Senate Bills List

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Parl No.
47
Date
29 Feb 2024
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ABBREVIATIONS —€“ parties and committees

AG

Australian Greens

LNP

Liberal National Party of Queensland [Opp]

ALP

Australian Labor Party [Govt]

LP

Liberal Party of Australia [Opp]

CA

Centre Alliance

Nats

The Nationals [Opp]

CLP

Country Liberal Party [Opp]

PHON

Pauline Hanson's One Nation

Ind

Independent

SBC

Senate Selection of Bills Committee

JLN

Jacqui Lambie Network

UAP

United Australia Party

KAP

Katter—€™s Australia Party


Accountability of Grants, Investment Mandates and Use of Public Resources Amendment (End Pork Barrelling) Bill 2024

(Dr Haines —€“ Ind)

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 26/2/24
  • 2nd reading adjourned 26/2/24

Administrative Review Tribunal Bill 2023

(Attorney-General—€™s portfolio)

Introduced with the Administrative Review Tribunal (Consequential and Transitional Provisions No. 1) Bill 2023, the bill establishes the Administrative Review Tribunal as a replacement for the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Also re-establishes the Administrative Review Council.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 7/12/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 7/12/23
  • Bill referred to House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs 14/12/23; report tabled 28/2/24

Senate:

Administrative Review Tribunal (Consequential and Transitional Provisions No. 1) Bill 2023

(Attorney-General—€™s portfolio)

Introduced with the Administrative Review Tribunal Bill 2023, the bill: abolishes the Administrative Appeals Tribunal by repealing the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975; and makes amendments to 138 Acts consequential on the establishment of the Administrative Review Tribunal.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 7/12/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 7/12/23
  • Bill referred to House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs 14/12/23; report tabled 28/2/24

Senate:

Administrative Review Tribunal (Consequential and Transitional Provisions No. 2) Bill 2024

(Attorney-General—€™s portfolio)

Consequential on the Administrative Review Tribunal Bill 2023 and Administrative Review Tribunal (Consequential and Transitional Provisions No. 2) Bill 2023, the bill amends 110 Acts to update certain references.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 7/2/24
  • 2nd reading adjourned 7/2/24

Senate:

Agriculture (Biosecurity Protection) Charges Bill 2024

(Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry portfolio)

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 28/2/24
  • 2nd reading adjourned 28/2/24

Agriculture (Biosecurity Protection) Levies and Charges Collection Bill 2024

(Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry portfolio)

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 28/2/24
  • 2nd reading adjourned 28/2/24

Agriculture (Biosecurity Protection) Levies Bill 2024

(Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry portfolio)

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 28/2/24
  • 2nd reading adjourned 28/2/24

Agriculture Legislation Amendment (Modernising Administrative Processes) Bill 2024

(Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry portfolio)

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 28/2/24
  • 2nd reading adjourned 28/2/24

Airline Passenger Protections (Pay on Delay) Bill 2024

(Senator McKenzie —€“ Nats and Senator Dean Smith —€“ LP)

Senate:

  • Introduced 27/2/24
  • 2nd reading adjourned 27/2/24

Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2023-2024

(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) 2023-2024.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 7/2/24
  • Passed 15/2/24

Senate:

  • Introduced 26/2/24
  • 2nd reading adjourned 26/2/24

Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2023-2024

(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) 2023-2024.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 7/2/24
  • Passed 15/2/24

Senate:

  • Introduced 26/2/24
  • 2nd reading adjourned 26/2/24

Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 2) 2023-2024

(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) 2023-2024.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 7/2/24
  • Passed 15/2/24

Senate:

  • Introduced 26/2/24
  • 2nd reading adjourned 26/2/24

Attorney-General—€™s Portfolio Miscellaneous Measures Bill 2023

(Attorney-General—€™s portfolio)

Amends the: Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001, Corporations Act 2001, Judiciary Act 1903, National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 and Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 to confer jurisdiction on the Federal Court of Australia to hear and determine a range of summary and indictable offences relating to conduct within the remit of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission; Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 to enable the Sheriff of the Federal Court to require a state or territory jury official to prepare and provide a jury panel; Marriage Act 1961 to make technical amendments in relation to the Commonwealth Marriage Celebrants Program and the notice of intended marriage; and Family Law Act 1975, Native Title Act 1993, Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2021 and Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 to make minor and technical amendments.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 15/11/23
  • Passed 7/2/24

Senate:

Australian Education Amendment (Save Our Public Schools) Bill 2023

(Senator Allman-Payne —€“ AG)

Amends the Australian Education Act 2013 to: redefine the Commonwealth share of funding for a government school to 25%; and introduce an obligation on the minister to be satisfied when determining the Commonwealth share that it is consistent with the objective that every school-aged child in Australia has access to a fully-funded government school.

Senate:

  • Introduced 14/9/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 14/9/23, 8/2/24

Australian Education Legislation Amendment (Prohibiting the Indoctrination of Children) Bill 2020

(Senator Hanson —€“ PHON)

Amends the: Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority Act 2008 to require the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority to ensure that school education provides a balanced presentation of opposing views on political, historical and scientific issues; and Australian Education Act 2013 to make financial assistance to a state or territory conditional on the state or territory having certain laws in force.

Senate:

  • Introduced 10/2/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 10/2/20, 31/8/20
  • Bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 10/12/20 (SBC report no. 12 of 2020); report presented out of sitting 5/7/21
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 47th Parliament 25/7/22
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 3/8/22
  • 2nd reading adjourned 23/11/22

Australian Human Rights Commission Amendment (Costs Protection) Bill 2023

(Attorney-General—€™s portfolio)

Amends the: Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 to insert a modified —€˜equal access—€™ cost protection provision in relation to federal unlawful discrimination court proceedings; and Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2021 and Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 15/11/23
  • 2nd reading agreed to 6/2/24

Senate:

Australian Naval Nuclear Power Safety Bill 2023

(Defence portfolio)

Introduced with the Australian Naval Nuclear Power Safety (Transitional Provisions) Bill 2023, the bill establishes a framework to regulate the nuclear safety aspects of Australia—€™s nuclear-powered submarine enterprise.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 16/11/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 16/11/23

Senate:

Australian Naval Nuclear Power Safety (Transitional Provisions) Bill 2023

(Defence portfolio)

Introduced with the Australian Naval Nuclear Power Safety Bill 2023, the bill enables certain licences issued by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency to be treated as Australian naval nuclear power safety licences for the purposes of the Australian Naval Nuclear Power Safety Act 2023.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 16/11/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 16/11/23

Senate:

Australian Research Council Amendment (Review Response) Bill 2023

(Education portfolio)

Amends the: Australian Research Council Act 2001 to: amend the object of the act in relation to the role and mission of the Australian Research Council (ARC); establish the Australian Research Council Board; amend the current funding arrangements; specify new requirements for the ARC annual report; and enable the minister to make transitional rules.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 29/11/23
  • Passed 7/2/24

Senate:

Autonomous Sanctions Amendment Bill 2024

(Foreign Affairs and Trade portfolio)

Amends the Autonomous Sanctions Act 2011 to specify that individuals and/or entities can be validly sanctioned based on their past conduct or status.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 15/2/24
  • Passed 28/2/24

Senate:

  • Introduced 29/2/24
  • 2nd reading adjourned 29/2/24

Brisbane Airport Curfew and Demand Management Bill 2023

(Ms Watson-Brown —€“ AG)

The bill: imposes a curfew and certain related restrictions on aircraft movements at Brisbane Airport; provides for the development of a long term operating plan for managing aircraft movements and airspace at Brisbane Airport; and provides for consultation procedures in certain circumstances. Also makes consequential amendments to the Airports Act 1996 and National Emergency Declaration Act 2020.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 16/10/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 16/10/23

Broadcasting Services Amendment (Audio Description) Bill 2019

(Senator Steele-John —€“ AG)

Amends the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to: require national broadcasters, commercial television broadcasting licensees and subscription television licensees to provide a minimum number of hours of television audio description per week; and provide for the Australian Communications and Media Authority to enforce and review the new requirement.

Senate:

  • Introduced 12/2/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 12/2/19
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 4/7/19
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 47th Parliament 25/7/22
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 27/7/22

Broadcasting Services Amendment (Ban on Gambling Advertisements During Live Sport) Bill 2023

(Senator Henderson —€“ LP)

Amends the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to ban gambling advertisements during the broadcast of live sporting events on television, radio and live streaming and for one hour before and after the event.

Senate:

  • Introduced 14/6/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 14/6/23, 21/6/23, 22/6/23

Broadcasting Services Amendment (Community Television) Bill 2024

(Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts portfolio)

Amends the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 and Radiocommunications Act 1992 to: enable the continuation of terrestrial community television to audiences in Melbourne and Adelaide beyond the current expiry date of 30 June 2024; and provide the Australian Communications and Media Authority with certain instrument-making powers; and Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to harmonise the code of practice arrangements.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 15/2/24
  • 2nd reading adjourned 15/2/24

Broadcasting Services Amendment (Healthy Kids Advertising) Bill 2023

(Dr Scamps —€“ Ind)

Amends the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to prohibit the broadcasting of marketing relating to certain food or drink products on television and radio broadcasting services, and online services.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 19/6/23
  • Removed from Notice Paper 13/2/24

Childhood Gender Transition Prohibition Bill 2023

(Senator Antic —€“ LP, Senator Canavan —€“ Nats, Senator Roberts —€“ PHON and Senator Babet —€“ UAP)

The bill: prohibits health practitioners from performing gender clinical interventions intended to transition a minor—€™s biological sex, subject to limited exemptions; and prohibits the Commonwealth from entering into arrangements involving the expenditure or payment of money that provides or facilitates the provision of such a procedure or treatment.

