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  • Date
    27 Aug 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Environment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    to: provide that, where an approval bilateral agreement declares that an action in a class of actions does not require approval, the action may not be referred to the minister for assessment and approval under Part 7 of the Act; enable the minister to complete an assessment and approval of an action where a bilateral agreement with a state or territory is suspended or cancelled, or an approval bilateral agreement otherwise ceases to apply to a particular action; remove the current prohibition on approval bilateral agreements applying to an action that has, will have or is likely to have a significant impact on water resources (the water trigger); allow the minister to accredit a broader range of state and territory approval processes for the purposes of approval bilateral agreements; enable the states and territories to make minor changes to environmental assessment processes without the need for the amendment of a bilateral agreement or the re-accreditation of a management arrangement or authorisation process; and make technical amendments in relation to the making and operation of bilateral agreements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Aug 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Finance 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Future Fund Act 2006
    to establish a new employment framework for the Future Fund Management Agency; five Acts to make consequential amendments; the
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    to provide a partial exemption for documents handled by the Future Fund Board of Guardians and the agency in relation to the board's investment activities; the
    Medical Research Future Fund Act 2015
    to: provide for a new disbursements framework for the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF); and make minor amendments in relation to the administration of MRFF grants programs; and the
    Emergency Response Fund Act 2019
    to: transfer responsibility for expenditure from the Emergency Response Fund to the National Recovery and Resilience Agency; and amend administrative arrangements for transfers from the Emergency Response Fund Special Account. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Aug 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Assent 
    Portfolio
    Finance 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to: enable the Electoral Commissioner to declare an elector to be a ‘designated elector’ on the basis of a reasonable suspicion that the elector has voted more than once in an election; provide for decisions regarding declarations of designated electors to be subject to review by the Electoral Commissioner or the Administrative Appeals Tribunal; and provide examples of the types of conduct and behaviours that may constitute the offence of interference with political liberty, and increase the penalty for this offence. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Aug 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Assent 
    Portfolio
    Foreign Affairs and Trade 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Act 1991
    to: enable Export Finance Australia to make equity investments, including to support infrastructure investments in the Indo-Pacific or export-linked projects in Australia; and provide Export Finance Australia with the ability to offer guarantees for overseas infrastructure transactions without also needing to provide a loan to the same transaction. 

    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
    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
    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
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Assent 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Customs 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 Tariff Act 1995
    to: provide a free rate of customs duty for goods that are Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) originating goods; specify the phasing rates of customs duty for certain RCEP originating goods that will incrementally reduce to free; maintain rates of customs duty on certain goods; and make amendments contingent on the commencement of the
    Customs Tariff Amendment (2022 Harmonized System Changes) Act 2021

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 May 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Migration Act 1958
    to: enable the minister to determine, by legislative instrument, prohibited things (including controlled drugs, prescription drugs not taken by the person to whom they are prescribed, mobile phones, SIM cards and internet-capable devices) in relation to immigration detention facilities and detainees; enable authorised officers and assistants to search Commonwealth immigration detention facilities without a warrant; strengthen the search and seizure and screening powers of authorised officers; and enable the minister to issue binding written directions to authorised officers in relation to the exercise of their seizure powers. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    31 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs 
    Summary
    Consequential on the
    Migration Amendment (New Skilled Regional Visas) Regulation 2019
    , which created two provisional skilled regional visas, the bill amends seven Acts to provide that holders of these provisional skilled regional visas will have the same access to welfare payments and government services as permanent visa holders where eligible. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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