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  • Date
    02 Sep 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Education, Skills and Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011
    to: implement the recommendations of the
    Review of the Higher Education Provider Category Standards
    ; implement an outstanding recommendation of the
    Review of the impact of the TEQSA Act on the higher education sector
    to refer to the Threshold Standards as a single unified framework; include reference to the new Australian Qualifications Framework qualification type ‘undergraduate certificate’ in the definition of ‘higher education award’; allow the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) to extend the period of a provider’s registration or course accreditation more than once; allow review by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal of a decision by TEQSA not to change the category in which a provider is registered; enable TEQSA to assume control of higher education student records from a registered higher education provider in the event the provider ceases operations; and protect the use of the word 'university' in Australian internet domain names; and
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to confirm that higher education providers can use Indigenous student assistance grants to assist prospective, as well as existing, Indigenous students. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Sep 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993
    to increase the maximum number of allowable members from four to six in self managed superannuation funds and small APRA funds; and
    Corporations Act 2001
    ,
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    ,
    Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993
    and
    Superannuation (Unclaimed Money and Lost Members) Act 1999
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    31 Aug 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    KATTER, Bob, Jnr, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to: prohibit the supply in trade or commerce of objects that that include an Indigenous cultural expression, unless it is made in accordance with an arrangement with the relevant Indigenous artist and community, and the object is made in Australia; and creates an offence for the supply of objects that include an Indigenous cultural expression without an arrangement with the relevant Indigenous community and artist. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Aug 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Civil Aviation Amendment (Unmanned Aircraft Levy Collection and Payment) Bill 2020, the bill imposes a levy for future cost recovery arrangements for regulatory services for remotely piloted aircraft operators. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Aug 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Civil Aviation (Unmanned Aircraft Levy) Bill 2020, the bill amends the
    Civil Aviation Act 1988
    to establish arrangements for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority to collect the levy imposed on remotely piloted aircraft operators. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Aug 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Industry, Science, Energy and Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Clean Energy Finance Corporation Act 2012
    to establish the $1 billion Grid Reliability Fund to support investments in new energy generation, storage and transmission infrastructure, including eligible projects shortlisted under the Underwriting New Generation Investments program. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • 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
    27 Aug 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Introduced with the National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention Bill 2020, the bill amends the:
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    to exclude the National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide, and the Attorney-General's Department to the extent they hold documents related to the performance and exercise of functions or powers of the Commissioner, from the application of the Act; and
    Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986
    to allow the commissioner to be prescribed under the regulations to enable the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security to voluntarily disclose information to the commissioner. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Aug 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Introduced with the National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2020, the bill establishes the National Commissioner for Defence and Veterans Suicide Prevention, as an independent statutory office holder, to examine defence and veteran deaths by suicide through a broad range of functions and powers, in order to support the prevention of future deaths by suicide. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Aug 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Radiocommunications Legislation Amendment (Reform and Modernisation) Bill 2020 and Radiocommunications (Transmitter Licence Tax) Amendment Bill 2020, the bill amends the
    Radiocommunications (Receiver Licence Tax) Act 1983
    to enable the Australian Communications and Media Authority to determine whether, for a specified class of licences with longer than 12 months duration, the receiver licence tax is imposed on the issue of the licence for the full period the licence is in force, or whether it should be paid in annual instalments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Aug 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Radiocommunications Legislation Amendment (Reform and Modernisation) Bill 2020 and Radiocommunications (Receiver Licence Tax) Amendment Bill 2020, the bill amends the
    Radiocommunications (Transmitter Licence Tax) Act 1983
    to enable the Australian Communications and Media Authority to determine whether, for a specified class of licences with longer than 12 months duration, the transmitter licence tax is imposed on the issue of the licence for the full period the licence is in force, or whether it should be paid in annual instalments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Aug 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Radiocommunications (Receiver Licence Tax) Amendment Bill 2020 and Radiocommunications (Transmitter Licence Tax) Amendment Bill 2020, the bill amends: the
