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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
    29 Nov 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Foreign Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Intelligence Services Act 2001
    to: enable the minister to specify additional persons outside Australia who may be protected by an ASIS staff member or agent; and provide that an ASIS staff member or agent performing specified activities outside Australia will be able to use reasonable and necessary force in the performance of an ASIS function. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Nov 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Act 2018
    (FITS Act) to require the secretary to continue to publish certain information about registered persons after they cease to be registered, including information that was published about that person before their registration ceased; and
    National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Act 2018
    to: provide that people who are liable to register under the FITS Act will be required to register within three months of the FITS Act commencing; and provide that, if election writs for either House of Parliament are issued before the end of that three month period, such persons will have to register no later than 14 days after the issuing of the writs. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Oct 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Copyright Act 1968
    to amend the scope of the online copyright infringement scheme by: amending the threshold for capturing overseas online locations to those with the primary purpose or effect of infringing copyright; including a rebuttable presumption that the online location is outside Australia, to reduce the evidentiary burden on copyright owners; enabling copyright owners to seek injunctions requiring online search engine providers to take such steps as the Federal Court considers reasonable so as not to provide search results that refer users to online locations blocked under the scheme; clarifying that the Federal Court may make blocking orders which follow copyright infringing activity where operators of an overseas online location attempt to avoid the application of an injunction by creating new pathways to online locations; and enabling the minister to declare that particular online search engine providers be exempt from the scheme. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Oct 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation Act 2018
    to: establish the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation Special Account to provide loans to the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC) to support its function of providing loans to registered community housing providers under the Affordable Housing Bond Aggregator; provide that members of the NHFIC Board collectively have particular qualifications, skills or experience in specified fields; and require a review of the operation of the Act as soon as possible after 30 June 2020. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Oct 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Gives effect to elements of the Government’s interim response to the Productivity Commission’s report
    Horizontal Fiscal Equalisation
    by amending the:
    Commonwealth Grants Commission Act 1973
    to require the Treasurer, when framing the annual terms of reference for a Commonwealth Grants Commission (CGC) inquiry into how the goods and services tax (GST) should be distributed among the states and territories, to require the CGC to transition the horizontal fiscal equalisation system from full equalisation (equalised to the strongest state or territory) to reasonable equalisation (equalised to the stronger of New South Wales and Victoria); and
    Federal Financial Relations Act 2009
    to: introduce a minimum GST revenue sharing relativity that may be determined by the Treasurer for any individual state or territory for a financial year; boost the annual funding pool from which GST revenue grants are made to the states and territories with additional Commonwealth financial assistance each year; and provide a guarantee, by way of additional Commonwealth financial assistance, to each state or territory that would have received a greater overall entitlement under the current distribution system as compared to the updated distribution system during the transition period. Also provides for a review of the operation of the Act by the Productivity Commission by 31 December 2026. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Oct 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Brings forward tax relief for small and medium businesses by amending the
    Treasury Laws Amendment (Enterprise Tax Plan) Act 2017
    to: reduce the corporate tax rate for corporate tax entities that derive no more than 80 per cent of their income in passive forms and have an aggregated turnover of less than $50 million (base rate entities) to 26 per cent for the 2020-21 financial year and to 25 per cent from the 2021-22 financial year; increase the small business income tax offset rate for small businesses that have an aggregated turnover of less than $5 million to 13 per cent for the 2020-21 financial year and to 16 per cent from the 2021-22 financial year; and make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Sep 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to: increase the maximum penalties available for the offences of contaminating goods, threatening to contaminate goods and making false statements about the contamination of good from 10 to 15 years’ imprisonment; introduce new offences with a maximum penalty of 10 years’ imprisonment that apply where a person contaminates goods, threatens to contaminate goods or makes false statements about the contamination of goods and is reckless as to whether their actions cause public alarm or anxiety, economic loss or harm to public health; and expand the meaning of public infrastructure to include foods and services and utilities related to food for the purpose of sabotage offences. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Sep 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Treasury Laws Amendment (Black Economy Taskforce Measures No. 2) Bill 2018, the bill amends the
    Excise Tariff Act 1921
    to establish a framework to make excise duty on tobacco due and payable at the time of manufacture. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Sep 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to: provide for a student’s FEE-HELP balance to be re-credited where the student incurred the VET FEE-HELP debt as a result of inappropriate conduct by VET providers or their agents, including where that conduct occurred prior to 1 January 2016; enable the Commonwealth to recover from the VET provider an amount that is equivalent to the amount remitted, in limited circumstances; and make consequential amendments; and
    Ombudsman Act 1976
    to: provide for the VET Student Loans Ombudsman to make recommendations in relation to the re-crediting of FEE-HELP balances; and make a consequential amendment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Sep 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012
    and
    Navigation Act 2012
    to clarify that references to ‘regulations’ generally include Marine Orders made under the Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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