Senate:

  • Introduced 18/10/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 18/10/23

Climate Change Amendment (Duty of Care and Intergenerational Climate Equity) Bill 2023

(Senator David Pocock —€“ Ind)

Amends the Climate Change Act 2022 to: require decision-makers to consider the health and wellbeing of children in Australia when making significant decisions; and require decision-makers not to make significant decisions in relation to the exploration or extraction of coal, oil or natural gas if the decision poses a material risk of harm to the health and wellbeing of children in Australia.

Senate:

  • Introduced 3/8/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 3/8/23
  • Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 3/8/23 (SBC report no. 8 of 2023); extensions of time to report 7/8/23, 26/2/24; report due 27/3/24

COAG Legislation Amendment Bill 2023

(Prime Minister and Cabinet portfolio)

Amends the COAG Reform Fund Act 2008 and 23 other Acts to update references to COAG and Ministerial Councils to reflect the cessation of the Council of Australian Governments and changes to intergovernmental architecture.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 29/11/23
  • Passed 7/2/24

Senate:

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Banning Dirty Donations) Bill 2022

(Senator Waters —€“ AG)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: prohibit political donations from the fossil fuel industry, property developers, the tobacco industry, the banking industry, liquor and gambling businesses, pharmaceutical companies and representative organisations for these industries; impose a cumulative limit on political donations from any source of $3,000 per election term; and extend the definition of —€˜gift—€™ to include subscription and membership fees, as well as attendance at fundraising events.

Senate:

  • Introduced 24/11/22
  • 2nd reading adjourned 24/11/22, 1/12/22

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Lowering the Donation Disclosure Threshold) Bill 2023

(Ms Sharkie —€“ CA)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: lower the political donation disclosure threshold from $16,300 to $1,000 and remove the indexation of the disclosure threshold; and expand the definition of —€˜gift—€™ to include electoral expenditure and gift-in-kind to a political entity where the value is over $1,000 and include amounts paid to attend political fundraisers or functions.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 4/9/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/9/23

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Real Time Disclosure of Political Donations) Bill 2023

(Ms Sharkie —€“ CA)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: require political parties, state branches of political parties, significant third parties and candidates to provide a notice to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) of political donations received over the disclosure threshold amount of $13,800 within 5 business days of receiving the donation; and require annual returns to be provided to the AEC where political donations made by a single person exceeds the annual disclosure threshold amount.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 4/9/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/9/23

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Voter Protections in Political Advertising) Bill 2023

(Ms Steggall —€“ Ind)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to prohibit misleading or deceptive electoral or referendum matter.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 13/11/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 13/11/23

Communications Legislation Amendment (Prominence and Anti-siphoning) Bill 2023

(Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts portfolio)

Amends the: Broadcasting Services Act 1992 and Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005 to establish a framework to regulate the accessibility and prominence of free-to-air television services on certain internet connected television devices supplied in Australia; and Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to expand the anti-siphoning scheme to include online services.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 29/11/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 29/11/23

Senate:

Competition and Consumer Amendment (Continuing ACCC Monitoring of Domestic Airline Competition) Bill 2023

(Senator Dean Smith —€“ LP and Senator McKenzie —€“ Nats)

The bill: amends the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to require the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to continue its price monitoring of domestic air passenger transport services and related goods and services for 3 years; and repeals the Competition and Consumer (Price Monitoring—€”Domestic Air Passenger Transport) Direction 2020.

Senate:

  • Introduced 12/9/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 12/9/23, 8/11/23

Competition and Consumer Amendment (Fair Go for Consumers and Small Business) Bill 2024

(Treasury portfolio)

Amends the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to establish a designated complaints functions within the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 15/2/24
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Consideration in detail amendment: 1 Ind (Ms Steggall) negatived
  • Passed 29/2/24

Senate:

Copyright Legislation Amendment (Fair Pay for Radio Play) Bill 2023

(Senator David Pocock —€“ Ind)

Amends the Copyright Act 1968 to remove restrictions limiting the Copyright Tribunal from: determining the amount payable to copyright owners, in respect of published sound recordings, to one per cent of the commercial broadcaster—€™s gross earnings; and determining the amount payable by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation from to copyright owners, in respect of published sound recordings, to an amount not exceeding 0.5 cents per head of the Australian population.

Senate:

  • Introduced 3/8/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 3/8/23, 9/8/23
  • Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 10/8/23 (SBC report no. 9 of 2023); report due 20/6/24

COVID-19 Vaccination Status (Prevention of Discrimination) Bill 2022

(Senator Hanson —€“ PHON)

Prohibits discrimination based on a person—€™s COVID-19 vaccination status by the Commonwealth, state and territory governments, statutory authorities, local governments, and private enterprises.

Senate:

  • Introduced 29/11/22
  • 2nd reading adjourned 29/11/22
  • Bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 9/2/23 (SBC report no. 1 of 2023); extension of time to report 15/6/23; report presented out of sitting 25/8/23

Crimes Amendment (Strengthening the Criminal Justice Response to Sexual Violence) Bill 2024

(Attorney-General—€™s portfolio)

Amends the Crimes Act 1914 to implement certain recommendations of the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in relation to protections for vulnerable persons involved in Commonwealth criminal proceedings.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 7/2/24
  • Passed 15/2/24

Senate:

  • Introduced 26/2/24
  • 2nd reading adjourned 26/2/24
  • Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 29/2/24 (SBC report no. 2 of 2024); report due 24/4/24

Crimes Legislation Amendment (Combatting Foreign Bribery) Bill 2023

(Attorney-General—€™s portfolio)

Amends the: Criminal Code Act 1995 to: extend the foreign bribery offence to include the bribery of candidates for public office and bribery conducted to obtain a personal advantage; remove the requirement that a benefit or business advantage be —€˜not legitimately due—€™ and replace it with the concept of —€˜improperly influencing—€™ a foreign public official; remove the requirement that the foreign public official be influenced in the exercise of their official duties; clarify that the foreign bribery offence does not require the prosecution to prove that the accused had a specific business, or business or personal advantage, in mind, and that the business, or business or personal advantage, can be obtained for someone else; and create an offence of failure of a body corporate to prevent foreign bribery by an associate; and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to preserve the existing rule which prohibits a person from claiming as a deduction for a loss or outgoing a bribe to a foreign public official.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 22/6/23
  • Passed 5/9/23

Senate:

  • Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 22/6/23 (SBC report no. 7 of 2023); report presented out of sitting 26/7/23
  • Introduced 6/9/23
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Ind (Senator David Pocock) agreed to
  • Committee amendments: 2 Opp agreed to; 2 Opp negatived
  • Passed 29/2/24

House of Representatives:

  • House of Representatives agreed to Senate amendments 29/2/24

Criminal Code Amendment (Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes) Bill 2024

(Senator Thorpe —€“ Ind)

Amends the Criminal Code Act 1995 to: provide that the consent of the Attorney-General will not be required for proceedings relating to genocide and related atrocity crimes; and remove the restrictions on review of decisions of the Attorney-General to give or refuse consent to institute proceedings for such offences.

Senate:

Criminal Code Amendment (Inciting Illegal Disruptive Activities) Bill 2023

(Senator Antic —€“ LP)

Amends the Criminal Code Act 1995 to introduce three new offences relating to the incitement of trespass, property damage or theft and unlawful obstruction of traffic in central business districts and other centres of significant business or cultural activity in Australia.

Senate:

  • Introduced 8/2/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 8/2/23

Criminal Code Amendment (Prohibition of Nazi Symbols) Bill 2023

(Senator Cash —€“ LP)

Amends the Criminal Code Act 1995 to prohibit a person from knowingly, and without reasonable excuse, displaying a Nazi symbol.

Senate:

  • Introduced 23/3/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 23/3/23
  • Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 27/3/23; extension of time to report 30/3/23; report presented out of sitting 18/5/23

Criminal Code Amendment (Telecommunications Offences for Suicide Related Material—€”Exception for Lawful Voluntary Assisted Dying) Bill 2024

(Ms Chaney —€“ Ind)

Amends the Criminal Code Act 1995 to provide that the offence of using a carriage service to incite committing or attempting to commit suicide does not apply to acts or omissions carried out in accordance with a voluntary assisted dying law of a state or territory.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 12/2/24
  • 2nd reading adjourned 12/2/24

Crown References Amendment Bill 2023

(Prime Minister and Cabinet portfolio)

Amends 29 Acts to update certain references associated with the Crown to reflect the accession of a new Sovereign.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 18/10/23
  • Consideration in detail amendment: 1 KAP negatived
  • Passed 27/11/23

Senate:

  • Introduced 27/11/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 27/11/23

Customs Amendment (Banning Goods Produced By Forced Labour) Bill 2022

(Senator Steele-John —€“ AG)

Amends the Customs Act 1901 to prohibit the importation into Australia of goods that are produced in whole or in part by forced labour.

Senate:

  • Introduced 22/11/22
  • 2nd reading adjourned 22/11/22

Customs Amendment Bill 2022

(Prime Minister's portfolio)

Amends the Customs Act 1901 to remove a duplicate definition.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 26/7/22
  • Read a 1st time 26/7/22

Customs Amendment (Preventing Child Labour) Bill 2023

(Senator Roberts —€“ PHON)

Amends the Customs Act 1901 to prohibit a person from importing goods involving child labour into Australia in certain circumstances where the importer has not complied with a notice in relation to the goods.