    Radiocommunications Act 1992
    to: amend the object of the Act; provide for the minister to issue ministerial policy statements which the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) must have regard to in exercising its spectrum management; require ACMA to publish an annual work program covering a minimum five-year period; streamline spectrum allocation and re-allocation processes; extend maximum licence terms for apparatus and spectrum licences, confer certain powers on ACMA to make equipment rules that prescribe standards of equipment and impose obligations or prohibitions in relation to equipment; make amendments contingent on the commencement of the
    Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2020
    ; expand ACMA's accreditation, compliance and enforcement, and information-gathering powers; make miscellaneous amendments in relation to ACMA's powers to grant exemptions from penalty provisions, exemptions for Defence related activities, and ACMA's ability to use computer assisted decision making; and extend the maximum duration of spectrum and apparatus licences; the
    Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005
    in relation to annual reporting requirements; the
    Radiocommunications Act 1991
    and four other Acts to repeal the datacasting transmitter licence framework; the
    Radiocommunications Act 1992
    and
    Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005
    to repeal redundant provisions in relation to public inquiries; and five Acts to make consequential or minor amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Aug 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Environment 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Recycling and Waste Reduction Bill 2020, Recycling and Waste Reduction Charges (General) Bill 2020. Recycling and Waste Reduction Charges (Customs) Bill 2020 and Recycling and Waste Reduction Charges (Excise) Bill 2020, the bill: repeals the
    Product Stewardship Act 2011
    ; provides for application, saving and transitional provisions relating to product stewardship; enables the minister to make transitional rules; and amends the
    Recycling and Waste Reduction Act 2020
    to make amendments contingent on the commencement of the
    Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2020

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Aug 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Environment 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Recycling and Waste Reduction (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2020, Recycling and Waste Reduction Charges (General) Bill 2020, Recycling and Waste Reduction Charges (Customs) Bill 2020 and Recycling and Waste Reduction Charges (Excise) Bill 2020, the bill establishes a framework to: regulate the export of waste materials, in line with the agreement to ban the export of waste plastic, paper, glass and tyres by the Council of Australian Governments in 2020; manage the environmental, health and safety impacts of products, in particular those impacts associated with the disposal of products; and provide for voluntary, co-regulatory and mandatory product stewardship schemes. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Aug 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Environment 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Recycling and Waste Reduction Bill 2020, Recycling and Waste Reduction (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2020, Recycling and Waste Reduction Charges (General) Bill 2020 and Recycling and Waste Reduction Charges (Excise) Bill 2020, the bill imposes charges in relation to the export of regulated waste material, so far as those charges are duties of customs. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Aug 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Environment 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Recycling and Waste Reduction Bill 2020, Recycling and Waste Reduction (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2020, Recycling and Waste Reduction Charges (General) Bill 2020 and Recycling and Waste Reduction Charges (Customs) Bill 2020, the bill imposes charges in relation to the export of regulated waste material, so far as those charges are duties of excise. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Aug 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Environment 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Recycling and Waste Reduction Bill 2020, Recycling and Waste Reduction (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2020, Recycling and Waste Reduction Charges (Customs) Bill 2020 and Recycling and Waste Reduction Charges (Excise) Bill 2020, the bill imposes charges in relation to the export of regulated waste material, so far as those charges are neither duties of customs nor duties of excise. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Aug 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Education, Skills and Employment 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Higher Education (Up-front Payments Tuition Protection Levy) Bill 2020 to expand the Tuition Protection Service to include domestic up-front fee paying higher education students, the bill amends the:
    Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011
    to: implement the extension of tuition protection arrangements to apply to domestic students that pay for their tuition fees up-front at a private registered higher education provider; and impose certain obligations on defaulting and replacement providers;
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to: provide for a single Higher Education Tuition Protection Director, Higher Education Tuition Protection Fund and Higher Education Tuition Protection Fund Advisory Board to administer and govern tuition protection for domestic up-front fee paying students and HELP students; authorise the collection, use and disclosure of certain information; and impose certain obligations on defaulting providers; and
    Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000
    ,
    Higher Education Support (HELP Tuition Protection Levy) Act 2020
    ,
    Student Identifiers Act 2014
    and
    VET Student Loans Act 2016
