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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
    15 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the Basin Plan 2012 to provide for a second notification of sustainable diversion limit adjustment measures by 30 June 2017 to enable basin jurisdictions to develop and notify new projects to augment the first package of measures notified on 5 May 2016 by the Basin Officials Committee to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Veterans’ Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Military, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
    ,
    Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to: enable the secretary to arrange for the use of computer programs to make decisions and determinations, exercise powers or comply with obligations and do anything else related to those actions; enable the secretary to disclose information about a particular case or class of cases where the secretary certifies that it is necessary in the public interest to do so; and enable information sharing between the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission and the Secretary of the Department of Defence or the Chief of the Defence Force;
    Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988
    to amend the short title of the Act once it is enacted; and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to make technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Veterans’ Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Australian Participants in British Nuclear Tests (Treatment) Act 2006
    to enable eligible Australian participants in the British Nuclear Testing Program to access treatment for any condition, not just malignant neoplasia; extend eligibility for treatment to Australian veterans of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force and civilians present at a British nuclear test area during a relevant period; and amend the short title of the Act to the
    Australian Participants in British Nuclear Tests and British Commonwealth Occupation Force (Treatment) Act 2006
    ; 10 Acts to make consequential amendments; the
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to amend the work history requirements for eligibility for the Special or Intermediate Rates of Disability Pension; and the
    Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
    and
    Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988
    to enable the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission to determine a class of persons eligible to participate in an early access to rehabilitation pilot programme. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Veterans’ Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
    to: enable payments to be made to a person before they receive a Commonwealth superannuation benefit in circumstances where it is not possible to determine the level of incapacity payments because information has not been received from the relevant agencies; and provide that veterans continue to receive incapacity payments until they become eligible for the age pension; and the
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to extend eligibility for Non-Liability Health Care treatment for certain mental health conditions to all current and former permanent members of the Australian Defence Force. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills to replace the VET FEE-HELP loan scheme with a student loans program, the bill: provides that student loans are approved only for eligible students for approved courses; limits course eligibility for loans through a courses and loan caps determination; imposes stronger eligibility requirements for qualification as an approved course provider; bans providers from using brokers or agents to interact or engage with students in relation to the loans; and provides for monitoring and investigations powers and enforcement powers such as civil penalties, infringement notices, enforceable undertakings and injunctions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills to replace the VET FEE-HELP loan scheme with a student loans program, the bill amends the
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to: close down access to VET FEE-HELP assistance to new VET providers from 5 October 2016; close down access to VET FEE-HELP assistance to new students for units from 1 January 2017; and enable existing and active students enrolled with VET providers to continue to access VET FEE-HELP assistance for units that start before 1 January 2018; and the
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    ,
    National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011
    and
    Student Identifiers Act 2014
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills to replace the VET FEE-HELP loan scheme with a student loans program, the bill imposes an annual charge on approved course providers. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Part of a package of four bills in relation to tax arrangements for working holiday makers, the bill amends the: Migration Regulations 1994 to reduce the working holiday maker visa application charge from $440 to $390;
    A New Tax System (Australian Business Number) Act 1999
    ,
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to require employers of working holiday makers to register with the Commissioner of Taxation, enabling them to withhold tax at applicable income tax rates; and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to enable the Commissioner to disclose certain information to the Fair Work Ombudsman; and require the Commissioner to provide the Treasurer, for presentation to the Parliament, an annual report on working holiday makers which includes statistics and information derived from the working holiday maker employer register. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    A New Tax System (Medicare Levy Surcharge—Fringe Benefits) Act 1999
    and
    Medicare Levy Act 1986
    to increase the Medicare levy and Medicare levy surcharge low-income threshold amounts for individuals, families and individual taxpayers and families eligible for the seniors and pensioners tax offset; and increase the phase-in limits as a result of the increased threshold amounts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Major Bank Levy Bill 2017, the bill amends: the
    Australian Prudential Regulation Authority Act 1998
    to enable the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) to share major bank levy information with the Commissioner of Taxation;
    Financial Sector (Collection of Data) Act 2001
    to enable the APRA reporting standards to include information relating to amounts for the purposes of the levy;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to provide for the indexation of the $100 billion threshold; and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to: specify that the levy is payable to the commissioner quarterly; ensure that the ordinary collection and recovery provisions apply in relation to the levy; introduce an anti-avoidance law for the levy; and enable the commissioner to share levy information with APRA. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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