Senate:

  • Introduced 29/11/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 29/11/23

Customs Legislation Amendment (Commercial Greyhound Export and Import Prohibition) Bill 2021

(Senator Faruqi —€“ AG)

Amends the Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulations 1958 and Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 to prohibit the export and import of greyhounds for racing, breeding and commercial purposes.

Senate:

  • Introduced 1/9/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 1/9/21
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 47th Parliament 25/7/22
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 27/7/22
  • Bill referred to Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 11/5/23 (SBC report no. 5 of 2023); extension of time to report 16/6/23; report tabled 19/10/23

Customs Tariff Amendment (Incorporation of Proposals) Bill (No. 2) 2023

(Home Affairs portfolio)

Amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to: provide that goods covered by the Agreement between the Government of Australia and the European Space Agency for a Co-operative Space Vehicle Tracking Program are eligible for a free rate of customs duty; extend for a further year the free rate of customs duty for certain goods that are the produce or manufacture of Ukraine; provide a free rate of customs duty for certain goods that are imported for use in connection with an international sporting event; and extend for a further 2 years the increase in customs duties for imported goods that are the produce or manufacture of Russia or Belarus.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 30/11/23
  • Passed 7/2/24

Senate:

  • Introduced 8/2/24
  • 2nd reading adjourned 8/2/24

Defence Amendment (Safeguarding Australia—€™s Military Secrets) Bill 2023

(Defence portfolio)

Amends the Defence Act 1903 to establish a framework to regulate the work that certain former defence staff members (foreign work restricted individuals) can perform without a foreign work authorisation; and the training that Australian citizens and permanent residents, other than foreign restricted individuals, may provide without a foreign work authorisation.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 14/9/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 14/9/23
  • Bill referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security 14/9/23

Defence Capability Assurance and Oversight Bill 2024

(Previous title: Defence Capability Assurance and Oversight Bill 2023)

(Senator Fawcett —€“ LP)

The bill: establishes the Defence Capability Assurance Agency as an statutory authority to conduct capability assurance of defence materiel programs and establish a qualified workforce to conduct test and evaluation and risk assessments for defence materiel programs; establishes the Inspector-General of Defence Capability Assurance to provide oversight of the Defence Department, the Defence Force and the Defence Capability Assurance Agency; and establishes the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Defence to provide oversight of the performance of the Defence Capability Assurance Agency and the Inspector-General and review and report on matters relating to the defence of Australia and defence agencies.

Senate:

  • Introduced 10/5/23
  • Bill referred to Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee 11/5/23 (SBC report no. 5 of 2023); extensions of time to report 7/9/23, 19/10/23; report presented out of sitting 24/11/23
  • Committee amendments: 7 Senator Fawcett agreed to; 2 AG agreed to
  • Passed 7/2/24

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 12/2/24
  • Read a 1st time 12/2/24

Defence Trade Controls Amendment Bill 2023

(Defence portfolio)

Amends the Defence Trade Controls Act 2012 to: regulate the supply of certain military or dual-use goods and technology on the Defence and Strategic Goods List (DSGL) from Australia to certain foreign persons both within and outside of Australia; regulate the provision of services in relation to DSGL Part 1 military goods or technology to foreign persons or entities; and remove the requirement to obtain a permit for supplies of certain DSGL goods and technology and the provision of certain DSGL services to the United Kingdom or the United States.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 30/11/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 30/11/23

Senate:

Digital Assets (Market Regulation) Bill 2023

(Senator Bragg —€“ LP)

Implements certain recommendations of the final report of the Senate Select Committee on Australia as a Technology and Financial Centre by: providing for a framework for digital asset exchanges, digital asset custody services and the issuing of stablecoins; requiring authorised deposit-taking institutions to comply with certain reporting requirements in relation to designated central bank digital currency; and providing for additional duties of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services in relation to the regulation of activities relating to digital assets and designated central bank digital currency.

Senate:

  • Introduced 29/3/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 29/3/23, 6/9/23, 15/11/23
  • Bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 30/3/23 (SBC report no. 4 of 2023); progress report presented out of sitting 27/6/23; extension of time to report 31/7/23; progress reports presented out of sitting 16/8/23, 25/8/23; report tabled 4/9/23

Digital ID Bill 2023

(Finance portfolio)

Introduced with the Digital ID (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Bill 2023, the bill: establishes an accreditation scheme for entities providing digital ID services; expands the Australian Government Digital ID System; and provides for privacy safeguards and a range of governance arrangements, including establishing the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission as the Digital ID Regulator and expanding the role of the Information Commissioner to regulate privacy protections for digital IDs.

Senate:

Digital ID (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Bill 2023

(Finance portfolio)

Introduced with the Digital ID Bill 2023, the bill makes consequential amendments to 6 Acts; and provides for transitional arrangements.

Senate:

Education and Other Legislation Amendment (Abolishing Indexation and Raising the Minimum Repayment Income for Education and Training Loans) Bill 2022

(Senator Faruqi —€“ AG)

Amends the: Higher Education Support Act 2003, Social Security Act 1991, Student Assistance Act 1973, Trade Support Loans Act 2014 and VET Student Loans Act 2016 to remove indexation on certain education and training loans; and Higher Education Support Act 2003, Social Security Act 1991 and Student Assistance Act 1973 to: define —€˜median wage—€™; and raise the minimum repayment income and amend the percentage of income a person is liable to repay the Commonwealth for certain education and training loans.

Senate:

  • Introduced 30/11/22
  • 2nd reading adjourned 30/11/22
  • Bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 1/12/22 (SBC report no. 8 of 2022); report presented out of sitting 17/4/23

Electoral Legislation Amendment (Fairer Contracts and Grants) Bill 2023

(Senator Waters —€“ AG)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to prohibit political donations being made by corporations or close associates of the corporation in certain circumstances.

Senate:

Electoral Legislation Amendment (Lowering the Voting Age) Bill 2023 [No. 2]

(Senator Steele-John —€“ AG)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 and Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984 to: lower the minimum voting age in Australian federal elections and referenda from 18 to 16 years; provide for 16 and 17 year olds to be included in the certified list of voters (but not to be given a penalty notice if they do not vote); and provide that an eligible voter, who is not yet on the electoral roll or enrolled at their correct address, is able to cast a provisional vote on election day.

Senate:

  • Introduced 8/2/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 8/2/23

Electoral Legislation Amendment (Restoring Trust) Bill 2023

(Ms Chaney —€“ Ind)

Amends the: Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 in relation to: the disclosure threshold; disclosure and publication of donations; misleading or deceptive electoral or referendum matter; definition of gift; prohibited donors; government advertising; postal vote applications; independent campaign entities; and nomination of candidates; Privacy Act 1988 to remove exemptions relating to data protection that apply to political parties and members of Parliament; Spam Act 2003 to remove exemptions relating to unsolicited electronic messages that apply to political parties; and Do Not Call Register Act 2006 to provide that independent candidates are treated the same as registered political parties under the provisions of the Act.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 7/8/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 7/8/23

Electric Vehicles Accountability Bill 2021

(Senator Rice —€“ AG)

The bill: requires the Minister for Energy and Emission Reduction to table in each House of Parliament an annual statement outlining Australia—€™s strategy on electric vehicles; and provides for the reference of matters to the Productivity Commission, including Australia—€™s support for the manufacture, purchase and use of electric vehicles.

Senate:

  • Introduced 16/6/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 16/6/21
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 47th Parliament 25/7/22
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 27/7/22

Ending Native Forest Logging Bill 2023

(Senator Rice —€“ AG)

The bill: repeals the Regional Forest Agreements Act 2002; and amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to: make consequential amendments; and provide for annual statements from the minister and the Threatened Species Commissioner on the impact of native forest logging.

Senate:

  • Introduced 12/9/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 12/9/23

Ending Poverty in Australia (Antipoverty Commission) Bill 2023

(Senator Rice —€“ AG)

The bill: establishes the Antipoverty Commission as a statutory authority to provide independent advice on poverty in Australia, the causes of poverty in Australia, approaches to reducing poverty in Australia and minimum levels for social security payments; and establishes a Parliamentary Joint Committee on combatting poverty in Australia.

Senate:

  • Introduced 30/3/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 30/3/23, 7/9/23

Environment and Other Legislation Amendment (Removing Nuclear Energy Prohibitions) Bill 2022

(Senators Canavan and Caddell —€“ Nats, Senators Antic, Colbeck, Fawcett, O—€™Sullivan and Van —€“ LP, Senator Rennick —€“ LNP and Senator Nampijinpa Price —€“ CLP)

Amends the: Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Act 1998 to remove the prohibition on the construction or operation of certain nuclear installations; and Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to remove the prohibition on the Minister for Environment and Water declaring, approving or considering actions relating to the construction or operation of certain nuclear installations.