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Aug 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Family Law Act 1975
    to provide that: family risk screening information is confidential and cannot be disclosed except in limited circumstances; family safety risk information is inadmissible in court, except in limited circumstances; and court workers (such as registrars and family counsellors) have immunity when involved in family risk screening procedures. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Aug 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Education, Skills and Employment 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Education Legislation Amendment (Up-front Payments Tuition Protection) Bill 2020 to expand the Tuition Protection Service to include domestic up-front fee paying higher education students, the bill imposes the up-front payments tuition protection levy, specifies the amounts that are payable by providers and prescribes the levy components and the manner in which, and by whom, they will be determined each year. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Aug 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Passed Both Houses 
    Portfolio
    Education, Skills and Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to: redesign the Commonwealth Grant Scheme (CGS) funding clusters and the Commonwealth contribution amounts (CCAs); provide that higher education providers continue to receive the same amount of CGS funding for 'grandfathered students' enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) where the current maximum student contributions amounts (SCAs) will apply for units those students enrol in after 1 January 2021; change the way grants are paid to higher education providers for CSPs; remove the broad exclusion of 'work experience in industry' units of study from CGS funding; change the maximum SCAs for a place in a unit of study to reflect the changes to funding clusters and CCAs; ensure that 'grandfathered students' do not have to pay the higher maximum SCA for a unit of study they enrol in after 1 January 2021 where the SCA for that unit would otherwise increase; provide legislative authority for the National Priorities and Industry Linkage Fund and allow for the transition arrangements required to implement the Indigenous, Regional and Low Socio-Economic Status Attainment Fund; introduce student protection and provider integrity requirements; reduce, for units of study with a census date on or after 1 January 2021, the loan fee for students obtaining a FEE-HELP loan for an undergraduate court of study at a non-Table B Provider from 25 per cent to 20 per cent; and make minor technical amendments;
    Higher Education Support Amendment (2009 Budget Measures) Act 2009
    to remove saving arrangements for education and nursing students;
    Education Legislation Amendment (Provider Integrity and Other Measures) Act 2017
    to extend quality and accountability requirements to all higher education providers (including universities); and
    Social Security Act 1991
    to reduce from six to three the number of months a student living away from home must be receiving eligible student support payments before being eligible to receive Fare Allowance for a return journey home. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Aug 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Youth and Sport 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Sports Integrity Australia Act 2020
    to implement revisions to the World Anti-Doping Code by: introducing a new category of person (non-participant) who may be subject to the National Anti-Doping Scheme; broadening the discretion of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sport Integrity Australia to not publish details of violations committed by athletes who compete for recreational purposes, or if the CEO believes an athlete does not have the mental capacity to understand the anti-doping rules; broadening the situations where the CEO may respond to public comment on unfinalised matters; and amending the definition of athlete to include persons who competed in sport within the last six months; and
    National Sports Tribunal Act 2019
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Aug 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    GRIFF, Sen Stirling 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Interactive Gambling Act 2001
    to: prevent interactive gambling service providers from accepting payments by credit card (either directly or indirectly); create a criminal offence and civil penalty provision for a person who accepts, facilitates or promotes credit card payments for interactive gambling services; and provide for the Australian Communications and Media Authority to enforce and review the new requirements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Jun 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Water and the Environment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Biosecurity Act 2015
    to: enable regulations to prescribe different penalty amounts for infringement notices issued for different kinds of alleged contraventions; clarify that the regulations may prescribe different periods of time to pay an infringement notice depending on the kind of goods or class of goods to which an alleged contravention relates; enable the Director of Biosecurity to determine goods or classes of goods that can attract a higher infringement notice amount and provide that the determination is not disallowable; and enable the regulations to incorporate references to the determination as in force from time to time. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Jun 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    WATERS, Sen Larissa 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to: prohibit political donations from property developers, the tobacco industry, banking industry, liquor and gambling businesses, pharmaceutical companies, the mining industry and representative organisations for these industries; imposes a cumulative limit on political donations from any source of $3000 per election term; and extend the definition of 'gift' to include subscription and membership fees, as well as attendance at fundraising events. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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