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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
    22 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Communications 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Copyright Act 1968
    to: replace the exception for persons with a disability and others acting on their behalf with a fair dealing exception; replace the current statutory licences for institutions assisting persons with a print or intellectual disability with a single exception; harmonise and modernise the preservation exceptions for copyright material in libraries, archives and key cultural institutions; consolidate and simplify the statutory licences that allow educational institutions to use works and broadcasts; allow copyright material to be incorporated into educational assessments conducted online; set new standard terms of protection for published and unpublished materials and for Crown copyright in original materials; and update references to ministers and preconditions for making regulations extending or restricting the operation of the Act in relation to foreign countries. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to: introduce a criminal offence for giving a registered organisation, or person associated with a registered organisation, a corrupting benefit; introduce a criminal offence for receiving or soliciting a corrupting benefit; introduce a criminal offence for certain national system employers to provide, offer or promise to provide cash or in kind payments, other than certain legitimate payments, to employee organisations or prohibited beneficiaries; introduce a criminal offence for soliciting, receiving, obtaining or agreeing or obtain any such prohibited payment; and require bargaining representatives for a proposed enterprise agreement to disclose certain financial benefits. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Racial Discrimination Act 1975
    to: amend section 18C, which prohibits offensive behaviour based on racial hatred, to replace the words ‘offend’, ‘insult’ and ‘humiliate’ with ‘harass’ (resulting in the formulation ‘harass or intimidate’); and provide that an assessment of whether an act is reasonably likely to harass or intimidate a person or group of persons is made against the standard of a reasonable member of the Australian community;
    Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
    to: replace the defined term of ‘alleged unlawful discrimination’ with ‘alleged acts, omissions or practices’; repeal the requirement for the President and commissioners to act in a way that promotes the collegiate nature of the Australian Human Rights Commission; provide that certain powers to report to the minister must be exercised by the President; expressly provide that the President is responsible for managing the administrative affairs, and is the accountable authority, of the commission; remove mandatory requirements to report to the minister on certain matters and replace them with discretionary reporting powers; provide that the President cannot delegate certain powers; introduce new grounds on which the commission or the President may or must close inquiries or terminate complaints; require the commission to act fairly in the performance of its inquiry functions; increase the threshold for lodging complaints; require the President to consider whether a complaint should be terminated on certain grounds before starting to inquire into the complaint; require the President to act fairly in his or her handling of complaints; allow the President to terminate complaints lodged more than six months after the alleged unlawful discrimination; require the inclusion of a note about the costs jurisdiction of the Federal Court (FC) and the Federal Circuit Court (FCC) in a notice of termination; prescribe procedures for voluntary conciliation conferences; and provide that applications may be made to the FC or FCC in relation to complaints terminated on certain grounds; and
    Native Title Act 1993
    to replace the mandatory requirement for the Social Justice Commissioner to provide an annual report to the minister with a discretion to report when he or she sees fit. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: pause for three years the indexation of various income thresholds that apply to certain social security benefits and allowances and the income test free area for parenting payment single; extend the ordinary waiting period to youth allowance (other) and parenting payment; include additional evidentiary requirements for the ‘severe financial hardship’ exemption from the ordinary waiting period; and remove the ability for claimants to serve the ordinary waiting period concurrently with other waiting periods;
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to enable automation of the regular income stream review process; and
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    to maintain the standard family tax benefit (FTB) child rates for two years, from 1 July 2017, in the maximum and base rate of FTB Part A and the maximum rate of FTB Part B. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to: increase maximum civil penalties for certain serious contraventions of the Act; hold franchisors and holding companies responsible for certain contraventions of the Act by their franchisees or subsidiaries where they knew or ought reasonably to have known of the contraventions and failed to take reasonable steps to prevent them; clarify the prohibition on employers unreasonably requiring their employees to make payments in relation to the performance of work; provide the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) with evidence-gathering powers similar to those available to corporate regulators such as the Australian Securities and Investment Commission and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission; and prohibit the hindering or obstructing of the FWO and or an inspector in the performance or his or her functions or powers, or the giving of false or misleading information or documents. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Personal Property Securities Act 2009
    to: extend the minimum duration of personal property securities (PPS) leases from more than one year to more than two years; and provide that leases of an indefinite term will not be deemed to be PPS leases unless and until they run for a period of more than two years. 

    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
    16 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Disability Services Act 1986
    to link the upper age limit of the Disability Employment Services - Disability Management Service program to the age pension eligibility age under the
    Social Security Act 1991

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Ombudsman Act 1976
    to: establish the office of the VET Student Loans Ombudsman; prescribe the functions of the Ombudsman and the manner in which he or she is able to perform those functions; allow for the Ombudsman to receive and investigate complaints, investigate complaints on his or her own initiative and refer complaints to other bodies; require the Ombudsman to report to VET student loan scheme providers in certain circumstances; require the minister to table reports about VET loan scheme providers in the Parliament if requested to do so by the Ombudsman; require the Ombudsman to provide annual and certain other reports to the minister; enable the Ombudsman to provide evidence to a VET student loan provider principal executive officer that a VET student loan officer of the provider has engaged in misconduct;
    VET Student Loans Act 2016
    to: allow the minster to specify, by legislative instrument, that the Ombudsman is an external dispute resolution scheme for the purposes of the Act; and provide that all approved course providers are deemed to be members of the Ombudsman if it is specified as an external dispute resolution scheme by the minister; and
    Australian Research Council Act 2001
    to: update indexation against appropriation funding caps for existing legislated amounts; and include an additional forward estimate amount for the financial year starting on 1 July 2019. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure and Regional Development 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 1983
    to implement amendments to Annexes I, II, IV and V of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships to restrict the discharge of oil, noxious liquid substances, sewage and garbage from certain ships operating in polar waters. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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