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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 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Defence 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Intelligence Services Act 2001
    to: establish the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) as an independent statutory agency within the Defence portfolio reporting directly to the Minister for Defence; amend ASD’s functions to include providing material, advice and other assistance to prescribed persons or bodies, and preventing and disrupting cybercrime; require the Director-General of ASD to brief the Leader of the Opposition about matters relating to ASD; and give the Director-General powers to employ persons as employees of ASD; and 18 Acts to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Social Services Legislation Amendment (Simplifying Student Payments) Act 2017
    to provide that the ‘14-month period’ in the Youth Allowance regional workforce independence criteria, which commenced on 1 January 2018, is extended to apply to existing recipients who otherwise meet the regional workforce independence criteria. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to: remove a double benefit that can arise in relation to certain deductible liabilities held by an entity that joins a consolidated group; ensure that deferred tax liabilities are disregarded for the purposes of the operation of the entry and exit tax cost setting rules; prevent a double benefit from arising when an entity joins or leaves a consolidated group where the entity has securitised an asset; prevent non-residents churning assets between different consolidated groups to access double deductions; clarify the tax treatment of certain intra-group liabilities and assets between a continuing member of a consolidated group and an exiting member of the consolidated group; and prevent consolidated groups from accessing double deductions by shifting value across entities in the group. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Veterans' Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
    to: provide additional support, including childcare arrangements, brief intervention counselling, and additional household services and attendant care, to families and members and former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) who have rendered warlike service, post 1 July 2004; and enable the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission to specify conditions and compensation for household and attendant care services for ADF members who have sustained a catastrophic injury or disease;
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to create a Veteran Payment to provide certain veterans with early access to financial support prior to a claim for a mental health condition being determined; enable the automation of a qualifying service determination; update references to the Specialist Medical Review Council; and make technical amendments;
    Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to create a Coordinated Veterans’ Care mental health pilot to provide mental health support for veterans in rural and regional areas;
    Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
    and
    Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988
    to make technical amendments in relation to defence-related claims; and
    Australian Participants in British Nuclear Tests and British Commonwealth Occupation Force (Treatment) Act 2006
    to extend the gold card eligibility for those members of the ADF who served in Japan prior to the British Commonwealth Occupation Force. Also makes consequential amendments to 16 Acts and contingent amendments to three Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    08 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Finance 
    Summary
    Appropriates additional money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the ordinary annual services of the government, in addition to the appropriations provided for by the
    Appropriation Act (No. 1) 2017-2018

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    08 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Finance 
    Summary
    Appropriates additional money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure, in addition to the appropriations provided for by the
    Appropriation Act (No. 2) 2017-2018
    . Also repeals 15 Appropriation Acts from the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 financial years. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    07 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    ,
    Small Superannuation Accounts Act 1995
    ,
    Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992
    and
    Superannuation (Unclaimed Money and Lost Members) Act 1999
    to enable the Commissioner of Taxation to pay certain superannuation amounts directly to individuals with a terminal medical condition;
    Corporations Act 2001
    to modify the notification and reporting obligations applying to certain corporations that have property in receivership or property in respect of which a controller is acting;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    ,
    Superannuation Laws Amendment (Capital Gains Tax Relief and Other Efficiency Measures) Act 2012
    and
    Tax Laws Amendment (2009 Measures No. 6) Act 2010
    to extend tax relief for merging superannuation funds until 1 July 2020;
    Australian Prudential Regulation Authority Act 1998
    to enable the Treasurer to take into account the ongoing cost of governing and maintaining the superannuation transaction network in determining the share of levy money that is payable to the Commonwealth;
    Retirement Savings Accounts Act 1997
    and
    Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993
    to transfer the regulator role for early release of superannuation benefits on compassionate grounds from the Chief Executive Medicare to the Commissioner of the Australian Taxation Office (ATO); and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    ,
    A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999
    and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to require purchasers of new residential premises and subdivisions of potential residential land to make a payment of part of the purchase price to the ATO. Also amends 13 Acts, and repeals seven Acts, to remove inoperative and spent provisions; and amends seven Acts to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    07 Dec 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Prime Minister 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006
    ,
    Independent National Security Legislation Monitor Act 2010
    ,
    Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986
    and
    Intelligence Services Act 2001
    to: give effect to the allocation of certain ministerial powers following the establishment of a new Home Affairs portfolio; and make changes relating to the Attorney-General’s oversight of intelligence, security and law enforcement agencies. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    07 Dec 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Security of Critical Infrastructure Bill 2017 to provide for the management of the national security risks of espionage, sabotage and coercion arising from foreign involvement in Australia’s critical infrastructure, the bill makes consequential amendments to the
    Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979
    and
    Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    07 Dec 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Security of Critical Infrastructure (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2017, the bill provides for the management of the national security risks of espionage, sabotage and coercion arising from foreign involvement in Australia’s critical infrastructure by: establishing a Register of Critical Infrastructure Assets; providing the minister with a power to direct a reporting entity or operator of a critical infrastructure asset to do, or refrain from doing, an act or thing within a specified period of time; empowering the secretary to request certain information from reporting entities and operators of critical infrastructure assets; and providing that the minister can privately declare an asset to be a critical infrastructure asset in certain circumstances. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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