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  • Date
    02 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Finance 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Electoral 1918
    to change the method for determining the number of House of Representatives members for the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Oct 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Fees Imposition Amendment Bill 2020, the bill amends the:
    Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975
    to: introduce a new national security test which requires mandatory notification of investments in a sensitive national security business or land and allows investments not otherwise notified to be 'called in' for review on national security grounds; provide the Treasurer, as a last resort and in extraordinary circumstances, with the ability to issue a divestment order where there is no other remedy for a national security risk; expand the enforcement, monitoring and investigative powers of the Treasurer and the Commissioner of Taxation; amend the circumstances in which an investor satisfies the change in control test; deems a foreign person to have acquired an interest in securities in an entity where the persons' proportional holdings have increased without the person taking any action; amend the definition of Australian business to include state and territory business functions; expand the tracing rules to unincorporated limited partnerships; enable information sharing with foreign governments; create a Register of Foreign Ownership of Australian Assets which incorporates the existing Register of Foreign Ownership of Water Entitlements and Register of Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land, and create additional obligations to notify the Registrar of a broader range of interests; provide that fees are payable for new types of actions; and make consequential and technical amendments;
    Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975
    and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to enable the Commissioner of Taxation to disclose protected information to the Foreign Investment Review Board for certain purposes; and
    Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975
    and
    Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018
    to make consequential amendments. Also repeals the
    Register of Foreign Ownership of Water or Agricultural Land Act 2015

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Oct 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends: six Acts to provide for two rounds of additional economic support payments of $250 to certain income support recipients and holders of eligible concession cards;
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: recognise the six-month period between 25 March and 24 September 2020 as contributing to existing workforce independence criteria for youth allowance; and create a temporary pathway for young Australians, who are seeking to qualify as independent for the purposes of assessing youth allowance (student), to encourage them to undertake seasonal agricultural work;
    Paid Parental Leave Act 2010
    to temporarily extend the paid parental leave work test period from 13 months prior to the birth or adoption of a child to 20 months for parents who have had their employment impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic;
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    to increase the maximum amount that eligible families are able to access after a stillbirth or a child's death shortly after birth up to the child's first birthday, irrespective of whether this is their first or subsequent claim; and
    Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989
    to enable the minister to determine average weekly earnings trend figures ordinarily published by the Australian Statistician, for child support assessment purposes, where the publication of this trend figure has been suspended. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    08 Oct 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Native Title Act 1993
    to extend the operation of Subdivision JA, which requires native title holders and claimants to be notified about proposed public works and provides them with an opportunity to be consulted about the impact of the proposed future act on their native title rights and interests, for a further 10 years. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    07 Oct 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Act 2020
    to enable the Treasurer to make rules to provide for a coronavirus economic response payment in relation to the JobMaker Hiring Credit scheme, which will operate for the period from 7 October 2020 to 6 October 2022. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    07 Oct 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Income Tax Rates Act 1986
    to: bring forward, to the 2020-21 financial year, the increases to certain income tax thresholds; the
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    ,
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to bring forward, to the 2020-21 financial year, the increase in the amount of the low income tax offset to $700; the
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to: retain the low and middle income tax offset for the 2020-21 financial year; enable corporate tax entities with an aggregated turnover of less than $5 billion to carry back a tax loss for the 2019-20, 2020-21 or 2021-22 financial years and apply it against tax paid in a previous financial year back to the 2018-19 financial year; and extend the concept of tax benefits in the general anti-avoidance rule in Part IVA of the
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    to include the research and development (R&D) tax offset; the
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    to provide that the income tax general anti-avoidance rule applies to schemes entered into for the purpose of obtaining a low carry back tax offset; seven Acts to enable eligible entities with an aggregated turnover of $10 million or more and less than $50 million to access certain small business entity tax concessions;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Tax Laws Amendment (Research and Development) Act 2015
    to: permanently increase the R&D expenditure threshold from $100 million to $150 million; link the R&D tax offset for refundable R&D tax offset claimants to claimants' corporate tax rates plus an 18.5 percentage point premium; and increase the R&D tax incentive for larger R&D entities with high levels of R&D intensity;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    ,
    Income Tax Rates Act 1986
    and
    Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997
    to: remake and consolidate provisions relating to clawback of R&D recoupments and feedstock adjustments; introduce a new uniform clawback rule that applies for recoupments, feedstock adjustments and balancing adjustment amounts that are included in an R&D entity's assessable income; and introduce a new catch-up rule for R&D assets;
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to require the Commissioner of Taxation to publish information about the R&D activities of R&D entities claiming the R&D tax offset;
    Industry Research and Development Act 1986
    to: provide for the Board of Innovation and Science Australia (ISA) to make a determination, by notifiable instrument, about how it will exercise its powers and perform its functions and duties; and expand the existing power of the Board of ISA and its committees to delegate some or all of their functions to include certain members of the Australian Public Service; the Industry Research and Development Decision-making Principles 2011 to impose a three-month limit on the Board of ISA's ability to grant an extension of time;
    Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997
    to enable businesses with an aggregated turnover of less than $5 billion to deduct the full cost of eligible depreciating assets that are first held, and first used or installed ready for use for a taxable purpose, between the 2020 budget time and 30 June 2022; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997
    to extend the time by which assets that qualify for the enhanced instant asset write-off must be first used or installed ready for use for a taxable purpose until 30 June 2021. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    06 Oct 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Finance 
    Summary
    Appropriates money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for expenditure in relation to the parliamentary departments, in addition to the appropriations provided for by the
    Supply (Parliamentary Departments) Act (No. 1) 2020-2021

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    06 Oct 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Finance 
    Summary
    Appropriates money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the ordinary annual services of the government, in addition to the appropriations provided for by the
    Supply Act (No. 1) 2020-2021

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    06 Oct 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Finance 
    Summary
    Appropriates money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure, in addition to the appropriations provided for by the
    Supply Act (No. 2) 2020-2021

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Sep 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Industrial Relations 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to: respond to the report of the Senate Select Committee on Stillbirth Research and Education by amending and clarifying the minimum leave entitlements for parents of stillborn babies and babies who die during the first 24 months of life, and providing that where a baby remains in hospital or is hospitalised immediately following birth, the employer and employee can agreed to the employee returning to work while their baby is in hospital and recommencing their unpaid parental leave when the baby is discharged; and provide the ability for employees who are eligible to take unpaid parental leave (UPL) to take up to 30 days of their 12-month entitlement to UPL flexibly, including on a single-day basis, within 24 months of the birth or adoption of a child. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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