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  • Date
    31 Aug 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to establish a minimum repayment threshold for HELP debts of two per cent when a person’s income reaches $51 957 from the 2018-19 financial year; and replace the Higher Education Grants Index with the consumer price index for the purposes of indexing all grants and regulated student contribution amounts; the
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to discontinue the HECS-HELP benefit from 1 July 2017; the
    Social Security Act 1991
    ,
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    ,
    Farm Household Support Act 2014
    and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to discontinue the job commitment bonus; the
    Australian Renewable Energy Agency Act 2011
    to reduce the agency’s available appropriation; the
    Private Health Insurance Act 2007
    to pause the income thresholds for the Medicare levy surcharge and the government rebate on private health insurance for a further three years from 1 July 2018; the
    National Health Reform Act 2011
    to abolish the National Health Performance Authority; the
    Aged Care Act 1997
    to: increase the secretary’s compliance powers in relation to reviews of care recipient appraisals submitted by aged care providers to receive Commonwealth subsidies; abolish adviser and administrator panel arrangements; and require approved providers to notify the secretary of certain changes to any key personnel in certain circumstances; the
    Age Discrimination Act 2004
    ,
    Dental Benefits Act 2008
    and
    Human Services (Medicare) Act 1973
    to close the Child Dental Benefits Schedule from 31 December 2016 and establish the Child and Adult Public Dental Scheme from 1 January 2017; the
    Social Security Act 1991
    ,
    Social Security Legislation Amendment (Newly Arrived Resident’s Waiting Periods and Other Measures) Act 1997
    and
    Farm Household Support Act 2014
    to remove the exemption from the 104 week newly arrived resident’s waiting period for new migrants who are family members of Australian citizens or long-term permanent residents; the
    Social Security Act 1991
    ,
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    and
    Student Assistance Act 1973
    to cease the student start-up scholarship payment from 1 July 2017; five Acts to apply an interest charge to outstanding debts owed by former recipients of social welfare payments who have failed to enter into, or have not complied with, an acceptable repayment arrangement; five Acts to enable the making of departure prohibition orders to prevent certain social welfare debtors from leaving the country; the
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999
    ,
    Paid Parental Leave Act 2010
    ,
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Student Assistance Act 1973
    to remove the six-year limit on welfare debt recovery; the
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to provide that parental leave payments and dad and partner pay payments are included in the income test for income support payments; the
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    ,
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    and
    Social Security Act 1991
    to change the way fringe benefits are treated under the income tests for family assistance and youth income support payments and for related purposes; the
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to align carer allowance and carer payment start day provisions; the
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    and
    Paid Parental Leave Act 2010
    to pause indexation for family tax benefit (FTB) Part A, the primary earner income limit for FTB Part B and the Paid Parental Leave income limit for a further three years from 1 July 2017; the
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to remove the pension income and assets test exemptions currently available to pensioners in aged care who rent out their former home and pay their aged care accommodation costs by periodic payments; the
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    and
    Social Security Act 1991
    to remove the exemption from the income test for FTB Part A recipients and the exemption from the parental income test for certain dependent young people receiving youth allowance and ABSTUDY living allowance; the
    Social Security Act 1991
    to provide that certain persons cannot be paid social security payments when they are in psychiatric confinement because they have been charged with a serious offence; six Acts to prevent new recipients of welfare payments or concession cards from being paid the energy supplement from 20 March 2017; the
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to reduce the refundable and non-refundable rates of the tax offset available under the research and development tax incentive for the first $100 million of eligible expenditure; six Acts to require larger entities to provide payroll and superannuation information at the time it is created through the single touch payroll reporting framework; and the
    Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
    to create a single appeal path for the review of original determinations made by the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    31 Aug 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013, the bill: repeals the
    Fair Work (Building Industry) Act 2012
    ; makes consequential amendments to the
    Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977
    ,
    Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009
    and
    Jurisdiction of Courts (Cross-Vesting) Act 1987
    ; amends the proposed
    Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2013
    as a consequence of new Australian Privacy Principles; and provides for transitional arrangements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    08 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2016