Senate:

  • Introduced 28/9/22
  • 2nd reading adjourned 28/9/22
  • Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 27/10/22 (SBC report no. 6 of 2022); extension of time to report 6/3/23; progress report presented out of sitting 24/4/23; extensions of time to report 9/5/23, 13/6/23; progress report presented out of sitting 6/7/23; extension of time to report 31/7/23; report presented out of sitting 11/8/23

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Climate Trigger) Bill 2022 [No. 2]

(Senator Hanson-Young —€“ AG)

Amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to: require actions that would emit between 25,000 to 100,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent scope 1 emissions in any one year to be assessed for approval under Part 9 of the Act; require the minister, when approving any such action or when considering whether to enter into a conservation agreement, to consider Australia—€™s national carbon budget and greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets; require the minister to reject the approval of actions that would emit over 100,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent scope 1 emissions; require the Climate Change Authority to develop a national carbon budget to 2050 and to annually assess the budget; prohibit the minister, subject to certain exceptions, from using alternative approval processes for certain emissions intensive actions; and introduce penalties for undertaking certain emissions intensive actions without approval if the action has, will have or is likely to have a significant impact on the environment.

Senate:

  • Introduced 5/9/22
  • 2nd reading adjourned 5/9/22, 2/8/23, 28/2/24
  • Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 8/9/22 (SBC report no. 4 of 2022); extensions of time to report 7/2/23, 28/3/23, 16/6/23, 6/12/23; report tabled 7/2/24

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Expanding the Water Trigger) Bill 2023

(Dr Scamps —€“ Ind)

Amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to expand the circumstances in which certain petroleum mining developments must be assessed and approved by the minister.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 16/10/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 16/10/23

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Expanding the Water Trigger) Bill 2023 [No. 2]

(Senator Hanson-Young —€“ AG)

Amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to expand the circumstances in which certain petroleum mining developments must be assessed and approved by the minister.

Senate:

  • Introduced 18/10/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 18/10/23, 16/11/23

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Protecting Environmental Heritage) Bill 2024

(Senator Canavan —€“ Nats)

Senate:

  • Introduced 27/2/24
  • 2nd reading adjourned 27/2/24

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Regional Forest Agreements) Bill 2020

(Senator McKenzie —€“ Nats)

Amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and Regional Forest Agreements Act 2002 to provide that forestry operations covered by a regional forest agreement are exempted from Part 3 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Senate:

  • Introduced 9/12/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 9/12/20
  • Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 18/2/21 (SBC report no. 2 of 2021); extension of time to report 11/5/21; report tabled 13/5/21
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 47th Parliament 25/7/22
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 28/7/22
  • 2nd reading adjourned 1/8/22

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment
(Save the Koala) Bill 2021

(Senator Hanson-Young —€“ AG)

Amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to: prevent the minister from approving an action which involves the clearing of koala habitat; and remove the exemption of regional forest agreements from requirements of the Act where there is, may, or is likely to have significant impacts on koalas.

Senate:

  • Introduced 4/2/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/2/21, 22/2/21
  • Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 25/2/21 (SBC report no. 3 of 2021); extension of time to report 22/11/21; progress report presented out of sitting 11/2/22; extension of time to report 29/3/22; progress report presented out of sitting 10/5/22
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 47th Parliament 25/7/22
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 27/7/22
  • Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 28/7/22 (SBC report no. 2 of 2022); extensions of time to report 28/3/23, 16/6/23, 10/11/23; report tabled 7/12/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 26/10/22

Fair Work Amendment Bill 2024

(Employment and Workplace Relations portfolio)

Amends the Fair Work Act 2009 to provide that contravening a Fair Work Commission order which deals with the employee right to disconnect would not expose a person to a criminal penalty.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 15/2/24
  • Passed 28/2/24

Senate:

Fair Work Amendment (Equal Pay for Equal Work) Bill 2022

(Senator Roberts —€“ PHON)

Amends the Fair Work Act 2009 to require that labour hire workers covered by certain modern awards receive at least the same rate of pay as other employees performing the same work.

Senate:

  • Introduced 10/2/22
  • 2nd reading adjourned 10/2/22
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 47th Parliament 25/7/22
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 27/7/22
  • Bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 28/7/22 (SBC report no. 2 of 2022); report presented out of sitting 24/10/22
  • 2nd reading adjourned 30/11/22

Fair Work Amendment (Prohibiting COVID-19 Vaccine Discrimination) Bill 2023

(Senator Canavan —€“ Nats, Senator Antic —€“ LP and Senator Rennick —€“ LNP)

Amends the Fair Work Act 2009 to add COVID-19 vaccination status as an attribute protected from discrimination.

Senate:

  • Introduced 8/2/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 8/2/23
  • Bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 9/2/23 (SBC report no. 1 of 2023); extension of time to report 15/6/23; report presented out of sitting 25/8/23

Fair Work Amendment (Right to Disconnect) Bill 2023 [No. 2]

(Senator Barbara Pocock —€“ AG)

Amends the Fair Work Act 2009 to: prevent employers from contacting employees outside of work hours; and provide that employees are not required to monitor, read or respond to work communications from their employer outside of work hours.

Senate:

  • Introduced 27/3/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 27/3/23

Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency) Bill 2023

(Senator Lambie —€“ JLN and Senator David Pocock —€“ Ind)

Amends the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency Act 2013 to expand the functions of the Asbestos and Silica Safety and Eradication Agency in relation to silica safety and silica-related diseases.

Senate:

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 13/11/23
  • Read a 1st time 13/11/23

Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes) Bill 2023

(Employment and Workplace Relations portfolio)

Amends the: Fair Work Act 2009 in relation to: casual employment; small business redundancy exemptions in insolvency contexts; enabling multiple franchisees to access the single-enterprise stream; transitioning from multi-enterprise agreements; model terms; regulated labour hire arrangement orders; workplace delegates—€™ rights; discrimination against employees subjected to family and domestic violence; sham contracting; exemptions to waive entry requirements for suspected underpayment and increasing maximum penalties for underpayments; compliance notices; introduction of a criminal offence for wage theft; the definition of employment; minimum standards and increased dispute resolution for employee-like workers performing digital platform work and regulated road transport industry contractors; and removal of a sunsetted clause relating to applications to vary modern awards; Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 to remove provisions relating to the withdrawal of parts of amalgamated organisations; Independent Contractors Act 2006 to provide that the Act applies to independent contractors performing work remunerated at an amount exceeding the new contractor high income threshold; Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency Act 2013 to expand the functions of the Asbestos and Silica Safety and Eradication Agency in relation to silica safety and silica-related diseases; Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 to implement presumptive liability provisions for first responders who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder; and Work Health and Safety Act 2011 to: introduce an offence of industrial manslaughter; and amend the offences and penalties framework.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 4/9/23
  • 2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp negatived; 1 KAP to Opp negatived; 1 Ind (Ms Le) to KAP negatived; 1 CA to Ind (Ms Le) negatived
  • Consideration in detail amendments: 82 Govt agreed to; 8 AG agreed to; 2 Ind (Ms Spender) agreed to; 6 Ind (Ms Chaney) negatived; 7 Ind (Ms Daniel) negatived; 6 Ind (Ms Le) negatived; 2 Ind (Dr Scamps) negatived; 37 Ind (Ms Spender) negatived; 11 Ind (Ms Steggall) negatived; 2 Ind (Ms Tink) negatived
  • Passed 29/11/23

Senate:

  • Introduced 4/12/23
  • 2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp negatived; 1 Senator Van negatived
  • Committee amendments: 22 Govt agreed to (including amendments to divide the bill); 6 Opp negatived; 3 Opp withdrawn
  • Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 7/9/23 (SBC report no. 10 of 2023); inquiry confined to consideration of the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes No. 2) Bill 2023, 7/12/23; report presented out of sitting 1/2/24
  • Passed 7/12/23

House of Representatives:

  • House of Representatives agreed to the division of the bill into the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes) Bill 2023 and the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes No. 2) Bill 2023 and agreed to the Senate amendments (4 Opp and 3 Ind (Ms Spender) amendments to Senate amendments negatived) 7/12/23

Assent: 14/12/23 (Act No. 120, 2023)

Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes No. 2) Bill 2023

(Act citation: Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes No. 2) Act 2024)

(Employment and Workplace Relations portfolio)

This bill is the result of the division by the Senate of the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes) Bill 2023

Amends the: Fair Work Act 2009 in relation to: casual employment; enabling multiple franchisees to access the single-enterprise stream; transitioning from multi-enterprise agreements; model terms; intractable bargaining workplace determinations; workplace delegates—€™ rights; sham contracting; exemptions to waive entry requirements for suspected underpayment and increasing maximum penalties for underpayments; compliance notices; the definition of employment; minimum standards and increased dispute resolution for employee-like workers performing digital platform work and regulated road transport industry contractors; and removal of a sunsetted clause relating to applications to vary modern awards; Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 to remove provisions relating to the withdrawal of parts of amalgamated organisations; Independent Contractors Act 2006 to provide that the Act applies to independent contractors performing work remunerated at an amount exceeding the new contractor high income threshold; and Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave) Administration Act 1992 in relation to the appointment of certain directors to the Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave Funding) Corporation.

Senate:

  • Bill divided 7/12/23
  • Provisions of Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes) Bill 2023 referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 7/9/23 (SBC report no. 10 of 2023); inquiry confined to consideration of the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes No. 2) Bill 2023, 7/12/23; report presented out of sitting 1/2/24
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Committee amendments: 108 Govt agreed to; 3 AG agreed to; 1 JLN agreed to; 79 JLN/Ind (Senator David Pocock) agreed to; 5 Ind (Senator Thorpe) agreed to; 40 Opp negatived; 3 JLN negatived; 3 PHON negatived; 1 Ind (Senator Van) negatived
  • Passed 8/2/24

House of Representatives:

  • House of Representatives agreed to Senate amendments (4 Opp to Senate amendments nos 1, 2 and 52 negatived) 12/2/24

Assent: 26/2/24 (Act No. 2, 2024)

Fair Work Legislation Amendment (First Responders) Bill 2023

(Senator Lambie —€“ JLN and Senator David Pocock —€“ Ind)

Amends the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 to implement presumptive liability provisions for first responders who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Senate:

  • Introduced 6/11/23
  • Passed 9/11/23

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 13/11/23
  • Read a 1st time 13/11/23

Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Small Business Redundancy Exemption) Bill 2023

(Senator Lambie —€“ JLN and Senator David Pocock —€“ Ind)

Amends the Fair Work Act 2009 to provide an exception to the operation of the small business redundancy exemption when a larger business downsizes to become a smaller business employer due to insolvency.

