to publish certain information in relation to enforcement proceedings;
    Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2016
    and
    Federal Court of Australia Act 1976
    to make consequential amendments; and
    Fair Work Act 2009
    and
    Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2020
    to make amendments contingent on the commencement of the
    Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2020

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    MCALLISTER, Sen Jenny 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to: provide for ten days paid domestic and family violence leave in a 12-month period; provide for employees to access paid domestic and family violence leave at their base pay rate for usual hours of work in the period the leave was taken; enable an employee and employer to agree additional paid or unpaid leave can be taken in addition to the 10 days paid domestic and family violence leave; clarify and expand the reasons for which a person can take paid domestic and family violence leave; and strengthen the privacy obligations placed on employers in relation to an employee who takes paid family and domestic violence leave. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986
    to: extend the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security's (IGIS) jurisdiction to the intelligence functions of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission and the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC); streamline the IGIS's reporting procedures; make technical amendments to clarify the operation of the Act, modernise drafting expressions and remove redundant provisions; and make amendments contingent on the commencement of the
    Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Amendment Act 2020
    ; the
    Intelligence Services Act 2001
    to extend the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security's jurisdiction to the intelligence functions of AUSTRAC; 17 Acts to make consequential amendments; the
    Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006
    and
    Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986
    to make amendments contingent on the commencement of the
    Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2020
    ; and nine Acts to make amendments contingent on the commencement of the
    Surveillance Legislation Amendment (Identify and Disrupt) Act 2020

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009
    to: provide that responsible lending obligations apply only to small amount credit contracts, small amount credit contract-equivalent loans provided by authorised deposit-taking institutions (ADIs) and consumer leases; provide the minister with the power to determine standards specifying requirements for a credit licensee's systems, policies and processes in relation to certain non-ADI credit conduct; impose a cap on the total payments that can be made by a lessee in connection with a consumer lease; extend the protected earnings requirement for small amount credit contracts to cover all consumers and introduce a similar protected earnings requirements for consumer leases for household goods; restrict the use and disclosure of account statements; amend requirements for licensees to disclose information to consumers; introduce broad anti-avoidance protections to prohibit schemes that are designed to avoid the application of the Act in relation to small amount credit contracts and consumer leases; and make consequential amendments; and
    Age Discrimination Act 2004
    to exempt the reverse mortgage scheme from the application of the Act. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    RICE, Sen Janet 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    COAG Reform Fund Act 2008
    to establish a new condition on financial assistance provided by the Commonwealth government to neutralise the revenue effect of taxes and charges imposed by states and territories on the purchase and use of electric vehicles; and
    Fuel Indexation (Road Funding) Special Account Act 2015
    to make a consequential amendment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Migration Act 1958
    to: create a framework to protect disclosure of confidential information provided by gazetted intelligence and law enforcement agencies where the information is used for decisions made to refuse or cancel a visa on character grounds, or revoke or set aside such decisions; amend the definition of non-disclosable information to include protected information where the disclosure of such information would be contrary to Australia's national interests; and provide that an officer performing certain functions commits an offence if protected information is disclosed in certain circumstances;
    Australian Citizenship Act 2007
    to: protect protected information where the information is used for certain citizenship decisions, renunciations of citizenship by conduct, and cessation of citizenship for service outside Australia in armed forces of an enemy country or a declared terrorist organisation; and create a framework for the management of the disclosure to, and by, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal of information that has been certified by the minister to be contrary to the public interest for specified reasons, or that was provided in confidence; and create a power for the secretary to delegate functions or powers under the Act and the Australian Citizenship Regulation 2016;
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    and
    Inspector of Transport Security Act 2006
    to make consequential amendments; and
    Australian Citizenship Act 2007
    and
    Migration Act 1958
    to make amendments contingent on the commencement of the
    Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2020

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018
    to: enhance the existing framework for managing risks relating to critical infrastructure by introducing: additional positive security obligations for critical infrastructure assets, including a risk management program, to be delivered through sector-specific requirements and mandatory cyber incident reporting; enhanced cyber security obligations for assets of national significance; government assistance to relevant entities for critical infrastructure sector assets in response to significant cyber attacks; and make amendments contingent on the commencement of the
    Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2020
