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Parl No.
46
Date
22 Oct 2020
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ABBREVIATIONS â—‚¬—€œ parties and committees

AG

Australian Greens

LP

Liberal Party of Australia [Govt]

ALP

Australian Labor Party [Opp]

Nats

The Nationals [Govt]

CA

Centre Alliance

PHON

Pauline Hanson's One Nation

Ind

Independent

SC

House of Representatives Selection Committee

JLN

Jacqui Lambie Network

SBC

Senate Selection of Bills Committee

KAP

Katter's Australian Party


Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment (Jabiru) Bill 2020

(Indigenous Australians portfolio)

Amends the: Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 to: remove the requirement that the term of the Jabiru township lease be 99 years to allow for a shorter term between 40 and 99 years; remove the requirement that the initial grant of the township lease can only be to the Commonwealth; clarify that the new township lease will not automatically extend the term of existing Jabiru subleases beyond the term of the current town head lease; and remove redundant Jabiru-specific leasing provisions; and Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to make a minor consequential amendment.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 13/5/20
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived
  • Passed 31/8/20

Senate:

  • Introduced 1/9/20
  • Passed 3/9/20

Assent: 17/9/20 (Act No. 87, 2020)

Aged Care Amendment (Aged Care Recipient Classification) Bill 2020

(Health portfolio)

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 21/10/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 21/10/20

Aged Care Amendment (Staffing Ratio Disclosure) Bill 2019

(Ms Sharkie MP â—‚¬—€œ CA)

Amends the Aged Care Act 1997 to: require approved residential care service providers to notify the secretary of the ratios of aged care recipients to staff members, broken down into categories of staff members, on a quarterly basis; and require a review of the proposed amendments 12 months after their commencement.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 22/7/19
  • Removed from Notice Paper 11/2/20

Aged Care Legislation Amendment (Emergency Leave) Bill 2020

(Health portfolio)

Amends the Aged Care Act 1997 and Aged Care (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 to: introduce an emergency leave type that will enable approved providers to remain eligible for residential care subsidy in declared emergency situations; and ensure that approved providers cannot charge aged care residents a fee during a declared emergency to reserve their place in an aged care service.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 13/5/20
  • Passed 13/5/20

Senate:

  • Introduced 14/5/20
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/negatived
  • Passed 14/5/20

Assent: 15/5/20 (Act No. 41, 2020)

Aged Care Legislation Amendment (Financial Transparency) Bill 2020

(Senator Griff â—‚¬—€œ CA)

Amends the: Aged Care Act 1997 to require residential aged care providers to disclose their income, costs of food and medication, staff and staff training, accommodation, administration and monies paid to parent bodies in annual financial transparency reports to the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner; and Corporations Act 2001 to ensure residential aged care providers include detailed financial information in annual financial statements.

Senate:

  • Introduced 12/6/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 12/6/20
  • Bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 18/6/20 (SBC report 6/20); report due 23/11/20

Aged Care Legislation Amendment (Financial Transparency) Bill 2020 [No. 2]

(Ms Sharkie MP â—‚¬—€œ CA)

Amends the: Aged Care Act 1997 to require residential aged care providers to disclose their income, cost of food and medication, staff and staff training, accommodation, administration and monies paid to parent bodies in annual financial transparency reports to the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner, and Corporations Act 2001 to ensure residential aged care providers include detailed financial information in annual financial statements.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 19/10/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 19/10/20
  • Bill referred to House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport 21/10/20 (SC report no. 21)

Aged Care Legislation Amendment (Improved Home Care Payment Administration No. 1) Bill 2020

(Health portfolio)

Amends the Aged Care Act 1997 and Aged Care (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 to change home care subsidy from being paid to an approved provider in advance of the home care services being delivered to a consumer, to a payment made in arrears after the services have been delivered.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 27/2/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 27/2/20, 5/3/20
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/pending

Aged Care Legislation Amendment (Improved Home Care Payment Administration No. 2) Bill 2020

(Health portfolio)

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 21/10/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 21/10/20

Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Amendment (Worker Screening Database) Bill 2019

(Ms Sharkie MP â—‚¬—€œ CA)

Amends the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Act 2018 to establish a database for nationally consistent worker screening to enable employers to search the database to screen potential employees for any history of misconduct.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 22/7/19
  • Removed from Notice Paper 11/2/20

Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment (Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority Board and Other Improvements) Bill 2019

(Agriculture portfolio)

