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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
    16 Aug 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Farm Household Support Act 2014
    to increase the farm assets value limit to $5 million for the period 1 November 2018 to 30 June 2019; and
    Farm House Support Act 2014
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to provide a two-part payment supplement to eligible farm household allowance recipients for the period 1 September 2018 to 1 June 2019. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Acts Interpretation Act 1901
    to: provide a definition of ‘sitting day’; clarify the circumstances in which a House is taken to have adjourned (in addition to the ordinary concept of adjournment); clarify that certain provisions relating to amended or re-enacted Acts apply to a provision that is re-enacted as a differently numbered provision; and clarify that an instrument may make provision in relation to a matter by applying, adopting or incorporating a matter contained in a version of a document that is no longer current at the time of its incorporation; the
    Acts Interpretation Act 1901
    and
    Legislation Act 2003
    to clarify that an instrument may apply, adopt or incorporate the provisions of rules of court as in force at a particular time or as in force from time to time; the
    Family Law Act 1975
    ,
    Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999
    ,
    Federal Court of Australia Act 1976
    and
    Judiciary Act 1903
    to ensure that rules of the federal courts are not subject to the sunsetting framework; the
    Legislation Act 2003
    to: clarify that legislative instruments that have not been laid before Parliament are repealed (and therefore removed from the statute book) rather than simply ceasing to have effect; clarify when a 15 sitting day period commences after an instrument is laid before a House; clarify that references to ‘intergovernmental bodies or schemes’ include those involving the Commonwealth and one or more territories; clarify the interaction between the disallowance, tabling and automatic repeal provisions; broaden the scope of the Attorney-General’s discretion to issue certificates of deferral of sunsetting and declarations of alignment of sunsetting, and provide for greater parliamentary scrutiny of the exercise of these discretions; remove the time restriction on Parliament’s power to roll over the sunsetting date of a legislative instrument; provide that a review of the sunsetting framework will be conducted in 2027; clarify that a legislative or notifiable instrument can commence before the instrument is registered despite any rule or principle of common law; and clarify the limits of the First Parliamentary Counsel’s power to rectify an error on the Federal Register of Legislation and the application of the parliamentary scrutiny mechanisms to instruments that have been rectified under this power; and six Acts to make consequential and contingent amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Farm Household Support Act 2014
    to extend the Farm Household Allowance program from three cumulative years to four cumulative years for each recipient. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 May 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Jobs and Innovation 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Space Activities Act 1998
    to: broaden the current regulatory framework to include arrangements for launches from aircraft in flight and launches of high power rockets; and reduce barriers to participation in the space industry by streamlining processes and insurance requirements for launches and returns; and amend the short title of the Act to the
    Space (Launches and Returns) Act 2018
    ; and
    Customs Tariff Act 1995
    to make a consequential amendment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 May 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Part of a package of four bills to enable the recovery of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission’s (ASIC) costs for specific regulatory activities, the bill amends the
    Corporations (Fees) Act 2001
    to: increase the caps on fees for chargeable matters; expand the definition of chargeable matter and prescribe who is liable to pay and when the liability is incurred; provide that the fees regulations may prescribe different fees for chargeable matters based on the complexity and the type of entity; enable ASIC to determine by legislative instrument the criteria and complexity of particular regulatory services; and enable the making of regulations. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 May 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Corporations (Review Fees) Act 2003
    to make amendments consequential on the commencement of the proposed
    Corporations Amendment (Asia Region Funds Passport) Act 2018
    to enable regulations to prescribe fees in relation to the review dates for notified foreign passport funds. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 May 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977
    to exclude from review decisions of senior Australian Federal Police (AFP) members in relation to consent for the purposes of applications to vary interim control orders;
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to: extend the operation of the control order regime, the preventative detention order (PDO) regime and the declared areas offences for a further three years; allow an issuing court to vary an interim control order; clarify the evidential weight that the issuing court must give to an original request for an interim control order during the confirmation proceedings; extend the minimum time period between an interim and a confirmation hearing for a control order; provide that the issuing court cannot make costs orders against a controlee except in limited circumstances; require the AFP to notify the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) after the making of initial or continued preventative orders or a prohibited contact order; create an exception to the declared areas offence for individuals performing an official duty for the International Committee of the Red Cross; enable the Minister for Foreign Affairs to revoke a declaration of a declared area prior to the expiry of the declaration; enable the PJCIS to review a declaration of a declared area at any time while it is in effect and to table a report in both Houses of Parliament following its review; and amend provisions in relation to the protection of sensitive information in continuing detention order proceedings;
    Crime Act 1914
    to: extend the operation of stop, search and seize powers for a further three years; require the AFP to report as soon as practicable after the exercise of these powers; and require the minister to report annually to the Parliament;
    Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979
    to extend the questioning, and questioning and detention, warrant regime for a further 12 months; and
    Intelligence Services Act 2001
    to: require the PJCIS to review the PDO regime, declared areas provisions and the stop, search and seize powers ahead of their sunset date; and enable the PJCIS to monitor and review the performance of the AFP in relation to its stop, search and size powers, and the exercise of the Minister for Home Affairs’ power to declare prescribed security zones. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 May 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Part of a package of four bills to enable the Australian Securities and Investments Commission to recover its costs for specific regulatory activities, the bill amends the
    National Consumer Credit Protection (Fees) Act 2009
    to provide that the credit fees regulations may prescribe different fees for a chargeable matter based on the type of entity. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 May 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Part of a package of four bills to enable the recovery of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission’s costs for specific regulatory activities, the bill amends the
    Superannuation Auditor Registration Imposition Act 2012
    to increase the cap on fees in relation to an application for registration to be a self-managed superannuation fund auditor. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 May 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Part of a package of four bills to enable the recovery of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission’s (ASIC) costs for specific regulatory activities, the bill amends the
    Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993
    to impose fees in relation to an application to vary or revoke the conditions, or cancel the registration, of an approved self-managed superannuation fund auditor. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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