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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: 32

  • 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
    01 Aug 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Veterans' Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986
    to: extend eligibility for the partner service pension to former partners of veterans, regardless of marital status, for 12 months after separation from the veteran partner or indefinitely where specified circumstances exist (or until they enter into a new relationship); and reclassify service on submarine special operations between 1 January 1993 and 12 May 1997 as operational and qualifying service; and
    Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986
    and
    Defence Services Homes Act 1918
    to amend certain definitions to ensure consistency with changes to the definition of marriage. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    31 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    and
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999
    to extend family tax benefit eligibility to families of ABSTUDY secondary school students who are aged 16 years or over and are required to live away from home to attend school. 

    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
    25 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Prime Minister 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Royal Commission Act 1902
    to: enable a Royal Commission to hold private sessions where a regulation is made authorising it to do so; enable the Chair of a multi-member Royal Commission, or a sole Commissioner, to authorise Assistant Commissioners to hold private sessions; and impose limits on the use and disclosure of private session information and certain information given to the Child Sexual Abuse Royal Commission; and
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to: provide that the Secretary of the Department of Social Services is the decision maker for all cashless debit card exit applications; broaden the criteria for the exit provisions to enable the secretary to take into account a person’s ability to manage their affairs generally, including their financial affairs; clarify that exit applications need to be made in a form that is approved by the secretary; and expand the wellbeing exemption provisions so that they apply more broadly across all regions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to require certain welfare recipients aged 80 years and over, who have been absent from Australia for at least two years, to provide a proof of life certificate at least once every two years in accordance with a notice sent by the Secretary; and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to repeal certain provisions as a consequence of the cessation of Widow B Pension and Wife Pension from 20 March 2020. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Aged Care Act 1997
    to enable the Secretary of the Department of Health (or their delegates) to allow approved providers of residential aged care to move provisionally allocated residential aged care places from one region to another, within a state or territory. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Implements a number of recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse by amending the:
    Crimes Act 1914
    and
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to: introduce two new offences, and related defences, court rules and protections, for failure to protect a child at risk of a child sexual abuse offence and failure to report child sexual abuse; and introduce a new offence, and related defences and changes to the definition of 'child pornography material', of possessing a doll or other object that resembles a child or part of a child intended to be used by a person to simulate sexual intercourse;
    Customs Act 1901
    to prohibit the import and export of child-like sex dolls and similar objects;
    Surveillance Devices Act 2004
    to allow applications for the emergency authorisation for use of a surveillance device to be made in relation to the new offence of possession of child-like sex dolls or other objects;
    Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979
    to provide that the new offence of possession of child-like sex dolls or other objects is a serious offence for the purposes of the Act;
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to: introduce a new offence, and related presumptions and defences, for the possession or control of 'child abuse material' in the form of data held in a computer or on a data storage device; provide that the existing offence of persistent sexual abuse of a child outside Australia applies to the commission of two or more separate occasions of underlying child sex offences overseas over any period of time; amend the existing definition of 'forced marriage' to explicitly capture all marriages involving children under 16; remove the rebuttable presumption that a person under 16 is presumed to be incapable of understanding the nature and effect of a marriage ceremony; require the Attorney-General's consent to commence proceedings in relation to the offences of causing a person to enter a forced marriage and being a party to a forced marriage; clarify that forced marriage offences involving a child under 16 will automatically attract the aggravated maximum penalty of nine years' imprisonment; and narrow the existing defence to offences involving engaging in sexual intercourse or other sexual activity with a child or young person outside Australia, and procuring or 'grooming' a child for sexual activity outside Australia; and
    Crimes Act 1914
    ,
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    ,
    Customs Act 1901
    and
    Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979
    to remove references to ‘child pornography material’ and reconstitute the current definitions of ‘child abuse material’ and ‘child pornography material’ into a single definition of ‘child abuse material’. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Youth and Sport 
    Summary
    Introduced with the National Sports Tribunal Bill 2019 to implement certain recommendations of the
    Report of the Review of Australia's Sports Integrity Arrangements
    (the Wood review), the bill makes consequential amendments to the
    Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Act 2006
    and
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    to support the establishment of the National Sports Tribunal. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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