Senate:

  • Introduced 6/11/23
  • Passed 9/11/23

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 13/11/23
  • Read a 1st time 13/11/23

Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Protections Against Discrimination) Bill 2023

(Senator Lambie —€“ JLN and Senator David Pocock —€“ Ind)

Amends the Fair Work Act 2009 to provide workplace protections against discrimination for employees who have been, or continue to be, subjected to family and domestic violence.

Senate:

  • Introduced 6/11/23
  • Passed 9/11/23

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 13/11/23
  • Read a 1st time 13/11/23

Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2024

(Senator Lambie —€“ JLN)

Senate:

  • Introduced 27/2/24
  • 2nd reading adjourned 27/2/24, 29/2/24

Federal Environment Watchdog Bill 2021

(Senator Hanson-Young —€“ AG)

Amends the: Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to: establish the Commonwealth Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to exercise the routine administrative regulatory functions currently undertaken by the Commonwealth in relation to the Act and other Commonwealth legislation relating to the environment and undertake certain functions relating to communities; establish an Office of Monitoring, Compliance, Enforcement and Assurance within the EPA; and establish the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Environment and Energy; and Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and Water Act 2007 to make consequential amendments.

Senate:

  • Introduced 31/8/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 31/8/21
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 47th Parliament 25/7/22
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 27/7/22

Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment Bill 2024

(Finance portfolio)

Amends the Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Act 1997 to remove certain limiting words from section 32B (which confers power on the Commonwealth to make, vary or administer an arrangement or grant) and section 39B (which confers power on the Commonwealth to form a company, participate in the formation of a company, acquire shares in a company or become a member of a company). Also makes consequential amendments to 7 Acts and contingent amendments to 2 Acts.

Senate:

  • Introduced 7/2/24
  • 2nd reading adjourned 7/2/24

Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Fees Imposition Amendment Bill 2024

(Treasury portfolio)

Introduced with the Treasury Laws Amendment (Foreign Investment) Bill 2024, the bill amends the: Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Fees Imposition Act 2015 to: increase the fee cap from $1,119,100 to $7,000,000; and amend the indexation provisions; and Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Fees Imposition Regulations 2020 to: increase the fees for giving notice in relation to the acquisition of established dwellings, and the vacancy fees for established and new residential dwellings acquired on or after 7.30 pm on 9 May 2017; and amend the indexation provisions.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 7/2/24
  • Passed 14/2/24

Senate:

  • Introduced 26/2/24
  • 2nd reading adjourned 26/2/24

Freeze on Rent and Rate Increases Bill 2023

(Senators Faruqi and McKim —€“ AG)

Amends the: Federal Financial Relations Act 2009 to: provide for additional designated housing agreements to include model tenancy standards; and create an instrument-making power allowing the minister to make additional payments to the states on the basis that the states agree to adopt the model tenancy standards, which would include implementing controls on rents and a ban on no-grounds eviction; and Reserve Bank Act 1959 to: insert an object stating that, in relation to differences of opinion between the Reserve Bank and the Government on questions of policy, the Government is ultimately responsible for monetary and banking policy; and provide that orders made to determine monetary policy can include freezing interest rates for a specified period of time.

Senate:

  • Introduced 19/6/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 19/6/23, 18/10/23

Governor-General Amendment (Cessation of Allowances in the Public Interest) Bill 2023

(Senator Shoebridge —€“ AG)

Amends the Governor-General Act 1974 to cease the payment of allowances to a former Governor-General, or a spouse of a former Governor-General, where they have engaged in serious misconduct.

Senate:

  • Introduced 6/3/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 6/3/23
  • Bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 9/3/23 (SBC report no. 2 of 2023); extension of time to report 10/5/23; report tabled 31/7/23

Help to Buy Bill 2023

(Treasury portfolio)

Introduced with the Help to Buy (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2023, the bill establishes a Commonwealth shared equity program (Help to Buy Scheme) to be administered by Housing Australia that will assist low to middle income earners to purchase new or existing homes.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 30/11/23
  • Consideration in detail amendments: 3 Ind (Ms Daniel) negatived; 4 Ind (Ms Le) negatived; 3 Ind (Ms Spender) negatived
  • Passed 28/2/24

Senate:

Help to Buy (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2023

(Treasury portfolio)

Introduced with the Help to Buy Bill 2023, the bill amends the Housing Australia Act 2018 to make amendments consequential on the establishment of the Help to Buy Scheme.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 30/11/23
  • Passed 28/2/24

Senate:

Housing Australia Future Fund Bill 2023 [No. 2]

(Finance portfolio)

Introduced with the National Housing Supply and Affordability Council Bill 2023 [No. 2] and Treasury Laws Amendment (Housing Measures No. 1) Bill 2023 [No. 2], the bill establishes the Housing Australia Future Fund to make grants, and enable Housing Australia to make grants and loans, in relation to acute housing needs, social housing or affordable housing.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 2/8/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 2/8/23

Senate:

Human Rights (Children Born Alive Protection) Bill 2022

(Senator Canavan —€“ Nats, Senator Antic —€“ LP and Senator Babet —€“ UAP)

The bill: clarifies that children born alive are persons; requires health practitioners to provide medical care, treatment and statistics on children born alive as a result of terminations; and provides that the mother of a child born alive is not liable to prosecution for an offence in respect of that child.

Senate:

  • Introduced 30/11/22
  • 2nd reading adjourned 30/11/22
  • Bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 9/2/23 (SBC report no. 1 of 2023); extension of time to report 16/6/23; report presented out of sitting 31/8/23

Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Amendment (Consideration of UNDRIP) Bill 2023

(Senator Thorpe —€“ Ind)

Amends the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011 to amend the definition of —€˜human rights—€™ to include the rights and freedoms outlined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Senate:

  • Introduced 29/11/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 29/11/23

Improving Access to Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2023

(Senator Hanson —€“ PHON)

Amends the Therapeutic Goods (Poisons Standard—€”February 2023) Instrument 2023 to amend the regulatory framework for medicinal cannabis by: re-scheduling medicinal cannabis, thereby allowing prescription by any medical practitioner; adopting a definition for cannabis as a regulated product that allows a higher level of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC); and allowing whole plant cannabis products with certain limits of THC and cannabidiol to be sold over the counter at a chemist or veterinary clinic to persons over 18 years of age.

Senate:

  • Introduced 9/3/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 9/3/23, 22/3/23
  • Bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 23/3/23 (SBC report no. 3 of 2023); report presented out of sitting 1/9/23

Intelligence Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2023

(Attorney-General—€™s portfolio)

Amends the: Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986 and Intelligence Services Act 2001 to: expand the jurisdictions of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS) and the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) to include the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC), the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre, the Australian Federal Police and the Department of Home Affairs; provide that the PJCIS may review proposed counter-terrorism and national security legislation, and all such expiring legislation; enable the PJCIS to request the IGIS to conduct an inquiry into certain operational activities of the agencies within the IGIS—€™s jurisdiction; clarify the legislation which enables the PJCIS to request a briefing from the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor; clarify the IGIS—€™s complaints jurisdiction; and make technical amendments; Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986 and Office of National Intelligence Act 2018 to require the IGIS and the Office of National Intelligence to provide annual briefings to the PJCIS; Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement Act 2010 to require the IGIS to provide annual briefings to the committee; Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 to amend the review and access of ACIC criminal intelligence assessment records; and Criminal Code Act 1995 to include an exemption from civil and criminal liability for defence officials and others for certain computer-related conduct. Also makes consequential amendments to 15 Acts.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 22/6/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 22/6/23
  • Bill referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security 26/7/23

Interactive Gambling Amendment (Ban on Gambling Advertisements) Bill 2023

(Ms Sharkie —€“ CA)

Amends the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 to ban the broadcast, datacast and publication of licensed interactive wagering services.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 19/6/23
  • Removed from Notice Paper 13/2/24

Landholders—€™ Right to Refuse (Gas and Coal) Bill 2015

(Senator Waters —€“ AG)

The bill: provides that Australian landholders have the right to refuse the undertaking of gas and coal mining activities by corporations on their land without prior written authorisation; sets out the requirements of a prior written authorisation; provides for relief which a court may grant a land owner when prior written authorisation is not provided; prohibits hydraulic fracturing for coal seam gas, shale gas and tight gas by corporations; and provides for civil penalties.

Senate:

  • Introduced 4/3/15
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/3/15
  • Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 5/3/15 (SBC report no. 2 of 2015); report presented out of sitting 30/9/15
  • Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16
  • Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 31/8/16
  • 2nd reading adjourned 24/11/16
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 31/7/19
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 47th Parliament 25/7/22
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 27/7/22

Legalising Cannabis Bill 2023

(Senator Shoebridge —€“ AG)

Establishes the Cannabis Australia National Agency as a statutory agency to register cannabis strains and regulate activities relating to cannabis including: growing and possessing cannabis plants; manufacturing and selling cannabis products; operating cannabis cafes; and importing and exporting cannabis products.

