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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
    18 Oct 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the
    National Health Act 1953
    to: increase the current statutory price reduction that applies when the first new brand of an existing pharmaceutical item is listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS); extend and introduce statutory price reductions applying on certain anniversaries of an F1 formulary drug being listed on the PBS; introduce ministerial discretion in relation to the application of statutory price reductions in certain circumstances; make minor amendments to price disclosure arrangements; provide new circumstances whereby a new presentation of a brand of pharmaceutical item may be listed without being subject to a new brand statutory price reduction; continue the operation of the Australian Community Pharmacy Authority and the pharmacy location rules beyond 30 June 2020; and make technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Oct 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Justice 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
    to: expand the unexplained wealth regime to cover wealth that is derived or realised, directly or indirectly, from certain offences; clarify that property becomes ‘proceeds’ or an ‘instrument’ where encumbrances, securities, liabilities or improvements on the property are funded using ‘proceeds’ or an ‘instrument’ of an offence; clarify that property will only be ‘lawfully acquired’ in situations where the property or wealth is not ‘proceeds’ or an ‘instrument’ of an offence; and provide that ‘improvements’ extends to additions to, altering, repairing, restoring, structuring, restructuring or any other change to property or wealth (whether or not it results in an increase in the value of the property or wealth). 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Defence 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Defence Act 1903
    to: replace a number of inquiry-specific regulation-making powers with a consolidated provision relating to inquiries concerning the Defence Force; repeal existing regulation-making powers to prescribe affected land in which buildings and other objects hazardous to aviation can be regulated; enable the minister to declare by legislative instrument an area to be a defence aviation area in which buildings and objects can be regulated for the purposes of removing and reducing hazards to defence aviation; subject certain regulations made in relation to defence aviation areas to monitoring under the
    Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014
    ; and allow for the establishment of infringement notice schemes in declared public areas by reference to standard provisions in the
    Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2017 Measures No. 1) Bill 2017, the bill amends the
    Therapeutic Goods (Charges) Act 1989
    to: enable regulations to be made prescribing an annual charge for a conformity assessment body determination payable by the Australian corporation that is the subject of the determination; provide that the obligation for a conformity assessment body to pay an annual charge continues during a period in which the conformity assessment body determination is suspended; and ensure that the annual charges prescribed for provisionally registered goods also apply to provisionally registered goods entered in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Therapeutic Goods (Charges) Amendment Bill 2017, the bill amends the:
    Therapeutic Goods Act 1989
    to: introduce a new approval pathway for prescription medicines by creating a class of therapeutic good to be known as ‘provisionally registered goods’; allow the minister to specify, by legislative instrument, permitted indications for use with listed medicines; establish an additional pathway for intermediate risk medicines through a new application and assessment process for sponsors of listed complementary medicines seeking to use indications that fall outside the permitted indications list; strengthen monitoring powers in relation to biologicals; implement stronger compliance and enforcement powers and graduated penalties for non-compliant behaviours; remove the distinctions between advertisements for therapeutic goods for which an approval is, or is not, required; enable the secretary to utilise the work of comparable overseas regulators in the course of making assessments of medical devices; enable the secretary to publish information in relation to Australian conformity assessment bodies; align the secretary’s powers relating to conformity assessment certificates issued by Australian conformity assessment bodies and conformity assessment certificates issued by the secretary; clarify that the secretary has the power to refuse an application for including medicines, biologicals and medical devices in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods prior to evaluating the application if it does not meet the application requirements; and make minor amendments to achieve consistency of regulatory requirements between different types of therapeutic goods and make other minor changes; and
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999
    to ensure that supplies of digital currency receive equivalent goods and services tax treatment to supplies of money, particularly foreign currency; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to include the Centre For Entrepreneurial Research and Innovation on the list of deductible gift recipients. 

    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
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Industry, Innovation and Science 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Customs Act 1901
    to: specify additional methodologies by which the minister may determine an export price during a review of anti-dumping measures for exporters who have not exported goods, or have exported low volumes of goods such that the export price cannot be reliably determined, during the period examined for the purpose of the review. 

    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
    07 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Measures No. 5) Bill 2017, the bill amends the
    ASIC Supervisory Cost Recovery Levy Act 2017
    to add benchmark administrator licensees to the list of entities from which the Australian Securities and Investments Commission may recover its regulatory costs. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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