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  • Date
    05 Feb 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    LAMBIE, Sen Jacqui 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to: extend the definition of reporting entities to include political entities, campaigners, associated entities and third parties; lower the political donation disclosure threshold from $14 000 to $2500; require disclosure by reporting entities and donors when the sum of the gifts and donations provided by the same donor to the same reporting entity is greater than the disclosure threshold; require disclosure by reporting entities within 7 days of a reportable gift being made, and require disclosure within 7 days of any subsequent gifts until the end of the reporting period; require reporting entities to lodge half-yearly returns with details of the nature and source of all reportable donations and other receipts; require reporting entities to hold an electoral expenditure account with an authorised deposit-taking institution, from which all electoral expenditure must be paid; increase the monitoring and investigatory powers of the Australian Electoral Commission; and provide for infringement notices and civil penalty provisions for reporting entities that fail to meet their disclosure obligations. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    05 Dec 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Establishes the Australian Business Growth Fund (ABGF) to: provide a source of 'patient capital' for small and medium enterprises; authorise investment by the Commonwealth in the ABGF; and appropriate $100 million for the purposes of the ABGF. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    05 Dec 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Bill 2019, the bill amends: the
    Family Law Act 1975
    and
    Federal Court of Australia Act 1976
    to make consequential amendments to align these Acts with the operation of the newly created Federal Circuit and Family Court (FCFC); the proposed
    Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2019
    to make an amendment consequential on the commencement of certain changes enacted by the
    Public Sector Superannuation Legislation Amendment Act 2018
    ; five Acts in relation to making rules of court; 132 Acts to make further consequential amendments; and various Acts to make amendments contingent on the commencement of nine Acts. Also provides for transitional arrangements in relation to the judges and personnel of the FCFC, court administration and appeals; and repeals the
    Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    05 Dec 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2019, the bill unifies the administrative structure of the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia to create the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia, comprised of Division 1 (which will be a continuation of the Family Court) and Division 2 (which will be a continuation of the Federal Circuit Court). 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    05 Dec 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    STERLE, Sen Glenn 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012
    to require masters of certain vessels to conduct two headcounts of passengers, one at the start of a voyage and one at the end. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    05 Dec 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009
    to: establish a mandatory comprehensive credit reporting regime to apply from 1 April 2020; provide that a credit provider cannot refuse to provide further credit or reduce a customer's credit limit merely because financial hardship information exists; and provide for transitional arrangements; and
    Privacy Act 1988
    to: permit reporting of financial hardship information within the credit reporting system; require the Attorney-General to cause an independent review and report of the credit reporting system before 1 October 2023; and make a number of minor amendments relating to the administration of credit reporting. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Dec 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    KENEALLY, Sen Kristina 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    to: clarify actions that designated communications providers must not be requested or required to do in technical assistance requests, technical assistance notices or technical capability notices; require the Australian Federal Police Commissioner not to approve technical assistance notices issued by the chief officer of state or territory interception agencies unless satisfied that the requirements of the notice are reasonable and proportionate, and compliance with the notice is practicable and technically feasible; remove the ability of the minister to edit and delete information in relevant reports prepared by the Commonwealth Ombudsman; and insert a judicial authorisation requirement in the approval or varying of technical assistance requests, technical assistance notices or technical capability notices. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Dec 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Aviation Transport Security Act 2004
    to: introduce powers for aviation security inspectors to conduct covert compliance testing of aviation industry participants' aviation security systems at all regulated locations; provide certain exemptions for aviation security inspectors from civil or criminal liability when they are covertly testing aviation industry participants' aviation security systems; and
    Aviation Transport Security Act 2004
    and
    Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Act 2003
    to: require screening officers to have completed relevant training and to hold relevant qualifications prior to exercising powers or performing screening functions; allow for the making of legislative instruments to determine training, qualifications and other requirements for specified screening officers in the exercise of powers or performance of screening functions, and requirements relating to the use of identity cards and uniforms; and make technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Dec 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Biosecurity Act 2015
    and
    Imported Food Control Act 1992
    to enable computerised decision-making for certain purposes. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Dec 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to: amend the offence of bribery of a foreign public official to extend the definition of foreign public official to include a candidate for office, remove the requirement that the foreign official must be influenced in the exercise of the official's duties, replace the requirement that a benefit and business advantage must be 'not legitimately due' with the concept of 'improperly influencing' a foreign public official, and extend the offence to cover bribery to obtain a personal advantage; and create a new offence of failure of a body corporate to prevent foreign bribery by an associate; the
    Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1983
