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Final Senate Bills List for 2019 (45th Parliament)

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45
Date
01 Jul 2019
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ABBREVIATIONS —€“ parties, stages and committees

AC

Australian Conservatives

LDP

Liberal Democratic Party

AG

Australian Greens

LP

Liberal Party of Australia [Govt]

ALP

Australian Labor Party [Opp]

Nats

The Nationals [Govt]

CA

Centre Alliance (formerly Nick Xenophon Team)

NXT

Nick Xenophon Team

DHJP

Derryn Hinch's Justice Party

PHON

Pauline Hanson's One Nation

FFP

Family First Party

SBC

Senate Selection of Bills Committee

Ind

Independent

SC

House of Representatives Selection Committee

JLN

Jacqui Lambie Network

UAP

United Australia Party

KAP

Katter's Australian Party


A Fair Go for Australians in Trade Bill 2018

(Mr Clare MP —€“ ALP)

The bill: prohibits the Commonwealth from entering into a trade agreement that includes certain provisions; requires the Commonwealth to include in all bilateral trade agreements a labour chapter with internationally recognised labour principles; prohibits the Commonwealth from entering into a trade agreement unless the agreement requires skills assessments to be undertaken in Australia; requires the minister to commission an independent national interest assessment of any proposed trade agreement; and provides for the establishment of an accredited trade advisers program.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 15/10/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 15/10/18
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 45th Parliament 11/4/19

A Fair Go for Australians in Trade Bill 2018 [No. 2]

(Senator Carr —€“ ALP)

The bill: prohibits the Commonwealth from entering into a trade agreement that includes certain provisions; requires the Commonwealth to include in all bilateral trade agreements a labour chapter with internationally recognised labour principles; prohibits the Commonwealth from entering into a trade agreement unless the agreement requires skills assessments to be undertaken in Australia; requires the minister to commission an independent national interest assessment of any proposed trade agreement; and provides for the establishment of an accredited trade advisers program.

Senate:

  • Introduced 15/10/18
  • 2nd reading agreed to 12/11/18
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19

A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Amendment (Make Electricity GST Free) Bill 2017

(Senator Leyonhjelm —€“ LDP)

Amends the A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 to remove goods and services tax from the supply of electricity.

Senate:

  • Introduced 5/9/17
  • Negatived at 2nd reading 7/9/17
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 23/8/18
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19

Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment Bill 2018

(Act citation: Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment Act 2019)

(Previous title: Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment Bill 2017)

(Indigenous Affairs portfolio)

Amends the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 to: enable certain Kakadu and Urapunga land to be granted as Aboriginal land; and provide for the leaseback of the Kakadu land to the Director of National Parks.

Senate:

  • Introduced 6/12/17
  • Committee amendments: 2 Govt/passed
  • Passed 26/11/18

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 28/11/18
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived
  • Passed 19/2/19

Assent: 12/3/19 (Act No. 9, 2019)

Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment (Land Scheduling) Bill 2018

(Act citation: Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment (Land Scheduling) Act 2019)

(Indigenous Affairs portfolio)

Amends the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 to enable an area of land that is detailed in the Ammaroo Indigenous Land Use Agreement, National Native Title Tribunal Number DI2014/003 (Ammaroo Land), to be granted as Aboriginal land.

Senate:

  • Introduced 5/12/18
  • Passed 14/2/19

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 18/2/19
  • Passed 2/4/19

Assent: 4/4/19 (Act No. 27, 2019)

Aged Care Amendment (Movement of Provisionally Allocated Places) Bill 2019

(Health portfolio)

Amends the Aged Care Act 1997 to enable the Secretary of the Department of Health (or their delegates) to allow approved providers of residential aged care to move provisionally allocated residential aged care places from one region to another, within a state or territory.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 13/2/19
  • Passed 2/4/19

Aged Care Amendment (Ratio of Skilled Staff to Care Recipients) Bill 2017

(Senator Hinch —€“ DHJP)

Amends the Aged Care Act 1997 to prescribe a mandated ratio of skilled staff to care recipients in government-funded aged care residential facilities.

Senate:

  • Introduced 6/9/17
  • 2nd reading adjourned 6/9/17, 7/9/17
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19

Aged Care Amendment (Resident Welfare and Provider Disclosure) Bill 2019

(Senator Griff —€“ CA)

Amends the Aged Care Act 1997 to: require Commonwealth-subsidised residential aged care providers to provide certain information in relation to the number of falls and medication errors experienced by care recipients; and require the publication of certain information.

