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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
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Law Enforcement and Cybersecurity 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commerce (Trade Descriptions) Act 1905
    to: incorporate an exception, which applies to representations as to the country of origin of goods under the
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    (CCA), so that it applies in relation to a false trade description; and enable information standards made or declared under the CCA, and that are in force or existing from time to time, to be incorporated by reference in the Act. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Gives effect to the Australian Government’s commitment, as a signatory to the Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) on the Establishment and Implementation of the Asia Region Funds Passport (the Passport), to introduce the Asia Region Funds Passport by amending the:
    Corporations Act 2001
    to: incorporate key definitions and the mechanism for incorporating the rules for passport funds into Australian domestic law; specify the processes for Australian and foreign passport funds to offer interests in Australia and for registration of passport funds; specify processes for deregistration of Australian passport funds and de-notification of foreign passport funds; set out requirements in relation to disclosure and financial reporting for foreign passport funds; and provide transitional arrangements for delegations of functions or powers by the minister and certain decisions of ASIC; and
    Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006
    ,
    Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001
    and
    Corporations Act 2001
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Interactive Gambling Act 2001
    to prohibit betting on the outcome, or a contingency that may or may not happen in the course of the conduct, of Australian and overseas lottery draws (including a keno draw). 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Social Security Act 1991
    to introduce a fixed and non-indexed family income test of $250 000 per annum for Carer Allowance and Carer Allowance (child) Health Care Card only claimants, to apply to singles and couples from 20 September 2018. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends: five Acts to correct technical errors; the
    Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006
    ,
    Australian Research Council Act 2001
    ,
    National Land Transport Act 2014
    and
    National Resources Management (Financial Assistance) Act 1992
    to update references to ‘the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia’ with references to ‘Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand’; the
    Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991
    to make amendments consequential on the
    Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) Act 2015
    ; 22 Acts to remove obsolete references to the Crown in right of Norfolk Island; and the
    Social Security Legislation Amendment (One-off Payments for Carers) Act 2005
    and
    Telstra Corporation Act 1991
    to repeal spent provisions. Also repeals 40 obsolete Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001
    to enable the Governor-General to appoint a second Deputy Chairperson of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission; and
    Foreign Evidence Act 1994
    to make a consequential amendment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities 
    Summary
    Facilitates the closure of the Federal Interstate Registration Scheme (FIRS) by: amending the
    Interstate Road Transport Act 1985
    to close FIRS to new entrants and re-registration by existing operators from 1 July 2018; making consequential amendments to the
    COAG Reform Fund Act 2008
    ; repealing the
    Interstate Road Transport Act 1985
    and
    Interstate Road Transport Charge Act 1985
    on 1 July 2019; and providing for transitional arrangements for a 12-month period. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure and Transport 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 1983
    to implement amendments to Annex V of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships by: requiring the master of a ship to have a written declaration made by the shipper in relation to the nature of the cargoes on board prior to discharging the residue of those cargoes; and updating certain references; and
    Protection of the Sea (Shipping Levy Collection) Act 1981
    to remove the need for regulations to prescribe the manner in which a protection of the sea levy notice may be served in particular circumstances. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Crimes Act 1914
    to enable the convictions of persons who work, or seek to work, with people with disability in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to be disclosed to, and taken into account by, Commonwealth, state and territory agencies in determining whether a person is suitable to work with people with disability in the NDIS. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Defence 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Intelligence Services Act 2001
    to: establish the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) as an independent statutory agency within the Defence portfolio reporting directly to the Minister for Defence; amend ASD’s functions to include providing material, advice and other assistance to prescribed persons or bodies, and preventing and disrupting cybercrime; require the Director-General of ASD to brief the Leader of the Opposition about matters relating to ASD; and give the Director-General powers to employ persons as employees of ASD; and 18 Acts to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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