    to implement a Commonwealth Deferred Prosecution Agreement scheme to enable the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions to invite a person that has engaged in serious corporate crime to negotiate an agreement to comply with a range of specified conditions; and five Acts to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Dec 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    GRIFF, Sen Stirling
    MCALLISTER, Sen Jenny 
    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
    02 Dec 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    GALLAGHER, Sen Katy 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013
    to require the Department of Finance to state in its annual report the number of waivers of debt granted and act of grace payments made, and the total dollar amount of debt waived and act of grace payments made. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Dec 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON, Sen Pauline 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to: require the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to determine a base minimum price for milk for each dairy season; require the minister to refer to the Productivity Commission for inquiry the effectiveness of determining a base price for milk and the potential effectiveness of a divestiture regime for the dairy industry; and establish a mandatory industry code for the food and grocery industry, including the dairy industry. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Dec 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Wine Australia Act 2013
    to provide for Wine Australia to establish and maintain a directory of labels that are attached to grape products such as wine intended for export from Australia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Nov 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    FARRELL, Sen Don 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to: lower the political donation disclosure threshold from $13 800 to $1000; and remove the indexation of the disclosure threshold. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Nov 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    FARRELL, Sen Don 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to require political parties and their associated entities, candidates, and Senate groups to provide a disclosure return to the Australian Electoral Commission of all political donations and gift received at or above the disclosure threshold of $14 000 within seven days of receiving the donation or gift. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Nov 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Family Law Act 1975
    and
    Bankruptcy Act 1966
    to: give effect to a referral of power from Western Australia to the Commonwealth in respect of superannuation matters in family law proceedings for separating de facto couples in Western Australia; extend federal bankruptcy jurisdiction to the Family Court of Western Australia to hear bankruptcy proceedings concurrently with family law proceedings; and provide for transitional arrangements; and 21 Acts to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Oct 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Aviation Transport Security Act 2004
    and
    Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Act 2003
    to: prevent the use of aviation and maritime transport or offshore facilities in connection with serious crime; establish a regulatory framework to implement harmonised eligibility criteria for the aviation security identification card (ASIC) and maritime security identification card (MSIC) schemes; clarify and align the legislative basis for undertaking security checking of ASIC and MSIC applicants and holders; provide for regulations to prescribe penalties for offences; and insert an additional severability provision to provide guidance to a court as to Parliament’s intention. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Oct 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006
    to: expand the circumstances in which reporting entities may rely on customer identification and verification procedures undertaken by a third party; explicitly prohibit reporting entities from providing a designated service if customer identification procedures cannot be performed; prohibit financial institutions from entering into a correspondent banking relationship that permits its accounts to be used by a shell bank; require banks to conduct due diligence assessments before entering, and during, all correspondent banking relationships; and expand exceptions to the prohibition on tipping off to permit reporting entities to share suspicious matter reports and related information with external auditors and foreign members of corporate and designated business groups;
    Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006
    and
    Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986
    to replace existing 'designated agency' information sharing provisions (relating to the use and disclosure of AUSTRAC information) with a more general information sharing power;
    Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006
    ,
    Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
    and
    Surveillance Devices Act 2004
    to create a single reporting requirement for the cross-border movement of monetary instruments;
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to: clarify that the existence of one Commonwealth constitutional connector is sufficient to establish an instrument of crime offence; deem money or property provided by undercover law enforcement as part of a controlled operation to be the proceeds of crime for the purposes of prosecution; and provide for transitional arrangements; and
    Australian Federal Police Act 1979
    to create a new offence of dishonestly representing conferral of police awards. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Oct 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Native Title Act 1993
    to: allow a native title claim or compensation group to impose conditions on the authority of its authorised applicant and require public notification of any such conditions; clarify the duties of the applicant to the claim group; allow the applicant to act by majority as the default position; allow the composition of the applicant to be changed without further authorisation in certain circumstances; allow the claim group to put in place succession-planning arrangements for individual members of the applicant; allow body corporate Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUAs) to cover areas where native title has been extinguished; remove the requirement for the Native Title Registrar to notify an area ILUA unless satisfied it meets the ILUA requirements; allow minor amendments to be made to an ILUA without a new registration process; specify that the removal of an ILUA from the register does not invalidate future acts subject to that ILUA; extend the circumstances in which historical extinguishment can be disregarded to areas of national, state or territory parks, and certain pastoral leases; allow a registered native title body corporate to bring a compensation application over an area where native title has been extinguished; require the registrar to create and maintain a public record of section 31 agreements; and make a number of technical amendments; and
    Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006
    (CATSI Act) to: require registered native title bodies corporate (RNTBC) constitutions to include dispute resolution pathways for persons who are or who claim to be common law holders, and provide for all the common law holders to be directly or indirectly represented in the RNTBC; limit the grounds for cancelling the membership of a member of a RNTBC to certain grounds; remove the discretion of directors of RNTBCs to refuse certain membership applications; specify that the registrar may place a RNTBC under special administration in certain circumstances; and ensure that proceedings in respect of a civil matter arising under the Act that relate to a RNTBC are to be instituted and determined exclusively in the Federal Court, unless transferred to another court with jurisdiction; confirm the validity of certain section 31 agreements; and provide that a person would be entitled to compensation if the bill effects the acquisition of property of a person other than on just terms (within the meaning of paragraph 51(xxxi) of the Constitution). 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    19 Sep 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduces offences for entities that make or accept cash payments of $10 000 or more. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Sep 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994
    in relation to: information to be taken into account by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) in determining applications; approval and registration for prescribed active constituents, chemical products or labels; limits on use of information; computerised decision-making by the APVMA; management of errors in an application at the preliminary assessment stage; variation of relevant particulars and conditions; variation of approval or registration during suspension; suspension or cancellation of approval or registration for provision of false or misleading information; notification and publication of voluntary recalls; obligations on holders and applicants to inform the APVMA of new information where it relates to the safety criteria; definition of ‘registered chemical product’; supply or registered chemical products with unapproved label; safety, efficacy, trade and labelling criteria; clarification that the ‘expiry date’ is the date after which a chemical product must not be used;
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Products (Collection of Levy) Act 1994
    and
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992
    to simplify reporting requirements for annual returns;
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992
    and
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994
    in relation to: the establishment of civil pecuniary penalties for providing false or misleading information; the Maximum Residue Limits Standard; and minor and technical amendments, including the removal of redundant provisions; and
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992
    to: remove the requirement for the APVMA to prepare an annual operational plan; and establish a governance board for the APVMA and cease the existing APVMA Advisory Board. Also repeals the
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment (Removing Re-approval and Re-registration) Act 2014

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Sep 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Customs Act 1901
    to streamline the way in which product specific rules of origin of the Australia-Chile Free Trade Agreement, Australia-New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Agreement, Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement, Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement, Malaysia-Australia Free Trade Agreement and Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreement are given effect domestically. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Sep 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON, Sen Pauline 
    Summary
    Requires separating couples to self-assess and narrow their family law disputes promptly within a defined statutory time frame. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Sep 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    WHISH-WILSON, Sen Peter 
    Summary
    Amend the
    Product Stewardship Act 2011
    to: establish a mandatory product stewardship scheme for manufacturers, importers and distributors of consumer packaging and certain single-use plastics; and prescribe targets, prohibitions, design and labelling requirements, and financial contributions in relation to packaging and products identified under the scheme. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Sep 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to: extend the end date for existing cashless debit card (CDC) trial areas from 30 June 2020 to 30 June 2021 and establish an end date for the CDC trial in the Cape York area of 31 December 2021; remove the cap on the number of CDC trial participants; remove the exclusion to allow people in the Bundaberg and Hervey Bay trial area to be able to voluntarily participate in the CDC trial; establish the Northern Territory and Cape York areas as CDC trial areas and transition income management participants in these sites onto the CDC trial in 2020; enable the secretary to advise a community body when a person has exited the CDC trial and remove the requirement that an evaluation be conducted by an independent expert within 6 months of the completion of a review of the CDC trial. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Sep 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: restrict access to the relocation scholarship to students relocating within Australia and students studying in Australia; align pensioner education supplement fortnightly rates with the amount of study undertaken by eligible students; and provide that payments of the pensioner education supplement cease during semester breaks and holiday periods; and
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to align education entry payment rates with the amount of study undertaken by eligible students. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Sep 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to establish a two year drug testing trial in three regions for 5000 new recipients of newstart allowance and youth allowance;
    Farm Household Support Act 2014
    to make consequential amendments; and
    Farm Household Support Act 2014
    ,
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to substitute references to the newstart allowance with references to the jobseeker payment following commencement of the
    Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Act 2018

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Sep 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: amend the residency requirements for the age pension and the disability support pension by changing certain timeframes which need to be met before claims will be deemed payable to eligible recipients; and increase the maximum liquid assets waiting period for youth allowance, austudy, newstart allowance (or jobseeker payment from 20 March 2020) and sickness allowance from 13 weeks to 26 weeks; proposed