Senate:

  • Introduced 2/4/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 2/4/19
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19

Aged Care Amendment (Staffing Ratio Disclosure) Bill 2018

(Ms Sharkie MP —€“ CA)

Amends the Aged Care Act 1997 to require approved residential care service providers to notify the secretary of the ratios of aged care recipients to staff members, broken down into categories of staff members, on a quarterly basis.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 20/8/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 20/8/18, 18/2/19
  • Bill referred to House of Representatives Health, Aged Care and Sport Committee 22/8/18 (SC report no. 29); report tabled 12/2/19
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 45th Parliament 11/4/19

Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment (Operational Efficiency) Bill 2017

(Agriculture and Water Resources portfolio)

Amends the: Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Products (Collection of Levy) Act 1994 and Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992 to simplify reporting requirements for annual returns; Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994 to: enable the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) to manage errors in an application at the preliminary assessment stage, grant part of a variation application, and vary a label approval where that approval is suspended; enable the APVMA and Food Standards Australia New Zealand to agree on appropriate timeframes for notifications about variations to the Maximum Residue Limits Standard; and clarify that the 'expiry date' is the date after which a chemical product must not be used; and Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992 and Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994 to: establish civil pecuniary penalties for providing false or misleading information; and make minor and technical amendments, including the removal of redundant provisions.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 25/10/17
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived
  • Passed 12/2/18

Senate:

  • Introduced 13/2/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 13/2/18, 13/2/19
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19

Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment (Streamlining Regulation) Bill 2018

(Agriculture and Water Resources portfolio)

Amends the: Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994 in relation to: approval and registration for prescribed active constituents, chemical products or labels; information to be taken into account by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) in determining applications; limits on use of information; computerised decision-making by the APVMA; notification and publication of voluntary recalls; obligations on holders and applicants to inform the APVMA of new information where it relates to the safety criteria; the definition of 'registered chemical product'; suspension or cancellation of approval or registration for provision of false or misleading information; supply of registered chemical products with unapproved label; variation of approval of registration during suspension; safety, efficacy, trade and labelling criteria; notice requirements for notices provided to Food Standards Australia New Zealand by the APVMA; and amendment of an incorrect reference in the Agvet Code; Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992 and Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994 to: enable the APVMA to prescribe an accreditation scheme for third party assessment providers; and make minor and machinery changes including the removal of unnecessary and redundant provisions; Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992 to remove the requirement for the APVMA to prepare an annual operational plan; and Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment Act 2013 to align the timing of reviews of agvet legislation. Also repeals the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment (Removing Re-approval and Re-registration) Act 2014.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 18/10/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 18/10/18
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 45th Parliament 11/4/19

Senate:

Agriculture and Water Resources Legislation Amendment Bill 2016

(Agriculture and Water Resources portfolio)

Introduced with the Excise Levies Legislation Amendment (Honey) Bill 2016, the bill amends the: Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992 to cease the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) Advisory Board; Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994 to: amend the information that the APVMA is required to provide to Food Standards Australia New Zealand; and amend an incorrect reference in the Agvet Code; Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997 to: remove the requirements for an export licence to export meat by-products and for certain documents to be tabled; and repeal obsolete provisions; Biosecurity Act 2015 to make minor technical amendments; Dairy Produce Act 1986, Forestry Marketing and Research and Development Services Act 2007 and Sugar Research and Development Services Act 2013 to remove the requirements for certain documents to be tabled; Farm Household Support Act 2014 to remove the ability of the secretary to delegate their general rule-making power; Fisheries Administration Act 1991 to cease the Fishing Industry Policy Council; Fisheries Management Act 1991 to: enable the Australian Fisheries Management Authority to renew an existing permit without existing permit holders needing to re-apply; transfer the functions of the Statutory Fishing Rights Allocation Review Panel to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, and cease the panel; and remove the text of the Treaty on Fisheries between the Governments of Certain Pacific Island States and the Government of the United States of America; Illegal Logging Prohibition Act 2012 to enable the secretary to delegate certain powers; Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989 to remove the requirement for the minister to organise an annual co-ordination meeting for the chairs of the statutory research and development corporations; and Water Amendment (Review Implementation and Other Measures) Act 2016 to clarify dates for water-related reviews and change a commencement date. Also repeals the Rural Adjustment Act 1992 to cease the National Rural Advisory Council, makes consequential amendments to the Natural Heritage Trust of Australia Act 1997 and repeals 12 redundant Acts.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 1/12/16
  • Passed 13/2/17

Senate:

  • Introduced 14/2/17
  • 2nd reading adjourned 14/2/17
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19

Air Services Amendment Bill 2018

(Senator Rice —€“ AG)

Amends the: Air Services Act 1995 to: provide that the functions of Airservices Australia (AA) include undertaking activities to protect the human and natural environment, community amenity and residential areas from the effects of the operation and use of aircraft, and associated effects; introduce new consultation arrangements for AA and persons affected by aircraft noise; require AA to consider the need to minimise the impact of aircraft operations on the human and natural environment, community amenity and residential areas when preparing corporate plans; expand the AA board by up to two members and require that it include an expert in environmental management and a representative of a community group affected by aircraft noise; and provide for the creation and operations of the Aircraft Noise Ombudsman and related reporting arrangements; and Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to require the minister to appoint an independent Community Aviation Advocate to represent communities affected by aircraft noise.