Senate:

Legislate the Date to End Live Sheep Export Bill 2024v

(Senator Faruqi —€“ AG)

Senate:

  • Introduced 28/2/24
  • 2nd reading adjourned 28/2/24

Live Performance Federal Insurance Guarantee Fund Bill 2021

(Senator Hanson-Young —€“ AG)

Requires the Treasurer to establish a Live Performance Federal Insurance Guarantee Fund to underwrite insurance for the live performance industry to enable future live performance events.

Senate:

  • Introduced 25/8/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 25/8/21
  • Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 2/9/21 (SBC report no. 11 of 2021); progress report presented out of sitting 8/10/21; extension of time to report 18/10/21; progress report presented out of sitting 29/10/21; report presented out of sitting 19/11/21
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 47th Parliament 25/7/22
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 27/7/22

Lobbying (Improving Government Honesty and Trust) Bill 2023

(Dr Ryan —€“ Ind)

Establishes a scheme in relation to dealings between lobbyists and Government representatives.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 13/11/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 13/11/23

Migration Amendment (Limits on Immigration Detention) Bill 2023

(Ms Tink —€“ Ind)

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to: prohibit the detention of minors; and introduce a 90-day limit on immigration detention which can only be extended in certain circumstances.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 27/11/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 27/11/23

Migration Amendment (Overseas Organ Transplant Disclosure and Other Measures) Bill 2023

(Senator Dean Smith —€“ LP)

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to: require persons entering Australia to respond to specified questions in relation to organ transplants outside Australia; provide for annual reporting requirements in relation to this information; and enable the minister to refuse to grant, or to cancel, a person—€™s visa if the minister reasonably suspects the person has been involved in conduct constituting an offence involving trafficking in human organs.

Senate:

  • Introduced 22/6/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 22/6/23
  • Bill referred to Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee 9/11/23 (SBC report no. 13 of 2023); extension of time to report 29/2/24; report due 14/5/24

Migration Amendment (Strengthening Employer Compliance) Bill 2023

(Act citation: Migration Amendment (Strengthening Employer Compliance) Act 2024)

(Home Affairs portfolio)

Amends the: Migration Act 1958 to: establish criminal offences and associated civil penalty provisions for a person who unduly influences, pressures or coerces a non-citizen to breach a work-related condition of their visa or accept an exploitative work arrangement to meet a work-related condition of their visa; enable the minister to prohibit certain employers from employing any additional non-citizens and introduce associated offence and civil penalty provisions; require the minister to publish certain information about a prohibited employer; increase and align the maximum criminal and civil penalties for current and proposed work-related and employer-sponsored related breaches; trigger the enforceable undertaking provisions in the Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014; provide for enforceable compliance notices where an officer suspects a contravention of a work or sponsorship-related offence or related provision; remove the criminal offence of breaching a work-related visa condition and insert an avoidance of doubt clause for remaining work-related offence provisions; and enable the Migration Regulations 1994 to prescribe matters the minister may, must or must not take into account when considering the exercise of the power to cancel visas on certain grounds.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 22/6/23
  • Passed 11/9/23

Senate:

House of Representatives:

  • House of Representatives agreed to Senate amendments 7/2/24

Assent: 20/2/24 (Act No. 1, 2024)

Modern Slavery Amendment (Australian Anti-Slavery Commissioner) Bill 2023

(Attorney-General—€™s portfolio)

Amends the Modern Slavery Act 2018 to establish the Australian Anti-Slavery Commissioner as an independent statutory office holder within the Attorney-General—€™s portfolio to provide an independent mechanism for victims and survivors, business and civil society to engage on issues and strategies to address modern slavery.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 30/11/23
  • Passed 8/2/24

Senate:

Murdoch Media Inquiry Bill 2023

(Senator Hanson-Young —€“ AG)

Establishes a commission of inquiry to inquire into and report to the Parliament on certain matters relating to the Murdoch media and media diversity in Australia.

Senate:

  • Introduced 13/6/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 13/6/23
  • Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 13/6/23 (SBC report no. 5 of 2023); extensions of time to report 16/6/23, 10/11/23; report due 30/4/24

National Energy Transition Authority Bill 2022

(Senator Allman-Payne —€“ AG)

Establishes the National Energy Transition Authority as a statutory authority to plan, coordinate and provide advice on the transition to renewable energy, focusing on the facilitation of new economic opportunities for workers and communities who are currently involved in fossil fuel production and associated industries.

Senate:

National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation Amendment (Unlocking Regional Housing) Bill 2023

(Dr Haines —€“ Ind)

Amends the: National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation Act 2018 to enable the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation to provide finance, grants or investments that support the provision of housing-enabling infrastructure, including for housing in regional, rural or remote Australia; and Housing Australia Act 2018 to make contingent amendments.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 11/9/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 11/9/23

National Housing Supply and Affordability Council Bill 2023 [No. 2]

(Treasury portfolio)

Introduced with the Housing Australia Future Fund Bill 2023 [No. 2] and Treasury Laws Amendment (Housing Measures No. 1) Bill 2023 [No. 2], the bill establishes the National Housing Supply and Affordability Council as an independent advisory body to the Commonwealth Government on matters relating to housing supply and affordability.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 2/8/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 2/8/23

Senate:

National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Amendment Bill 2023

(Social Services portfolio)

Amends the: National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Act 2018 to: amend existing processes and concepts relating to review of determinations, treatment of serious criminal convictions and applications by persons in gaol, and the disclosure of protected information; make technical amendments; and provide for the reassessment of determinations on certain finalised applications.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 15/11/23
  • Consideration in detail amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Passed 7/2/24

Senate:

  • Introduced 8/2/24
  • 2nd reading adjourned 8/2/24

National Security Legislation Amendment (Comprehensive Review and Other Measures No. 3) Bill 2023

(Home Affairs portfolio)

Amends the: Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 in relation to: the framework for security assessments; and security vetting and security clearance related activities; Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979, Intelligence Services Act 2001 and 10 other Acts in relation to: the protection of the identities of Australian Secret Intelligence Service, Australian Signals Directorate and Australian Security Intelligence Organisation staff; and the protection of intelligence information and documents; and Intelligence Services Act 2001, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 and Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 in relation to authorisation processes for certain intelligence activities.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 30/11/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 30/11/23
  • Bill referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security 7/12/23

National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Amendment (Strengthening Quality and Integrity in Vocational Education and Training No. 1) Bill 2024

(Employment and Workplace Relations portfolio)

Amends the: National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 in relation to: the automatic lapse of a registered training organisation (RTO); preventing an RTO from adding new courses to its scope of registration in the first 2 years of registration; increasing the period within which the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator can conduct an internal review of decisions; the order of initial applications for registration; suspension of applications for registration; offence and civil penalty provisions for false and misleading representations made by RTOs; and an increase in penalty units; and National Vocational Education and Training Regulator (Transitional Provisions) Act 2011 to provide for transitional arrangements.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 7/2/24
  • Passed 14/2/24

Senate:

  • Introduced 26/2/24
  • 2nd reading adjourned 26/2/24

Northern Territory Safe Measures Bill 2023

(Senator Nampijinpa Price —€“ CLP)

Reinstates measures that previously applied under the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Act 2012 which were aimed at reducing alcohol-related harm to vulnerable communities in the Northern Territory.

Senate:

  • Introduced 7/2/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 7/2/23, 8/2/23, 9/3/23, 24/3/23

Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (Domestic Reserve) Bill 2023

(Senator Hanson —€“ PHON)

Amends the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 to require petroleum production licensees to enter into a domestic reserve agreement with the Commonwealth.

Senate:

  • Introduced 5/9/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 5/9/23, 14/9/23

Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (Fight for Australia—€™s Coastline) Bill 2022

(Senator Whish-Wilson —€“ AG)

Amends the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 to: cancel Petroleum Exploration Permit 11, and Petroleum Exploration Permit/T/49P (King Island, Tasmania); prevent any petroleum exploration leases for the Otway Basin/12 Apostles being granted; and prohibit any further petroleum exploration in the three areas.

Senate:

  • Introduced 4/8/22
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/8/22, 9/2/23

Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (Stop PEP11 Forever and Protect Our Coastal Waters) Bill 2024

(Ms Steggall —€“ Ind)

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 26/2/24
  • 2nd reading adjourned 26/2/24

Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Legislation Amendment (Safety and Other Measures) Bill 2024

(Industry, Science and Resources portfolio)

Amends the: Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 to implement the outcomes of the Offshore Oil and Gas Safety Review; Navigation Act 1912 and Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 to clarify the validity of vessel safety certificates when a disconnectable facility transitions between the maritime and offshore petroleum regimes; Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 to: ensure that an approval of taking actions in accordance with a policy, plan or program remains effective following amendments to environmental regulations; enable the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority to specify the timeframe for a person to comply with a remedial direction; clarify the spatial extent of an eligible greenhouse gas storage formation; and make minor and technical amendments.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 15/2/24
  • 2nd reading adjourned 15/2/24

Senate:

Online Safety Amendment (Protecting Australian Children from Online Harm) Bill 2023

(Mr Coleman —€“ LP)

Amends the Online Safety Act 2021 to require the minister to conduct a trial of age verification technologies.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 27/11/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 27/11/23

Paid Parental Leave Amendment (More Support for Working Families) Bill 2023

(Social Services portfolio)

Amends the Paid Parental Leave Act 2010 to: increase the maximum period of flexible paid parental leave by 2 weeks each year from 1 July 2024 to 26 weeks from 1 July 2026; increase the reserved period for partnered claimants by one week each year from 1 July 2025 to 4 weeks from 1 July 2026; increase the number of days that can be taken concurrently by multiple claimants to 4 weeks by 1 July 2025; and make minor and technical amendments relating to eligibility for parental leave pay in exceptional circumstances.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 19/10/23
  • 2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp negatived; 1 Ind (Ms Spender) to Opp negatived
  • Passed 7/2/24

Senate:

  • Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 19/10/23 (SBC report no. 12 of 2023); report presented out of sitting 5/2/24
  • Introduced 8/2/24
  • 2nd reading adjourned 8/2/24, 28/2/24
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Ind (Senator David Pocock) pending

Parliamentary Privileges Amendment (Royal Commission Response) Bill 2022

(Senators Lambie and Tyrrell —€“ JLN)

Amends the Parliamentary Privileges Act 1987 to implement a recommendation of the interim report of the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide to allow a royal commission, whose terms of reference require an examination of government, to analyse and draw inferences or conclusions from evidence that is subject to parliamentary privilege.