    New Skilled Regional Visas (Consequential Amendments) Act 2019
    to make contingent amendments to a transitional provision; and
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to cease payment of the pension supplement after six weeks temporary absence overseas and immediately for permanent departures. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Sep 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    PATRICK, Sen Rex 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Customs Act 1901
    to prohibit the importation of polyethylene core aluminium composite panels. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    31 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983
    to: amend the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Charter to require the ABC to broadcast programs that contribute to a sense of regional and national identity, and inform and entertain, and reflect the geographic and cultural diversity of, the Australian community; require the ABC Board to have two members with a substantial connection to, or substantial experience in, a regional area through business, industry or community involvement; establish a Regional Advisory Council to advise the ABC Board; and require the ABC Board to report annually on a range of additional matters, including the total number of individuals employed in regional and metropolitan areas, and the journalist to support staff ratio of employees. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    31 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Foreign Affairs and Trade 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Passports Act 2005
    to enable the minister to make Australian travel document data available for the purposes of, and by the automated means intrinsic to, the identity-matching services to which the Commonwealth, states and territories agreed in the Intergovernmental Agreement on Identity Matching Services, agreed by COAG on 5 October 2017. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    31 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Pursuant to the objectives of the Intergovernmental Agreement on Identity Matching Services (IGA), agreed by COAG on 5 October 2017, the bill provides for the exchange of identity information between the Commonwealth, state and territory governments by enabling the Department of Home Affairs to collect, use and disclose identification information in order to operate the technical systems that will facilitate the identity-matching services envisaged by the IGA. 

    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

  • Date
    25 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON-YOUNG, Sen Sarah 
    Summary
    The bill: prohibits mining activities, including prospecting or exploring for minerals or other geological material, in the Great Australian Bight marine area; establishes civil penalties for mining in the Bight; and requires the minister to submit the Great Australian Bight for consideration as a World Heritage Site. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    BERNARDI, Sen Cory 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011
    to: include a definition of 'Australian freedoms'; require the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights to explicitly consider 'Australian freedoms' in its examinations of legislation; and require statements of compatibility for bills and disallowable legislative instruments to provide certain information in relation to 'Australian freedoms'. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    GRIFF, Sen Stirling 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Act 1987
    to require accredited assisted reproductive technology (ART) centres to provide certain statistical information to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) and require the AIHW to publish this statistical information and a list of non-complying accredited ART centres. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    GRIFF, Sen Stirling
    PATRICK, Sen Rex 
    Summary
    Subject to approval in accordance with section 128 of the Constitution, the bill proposes an alteration to the Constitution to provide that the Commonwealth, States and Territories must not limit freedom of expression, including freedom of the press and other media. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    PATRICK, Sen Rex 
    Summary
    Subject to approval in accordance with section 128 of the Constitution, the bill proposes an alteration to the Constitution to: provide the Commonwealth with the power to make laws in relation to the use and management of water resources that extend beyond the limits of a state; and ensure that any Commonwealth law relating to water resources does not have an overall detrimental effect on the environment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Industrial Relations 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to: prohibit terms of a modern award or an enterprise agreement requiring or permitting contributions for the benefit of an employee to be made to any fund other than a superannuation fund, a registered worker entitlement fund or a registered charity; require any term of a modern award or enterprise agreement that names a worker entitlement fund or insurance product to provide for an employee to choose another fund or insurance product; prohibit any term of a modern award, enterprise agreement or contract of employment permitting or requiring employee contributions to an election fund for an industrial association; and prohibit any action with the intent to coerce an employer to pay amounts to a particular worker entitlement fund, superannuation fund, training fund, welfare fund or employee insurance scheme;
    Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009
    to: require registered organisations to have written financial management policies that have been approved by the committee of management; require registered organisations to report certain loans, grants and donations; require specific disclosure by registered organisations of the financial benefits obtained by them and persons linked to them in connection with employee insurance products, welfare fund arrangements and training fund arrangements; introduce a range of new penalties relating to compliance by registered organisations with financial management, disclosure and reporting requirements; and make minor technical amendments; and
    Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986
    ,
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    FARUQI, Sen Mehreen 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Export Control Act 1982
    to prohibit the export of live-stock for slaughter. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Migration Act 1958
