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  • Date
    27 Aug 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Assent 
    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
    Assent 
    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
    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
    03 Sep 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Assent 
    Portfolio
    Defence 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Defence Act 1903
    to: streamline the process for calling out members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Reserves, including for the purposes of responding to natural disasters or emergencies; and provide ADF members, other Defence personnel and members of foreign forces with immunity from criminal or civil liability in certain cases while performing duties to support civil emergency and disaster preparedness, recovery and response;
    Defence Reserve Service (Protection) Act 2001
    to ensure that Reserve members who are subject to a Reserve Call Out Order will continue to receive the existing protections; and
    Australian Defence Force Cover Act 2015
    ,
    Australian Defence Force Superannuation Act 2015
    and
    Military Superannuation and Benefits Act 1991
    to ensure that Reserve members rendering continuous full-time service will receive the same entitlement to superannuation and related benefits regardless of whether it was voluntary or not. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Oct 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Education 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to insert a new definition of ‘academic freedom’ and replace references to 'free intellectual inquiry' with the allied concepts of 'freedom of speech' and 'academic freedom'. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Sep 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    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
    03 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Environment 
    Summary
    Part of a package of five bills to establish a national framework to manage the ongoing use, handling and disposal of industrial chemicals, the bill: 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
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Environment 
    Summary
    Part of a package of five bills to establish a national framework to manage the ongoing use, handling and disposal of industrial chemicals, the bill imposes an annual scheduling charge on registered introducers of industrial chemicals, so far as that charge is a duty of customs. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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