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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
    14 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Bankruptcy Act 1966
    to reform Australia’s debt agreement system, including by: specifying persons authorised to administer debt agreements and related qualification and registration requirements; specifying arrangements relating to the content, length, variation, termination and voiding of debt agreements; introducing offences relating to the administration of debt agreements; specifying the functions and powers of the Inspector General; modifying requirements in relation to the payment of, and the application process for, unclaimed moneys; and making related technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    07 Dec 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme (Charges Imposition) Bill 2017, the bill establishes the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme to: require registration by certain persons undertaking certain activities on behalf of a foreign principal; require registrants to disclose information about the nature of their relationship with the foreign principal and activities undertaken pursuant to that relationship; place additional disclosure requirements on registrants during elections and other voting periods; establish a register of scheme information and provide for certain information to be made publicly available; provide the secretary with powers to obtain information and documents; and establish various penalties for non-compliance with the scheme. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    07 Dec 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to: amend existing, and introduce new, espionage offences relating to a broad range of dealings with information, including solicitation and preparation and planning offences; introduce new offences relating to foreign interference with Australia’s political, governmental or democratic processes; replace the existing sabotage offence with new sabotage offences relating to conduct causing damage to a broad range of critical infrastructure that could prejudice Australia’s national security; introduce a new offence relating to theft of trade secrets on behalf of a foreign government; amend existing, and introduce new, offences relating to treason and other threats to national security, such as interference with Australian democratic or political rights by conduct involving the use of force, violence or intimidation; introduce a new aggravated offence where a person provides false or misleading information relating to an application for, or maintenance of, an Australian Government security clearance; eight Acts to make consequential amendments; the
    Crimes Act 1914
    and
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to replace certain existing, and introduce new, offences relating to secrecy of information; 20 Acts to make consequential amendments; the
    Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979
    to amend the definition of a ‘serious offence’ to include the offences provided for by the bill; and the proposed
    Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Act 2017
    to amend the definitions of ‘electoral donations threshold’, ‘general political lobbying’ and ‘political or governmental influence’. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    07 Dec 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Security of Critical Infrastructure Bill 2017 to provide for the management of the national security risks of espionage, sabotage and coercion arising from foreign involvement in Australia’s critical infrastructure, the bill makes consequential amendments to the
    Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979
    and
    Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    07 Dec 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Security of Critical Infrastructure (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2017, the bill provides for the management of the national security risks of espionage, sabotage and coercion arising from foreign involvement in Australia’s critical infrastructure by: establishing a Register of Critical Infrastructure Assets; providing the minister with a power to direct a reporting entity or operator of a critical infrastructure asset to do, or refrain from doing, an act or thing within a specified period of time; empowering the secretary to request certain information from reporting entities and operators of critical infrastructure assets; and providing that the minister can privately declare an asset to be a critical infrastructure asset in certain circumstances. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    06 Dec 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Family Law Act 1975
    to: provide for courts to be prescribed in regulations as having the same family law parenting jurisdiction as state and territory courts of summary jurisdiction; provide for regulations to prescribe an increased total property value under which relevant courts can hear contested family law property matters without the parties’ consent; provide that a court may give short-form reasons for decisions relating to interim parenting orders; provide family law courts with an explicit power to dismiss unmeritorious applications; provide judges the discretion to dispense with requirements to explain an order or injunction to a child where it would be in the best interests of the child; remove the 21 day time limit on the revival, variation or suspension of family law orders by state and territory courts in family violence order proceedings; provide that a breach of a family law injunction for personal protection is a criminal offence; remove self-induced intoxication as a defence against charges relating to family violence; provide that criminal responsibility does not extend to the person protected by an injunction for personal protection if their conduct results in a breach of the injunction; provide for state and territory courts to revive, vary or suspend an injunction for personal protection when hearing a proceeding for a breach of that injunction; and repeal a redundant provision that permits a court to make an order relieving a party to a marriage from an obligation to perform marital services or render conjugal rights; and
    Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999
    to make a consequential amendment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to: introduce new offences for a person recklessly or intentionally representing themselves to be, or to be acting on behalf of, or with the authority of, a Commonwealth entity or service; and introduce a new injunction power to allow authorised persons to seek injunctive relief to prevent a person from engaging in conduct in contravention of the new offences. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979
    and
    Surveillance Devices Act 2004
    to make amendments consequential on the restructure of the Independent Commission Against Corruption of New South Wales; and
    Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1983
    to extend the functions, powers and duties of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions to the laws of Norfolk Island. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends: 18 Acts to modernise language and correct technical errors; six Acts to make amendments consequential on the
    Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) Act 2015
    ; and five Acts to repeal spent and obsolete provisions. Also repeals the
    Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment (Township Leasing) Act 2007
    ,
    Governor-General Amendment Act 2003
    ,
    Stevedoring Industry Act 1961
    and
    Stevedoring Industry (Temporary Provisions) Act 1968

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to introduce an offence criminalising acts done using a carriage service to prepare or plan to cause harm to, procure, or engage in sexual activity with, a person under the age of 16; and
    Crimes Act 1914
    and
    Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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