Amends the: Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994 in relation to: information to be taken into account by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) in determining applications; approval and registration for prescribed active constituents, chemical products or labels; limits on use of information; computerised decision-making by the APVMA; management of errors in an application at the preliminary assessment stage; variation of relevant particulars and conditions; variation of approval or registration during suspension; suspension or cancellation of approval or registration for provision of false or misleading information; notification and publication of voluntary recalls; obligations on holders and applicants to inform the APVMA of new information where it relates to the safety criteria; definition of 'registered chemical product'; supply or registered chemical products with unapproved label; safety, efficacy, trade and labelling criteria; clarification that the 'expiry date' is the date after which a chemical product must not be used; Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Products (Collection of Levy) Act 1994 and Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992 to simplify reporting requirements for annual returns; Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992 and Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994 in relation to: the establishment of civil pecuniary penalties for providing false or misleading information; the Maximum Residue Limits Standard; and minor and technical amendments, including the removal of redundant provisions; and Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992 to: remove the requirement for the APVMA to prepare an annual operational plan; and establish a governance board for the APVMA and cease the existing APVMA Advisory Board. Also repeals the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment (Removing Re-approval and Re-registration) Act 2014.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 18/9/19
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived
  • Passed 23/12/19

Senate:

Agriculture Legislation Amendment (Streamlining Administration) Bill 2019

(Agriculture portfolio)

Amends the Biosecurity Act 2015 and Imported Food Control Act 1992 to enable computerised decision-making for certain purposes.

Senate:

  • Introduced 2/12/19
  • Bill referred to Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 28/11/19 (SBC report 9/19) upon introduction in the Senate (2/12/19); report presented out of sitting 31/1/20
  • Passed 25/2/20

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 25/2/20
  • Read a 1st time 25/2/20

Agriculture Legislation Repeal Bill 2019

(Prime Minister's portfolio)

Repeals the Australian Meat and Live-stock Corporation Amendment Act 1990, National Residue Survey (Consequential Provisions) Act 1992, Wool International Act 1993 and Wool International Privatisation Act 1999.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 2/7/19
  • Read a 1st time 2/7/19

Air Services Amendment Bill 2018

(Senator Rice â—‚¬—€œ AG)

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

Senate:

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

Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019

(Home Affairs portfolio)

Amends the: Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 to: expand the circumstances in which reporting entities may rely on customer identification and verification procedures undertaken by a third party; explicitly prohibit reporting entities from providing a designated service if customer identification procedures cannot be performed; prohibit financial institutions from entering into a correspondent banking relationship that permits its accounts to be used by a shell bank; require banks to conduct due diligence assessments before entering, and during, all correspondent banking relationships; and expand exceptions to the prohibition on tipping off to permit reporting entities to share suspicious matter reports and related information with external auditors and foreign members of corporate and designated business groups;
Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 and Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986 to replace existing 'designated agency' information sharing provisions (relating to the use and disclosure of AUSTRAC information) with a more general information sharing power; Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006, Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and Surveillance Devices Act 2004 to create a single reporting requirement for the cross-border movement of monetary instruments; Criminal Code Act 1995 to: clarify that the existence of one Commonwealth constitutional connector is sufficient to establish an instrument of crime offence; deem money or property provided by undercover law enforcement as part of a controlled operation to be the proceeds of crime for the purposes of prosecution; and provide for transitional arrangements; and Australian Federal Police Act 1979 to create a new offence of dishonestly representing conferral of police awards.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 17/10/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 17/10/19

Senate:

Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2019-2020

(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) 2019-2020 and the Supply Act (No. 1) 2019-2020.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 13/2/20
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived
  • Passed 4/3/20

Senate:

  • Introduced 23/3/20
  • Passed 23/3/20

Assent: 26/3/20 (Act No. 33, 2020)

Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2019-2020

(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) 2019-2020 and the Supply Act (No. 2) 2019-2020.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 13/2/20
  • Passed 4/3/20

Senate:

  • Introduced 23/3/20
  • Passed 23/3/20

Assent: 26/3/20 (Act No. 34, 2020)

Appropriation Bill (No. 5) 2019-2020

(Finance portfolio)

Introduced with the Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Bill 2020, Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus (Measures No. 2) Bill 2020 and Appropriation Bill (No. 6) 2019-2020 to respond to the economic impacts of the coronavirus, the bill appropriates money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the ordinary annual services of the government, in addition to the appropriations provided for by the Supply Act (No. 1) 2019-2020, the Appropriation Act (No. 1) 2019-2020, the Appropriation Act (No. 3) 2019-2020 and the Appropriation (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Act (No. 1) 2019-2020.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 8/4/20
  • 2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp/negatived; 8 Opp to Opp/negatived
  • Passed 8/4/20

Senate:

  • Introduced 8/4/20
  • 2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp/passed; 3 Opp/negatived; 3 AG/negatived
  • Passed 8/4/20

Assent: 9/4/20 (Act No. 39, 2020)