    ;
    Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977
    to exclude certain decisions from judicial review; AusCheck Act 2007 to enable background checks should they be required as part of a critical infrastructure risk management program;
    National Emergency Declaration Act 2020
    and
    Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018
    to make amendments contingent on the commencement of the
    National Emergency Declaration Act 2020
    ; and
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to provide for an immunity to apply in relation to the Australian Signals Directorate for conduct occurring outside of Australia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Education, Skills and Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Research Council Act 2001
    to: apply indexation to existing appropriation amounts for the financial years commencing on 1 July 2020, 1 July 2021 and 1 July 2022; and insert a new funding cap for the financial year commencing on 1 July 2023; and
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to: re-categorise the University of Notre Dame Australia as a Table A provider from 2021; and correct a typographical error. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Narcotic Drugs Act 1967
    to: consolidate the medicinal cannabis licensing structure into a single licence framework; enable assessments relating to supply chains to be undertaken at the permit stage rather than the earlier licensing stage; allow licences to be granted for a period of up to five years; include a new simplified outline; and make minor and technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON-YOUNG, Sen Sarah 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    to: prevent the minister from approving an action which involves the clearing of koala habitat; and remove the exemption of regional forest agreements from requirements of the Act where there is, may, or is likely to have significant impacts on koalas. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Student Assistance Act 1973
    to introduce a new regime to enable the secretary to request, but not compel, a person to provide their tax file number;
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Student Assistance Act 1973
    to clarify that the collection, use and disclosure of personal information or protected information relates not only to the administration of the ABSTUDY scheme, but also to the Assistance for Isolated Children scheme; and
    Social Security Act 1991
    ,
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    ,
    Social Security (International Agreements) Act 1999
    and
    Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986
    to make technical amendments to confirm that the definition of 'social security law' includes legislative instruments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    BANDT, Adam, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Defence Act 1903
    to require parliamentary approval of overseas services by members of the Australian Defence Force. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    HILL, Julian, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Migration Act 1958
    to enable, until 31 December 2021, visas to be granted, regardless of whether the applicant is in Australia or outside Australia (due to restrictions on international travel in and out of Australia as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic). 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    WILKIE, Andrew, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007
    to: amend the reporting requirements of greenhouse gas emissions to include scope 3 emissions (which are indirect greenhouse gas emissions arising as a consequence of the activities of a facility); and require the minister to table Australia’s national greenhouse gas inventory estimates in Parliament every 3 months. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Assent 
    Portfolio
    Education, Skills and Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    and
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999
    to: expand the circumstances in which business continuity payments (BCPs) can be paid to approved child care providers; and correct drafting errors made by the
    Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Improving Assistance for Vulnerable and Disadvantaged Families) Act 2020
    ; and
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999
    in relation to: Administrative Appeals Tribunal review; delegation of funding agreement powers; child care subsidy reconciliation deadlines; ensuring that BCPs will not be offset against future CCS payments during the period 6 April to 12 July 2020 (the relevant period); allowing the minister's rules to specify circumstances in which BCPs paid to providers during the relevant period are to be debts; not including the relevant period in determining cessation of child's enrolment; removing the requirement to report provision of care to children during the relevant period; and provider applications and approvals. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Health Insurance Act 1973
    to remove the requirement for new specialists and consultant physicians to pay a $30 prescribed fee when applying for access to higher Medicare rebates. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Industry, Science and Technology 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Industry Research and Development Act 1986
    to rename Industry and Innovation Australia to Industry Innovation and Science Australia; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    ,
    Pooled Development Funds Act 1992
    ,
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    and
    Venture Capital Act 2002
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992
    to: provide that if a new employee has an existing 'stapled' superannuation fund and does not choose a fund to receive contributions, their employer is required to make contributions on behalf of the employee into the stapled fund; and ensure that employers are not in breach of various rules, or are not liable for superannuation guarantee charge, in certain circumstances;
    Superannuation Act 1990
    and
    Superannuation Act 2005
    to make consequential amendments;
    Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993
