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  • Date
    27 Sep 2022 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Passed Both Houses 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Implements recommendations of the
    Respect@Work: National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces
    by amending: the
    Sex Discrimination Act 1984
    to: prohibit conduct that subjects another person to a workplace environment that is hostile on the ground of sex; introduce a positive duty on employers to take reasonable and proportionate measures to eliminate unlawful sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, as far as possible; state that an object of the Act is to achieve substantive equality between men and women; and amend the definition of harassment on the ground of sex to remove the reference to conduct of a 'seriously' demeaning nature; the
    Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
    to: enable the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) to monitor and assess compliance with the positive duty; provide the AHRC with a function to inquire into systemic unlawful discrimination; enable a representative body to progress a complaint on behalf of one or more affected persons from conciliation at the AHRC to application to the court; insert a cost protection provision; and amend one of the discretionary grounds on which a complaint may be terminated by the President of the AHRC; the
    Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012
    to require Commonwealth public sector organisations to report to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency on their gender equality indicators; five Acts to clarify that victimising conduct can form the basis of a civil action for unlawful discrimination in addition to a criminal complaint; and the
    Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2021
    ,
    Federal Court of Australia Act 1976
    and
    Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Sep 2022 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    to: provide families earning up to $80,000 a child care subsidy (CCS) rate of 90 per cent, and families earning over $80,000 a CCS rate that tapers down by one percentage point for each additional $5,000 of family income until it reaches zero per cent for families earning $350,000; and provide additional discretion to allow payment of CCS for absences in exceptional circumstances;
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999
    to: expand existing financial reporting requirements to all types of approved child care providers; enable the publication of certain information received from large child care providers online; require child care providers to collect gap fees via electronic funds transfer; make good governance an eligibility requirement for provider approval; enable the secretary to specify the information an attendance report by a provider must contain; clarify the interactions with CCS where providers waive gap fees for families in prescribed events or circumstances; and extend the period for passing on fee reduction amounts to families in limited circumstances;
    Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Child Care Subsidy) Act 2021
    to remove the existing higher CCS for families with multiple children (due to commence from July 2023);
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    and
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999
    to: provide for a base level of 36 subsidised hours of child care per fortnight for First Nations children, regardless of activity levels; permit child care providers to offer a discount on child care fees to staff engaged as educators, without this affecting the amount of CCS payable for the educator; and make technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Sep 2022 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    ALLMAN-PAYNE, Sen Penny 
    Summary
    Establishes the National Energy Transition Authority as a statutory authority to plan, coordinate and provide advice on the transition to renewable energy, focusing on the facilitation of new economic opportunities for workers and communities who are currently involved in fossil fuel production and associated industries. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Sep 2022 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Passed Both Houses 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Animal Health Council (Live-stock Industries) Funding Act 1996
    to: facilitate the funding of emergency responses under emergency biosecurity response deeds other than the Emergency Animal Disease Response Agreement, including the proposed Emergency Response Deed for Aquatic Animal Diseases; provide for the Governor-General to make regulations prescribing certain matters; and remove redundant provisions that relate to honey, as honey-related levies are no longer paid to Animal Health Australia;
    Plant Health Australia (Plant Industries) Funding Act 2002
    to: broaden the scope of permissible uses for Emergency Plant Pest Response (EPPR) levies to include the promotion or maintenance of the health of an EPPR plant; provide for the secretary to determine by notifiable instrument a body that is a relevant plant industry member; and remove redundant provisions that provide for the redirection of excess levies to research and development purposes; and
    Horticulture Marketing and Research and Development Services Act 2000
    and
    Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Sep 2022 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Assent 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Biosecurity Act 2015
    to: enable the minister to determine certain biosecurity measures and requirements for individuals or classes of individuals who are entering Australian territory for the purposes of preventing a disease or pest that is considered to pose an unacceptable biosecurity threat, and establish civil penalty provisions for noncompliance; expand pre-arrival reporting requirements for aircraft and vessels; strengthen penalties for non-compliance with negative pratique requirements; provide for the use and disclosure of certain information, including protected information; increase civil and criminal penalties for contraventions of certain requirements in relation to goods and conveyances; amend the process for making certain determinations specifying prohibited, conditionally non-prohibited and suspended goods or granting permits based on risk assessments; provide legislative authority for expenditure for biosecurity-related programs and activities and provide for additional annual reporting; and amend provisions relating to approved arrangements, administration, auditing and consideration of compensation claims. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Sep 2022 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    CANAVAN, Sen Matthew
    ANTIC, Sen Alex
    CADELL, Sen Ross
    COLBECK, Sen Richard
    FAWCETT, Sen David
    PRICE, Sen Jacinta Nampijinpa
    O'SULLIVAN, Sen Matt
    RENNICK, Sen Gerard
    VAN, Sen David 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Act 1998
    to remove the prohibition on the construction or operation of certain nuclear installations; and
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    to remove the prohibition on the Minister for Environment and Water declaring, approving or considering actions relating to the construction or operation of certain nuclear installations. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Sep 2022 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Assent 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Implements Australia's obligations under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships and the International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-Fouling Systems on Ships by amending the:
    Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 1983
    to: introduce controls for discharges of residues of noxious liquid substances known as 'persistent floaters' in northern European waters; and ban the use of heavy fuel oil by ships in Arctic waters;
    Protection of the Sea (Harmful Anti-fouling Systems) Act 2006
    to extend controls on ship harmful anti-fouling systems to include the chemical biocide, cybutryne; and
    Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 1983
    and
    Protection of the Sea (Harmful Anti-fouling Systems) Act 2006
    to make minor technical and consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Sep 2022 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Passed Both Houses 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Introduced with the National Anti-Corruption Commission Bill 2022, the bill amends: 25 Acts to make consequential amendments, including to confer powers on the National Anti-Corruption Commissioner that are currently conferred on the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity's Integrity Commissioner; and the
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    to confer industry assistance powers on the National Anti-Corruption Commissioner. Also repeals the
    Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006
    and includes transitional provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Sep 2022 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Passed Both Houses 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Introduced with the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2022, the bill establishes the National Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate and report on serious or systemic corruption in the Commonwealth public sector, refer evidence of criminal corrupt conduct for prosecution and undertake education and prevention activities regarding corruption. Also provides for oversight of the commission by establishing a Parliamentary Joint Committee on the National Anti-Corruption Commission and an independent Inspector of the National Anti-Corruption Commission. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Sep 2022 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Assent 
    Portfolio
    Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water 
    Summary
    Following the commencement of the
    Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Act 2021
    , the bill amends the:
    Customs Act 1901
    to: treat offshore electricity installations within the Commonwealth offshore area as Australian territory; require the approval of the Comptroller-General of Customs to attach overseas offshore electricity installations in the Commonwealth offshore area, and to use offshore electricity installations attached in the Commonwealth offshore area where they are subject to customs control; extend forfeiture provisions for unlawfully attaching overseas offshore electricity installations; clarify the times at which offshore electricity installations, and the goods on these installations, can be imported to, and exported from, Australia; require Australian Border Force (ABF) approval for ships or aircraft to arrive at offshore electricity installations; prohibit direct journeys between external places and offshore electricity installations and transfers between ships or aircraft in close proximity to offshore electricity installations; enable ABF officers to board and search offshore electricity installations, as well as question and search persons on an installation in certain circumstances; require the owner of an offshore electricity installation to facilitate boarding by authorised persons; and prohibit the removal of customs seals or similar marks placed by customs officials on offshore electricity installations; and
    Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Act 2021
    to make minor administrative amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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