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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
    31 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture 
    Summary
    Establishes an independent Inspector-General of Live Animal Exports to oversee the Department of Agriculture in its role as the regulator of Australia’s live-stock exports. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Farm Household Support Act 2014
    to: maintain the farm assets value limit for farm household assistance at $5 million; and ensure that allowable deductions are offset against the type of income to which they relate. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to introduce two new offences in relation to the incitement of trespass or property offences on agricultural land. 

    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
    25 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011
    to implement certain recommendations of the
    Review of the impact of the TEQSA Act on the higher education sector
    by: removing references to specific categories of non-threshold standards; removing unnecessary references to 'the Research Minister' and requiring that advice on new standards need only be sought from that minister in certain circumstances; requiring TEQSA to advise the minister and the Higher Education Standards Panel (the panel) before it undertakes a quality review that could have certain impacts; providing that overseas universities can offer a course of study not wholly or mainly provided from Australian premises, and use the word 'university' to represent its operations, without committing an offence; providing that a quorum for TEQSA meetings is a majority of commissioners; expanding the skill set that the minister must ensure is encompassed by the panel members; expanding the functions of the panel; providing a consent-based exception to the offence of unauthorised disclosure or use of information; allowing TEQSA to disclose certain higher education and personal information to the minister, the secretary and relevant officers; and allowing TEQSA to disclose information for research purposes and to a complainant in relation to a complaint without the consent of the body to which the information applies. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Higher Education Support Amendment (Cost Recovery) Bill 2019, the bill amends the
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to impose an annual charge on all higher education providers whose students are entitled to HECS-HELP assistance or FEE-HELP assistance. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Higher Education Support (Charges) Bill 2019, the bill amends the
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to: implement an application fee for applications for approval as higher education providers whose students are entitled to FEE-HELP assistance; and provide for the collection and administration of the annual charge on higher education providers. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Families and Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    National Rental Affordability Scheme Act 2008
    to: expand and clarify the object of the National Rental Affordability Scheme; expressly identify the constitutional powers being relied upon and giving the Act operation within the scope of those constitutional powers; and expand and clarify the power to make regulations under the Act. 

    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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