Senate:

  • Introduced 7/9/22
  • 2nd reading adjourned 7/9/22, 26/9/22
  • Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 28/9/22 (SBC report no. 5 of 2022); report presented out of sitting 17/11/22

Passenger Movement Charge Amendment Bill 2024

(Home Affairs portfolio)

Amends the Passenger Movement Charge Act 1978 to increase the rate of the passenger movement charge from $60 to $70 from 1 July 2024.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 7/2/24
  • Passed 14/2/24

Senate:

  • Introduced 26/2/24
  • Passed 29/2/24

Plebiscite (Future Migration Level) Bill 2018

(Senator Hanson —€“ PHON)

Establishes a legislative framework for a national plebiscite to be held in conjunction with the next general election that would ask Australians —€œDo you think the current rate of immigration to Australia is too high?—€.

Senate:

  • Introduced 15/8/18
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 24/7/19
  • Negatived at 2nd reading 29/7/19
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 3/8/22

Primary Industries (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2023

(Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry portfolio)

Introduced with the Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Bill 2023, Primary Industries (Customs) Charges Bill 2023, Primary Industries (Services) Levies Bill 2023, Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Bill 2023 and Primary Industries Levies and Charges Disbursement Bill 2023 to establish a new framework for the agricultural levy system, the bill repeals 23 Acts; and makes consequential amendments to 13 Acts.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 18/10/23
  • Passed 15/11/23

Senate:

Primary Industries (Customs) Charges Bill 2023

(Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry portfolio)

Introduced with the Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Bill 2023, Primary Industries (Services) Levies Bill 2023, Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Bill 2023, Primary Industries Levies and Charges Disbursement Bill 2023 and Primary Industries (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2023 to establish a new framework for the agricultural levy system, the bill enables the regulations to impose customs charges in relation to products that are produce of a primary industry and goods consumed by, or used in the maintenance or treatment of, animals, plants, fungi or algae.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 18/10/23
  • Consideration in detail amendments: 5 Opp negatived
  • Passed 15/11/23

Senate:

Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Bill 2023

(Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry portfolio)

Introduced with the Primary Industries (Customs) Charges Bill 2023, Primary Industries (Services) Levies Bill 2023, Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Bill 2023, Primary Industries Levies and Charges Disbursement Bill 2023 and Primary Industries (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2023 to establish a new framework for the agricultural levy system, the bill enables the regulations to impose excise levies in relation to products that are produce of a primary industry, goods consumed by, or used in the maintenance or treatment of, animals, plants, fungi or algae and goods connected with nursery products.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 18/10/23
  • Consideration in detail amendments: 6 Opp negatived
  • Passed 15/11/23

Senate:

Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Bill 2023

(Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry portfolio)

Introduced with the Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Bill 2023, Primary Industries (Customs) Charges Bill 2023, Primary Industries (Services) Levies Bill 2023, Primary Industries Levies and Charges Disbursement Bill 2023 and Primary Industries (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2023 to establish a new framework for the agricultural levy system, the bill replaces the Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Act 1991 by providing for the collection and administration of levies and charges under the agricultural levy system.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 18/10/23
  • Passed 15/11/23

Senate:

Primary Industries Levies and Charges Disbursement Bill 2023

(Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry portfolio)

Introduced with the Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Bill 2023, Primary Industries (Customs) Charges Bill 2023, Primary Industries (Services) Levies Bill 2023, Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Bill 2023 and Primary Industries (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2023 to establish a new framework for the agricultural levy system, the bill provides for payments to recipient bodies, Animal Health Australia and Plant Health Australia and for crediting to the National Residue Survey Special Account of amounts connected with various levies and charges imposed on behalf of Australia—€™s primary industries.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 18/10/23
  • Passed 15/11/23

Senate:

Primary Industries (Services) Levies Bill 2023

(Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry portfolio)

Introduced with the Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Bill 2023, Primary Industries (Customs) Charges Bill 2023, Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Bill 2023, Primary Industries Levies and Charges Disbursement Bill 2023 and Primary Industries (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2023 to establish a new framework for the agricultural levy system, the bill enables the regulations to impose levies on services that facilitate the production of products that are produce of a primary industry.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 18/10/23
  • Consideration in detail amendments: 4 Opp negatived
  • Passed 15/11/23

Senate:

Prohibition on the Purchase of Residential Property by Foreign Entities Bill 2024

(Mr Gee —€“ Ind)

Prohibits the purchase of residential property by foreign entities for a 2-year period.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 12/2/24
  • 2nd reading adjourned 12/2/24

Protecting the Spirit of Sea Country Bill 2023

(Senator Cox —€“ AG)

Amends the: Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 in relation to prescribing consultation requirements with traditional owners, knowledge holders and other relevant persons when preparing environment plans; Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Environment) Regulations 2009 in relation to: meaning of relevant person; and protection of cultural heritage; and Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Resource Management and Administration) Regulations 2011 to make a consequential amendment.

Senate:

Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Amendment (Vaccine Indemnity) Bill 2023

(Senator Babet —€“ UAP)

Amends the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 to provide that indemnities cannot be granted to manufacturers of vaccines in relation to the use of a vaccine.

Senate:

  • Introduced 3/8/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 3/8/23, 10/8/23
  • Bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 10/8/23 (SBC report no. 9 of 2023); report due 18/3/24

Public Service Amendment Bill 2023

(Prime Minister and Cabinet portfolio)

Responding to certain recommendations of the Independent Review of the Australian Public Service (the Thodey Review), the bill amends the Public Service Act 1999 to: include a new Australian Public Service (APS) Value of —€˜Stewardship—€™; require the Secretaries Board to prepare an APS Purpose Statement; require agency heads to uphold and promote the APS Purpose Statement; provide that ministers must not direct agency heads on individual employment matters; require agency heads to put in place measures to enable decision-making to occur at the lowest appropriate classification; require regular capability reviews; require the Secretaries Board to request and publish regular long-term insights reports; require agencies to publish annual APS Employee Census results and respond to relevant findings through an action plan; and remove the requirement to seek the APS Commissioner—€™s consent to delegate powers and functions to Australian Defence Force members.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 14/6/23
  • 2nd reading amendments: 1 Ind (Ms Chaney) negatived; 1 Ind (Ms Daniel) to Ind (Ms Chaney) negatived
  • Consideration in details amendments: 2 Ind (Ms Le) negatived; 1 Ind (Dr Scamps) negatived; 6 Ind (Ms Spender) negatived
  • Passed 1/8/23

Senate:

Snowy Hydro Corporatisation Amendment (No New Fossil Fuels)
Bill 2021 [No. 2]

(Senator Waters —€“ AG)

Amends the Snowy Hydro Corporatisation Act 1997 to prohibit the Snowy Hydro Company and Snowy hydro-group companies from being involved in creating or investing in new fossil fuel-based electricity generation capacity.

Senate:

  • Introduced 13/5/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 13/5/21, 21/6/21
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 47th Parliament 25/7/22
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 27/7/22

Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Military Invalidity Payments Means Testing) Bill 2024

(Social Services portfolio)

Responds to the Federal Court decision in Commissioner of Taxation v Douglas [2020] FCAFC 220 by amending the Social Security Act 1991 and Veterans—€™ Entitlements Act 1986 to provide a clear legal basis for the assessment of income from certain military invalidity pensions.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 15/2/24
  • Passed 28/2/24

Senate:

  • Introduced 28/2/24
  • 2nd reading adjourned 28/2/24
  • Bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 29/2/24 (SBC report no. 2 of 2024); report due 10/4/24

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Child Support and Family Assistance Technical Amendments) Bill 2024

(Social Services portfolio)

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 28/2/24
  • 2nd reading adjourned 28/2/24

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Enhancing Pensioner and Veteran Workforce Participation) Bill 2022

(Senator Dean Smith —€“ LP)

Amends the: Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 and Veterans—€™ Entitlements Act 1986 to enable age pensioners and certain veterans' entitlement recipients to have their payment suspended for up to two years, instead of cancelled, if their income, which includes some income from the recipient's own employment, precludes payment; and provide for the same suspension period for partners of the age pension, disability support pension and certain veterans—€™ entitlements recipients, where the partner is receiving a social security pension or certain veterans—€™ entitlements; Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to make minor amendments to the existing suspension provisions for disability support pensioners; and Social Security Act 1991 and Veterans—€™ Entitlements Act 1986 to: provide that working age pensioners, disability support pensioners and certain veterans—€™ entitlements recipients, and their pensioner partners, can retain their pensioner concession card for up to two years after their payment ceases; and increase to $600 the amount of income age pensioners and certain veterans—€™ entitlement recipients can earn each fortnight while still receiving maximum pension payments and provide for a review, and sunsetting, of these amendments.

