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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
    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
    13 Sep 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to allow primary producers to immediately deduct (rather than depreciate over three years) the cost of fodder storage assets, such as silos and hay sheds, used to store grain and other animal feed. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Aug 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Veterans' Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to authorise the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to deduct an overpayment of a service pension, income support supplement or social security pension from a specified payment paid to the surviving partner, where the partner had the benefit of that overpayment and the overpayment was due to the death of the deceased. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Aug 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Law Enforcement and Cyber Security 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Customs Tariff Amendment (Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations Plus Implementation) Bill 2018 to implement Australia’s obligations under Chapter 3 of the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations Plus, the bill amends the
    Customs Act 1901
    to: provide preferential rates of duty for certain Pacific Islands originating goods; and impose certain obligations on exporters and producers of eligible goods to a party to the agreement for which a preferential rate of customs duty is claimed. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Aug 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Law Enforcement and Cyber Security 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Customs Amendment (Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations Plus Implementation) Bill 2018 to implement Australia’s obligations under Chapter 3 of the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations Plus, the bill amends the
    Customs Tariff Act 1995
    to: provide free rates of customs duty for certain goods, excluding excise-equivalent goods, that are Pacific Islands originating goods; provide for excise-equivalent rates of duty on certain alcohol, tobacco and fuel products; and maintain customs duty rates for certain Pacific Islands originating goods. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • 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
    15 Aug 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: increase the parental income cut-off for students accessing the regional workforce independence criteria from $150 000 to $160 000, plus $10 000 for each additional child in the family; and amend the formula for determining the maintenance income test reducible amount;
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to ensure the consistent application of the maintenance income test reconciliation process for youth allowance; and
    Student Assistance Act 1973
    to enable the minister to determine that a course, that is no longer an eligible course, is to be treated as an eligible course for specified persons in specified circumstances. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Aug 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011
    to expand the range of persons who can be appointed as authorised officers for the purposes of undertaking compliance and enforcement activities under the Act. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Acts Interpretation Act 1901
    to: provide a definition of ‘sitting day’; clarify the circumstances in which a House is taken to have adjourned (in addition to the ordinary concept of adjournment); clarify that certain provisions relating to amended or re-enacted Acts apply to a provision that is re-enacted as a differently numbered provision; and clarify that an instrument may make provision in relation to a matter by applying, adopting or incorporating a matter contained in a version of a document that is no longer current at the time of its incorporation; the
    Acts Interpretation Act 1901
    and
    Legislation Act 2003
    to clarify that an instrument may apply, adopt or incorporate the provisions of rules of court as in force at a particular time or as in force from time to time; the
    Family Law Act 1975
    ,
    Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999
    ,
    Federal Court of Australia Act 1976
    and
    Judiciary Act 1903
    to ensure that rules of the federal courts are not subject to the sunsetting framework; the
    Legislation Act 2003
    to: clarify that legislative instruments that have not been laid before Parliament are repealed (and therefore removed from the statute book) rather than simply ceasing to have effect; clarify when a 15 sitting day period commences after an instrument is laid before a House; clarify that references to ‘intergovernmental bodies or schemes’ include those involving the Commonwealth and one or more territories; clarify the interaction between the disallowance, tabling and automatic repeal provisions; broaden the scope of the Attorney-General’s discretion to issue certificates of deferral of sunsetting and declarations of alignment of sunsetting, and provide for greater parliamentary scrutiny of the exercise of these discretions; remove the time restriction on Parliament’s power to roll over the sunsetting date of a legislative instrument; provide that a review of the sunsetting framework will be conducted in 2027; clarify that a legislative or notifiable instrument can commence before the instrument is registered despite any rule or principle of common law; and clarify the limits of the First Parliamentary Counsel’s power to rectify an error on the Federal Register of Legislation and the application of the parliamentary scrutiny mechanisms to instruments that have been rectified under this power; and six Acts to make consequential and contingent amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Therapeutic Goods Act 1989
    to: introduce mandatory reporting requirements for sponsors of mainly prescription medicines to report shortages of, and any decision to permanently discontinue, their products; and make miscellaneous amendments in relation to: enabling standards to adopt other documents as in force from time to time; enabling the Secretary to require priority pathway applicants to provide supporting information; streamlining of health practitioner notifications under the Special Access Scheme and certain advertising requirements; variations to registered medicines through notification; and a minor technical amendment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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