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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
    05 Feb 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    in relation to the 2019-20 bushfires to: make government support payments to volunteer firefighters and relief and recovery payments and non-cash benefits provided by Australian governments non-assessable non-exempt income; and update the list of deductible gift recipients to include the Australian Volunteers Support Trust and the Community Rebuilding Trust. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Nov 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Crime Commission Act 2002
    ,
    Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement Act 2010
    and
    Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979
    to confirm the validity of current and former special Australian Crime Commission (ACC) operations and special ACC investigations determinations. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Nov 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Gives effect to certain recommendations of the Financial Services Royal Commission by amending the:
    Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001
    (ASIC Act) and
    Insurance Contracts Act 1984
    (IC Act) to enable the unfair contract terms regime under the ASIC Act to apply to insurance contracts covered by the IC Act; ASIC Act and
    Corporations Act 2001
    to specify that the consumer protection provisions of the ASIC Act apply to funeral expenses policies;
    National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009
    and
    National Consumer Credit Protection (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Act 2009
    to: require mortgage brokers to act in the best interests of consumers and give priority to consumers in certain circumstances where there is a conflict of interest; provide that mortgage brokers and mortgage intermediaries must not accept conflicted remuneration; prohibit employers, credit providers and mortgage intermediaries from giving conflicted remuneration to mortgage brokers or mortgage intermediaries; and enable the circumstances in which the prohibition on conflicted remuneration applies to be prescribed by regulation; and
    National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Nov 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Gives effect to certain recommendations of the Financial Services Royal Commission by amending the:
    Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001
    (ASIC Act) and
    National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009
    to: relocate the existing search warrant powers of the Australian and Securities Investment Commission (ASIC) from across ASIC administered legislation into the ASIC Act; and enhance ASIC's existing search warrant powers by reference to the search warrant powers in the
    Crimes Act 1914
    ;
    Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979
    to allow ASIC to receive and use interception information for its own investigations and prosecutions of serious offences;
    Corporations Act 2001
    to replace the requirement for obtaining an Australian financial services licence (AFS licence) that a person be of 'good fame and character' with the requirement that they be a 'fit and proper person';
    National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009
    and
    National Consumer Credit Protection (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Act 2009
    to: enable ASIC to cancel an AFS licence if the licensee does not start to provide the relevant financial services within six months after the licence is granted; clarify ASIC's power to suspend or cancel an Australian credit licence if the person does not engage, or ceases to engage, in credit activities; require licensees to notify ASIC if they do not start to provide the financial services or engage in the credit activities covered by the licence within six months of it being granted;
    Corporations Act 2001
    and
    National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009
    to strengthen and broadly align provisions relating to false or misleading statements; and
    Corporations Act 2001
    ,
    National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009
    and
    National Consumer Credit Protection (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Act 2009
    to: expand the grounds on which ASIC can make a banning order against a person; and enable ASIC to make additional types of banning orders to prohibit a person from controlling or performing any or particular functions in relation to a financial services or credit business. Also amends seven Acts to make consequential amendments and provide for transitional arrangements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Nov 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Farm Household Support Act 2014
    to: provide that the rate of Farm Household Allowance (FHA) is not varied by the level of a person's income; and amend the FHA assets test so that all farm and non-farm assets (including water rights) will be subject to a combined single net value threshold of $5.5 million; and
    Farm Household Support Act 2014
    and Farm Household Support Minister's Rule 2014 to: remove the requirement to have farm financial assessments conducted by a person prescribed by the minister's rules; specify that the amount of farm financial assessment supplement is the amount provided in the invoice for the farm financial assessment; require a person conducting a farm financial assessment to have appropriate qualifications or expertise; increase the maximum amount of activity supplement to $10 000; and extend the amount of activity supplement to include certain travel and accommodation costs associated with eligible activities. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Nov 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Introduced with the National Self-exclusion Register (Cost Recovery Levy) Bill 2019, the bill amends the
    Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005
    ,
    Interactive Gambling Act 2001
    and
    Privacy Act 1988
    to establish a National Self-exclusion Register to allow individuals to exclude themselves from being provided interactive wagering services by all licensed interactive wagering service providers in Australia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Nov 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Interactive Gambling Amendment (National Self-exclusion Register) Bill 2019, the bill imposes a levy on persons who provide licensed interactive wagering services to allow the Australian Communications and Media Authority to recover the costs associated with the regulation of the National Self-exclusion Register. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Nov 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development 
    Summary
    Allows the owner, charterer, master or agent of a special recreational vessel to apply for a temporary licence for a special recreational vessel under the
    Coastal Trading (Revitalising Australian Shipping) Act 2012
    ; and applies the Act to the extent necessary to regulate voyages conducted by special recreational vessels under such licences. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Oct 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Treasury Laws Amendment (Reducing Pressure on Housing Affordability Measures) Bill 2019, the bill amends the
    Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Fees Imposition Act 2015
    to impose reconciliation fees on developers who sell a near-new dwelling to a foreign person under a near-new dwelling exemption certificate. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Oct 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    National Health Act 1953
    and
    Health Insurance Act 1973
    to: enable information held by the Chief Executive Medicare (CEM) to be subject to data-matching for the purposes of ensuring the integrity of medicare programs including the Medicare Benefits Schedule and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme; and enable the CEM to authorise a Commonwealth entity to carry out data matching for the same purposes on the CEM’s behalf; four Acts to make consequential amendments; and the
    Health Insurance Act 1973
    and
    Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
    to enable services involving a professional attendance provided under certain laws administered by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs to be considered for a prescribed pattern of services, but not unacceptable conduct, for the purposes of the Professional Services Review scheme. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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