    to: enable the minister to specify groups of applicants who are required to provide one or more personal identifiers to have a valid visa application; render a visa application invalid if the applicant is required to provide one or more personal identifiers but does not provide them; and enable personal identifiers to be provided either by way of an identification test, or by another way specified by the minister. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural 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; and make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Migration Act 1958
    and Migration Regulations 1994 to: prevent unauthorised maritime arrivals or transitory persons (referred to as members of the designated regional processing cohort) who were at least 18 years of age and were taken to a regional processing country after 19 July 2013 from making a valid application for an Australian visa; enable the minister to permit a member of the designated regional processing cohort, or a class of persons within the designated regional processing cohort, to make a valid application for a visa if the minister thinks it is in the public interest to do so; and prevent a member of the designated regional processing cohort from being deemed to have been granted a special purpose visa or being deemed to have applied for particular visas under the Migration Regulations 1994. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Prime Minister 
    Summary
    Repeals the
    Australian Meat and Live-stock Corporation Amendment Act 1990
    ,
    National Residue Survey (Consequential Provisions) Act 1992
    ,
    Wool International Act 1993
    and
    Wool International Privatisation Act 1999

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Feb 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON, Sen Pauline 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Human Services (Medicare) Act 1973
    to require photographic identification on all Medicare cards to reduce fraudulent usage of Medicare cards. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Feb 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON-YOUNG, Sen Sarah 
    Summary
    Establishes a commission of inquiry, with the same powers as a royal commission, to inquire into the management of the Murray-Darling Basin water resources and related matters. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Feb 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    GRIFF, Sen Stirling 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to require that voice calls communicating an electoral matter to a person must identify the use of any actors at the beginning of the call;
    Do Not Call Register Act 2006
    to enable consumers who register on the Do Not Call Register to opt out of receiving phone calls from charities;
    Spam Act 2003
    to require political parties to provide an unsubscribe function for all unsolicited electronic communications containing political content; and
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Feb 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    STEELE-JOHN, Sen Jordon 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    to: require national broadcasters, commercial television broadcasting licensees and subscription television licensees to provide a minimum number of hours of television audio description per week; and provide for the Australian Communications and Media Authority to enforce and review the new requirement. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Feb 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON-YOUNG, Sen Sarah 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to make it an offence to supply or offer commercial goods to a consumer that include Indigenous cultural expression unless supplied by, or in accordance with a transparent arrangement with, an Indigenous artist or relevant Indigenous community. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Feb 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    PATRICK, Sen Rex 
    Summary
    Requires the Prime Minister to direct the Director-General of Security to provide a report on matters relating to security arising from examination of the personal background and circumstances of all current and future ministers of state. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    05 Dec 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    WATERS, Sen Larissa 
    Summary
    Prohibits the mining of thermal coal in the Galilee Basin in Queensland. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 Nov 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    WATERS, Sen Larissa 
    Summary
    The bill: establishes the Australian National Integrity Commission as an independent public sector anti-corruption commission for the Commonwealth; provides for the appointment, functions and powers of the National Integrity Commissioner and commissioners; and makes consequential amendments to the
    Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006
    ,
    Ombudsman Act 1976
    and
    Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Nov 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    DI NATALE, Sen Richard 
    Summary
    Establishes the Australian Cannabis Agency to regulate the production and distribution of recreational cannabis in the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Nov 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    FARUQI, Sen Mehreen 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Research Council Act 2001
    to remove ministerial discretion in relation to the approval of research grants administered by the Australian Research Council. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Nov 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    CAMERON, Sen Doug 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to: provide that modern awards cannot be varied to reduce penalty rates or the hours to which penalties rates apply if the variation is likely to result in a reduction in the take-home pay of an employee; and provide that any such determination by the Fair Work Commission made on or after 21 June 2017 is of no effect. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Oct 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    DI NATALE, Sen Richard 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Sex Discrimination Act 1984
    to remove the exemption for religious educational institutions to discriminate against students and teachers on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identification, marital or relationship status or pregnancy; and
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to ensure that religious exemptions from anti-discrimination provisions do not extend to educational institutions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Aug 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    DI NATALE, Sen Richard 
    Summary
    The bill: enshrines the principles of diversity and multiculturalism; establishes the Australian Multicultural Commission and provides for its functions, powers, constitution, operation and inquiries; and provides for annual reporting requirements for Commonwealth entities. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Aug 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    PATRICK, Sen Rex 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Archives Act 1983