Senate:

  • Introduced 27/3/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 27/3/18
  • Bill referred to Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 28/3/18 (SBC report 4/18); extension of time to report 18/6/18; report tabled 16/8/18
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19

Animal Export Legislation Amendment (Ending Long-haul Live Sheep Exports) Bill 2018

(Senator Rhiannon —€“ AG, Senator Hinch —€“ DHJP and Senator Storer —€“ Ind)

Amends the Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997, Export Control Act 1982 and proposed Export Control Act 2018 to restrict the long haul export of live sheep and lambs during the northern hemisphere summer months of July, August or September in a five year transitional period, or at any time after that period, where the voyage is by ship and of duration exceeding 10 days, and where a place in that voyage is either the Persian Gulf or the Red Sea (regardless of whether it is the final destination).

Senate:

  • Introduced 18/6/18
  • Passed 10/9/18

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 10/9/18
  • Read a 1st time 10/9/18
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 45th Parliament 11/4/19

Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2018-2019

(Finance portfolio)

Appropriates additional money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the ordinary annual services of the government, in addition to the appropriations provided for by the Appropriation Act (No. 1) 2018-2019.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 14/2/19
  • Passed 2/4/19

Senate:

  • Introduced 2/4/19
  • Passed 3/4/19

Assent: 4/4/19 (Act No. 21, 2019)

Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2018-2019

(Finance portfolio)

Appropriates additional money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure, in addition to the appropriations provided for by the Appropriation Act (No. 2) 2018-2019.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 14/2/19
  • Passed 2/4/19

Senate:

  • Introduced 2/4/19
  • Passed 3/4/19

Assent: 4/4/19 (Act No. 22, 2019)

Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2019-2020

(Finance portfolio)

Appropriates money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the ordinary annual services of the government.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 2/4/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 2/4/19, 4/4/19
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 45th Parliament 11/4/19

Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2019-2020

(Finance portfolio)

Appropriates money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 2/4/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 2/4/19
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 45th Parliament 11/4/19

Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 2) 2018-2019

(Finance portfolio)

Appropriates additional money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for expenditure in relation to the parliamentary departments, in addition to the appropriations provided for by the Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Act (No. 1) 2018-2019.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 14/2/19
  • Passed 2/4/19

Senate:

  • Introduced 2/4/19
  • Passed 3/4/19

Assent: 4/4/19 (Act No. 23, 2019)

Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2019-2020

(Finance portfolio)

Appropriates money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for expenditure in relation to the parliamentary departments.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 2/4/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 2/4/19
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 45th Parliament 11/4/19

Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Appointment of Directors) Bill 2018

(Senator Storer —€“ Ind)

Amends the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 to insert additional requirements in relation to the process for appointing non-executive directors to the board of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Senate:

  • Introduced 17/10/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 17/10/18, 15/11/18
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19

Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Fair and Balanced) Bill 2017

(Communications and the Arts portfolio)

Amends the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 to expand the existing statutory duty of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Board by including the requirement to be 'fair' and 'balanced' in relation to the gathering and presentation of news and information by the ABC.

Senate:

  • Introduced 18/10/17
  • 2nd reading adjourned 18/10/17
  • Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 16/11/17 (SBC report 13/17); progress report presented out of sitting 9/2/18; extension of time to report 12/2/18; final report presented out of sitting 16/2/18
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19

Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Regional Australia) Bill 2017

(Senator Burston —€“ UAP)

Amends the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 to provide that at least 35 per cent of the money of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation applied in a financial year is applied in making payments to persons in regional, rural or remote parts of Australia.

Senate:

  • Introduced 9/8/17
  • 2nd reading adjourned 9/8/17
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19

Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Restoring Shortwave Radio) Bill 2017

(Senator Xenophon —€“ NXT)

Amends the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 to: require the Australian Broadcasting Corporation to maintain three domestic shortwave transmission services for the Northern Territory that were operating up until 31 January 2017; and maintain an international shortwave radio transmission service for Papua New Guinea and parts of the Pacific.

Senate:

  • Introduced 13/2/17
  • 2nd reading adjourned 13/2/17, 17/8/17
  • Bill referred to Senate Environment