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  • 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
    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
    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

  • Date
    03 Sep 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Health Insurance Act 1973
    to remove the requirement for the Medicare Benefits Schedule services tables to cease annually;
    Health and Other Services (Compensation) Act 1995
    and
    Health Insurance Act 1973
    to remove redundant provisions and definitions; and
    Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986
    to make a consequential amendment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Aug 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Coronavirus Economic Package (Payments and Benefits) Act 2020
    to enable the extension of the jobkeeper scheme to 28 March 2021 by extending the current time limit on payment rules authorised by the Act;
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to extend the circumstances in which protected information can be disclosed;
    Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus (Measures No. 2) Act 2020
    and
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to: support the extended operation of the jobkeeper scheme; and make consequential amendments; and
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to ensure provisions regarding agreements in relation to the taking of annual leave are repealed on 28 September 2020, as originally intended. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Aug 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education, Skills and Employment 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Higher Education (Up-front Payments Tuition Protection Levy) Bill 2020 to expand the Tuition Protection Service to include domestic up-front fee paying higher education students, the bill amends the:
    Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011
    to: implement the extension of tuition protection arrangements to apply to domestic students that pay for their tuition fees up-front at a private registered higher education provider; and impose certain obligations on defaulting and replacement providers;
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to: provide for a single Higher Education Tuition Protection Director, Higher Education Tuition Protection Fund and Higher Education Tuition Protection Fund Advisory Board to administer and govern tuition protection for domestic up-front fee paying students and HELP students; authorise the collection, use and disclosure of certain information; and impose certain obligations on defaulting providers; and
    Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000
    ,
    Higher Education Support (HELP Tuition Protection Levy) Act 2020
    ,
    Student Identifiers Act 2014
    and
    VET Student Loans Act 2016
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Aug 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Family Law Act 1975
    to provide that: family risk screening information is confidential and cannot be disclosed except in limited circumstances; family safety risk information is inadmissible in court, except in limited circumstances; and court workers (such as registrars and family counsellors) have immunity when involved in family risk screening procedures. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Aug 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education, Skills and Employment 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Education Legislation Amendment (Up-front Payments Tuition Protection) Bill 2020 to expand the Tuition Protection Service to include domestic up-front fee paying higher education students, the bill imposes the up-front payments tuition protection levy, specifies the amounts that are payable by providers and prescribes the levy components and the manner in which, and by whom, they will be determined each year. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Aug 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education, Skills and Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to: redesign the Commonwealth Grant Scheme (CGS) funding clusters and the Commonwealth contribution amounts (CCAs); provide that higher education providers continue to receive the same amount of CGS funding for 'grandfathered students' enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) where the current maximum student contributions amounts (SCAs) will apply for units those students enrol in after 1 January 2021; change the way grants are paid to higher education providers for CSPs; remove the broad exclusion of 'work experience in industry' units of study from CGS funding; change the maximum SCAs for a place in a unit of study to reflect the changes to funding clusters and CCAs; ensure that 'grandfathered students' do not have to pay the higher maximum SCA for a unit of study they enrol in after 1 January 2021 where the SCA for that unit would otherwise increase; provide legislative authority for the National Priorities and Industry Linkage Fund and allow for the transition arrangements required to implement the Indigenous, Regional and Low Socio-Economic Status Attainment Fund; introduce student protection and provider integrity requirements; reduce, for units of study with a census date on or after 1 January 2021, the loan fee for students obtaining a FEE-HELP loan for an undergraduate court of study at a non-Table B Provider from 25 per cent to 20 per cent; and make minor technical amendments;
    Higher Education Support Amendment (2009 Budget Measures) Act 2009
    to remove saving arrangements for education and nursing students;
    Education Legislation Amendment (Provider Integrity and Other Measures) Act 2017
    to extend quality and accountability requirements to all higher education providers (including universities); and
    Social Security Act 1991
    to reduce from six to three the number of months a student living away from home must be receiving eligible student support payments before being eligible to receive Fare Allowance for a return journey home. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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