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  • 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
    Before Senate 
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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

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