    to require the reporting of external legal expenses incurred by the National Archives of Australia;
    Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010
    to: ensure that the Information Commissioner holds specified qualifications; and require the separate appointment of the Australian Information Commissioner, the Privacy Commissioner and the Freedom of Information (FOI) Commissioner; and
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    to: enable the transfer of Information Commissioner reviewable decisions to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT); require the consistent application of exemptions by decision makers in the context of a review by the Information Commissioner; prevent the Information Commissioner from making FOI decisions if he or she does not hold specified qualifications; prevent agencies from publishing FOI information until at least 10 days after the applicant has received his or her copy of the information; and require the reporting of external legal expenses for each Information Commission or AAT FOI matter that has concluded. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Aug 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    PATRICK, Sen Rex 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Intelligence Services Act 2001
    to expand the functions of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security to include reviewing the activities of Australia’s national security and intelligence agencies, subject to certain exclusions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    STEELE-JOHN, Sen Jordon 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    and
    Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984
    to: lower the minimum (non-compulsory) voting age in Australian federal elections and referenda from 18 to 16 years; allow 14 and 15 year olds to be added to the electoral roll in preparation for their eligibility to vote at 16 years of age; provide for 16 and 17 year olds to be included in the certified list of voters (but not to be given a penalty notice if they do not vote); and provide that an eligible voter, who is not yet on the electoral roll or enrolled at their correct address, is able to cast a provisional vote on election day. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 May 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    PATRICK, Sen Rex 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Defence Act 1903
    to provide that the Commonwealth may only enter into an agreement with an entity for the building of certain vessels for use by the Royal Australian Navy if the vessel is to be constructed in Australia by an Australian shipbuilder. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    RICE, Sen Janet 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Air Services Act 1995
    to: provide that the functions of Airservices Australia (AA) include undertaking activities to protect the human and natural environment, community amenity and residential areas from the effects of the operation and use of aircraft, and associated effects; introduce new consultation arrangements for AA and persons affected by aircraft noise; require AA to consider the need to minimise the impact of aircraft operations on the human and natural environment, community amenity and residential areas when preparing corporate plans; expand the AA board by up to two members and require that it include an expert in environmental management and a representative of a community group affected by aircraft noise; and provide for the creation and operations of the Aircraft Noise Ombudsman and related reporting arrangements; and
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    to require the minister to appoint an independent Community Aviation Advocate to represent communities affected by aircraft noise. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Nov 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    BERNARDI, Sen Cory 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Act 1998
    and
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    to remove prohibitions on the construction or operation of certain nuclear installations. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Oct 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    DI NATALE, Sen Richard 
    Summary
    Prohibits the Commonwealth government or its agencies from funding the refurbishment, building or purchase, or assisting in the transfer of ownership, of a coal-fired power station. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    07 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    RICE, Sen Janet 
    Summary
    The bill: repeals the
    Regional Forest Agreements Act 2002
    ; and makes consequential amendments to the
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    21 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    XENOPHON, Sen Nick 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to require the minister to make an information standard for goods containing palm oil and ensure that the information standard is in force at all times. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    MCALLISTER, Sen Jenny 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Productivity Commission Act 1998
    to: expand the functions of the Productivity Commission to include the undertaking of research on inequality and its effects on the Australian economy and community; require the commission to have regard in the exercise of its functions to the need to mitigate the negative effects of inequality; and provide for reporting requirements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    WATERS, Sen Larissa 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    to impose additional obligations on the minister in making decisions on approvals and conditions; and
    Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility Act 2016
    to: require the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility to assess whether an entity is a suitable person for the purposes of providing financial assistance for Northern Australia economic infrastructure; and provide that, in undertaking an assessment, the facility consults with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and the Australian Crime Commission. Also provides for a review of certain existing approvals under the
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    in relation to the Adani group. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Mar 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    WATERS, Sen Larissa 
    Summary
    The bill: provides that Australian landholders have the right to refuse the undertaking of gas and coal mining activities by corporations on their land without prior written authorisation; sets out the requirements of a prior written authorisation; provides for relief which a court may grant a land owner when prior written authorisation is not provided; prohibits hydraulic fracturing for coal seam gas, shale gas and tight gas by corporations; and provides for civil penalties. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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