    to: require the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority to conduct an annual performance test for MySuper products and other products to be specified in regulations; make amendments contingent on the commencement of the
    Treasury Laws Amendment (Self Managed Superannuation Funds) Act 2021
    , when enacted, and
    Family Law Amendment (Western Australia De Facto Superannuation Splitting and Bankruptcy) Act 2020
    , when enacted; require trustees of registrable superannuation entities and self managed superannuation funds and directors of the corporate trustee of a registrable superannuation entity to perform their duties and exercise their powers in the best financial interests of the beneficiaries; reverse the evidential burden of proof for the best financial interests duty so that the onus is on the trustee of a registrable superannuation entity; allow regulations to be made to prohibit certain payments made by trustees of registrable superannuation entities and prescribe additional requirements on trustees and directors of trustee companies of registrable superannuation entities; and allow contraventions of record-keeping obligations specified in regulations to be subject to a strict liability offence; and
    Corporations Act 2001
    to remove an exemption from disclosing information about certain investments under the portfolio holdings disclosure rules. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Finance 
    Summary
    Appropriates additional money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the ordinary annual services of the government, in addition to the appropriations provided for by the
    Supply Act (No. 1) 2020-2021
    and
    Appropriation Act (No. 1) 2020-2021

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Finance 
    Summary
    Appropriates additional money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure, in addition to the appropriations provided for by the
    Supply Act (No. 2) 2020-2021
    and
    Appropriation Act (No. 2) 2020-2021

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Water and the Environment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Biosecurity Act 2015
    to increase the civil and criminal penalty amounts for contraventions of certain key requirements relating to the assessment and management of biosecurity risks of goods that are brought or imported into Australian territory, and the carrying out of biosecurity activities in accordance with an approved arrangement. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    HAINES, Helen, MP 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Australian Local Power Agency Bill 2021, the bill amends the
    Australian Renewable Energy Agency Act 2011
    ,
    Clean Energy Finance Corporation Act 2012
    and
    Clean Energy Regulator Act 2011
    to make amendments consequential on the establishment of the Australian Local Power Agency. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    HAINES, Helen, MP 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Australian Local Power Agency (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2021, the bill: establishes the Australian Local Power Agency (ALPA) to support the development of community energy projects in Australia, increase the competitiveness of renewable energy supplied by community energy projects and ensure that regional communities share in the benefits of renewable energy; provides for ALPA's functions and powers; establishes the Board of ALPA and provides for its functions, members, meetings and committees; and provides for the appointment of a Chief Executive Officer, staff and consultants. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    WILKIE, Andrew, MP 
    Summary
    The bill: establishes a legal framework governing immigration detention in Australia; provides alternatives to immigration detention; and prioritises non-citizens' immediate needs and refugee and international human rights law. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Resources, Water and Northern Australia 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility Act 2016
    to: extend the investment time period of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) by five years to 30 June 2026; expand the functions of the NAIF to include the provision of financial assistance to projects that contribute to Northern Australia's economic and population growth; and amend certain governance and administrative processes of the NAIF. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Online Safety Bill 2021, the bill: repeals the
    Enhancing Online Safety Act 2015
    ; makes consequential amendments to 10 Acts; amends the
    Crimes Act 1914
    ,
    Export Market Development Grants Act 1997
    and
    Online Safety Act 2021
    , when enacted, to make amendments contingent on the commencement of certain other Acts; and contains transitional and application provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Online Safety (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Bill 2021, the bill: retains and replicates certain provisions in the
    Enhancing Online Safety Act 2015
    , including the non-consensual sharing of intimate images scheme; specifies basic online safety expectations; establishes an online content scheme for the removal of certain material; creates a complaints-based removal notice scheme for cyber-abuse being perpetrated against an Australian adult; broadens the cyber-bullying scheme to capture harms occurring on services other than social media; reduces the timeframe for service providers to respond to a removal notice from the eSafety Commissioner; brings providers of app distribution services and internet search engine services into the remit of the new online content scheme; and establishes a power for the eSafety Commissioner to request or require internet service providers to disable access to material depicting, promoting, inciting or instructing in abhorrent violent conduct for time-limited periods in crisis situations. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Industrial Relations 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Work Health and Safety Act 2011
    to clarify the operation of the Act in relation to the Commonwealth's undertakings on Norfolk Island. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Environment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    to: establish a framework for the making, varying, revoking and application of National Environmental Standards; and establish an Environment Assurance Commissioner to undertake monitoring or auditing of the operation of bilateral agreements with states and territories and Commonwealth processes for making and enforcing approval decisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Health and Aged Care 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Private Health Insurance Act 2007
