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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
    23 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Corporations Act 2001
    to: require that certain financial advisers meet specified education and training standards and comply with a code of ethics; apply transitional arrangements to existing financial advisers; impose an obligation on an Australian financial services licensee to ensure that its financial advisers comply with the education standards and are covered by a compliance scheme; restrict the use of the titles ‘financial adviser’ and ‘financial planner’; amend the content requirements for the register of financial advisers; provide for sanctions where a financial adviser or licensee fails to comply with the new obligations; and establish a standards body which will approve foreign qualifications and develop and set the education standards and code of ethics; and
    Tax Agent Services Act 2009
    to provide for the Tax Practitioners Board and monitoring bodies to share information. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to: enable the receipt of funds from terrorist organisations for legal assistance in certain circumstances; enable control orders to be imposed on persons from 14 years of age; impose an obligation on a person subject to a requirement to wear a tracking device to maintain the tracking device in good operational order and create offences for interfering with the operation of a tracking device; authorise the Australian Federal Police to ensure that the tracking device remains operational and to enter premises to install equipment necessary for the operation of the tracking device; remove the authority of the Family Court of Australia to issue control orders and preventative detention orders (PDOs); clarify the meaning of ‘imminence’ for the purposes of obtaining a PDO; and create a new offence prohibiting conduct advocating genocide;
    Crimes Act 1914
    ,
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    ,
    Surveillance Devices Act 2004
    and
    Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979
    to establish regimes to monitor the compliance of individuals subject to a control order through search warrants, surveillance device warrants and telecommunications interception warrants;
    Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979
    to enable the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation to furnish security assessments directly to states and territories; and provide that unauthorised disclosures of information by members of the community, except those who are entrusted persons, only constitute an offence if the information endangers the health or safety of a person or prejudices the effective conduct of a special intelligence operation;
    Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995
    to broaden the range of conduct that may be considered as advocating the doing of a terrorist act;
    Crimes Act 1914
    to clarify the threshold requirements for the issue of a delayed notification search warrant;
    National Security Information (Criminal and Civil Proceedings) Act 2004
    to: broaden protections for national security information in control order proceedings; provide for a special advocate to represent the interests of people subject to control order proceedings who have been excluded from parts of a proceeding; enable a court to make an order that is inconsistent with regulations made under the Act if the Attorney-General has applied for the order; and enable the regulations to continue to apply to the extent they provide for ways of dealing with national security information in criminal and civil proceedings;
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to enable the disclosure of certain information; and
    Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975
    and
    Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Crimes Act 1914
    to: increase the amount of the Commonwealth penalty unit from $180 to $210 from 1 July 2017; delay the first automatic Consumer Price Index (CPI) adjustment of the penalty unit until 1 July 2020; and provide for CPI indexation to occur on 1 July every three years thereafter. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to establish a scheme for the continuing detention of high risk terrorist offenders who are considered by a judge in civil proceedings to present an unacceptable risk to the community at the conclusion of their custodial sentence; and the proposed
    Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment Act (No. 1) 2016
    ,
    Surveillance Devices Act 2004
    and
    Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979
    to make consequential amendments. 

    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

  • Date
    12 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to: clarify that certain war crimes offences applicable in non-international armed conflict do not apply to members of organised armed groups; reflect the requirements of the international law principle of proportionality in relation to attacks on military objectives in non-international armed conflict; and make a minor technical amendment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Customs Tariff Amendment (2017 Harmonized System Changes) Bill 2016, the bill amends the
    Customs Act 1901
    to implement changes resulting from the fifth review of the International Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System; and maintain the collection of appropriate import duties for biofuels and biofuel blends imported under the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Customs Act 1901
    to: enable regulations to be made to provide that export permits for defence and strategic goods can be revoked where, in the opinion of the Defence Minister, the exportation of those goods would prejudice Australia’s national security, defence or international relations; remove the requirement that the Comptroller-General of Customs enter into an interim trusted trader agreement with an entity; enable the minister to exempt certain persons from liability to pay the import declaration processing charge; extend the circumstances in which an application can be made to move, alter or interfere with goods for export that are subject to customs control; remove certain requirements and clarify provisions in relation to the making of tariff concession orders for made-to-order capital equipment; and remove unnecessary and outdated provisions;
    Commerce (Trade Descriptions) Act 1905
    to: enable an officer to inspect and examine imported goods that they believe are goods prescribed by the Commerce (Imports) Regulations 1940; and enable the regulations to prescribe penalties for offences against those regulations; and
    Maritime Powers Act 2013
    to clarify that powers under the Act are able to be exercised in the course of passage through or above the waters of another country in a manner consistent with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Also repeals the
    Customs (Tariff Concession System Validations) Act 1999
    and
    Import Processing Charges (Amendment and Repeal) Act 2002

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Customs Amendment (2017 Harmonized System Changes) Bill 2016, the bill amends the
    Customs Tariff Act 1995
    to implement changes resulting from the fifth review of the International Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Gives effect to Australia’s commitments under the World Trade Organization’s Expanded Information Technology Agreement by amending the
    Customs Tariff Act 1995
    to: create new tariff classifications to enable certain information technology products to be separately identified; incrementally reduce the customs duty rates on certain information technology products to free; and remove obsolete customs duty rates. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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