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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
    06 Dec 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    to remove the requirement for the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to provide written notice of its intention to declare a digital radio start-up day for a licence area; and
    Radiocommunications Act 1992
    to: remove requirements that the ACMA must consult before preparing or varying a digital radio channel plan; shorten timeframes associated with the formation of eligible joint venture and digital community radio broadcasting representative companies, and clarify the invitation and acceptance process for the formation of such companies; shorten timeframes associated with issuing a foundation digital radio multiplex transmitter licence (DRMT) in accordance with a price-based allocation system and DRMAT licensees giving the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission access undertakings; and clarify how excess multiplex capacity on foundation DRMT licences is determined. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    06 Dec 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Environment and Energy 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975
    to: replace the existing full-time Chairperson of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority position with a part-time Chairperson and full-time Chief Executive Officer; establish an additional part-time member position; specify the skills required for the appointment of members; limit the number of consecutive terms able to be served by an individual member; provide for termination of members by the Governor-General for underperformance; require that any other paid work undertaken by a part-time member does not conflict with the proper performance of their duties as a member of the authority; and make a minor technical amendment; and
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Nov 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Sponsor
    SMITH, Sen Dean 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Marriage Act 1961
    to: redefine marriage as ‘a union of two people’; introduce non-gendered language so that the requirements of the Act apply equally to all marriages; enable same-sex marriages that have been, or will be, solemnised under the law of a foreign country to be recognised in Australia; amend the definition of ‘authorised celebrant’ to include new categories of religious marriage celebrants and certain Australian Defence Force officers; enable ministers of religion, religious marriage celebrants, chaplains and bodies established for religious purposes to refuse to solemnise or provide facilities, goods and services for marriages on religious grounds; and make amendments contingent on the commencement of the proposed
    Civil Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Act 2017
    ; and
    Sex Discrimination Act 1984
    to provide that a refusal by a minister of religion, religious marriage celebrant or chaplain to solemnise marriage in prescribed circumstances does not constitute unlawful discrimination. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Corporations Act 2001
    and 12 other Acts to introduce a new external dispute resolution scheme, known as the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA), to resolve disputes about products and services provided by financial firms; and five Acts to: require firms that must participate in the enhanced internal dispute resolution (IDR) framework to report their IDR activities to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) in accordance with ASIC requirements; provide ASIC with additional powers to determine the content and form of IDR reporting by IDR Firms and to publish this data at both the aggregate and firm level; and allow ASIC to specify, by legislative instrument, requirements for trustees and retirement savings account providers to provide written reasons for decisions in relation to complaints. Also repeals the
    Superannuation (Resolution of Complaints) Act 1993
    and makes consequential amendments to 11 Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Finance 
    Summary
    Implements measures relating to public communications in the conduct of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey, including: requiring authorisations on all forms of communication of marriage law survey matter and providing the Electoral Commissioner with related information-gathering powers; imposing obligations on broadcasters to give reasonable opportunities for broadcasting opposing views; providing for offences for bribery and threats and civil penalties in relation to vilification, interference, discrimination and misleading or deceptive publications; providing for injunctive relief in relation to the statistics collection process and related activities; and enabling the Electoral Commissioner to make rules prescribing certain matters. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    05 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Grape and Wine Authority Act 2013
    to: enable the Australian Grape and Wine Authority to implement, facilitate and administer programs for cider and in relation to international wine tourism, and to administer grant programs for wine; change the authority’s name to Wine Australia; and amend the short title of the Act to the
    Wine Australia Act 2013
    ; and
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    ,
    Primary Industries (Customs) Charges Act 1999
    ,
    Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Act 1999
    and
    Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Act 1991
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Industry, Innovation and Science 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation Act 1987
    to provide greater flexibility to the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation in its activities, including the use of its property, facilities and resources for science, technology, innovation and training purposes. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Racial Discrimination Act 1975
    to: amend section 18C, which prohibits offensive behaviour based on racial hatred, to replace the words ‘offend’, ‘insult’ and ‘humiliate’ with ‘harass’ (resulting in the formulation ‘harass or intimidate’); and provide that an assessment of whether an act is reasonably likely to harass or intimidate a person or group of persons is made against the standard of a reasonable member of the Australian community;
    Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
    to: replace the defined term of ‘alleged unlawful discrimination’ with ‘alleged acts, omissions or practices’; repeal the requirement for the President and commissioners to act in a way that promotes the collegiate nature of the Australian Human Rights Commission; provide that certain powers to report to the minister must be exercised by the President; expressly provide that the President is responsible for managing the administrative affairs, and is the accountable authority, of the commission; remove mandatory requirements to report to the minister on certain matters and replace them with discretionary reporting powers; provide that the President cannot delegate certain powers; introduce new grounds on which the commission or the President may or must close inquiries or terminate complaints; require the commission to act fairly in the performance of its inquiry functions; increase the threshold for lodging complaints; require the President to consider whether a complaint should be terminated on certain grounds before starting to inquire into the complaint; require the President to act fairly in his or her handling of complaints; allow the President to terminate complaints lodged more than six months after the alleged unlawful discrimination; require the inclusion of a note about the costs jurisdiction of the Federal Court (FC) and the Federal Circuit Court (FCC) in a notice of termination; prescribe procedures for voluntary conciliation conferences; and provide that applications may be made to the FC or FCC in relation to complaints terminated on certain grounds; and
    Native Title Act 1993
    to replace the mandatory requirement for the Social Justice Commissioner to provide an annual report to the minister with a discretion to report when he or she sees fit. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: pause for three years the indexation of various income thresholds that apply to certain social security benefits and allowances and the income test free area for parenting payment single; extend the ordinary waiting period to youth allowance (other) and parenting payment; include additional evidentiary requirements for the ‘severe financial hardship’ exemption from the ordinary waiting period; and remove the ability for claimants to serve the ordinary waiting period concurrently with other waiting periods;
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to enable automation of the regular income stream review process; and
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    to maintain the standard family tax benefit (FTB) child rates for two years, from 1 July 2017, in the maximum and base rate of FTB Part A and the maximum rate of FTB Part B. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    08 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Fisheries Administration Act 1991
    to: provide that the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) must have regard to the objective of ensuring that the interests of commercial, recreational and Indigenous fishers are taken into account in the performance of its functions; provide an additional eligibility criteria for AFMA commissioners of expertise in matters relating to recreational or Indigenous fishing; provide restrictions on the appointment of commissioners who hold an executive position in a fishing representative organisation; increase the maximum size of management advisory committees from seven to ten (in addition to the Chair and the AFMA staff member); and require AFMA to try as far as practical to have memberships of commercial and recreational fishers on management advisory committees; and
    Fisheries Management Act 1991
    to provide that the minister, AFMA and Joint Authorities established under the Act must have regard to ensuring that the interests of commercial, recreational and Indigenous fishers are taken into account in the performance of their functions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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