    to: bring forward to the end of 31 August 2017 the expiry of the exemption from any relevant enterprise agreement content rules for building industry participants covered by non-code compliant enterprise agreements made before 2 December 2016; and limit the scope of the exemption to enable such participants to submit expressions of interest or tenders for, but not to be awarded, building work funded by the Commonwealth or a Commonwealth Authority. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    31 Aug 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Building and Construction Industry (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013, the bill: re-establishes the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner (ABC Commissioner) and the Australian Building and Construction Commission; enables the minister to issue a Building Code; provides for the appointment and functions of the Federal Safety Commissioner; prohibits certain unlawful industrial action; prohibits coercion, discrimination and unenforceable agreements; provides the ABC Commissioner with powers to obtain information; provides for orders for contraventions of civil remedy provisions and other enforcement powers; and makes miscellaneous amendments in relation to self-incrimination, protection of liability against officials, admissible records and documents, protection and disclosure of information, powers of the Commissioner in certain proceedings, and jurisdiction of courts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Foreign Affairs and Trade 
    Summary
    Clarifies that decisions approving civil nuclear transfers to India are taken not to be inconsistent with, or have been made with due regard to, Australia’s obligations relating to nuclear safeguards under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty, if particular conditions are met. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988
    and
    Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992
    to: align workers’ compensation arrangements for the Seacare and Comcare schemes with minimum benchmarks to be set by the proposed National Injury Insurance Scheme; and ensure that persons in receipt of incapacity payments can continue to receive those payments until they reach pension age. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Broadcasting Reform) Bill 2017, the bill imposes an interim tax on transmitter licences that are associated with commercial broadcasting licences. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Aug 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Environment and Energy 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to: prevent the Australian Competition Tribunal from reviewing decisions made under the National Electricity Law, the National Gas Law and the National Energy Retail Law, other than decisions relating to the disclosure of confidential or protected information; and provide that decisions made by the Australian Energy Regulator under those laws are not subject to merits review by any other state or territory body. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to: clarify that ‘competition’ includes competition from goods and services that are capable of importation, in addition to those actually imported; confine the application of cartel conduct provisions to conduct affecting competition in Australian markets; change the scope of the joint venture exceptions; remove provisions relating to the anti-competitive disclosure of pricing and other information (known as price signalling); prohibit a corporation from engaging in a concerted practice that has the purpose, effect or likely effect of substantially lessening competition; remove the separate prohibition on exclusionary provisions; define ‘contract’ and ‘party’ to include covenants; increase the maximum penalty applying to breaches of the secondary boycott provisions; prohibit third line forcing only where it has the purpose, effect or likely effect of substantially lessening competition; enable a corporation or person to notify the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) of resale price maintenance conduct, as an alternative to seeking authorisation from the commission for such conduct; provide an exemption from the resale price maintenance prohibition for conduct between related bodies corporate; consolidate authorisation provisions, including those relating to mergers, into a single authorisation process; grant the ACCC with ‘class exemption’ and ‘stop notice’ powers; provide for reviews by the Australian Competition Tribunal of merger authorisation determinations by the ACCC; enable a party bringing certain proceedings to rely on both admissions of fact and finding of fact made in certain other proceedings; extend the ACCC’s power to obtain information, documents and evidence in relation to investigations of alleged contraventions or court enforceable undertakings and merger authorisation determinations, and introduce a ‘reasonable search’ defence in relation to the failure or refusal to comply with a notice to produce such documents; implement recommendations made by the Productivity Commission in relation to the National Access Regime; streamline administration of the Act, particularly in relation to requirements of the Australian Consumer Law; and make consequential amendments; and
    Radiocommunications Act 1992
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Industry, Innovation and Science 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to clarify the country of origin labelling requirements by amending the definition of substantial transformation as it applies to the safe harbour provisions and removing the 50 per cent production cost test. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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