    to: change the maximum allowable age for people to be covered under a family private health insurance policy as a dependent from up to 24 years of age to up to 31 years of age; and enable people with a disability, regardless of their age, to be covered under a family private health insurance policy as a dependent;
    Age Discrimination Act 2004
    to enable private health insurers to cover older dependent people; and
    Private Health Insurance (Prudential Supervision) Act 2015
    to substitute the term of dependent persons for dependent children. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Special Recreational Vessels Act 2019
    to extend the operation of the Act from 30 June 2021 to 30 June 2023. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Mar 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    STEGGALL, Zali, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Sex Discrimination Act 1984
    to provide a general prohibition on sexual harassment, such that it will be unlawful for a person to sexually harass another person in any setting or circumstance. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Mar 2021 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the
    National Health Act 1953
    to: establish the statutory authority for the publication of information in relation to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee, including meeting agendas, meeting outcomes, public summary documents and information published on the Medicine Status Website; and provide for cost recovery arrangements, including specifying fees for services and costs incurred to be set out in a disallowable legislative instrument, replacing the existing regulations; and make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Mar 2021 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Royal Commissions Act 1902
    to: apply limitations on the use and disclosure of certain information provided by individuals to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability outside of a private session, where the commission indicated that it would be treated as confidential; enable certain members of a Royal Commission to make non-publication directions; and enable a Commonwealth Royal Commission, during the course of inquiring into a matter, to communicate information and evidence to a Royal Commission, or commission of inquiry, of a state or territory; and
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    to exempt certain information given to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability from the operation of the Act. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Mar 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to require a fund, authority or institution to be a registered charity or an Australian government agency, or be operated by a registered charity or an Australian government agency, to be entitled to a deductible gift recipient endorsement;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to remove the concessional tax treatment for offshore banking units (OBU); and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    to: remove the ability of the minister to issue determinations or declarations that a person or entity is an OBU; and remove the withholding tax exemption for OBUs for interest (including interesting consisting of gold) paid on or after 1 January 2024. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Mar 2021 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Prime Minister 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    to exclude a right of access to documents provided to, or created by, the Independent Review into the workplaces of Parliamentarians and their staff conducted under the
    Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
    by the Sex Discrimination Commissioner; and
    Archives Act 1983
    to provide that these documents would not come into the open access period until 99 years after the year the documents came into existence. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Mar 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Education, Skills and Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to: enable former permanent humanitarian visa holders who transition to a resident return visa to retain their eligibility for Higher Education Loan Program assistance; and make minor and technical amendments; and
    Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000
    to: clarify and extend the application of the Act to former registered providers; and make minor and technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Mar 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Water and the Environment 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Act 1989
    to: implement Australia's obligations under the Basel Convention on the Control or Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal; apply the standard provisions of the
    Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014
    and insert new audit powers; update existing criminal offences and introduce new strict liability offences and civil penalties to cover non-compliance relating to the export, import and transit of hazardous waste; increase penalties for offences relating to the export, import and transit of hazardous waste and introduce new aggravated offences where the non-compliance results in injury or damage to human beings or the environment; authorise information sharing between Commonwealth, state and territory governments; introduce recordkeeping requirements and information gathering powers to protect, use and disclose information; and replace the Hazardous Waste Technical Group with a requirement to consult with persons with appropriate expertise; and
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    to make a consequential amendment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Mar 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Prime Minister 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Mutual Recognition Act 1992