Appropriation Bill (No. 6) 2019-2020

(Finance portfolio)

Introduced with the Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Bill 2020, Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus (Measures No. 2) Bill 2020 and Appropriation Bill (No. 5) 2019-2020 to respond to the economic impacts of the coronavirus, the bill appropriates money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure, in addition to the appropriations provided for by the Supply Act (No. 2) 2019-2020, the Appropriation Act (No. 2) 2019-2020, the Appropriation Act (No. 4) 2019-2020 and the Appropriation (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Act (No. 2) 2019-2020.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 8/4/20
  • 2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp/negatived; 8 Opp to Opp/negatived
  • Passed 8/4/20

Senate:

  • Introduced 8/4/20
  • 2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp/passed; 3 Opp/negatived; 3 AG/negatived
  • Passed 8/4/20

Assent: 9/4/20 (Act No. 40, 2020)

Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2020-2021

(Finance portfolio)

Appropriates money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the ordinary annual services of the government, in addition to the appropriations provided for by the Supply Act (No. 1) 2020-2021.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 6/10/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 6/10/20, 8/10/20, 20/10/20
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/pending
  • Federation Chamber: Referred 20/10/20; 2nd reading adjourned 20/10/20, 21/10/20, 22/10/20

Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2020-2021

(Finance portfolio)

Appropriates money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure, in addition to the appropriations provided for by the Supply Act (No. 2) 2020-2021.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 6/10/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 6/10/20
  • Federation Chamber: Referred 20/10/20

Appropriation (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill (No. 1) 2019-2020

(Finance portfolio)

Part of a package of eight bills to respond to the economic impacts of the coronavirus, the bill appropriates 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) 2019-2020 and the Supply Act (No. 1) 2019-2020.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 23/3/20
  • 2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp/negatived; 2 Opp to Opp/negatived
  • Passed 23/3/20

Senate:

  • Introduced 23/3/20
  • 2nd reading amendments: 3 Opp/agreed to; 1 AG/agreed to; 3 AG/negatived
  • Passed 23/3/20

Assent: 24/3/20 (Act No. 25, 2020)

Appropriation (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill (No. 2) 2019-2020

(Finance portfolio)

Part of a package of eight bills to respond to the economic impacts of the coronavirus, the bill appropriates money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure, in addition to the appropriations provided for by the Appropriation Act (No. 2) 2019-2020 and the Supply Act (No. 2) 2019-2020.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 23/3/20
  • 2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp/negatived; 2 Opp to Opp/negatived
  • Passed 23/3/20

Senate:

  • Introduced 23/3/20
  • 2nd reading amendments: 3 Opp/agreed to; 1 AG/agreed to; 3 AG/negatived
  • Passed 23/3/20

Assent: 24/3/20 (Act No. 26, 2020)

Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2020-2021

(Finance portfolio)

Appropriates money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for expenditure in relation to the parliamentary departments, in addition to the appropriations provided for by the Supply (Parliamentary Departments) Act (No. 1) 2020-2021.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 6/10/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 6/10/20
  • Federation Chamber: Referred 20/10/20

Assistance for Severely Affected Regions (Special Appropriation) (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill 2020

(Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development portfolio)

Part of a package of eight bills to respond to the economic impacts of the coronavirus, the bill appropriates the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the purposes of making payments to support regions, industry sectors and communities in severely affected regions.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 23/3/20
  • 2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp/negatived; 2 Opp to Opp/negatived
  • Passed 23/3/20

Senate:

  • Introduced 23/3/20
  • 2nd reading amendments: 3 Opp/agreed to; 1 AG/agreed to; 3 AG/negatived
  • Committee amendments: 5 AG/negatived
  • Passed 23/3/20

Assent: 24/3/20 (Act No. 24, 2020)

Australian Banks (Government Audit) Bill 2019

(Mr Katter MP â—‚¬—€œ KAP)

Provides for independent audits of Australian banking corporations and their subsidiaries by the Auditor-General.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 2/12/19
  • Removed from Notice Paper 20/10/20

Australian Bill of Rights Bill 2019

(Mr Wilkie MP â—‚¬—€œ Ind)

Gives effect to certain provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment by: declaring an Australian Bill of Rights; providing that any Commonwealth, state or territory law that is inconsistent with the Bill of Rights is invalid to the extent of the inconsistency; specifying that Commonwealth, state and territory laws must be interpreted consistently with the Bill of Rights; and providing the Australian Human Rights Commission with a range of additional powers and functions in relation to the rights and freedoms in the Bill of Rights.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 16/9/19
  • Removed from Notice Paper 24/3/20

Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Rural and Regional Measures) Bill 2019

(Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts portfolio)

Amends the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 to: amend the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Charter to require the ABC to broadcast programs that contribute to a sense of regional and national identity, and inform and entertain, and reflect the geographic and cultural diversity of, the Australian community; require the ABC Board to have two members with a substantial connection to, or substantial experience in, a regional area through business, industry or community involvement; establish a Regional Advisory Council to advise the ABC Board; and require the ABC Board to report annually on a range of additional matters, including the total number of individuals employed in regional and metropolitan areas, and the journalist to support staff ratio of employees.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 31/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 31/7/19, 16/9/19
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/pending

Australian Business Growth Fund Bill 2019

(Treasury portfolio)

Establishes the Australian Business Growth Fund (ABGF) to: provide a source of 'patient capital' for small and medium enterprises; authorise investment by the Commonwealth in the ABGF; and appropriate $100 million for the purposes of the ABGF.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 5/12/19
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived
  • Passed 6/2/20

Senate:

  • Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 6/2/20 (SBC report 1/20); report presented out of sitting 21/2/20
  • Introduced 10/2/20
  • In committee 27/2/20
  • Committee amendments: 2 Opp/passed; 1 CA/pending

Australian Business Growth Fund (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill 2020

(Treasury portfolio)

Part of a package of eight bills to respond to the economic impacts of the coronavirus, the bill: establishes the Australian Business Growth Fund to provide a source of patient capital for small and medium enterprises; and authorises investment by the Commonwealth in the Fund, and appropriates the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the purposes of that investment.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 23/3/20
  • 2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp/negatived; 2 Opp to Opp/negatived
  • Passed 23/3/20

Senate:

  • Introduced 23/3/20
  • 2nd reading amendments: 3 Opp/agreed to; 1 AG/agreed to; 3 AG/negatived
  • Passed 23/3/20

Assent: 24/3/20 (Act No. 28, 2020)

Australian Cannabis Agency Bill 2018

(Senator Di Natale â—‚¬—€œ AG)

Establishes the Australian Cannabis Agency to regulate the production and distribution of recreational cannabis in the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory.

Senate:

  • Introduced 27/11/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 27/11/18
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 4/7/19

Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Amendment (ACT Integrity Commission Powers) Bill 2020

(Dr Leigh MP â—‚¬—€œ ALP)

Amends the Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988 to allow the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Legislative Assembly to make laws relating to the Australian Federal Police's (AFP) provision of police services, where those laws relate to the investigation of integrity and corruption with respect to AFP services provided for the ACT.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 24/2/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 24/2/20

Australian Citizenship Amendment (Citizenship Cessation) Bill 2020

(Previous title: Australian Citizenship Amendment (Citizenship Cessation) Bill 2019)

(Home Affairs portfolio)

Amends the: Australian Citizenship Act 2007 to: replace the current arrangements, whereby a person's Australian citizenship automatically ceases through certain conduct, with a discretion for the Minister for Home Affairs to determine that a person who is a national or citizen of a country other than Australia ceases to be an Australian citizen if they have: engaged in specified terrorism-related conduct; fought for, or been in the service of, a declared terrorist organisation outside Australia; or engaged in conduct that results in a conviction for a specified terrorism offence; include transitional provisions to deal with cases where the minister is unaware that a person may have lost their citizenship under the current provisions; reduce the sentence term threshold for which a person convicted of a specified terrorism offence may be considered for citizenship cessation from 6 to 3 years; and extend the period in which persons convicted of a specified terrorism offence resulting in at least 3 years imprisonment may be considered for citizenship cessation from 12 December 2015 to 29 May 2003; and Independent National Security Legislation Monitor Act 2010 and Intelligence Services Act 2001 to enable the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor and the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security to review the operation, effectiveness and implication of the citizenship cessation provisions.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 19/9/19
  • Bill referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security 19/9/19; report tabled in House of Representatives 1/9/20 and Senate 2/9/20
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived
  • Consideration in detail amendment: 1 Govt/passed
  • Passed 2/9/20

Senate:

  • Introduced 3/9/20
  • Committee amendments: 2 Ind (Patrick)/negatived
  • Passed 3/9/20

Assent: 17/9/20 (Act No. 88, 2020)

Australian Education Amendment (Direct Measure of Income) Bill 2020

(Education portfolio)

Amends the Australian Education Act 2013 to: introduce a new measure of income methodology for calculating a school community's capacity to contribute financially to a non-government school; enable adjustments to be made to the transition pathways of non-government schools to a nationally consistent Commonwealth share of the Schooling Resource Standard; and provide the authority and appropriation for the Commonwealth to make GST-inclusive payments where necessary.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 26/2/20
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived
  • