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A bill is a proposal for a law or a change to an existing law. A bill becomes law (an Act) when agreed to in identical form by both houses of Parliament and assented to by the Governor-General.

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  • Date
    16 Aug 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Farm Household Support Act 2014
    to increase the farm assets value limit to $5 million for the period 1 November 2018 to 30 June 2019; and
    Farm House Support Act 2014
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to provide a two-part payment supplement to eligible farm household allowance recipients for the period 1 September 2018 to 1 June 2019. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Farm Household Support Act 2014
    to extend the Farm Household Allowance program from three cumulative years to four cumulative years for each recipient. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 May 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Water Act 2007
    to: enable the minister to direct the Murray-Darling Basin Authority to prepare an amendment to the Basin Plan 2012 that is the same in effect as an amendment that has previously been disallowed by either House of the Parliament, without having to undertake consultation; and provide for transitional arrangements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Biosecurity Act 2015
    to: introduce new information-gathering arrangements in relation to monitoring, controlling and responding to biosecurity risks within Australia; clarify the definitions of ‘commercial-in-confidence information’ and ‘human remains’; clarify that protected information may be disclosed by Australia’s National Focal Point to other member states of the World Health Organization under the International Health Regulations (2005); and make technical amendments. Also repeals the
    Quarantine (Validation of Fees) Act 1985

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Act 1991
    to: enable the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources to determine certain acts which, when performed, would make a person liable to collect and report levies and charges; enable the publishing of certain statistical information; provide for the collection of production or processing information relating to a collection product; and make amendments in relation to the disclosure of certain information. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    19 Oct 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Imported Food Control Act 1992
    to incorporate the Country of Origin Food Labelling Information Standard 2016 by reference. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    05 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Grape and Wine Authority Act 2013
    to: enable the Australian Grape and Wine Authority to implement, facilitate and administer programs for cider and in relation to international wine tourism, and to administer grant programs for wine; change the authority’s name to Wine Australia; and amend the short title of the Act to the
    Wine Australia Act 2013
    ; and
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    ,
    Primary Industries (Customs) Charges Act 1999
    ,
    Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Act 1999
    and
    Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Act 1991
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    The bill: establishes the Regional Investment Corporation to administer farm business loans and financial assistance granted to states and territories in relation to water infrastructure projects, and any future programs prescribed by rules; provides for the corporation’s functions, operating mandate, ministerial directions, board membership and appointment of a chief executive officer and staff; and provides for miscellaneous matters, including the recovery of costs, delegations, power to make rules, and an independent review of the operation of the Act before 1 July 2024. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989
    to: enable statutory research and development corporations to undertake marketing activities funded by voluntary contributions; remove the requirement that the corporations can undertake marketing only where a marketing levy is attached to the corporation; and enable corporations to undertake incidental activities such as consulting about, or planning, marketing activities. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Biosecurity Act 2015
    to: implement the Ballast Water Convention and regulate the ballast water and sediment of certain vessels in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) to manage the risk of invasive marine pests entering Australian waters; alter and standardise the type of legislative instruments that set out matters and exceptions relating to ballast water discharge in Australian seas; broaden the existing power to destroy exotic vectors of human diseases of concern on vessels and aircraft arriving in Australia; and reinstate a previous power from the superseded
    Quarantine Act 1908
    for human health officials to direct a private property to undertake control activities if an exotic vector incursion is detected. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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