    to: introduce a uniform scheme of automatic mutual recognition (AMR) by enabling an individual who is registered for an occupation in their home state to carry on those activities in other states and territories; enable a state minister to exempt a registration in their state from being subject to AMR for a renewable period of up to five years because of a significant risk to consumer protection, the environment, animal welfare or the health or safety of workers or the public; and enable a state minister to exempt a registration in their state for a temporary period of six months after commencement of the Act, with an option to extend for a further period to 30 June 2022 if needed. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Mar 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Water and the Environment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Sydney Harbour Federation Trust Act 2001
    to: implement certain recommendations of the
    Independent Review of the Sydney Harbour Federal Trust
    by enabling the Harbour Trust to operate as an ongoing entity, amending processes relating to the appointment of members, increasing the threshold for ministerial approval of contracts to $5 million and providing for indexation of the threshold amount, and amending the processes for entering into long-term leases or licences; extend the existing regulation-making powers; establish compliance and enforcement powers; and make amendments contingent on the commencement of the
    Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2021

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Mar 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    HAINES, Helen, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Charter of Budget Honesty Act 1998
    to require the Treasurer to release and table regular rural and regional Australia statements to provide information to allow assessment of the impact of government policy decisions on rural and regional Australia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Mar 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    WILKIE, Andrew, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    to: establish the Commonwealth Environment Protection Authority to exercise the routine administrative regulatory functions currently undertaken by the Commonwealth in relation to the Act and other Commonwealth legislation relating to the environment; and establish the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Environment and Energy; and
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    and
    Water Act 2007
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Mar 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    BANDT, Adam, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    ]Snowy Hydro Corporatisation Act 1997
    to prohibit the Snowy Hydro Company and Snowy hydro-group companies from being involved in creating or investing in new fossil fuel-based electricity generation capacity. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Mar 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to establish a scheme that mandates that service and repair information provided to car dealership networks and manufacturer preferred repairs be made available for independent repairs and registered training organisations to purchase at a fair market price; and
    Copyright Act 1968
    to provide that the statutory licensing scheme for educational institutions does not apply to such information. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Mar 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Family Law Act 1975
    to: establish new federal family violence orders which, if breached, can be criminally enforced; and broaden the protections for Registrars of a Family Court of a State in conducting conferences; six Acts to make consequential amendments; and the
    Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2021
    to broaden the protections for the Chief Executive Officer, Senior Registrars and Registrars in the Federal Circuit and Family Court in conducting conferences. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Mar 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    ]Prohibition of Human Cloning for Reproduction Act 2002
    ,
    Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2002
    and Research Involving Human Embryos Regulations 2017 to allow for the use of permitted mitochondrial donation techniques under a specified mitochondrial donation licence for the purposes of certain research and training, and in clinical settings; and
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    ,
    Prohibition of Human Cloning for Reproduction Act 2002
    ,
    Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2002
    , Research Involving Human Embryos Regulations 2017 and Therapeutic Goods (Excluded Goods) Determination 2018 to make consequential and technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Mar 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    to: reduce the expenditure required by subscription television broadcasting licensees on new eligible drama expenditure from 10 per cent to 5 per cent; provide for subscription television captioning rules to be made by legislative instrument; remove the requirement that all frequency channels allotted or reserved in a digital radio channel plan be within the same frequency band; provide that a regional commercial radio broadcasting licensee does not breach a licence condition if it is only as a result of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) making a new licence area population determination; and extend the timeframe for the ACMA to make grants under the Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund beyond 30 June 2021. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Mar 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Migration Act 1958
    to: clarify that the Act does not require or authorise the removal of an unlawful non-citizen who has been found to engage protection obligations through the protection visa process unless the decision finding that the non-citizen engages protection obligations has been set aside, the minister is satisfied that the non-citizen no longer engages protection obligations or the non-citizen requests voluntary removal; and ensure that, in assessing a protection visa application, protection obligations are always assessed, including in circumstances where the applicant is ineligible for a visa due to criminal conduct or risks to security. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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