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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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TOTAL RESULTS: 59

  • Date
    17 Oct 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Farm Household Support Act 2014
    and Farm Household Support Minister’s Rule 2014 to: increase access to the Farm Household Allowance (FHA) program for eligible farmers and their partners to four years in every specified ten year period; and broaden the circumstances in which the off-farm income offset can be applied and increase the upper limit of the offset from $80 000 to $100 000; and
    Farm Household Support Act 2014
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to: provide for a one-off lump sum payment of $7500 (single recipient) or $6500 (members of a couple) for FHA recipients who have been payable for 1460 days of payment by 30 June 2020; and provide the minister with a power to determine who may qualify for, and the amount of, future relief payments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Oct 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Customs Tariff Amendment (Growing Australian Export Opportunities Across the Asia-Pacific) Bill 2019 to give effect to the Peru-Australia Free Trade Agreement, the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement and the Free Trade Agreement between Australia and Hong Kong, China, the bill amends the
    Customs Act 1901
    to introduce new rules of origin to determine preferential rates of duty for certain goods originating from Peru, Indonesia and Hong Kong in accordance with the applicable agreement. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Oct 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Customs Amendment (Growing Australian Export Opportunities Across the Asia-Pacific) Bill 2019 to give effect to the Peru-Australia Free Trade Agreement, the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement and the Free Trade Agreement between Australia and Hong Kong, China, the bill amends the
    Customs Tariff Act 1995
    to: specify preferential rates of customs duty for certain Peruvian originating goods, Indonesian originating goods and Hong Kong originating goods respectively, namely, alcohol, tobacco, fuel and petroleum products; provide for ‘free’ rates of customs duty; and maintain customs duty rates in relation to certain concessional items. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Oct 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to: increase the combined Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) loan limit to $152 700 for students undertaking eligible aviation courses with approved providers on or after 1 January 2020; enable the minister to determine the aviation courses for which the higher HELP loan limit will apply; reduce indexation on a person’s outstanding accumulated HELP debt while they are teaching in a school in a very remote location of Australia; and provide for all or part of a person’s HELP debt associated with their initial teacher education course to be remitted after they have undertaken an equivalent of four years’ full time work in a very remote location of Australia; and
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    ,
    Higher Education Support Legislation Amendment (Student Loan Sustainability) Act 2018
    and
    VET Student Loans Act 2016
    to allow the Department of Human Services restricted access to higher education data and VET student loans data in order to administer student benefits. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    19 Sep 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    International Tax Agreements Act 1953
    to: give legislative authority to the Convention between the Government of Australia and the Government of the State of Israel for the elimination of double taxation with respect to taxes on income and the prevention of tax evasion and avoidance; and correct an incorrect cross reference to the specific source rule that applies in relation to an earlier agreement with Germany; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to introduce a deemed source of income rule to ensure that Australia can exercise its taxing rights under the convention and future international tax agreements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Sep 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Medical Indemnity Act 2002
    to: clarify eligible related claims for the purposes of aggregation; and clarify that the High Cost Claim Scheme (HCCS) and the Exceptional Claims Scheme (ECS) are only intended to apply in respect of medical practitioners;
    Age Discrimination Act 2004
    ,
    Medical Indemnity Act 2002
    and
    Midwife Professional Indemnity (Commonwealth Contribution) Scheme Act 2010
    to clarify eligibility for the Run off Cover Schemes and permit access for medical practitioners and eligible midwives retiring before the age of 65;
    Medical Indemnity Act 2002
    and
    Midwife Professional Indemnity (Commonwealth Contribution) Scheme Act 2010
    to: clarify the intent of the medical indemnity law that payments will only be made if the claim relates to the provision of a health service; and make administrative changes to streamline and clarify the operation of the legislation;
    Medical Indemnity Act 2002
    ,
    Medical Indemnity (Prudential Supervision and Product Standards) Act 2003
    ,
    Medical Indemnity (Run-off Cover Support Payment) Act 2004
    and
    Midwife Professional Indemnity (Commonwealth Contribution) Scheme Act 2010
    to restructure and consolidate medical and midwife indemnity legislative instruments; and
    Medical Indemnity Act 2002
    and
    Medical Indemnity (Prudential Supervision and Product Standards) Act 2003
    to: require all medical indemnity insurers to provide universal cover to medical practitioners; and create high cost claim and exceptional claims schemes for allied health professionals, and enable private sector employee midwives to access these schemes. Also: repeals the
    Medical Indemnity (Competitive Advantage Payment) Act 2005
    and
    Medical Indemnity (UMP Support Payment) Act 2002
    to remove redundant payments; and makes consequential amendments to five Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Sep 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to extend the concessional tax treatment for genuine redundancy and early retirement scheme payments made to individuals who are 65 years or older provided the dismissal or retirement occurs before they reach pension age;
    A New Tax System (Luxury Car Tax) Act 1999
    to increase the refund amount that eligible primary producers and tourism operators can receive when luxury car tax is borne on the supply or import of an eligible vehicle;
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to: increase the size of the board of the Australian Energy Regulator from three to five members and make changes to the operation of the board; and create a requirement that consumer data rules include an obligation on accredited data recipients to delete consumer data right data in response to a valid request from a consumer;
    Superannuation (Unclaimed Money and Lost Members) Act 1999
    to enable the Commissioner of Taxation to pay interest on amounts held by the commissioner that are proactively reunified with a person’s active superannuation account; and Superannuation (Unclaimed Money and Lost Members) Regulations 1999 to prescribe the rate of interest payable on inactive low balance accounts and amounts proactively reunified by the commissioner. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Sep 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation Act 2018
    to: establish the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme which will enable the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC) to provide a limited guarantee to allow first home buyers to purchase a home with a minimum deposit of 5 per cent of the property purchase price; and enable the NHFIC to undertake research into housing affordability in Australia, including housing supply and demand. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Sep 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development 
    Summary
    Repeals the
    ANL Act 1956
    and
    ANL Guarantee Act 1994
    to: remove restrictions on the use of ‘protected names’ relating to the former Commonwealth-owned shipping line ANL Limited; and remove outdated and unnecessary legislation. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Sep 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Finance 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Emergency Response Fund Bill 2019, the bill: makes consequential amendments to six Acts to support the establishment of the Emergency Response Fund; provides for transitional arrangements; and repeals the
    Nation-building funds Act 2008
    to abolish the Education Investment Fund. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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