Senate:

  • Introduced 3/8/22
  • 2nd reading adjourned 3/8/22, 5/9/22
  • Bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 4/8/22 (SBC report no. 3 of 2022); report presented out of sitting 30/9/22

Superannuation (Better Targeted Superannuation Concessions) Imposition Bill 2023

Introduced with the Treasury Laws Amendment (Better Targeted Superannuation Concessions and Other Measures) Bill 2023, the bill imposes a tax rate of 15 per cent for superannuation earnings corresponding to the percentage of an individual—€™s superannuation balance that exceeds $3 million for an income year.

(Treasury portfolio)

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 30/11/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 30/11/23

Senate:

Superannuation (Objective) Bill 2023

(Treasury portfolio)

Enshrines the objective of superannuation in legislation and requires a statement of compatibility to be included in the explanatory materials accompanying bills and regulations relating to superannuation.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 16/11/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 16/11/23, 28/2/24, 29/2/24
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp pending

Senate:

Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Enhancing Consumer Safeguards and Other Measures) Bill 2023

(Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts portfolio)

Amends the: Competition and Consumer Act 2010, Telecommunications Act 1997 and Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards Act 1999 to amend the operation of the statutory infrastructure provider regime; Telecommunications Act 1997 to enable the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to issue remedial notices to developers who do not install functional fibre-ready facilities in proximity to a development; Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005 to enable the disclosure by the ACMA of certain information; Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999 to enable the minister to determine service areas that relate to a primary universal service provider; and Telecommunications Act 1997 and Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999 to make technical amendments.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 7/12/23
  • Passed 14/2/24

Senate:

Treasury Laws Amendment (Better Targeted Superannuation Concessions and Other Measures) Bill 2023

(Treasury portfolio)

Introduced with the Superannuation (Better Targeted Superannuation Concessions) Imposition Bill 2023, the bill amends: 7 Acts to make consequential amendments; the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012 to enable the disclosure of information about a recognised assessment activity in relation to a registered entity in certain circumstances; the Financial Regulator Assessment Authority Act 2021 to reduce the frequency of certain periodic reviews; 6 Acts to make miscellaneous and technical amendments in the Treasury portfolio; the Corporations Act 2001 to provide four licensing exemptions for foreign financial services providers; and the Payment Systems (Regulation) Act 1998 and 4 other Acts in relation to the payments regulatory framework.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 30/11/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 30/11/23

Senate:

Treasury Laws Amendment (Consumer Data Right) Bill 2022

(Home Affairs portfolio)

Amends the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to establish action initiation reforms, enabling consumer data right (CDR) consumers to direct accredited persons to instruct on actions on their behalf, such as making a payment, opening and closing an account, switching providers and updating personal details, using the CDR framework.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 30/11/22
  • Passed 15/2/23

Senate:

Treasury Laws Amendment (Cost of Living—€”Medicare Levy) Bill 2024

(Treasury portfolio)

Introduced with the Treasury Laws Amendment (Cost of Living Tax Cuts) Bill 2024, the bill amends the A New Tax System (Medicare Levy Surcharge—€”Fringe Benefits) Act 1999 and Medicare Levy Act 1986 to: increase the Medicare levy and Medicare levy surcharge low-income threshold amounts for individuals, families and individual taxpayers and families eligible for the seniors and pensioners tax offset; and increase the phase-in limits as a result of the increased threshold amounts.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 6/2/24
  • Passed 15/2/24

Senate:

  • Introduced 26/2/24
  • 2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp negatived; 2 AG negatived
  • Passed 27/2/24

Treasury Laws Amendment (Cost of Living Tax Cuts) Bill 2024

(Treasury portfolio)

Introduced with the Treasury Laws Amendment (Cost of Living—€”Medicare Levy) Bill 2024, the bill amends the Income Tax Rates Act 1986 to modify income tax rate thresholds and tax rates for individuals for the 2024-25 and later financial years.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 6/2/24
  • 2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp negatived; 1 AG to Opp negatived
  • Consideration in detail amendments: 3 Opp negatived
  • Passed 15/2/24

Senate:

  • Introduced 26/2/24
  • 2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp negatived; 2 AG negatived
  • Committee requests for amendments: 1 PHON negatived; 5 UAP negatived
  • Passed 27/2/24

Treasury Laws Amendment (Foreign Investment) Bill 2024

(Treasury portfolio)

Introduced with the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Fees Imposition Amendment Bill 2024, the bill amends the International Tax Agreements Act 1953 to clarify any uncertainty associated with the interaction between certain taxes, such as foreign investment fees and similar state and territory property taxes, and double tax agreements implemented domestically.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 7/2/24
  • Passed 14/2/24

Senate:

  • Introduced 26/2/24
  • 2nd reading adjourned 26/2/24

Treasury Laws Amendment (Housing Measures No. 1) Bill 2023 [No. 2]

(Treasury portfolio)

Introduced with the Housing Australia Future Fund Bill 2023 [No. 2] and National Housing Supply and Affordability Council Bill 2023 [No. 2], the bill amends: the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation Act 2018 to rename the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation to Housing Australia; the renamed Housing Australia Act 2018 to: streamline the functions of Housing Australia; establish an annual review mechanism for the National Housing Infrastructure Facility; and extend the Commonwealth guarantee of the liabilities of Housing Australia to apply to contracts entered into until 30 June 2028; and 10 Acts to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 2/8/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 2/8/23

Senate:

Treasury Laws Amendment (Making Multinationals Pay Their Fair Share—€”Integrity and Transparency) Bill 2023

(Treasury portfolio)

Amends the: Corporations Act 2001 to require Australian public companies to disclose information about their subsidiaries in their annual financial reports by way of a —€˜consolidated entity disclosure statement—€™; and Income Tax Assessment Act 1936, Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Taxation Administration Act 1953 to amend the thin capitalisation rules to limit the amount of debt deductions that multinational entities can claim in an income year.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 22/6/23
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Consideration in detail amendments: 5 Ind (Ms Spender) negatived
  • Passed 9/8/23

Senate:

  • Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 22/6/23 (SBC report no. 7 of 2023); progress report presented out of sitting 31/8/23; extension of time to report 4/9/23; report presented out of sitting 22/9/23
  • Introduced 9/8/23
  • 2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp agreed to (reference to committee —€“ see below); 2 Opp negatived
  • Reference: Govt amendments to bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 5/12/23; report presented out of sitting 5/2/24

Treasury Laws Amendment (Reserve Bank Reforms) Bill 2023

(Treasury portfolio)

Partially implements the Government—€™s response to the review of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) by amending the Reserve Bank Act 1959 to: remove the Government—€™s power to override monetary policy decisions of the RBA and remove the RBA—€™s power to determine the lending policy of banks; clarify the objectives and functions of the RBA; replace the existing Reserve Bank Board with a Monetary Policy Board and Governance Board; and make consequential and minor amendments.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 29/11/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 29/11/23

Senate:

Treasury Laws Amendment (Support for Small Business and Charities and Other Measures) Bill 2023

(Treasury portfolio)

Amends the: Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 to: increase the instant asset write-off threshold from $1,000 to $20,000 for the 2023-24 financial year; and provide small and medium businesses with access to a bonus tax deduction for the 2023-24 financial year relating to electrification and more efficient energy use; Income Tax Assessment Act 1997, Taxation Administration Act 1953 and A New Tax System (Australian Business Number) Act 1999 to facilitate certain community charities achieving deductible gift recipient status; Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to: include two new entities on the list of deductible gift recipients and extend the listing for two other entities; extend the Global Infrastructure Hub—€™s income tax exemption for an additional year; broadly align existing tax requirements with a new accounting standard for insurance contracts; and amend the rules for non-arm—€™s length expenses for superannuation entities; Corporations Act 2001 to reinstate the Australian Financial Complaint Authority—€™s jurisdiction to hear certain complaints relating to superannuation; and Treasury Laws Amendment (2023 Law Improvement Package No. 1) Act 2023 to make contingent amendments.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 13/9/23
  • Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 19/10/23 (SBC report no. 12 of 2023); extension of time to report 13/11/23; report presented out of sitting 24/11/23
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Consideration in detail amendments: 5 Opp negatived; 19 Ind (Ms Steggall) negatived
  • Passed 27/11/23

Senate:

  • Introduced 27/11/23
  • 2nd reading adjourned 27/11/23

Treasury Laws Amendment (Tax Accountability and Fairness) Bill 2023

(Treasury portfolio)

Amends the: Tax Agent Services Act 2009 and Taxation Administration Act 1953: to expand the operation of the promoter penalty provisions; and enable the sharing of certain protected information; Taxation Administration Act 1953 to extend whistleblower protections to eligible whistleblowers who make disclosures to the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB); and reverse the burden of proof for certain claims of protection; Tax Agent Services Act 2009 in relation to the Tax Practitioners Board TPB Register and the TPB—€™s delegation powers; and Petroleum Resource Rent Tax Assessment Act 1987 to limit the proportion of petroleum resource rent tax assessable income that can be offset by deductions to 90 per cent.

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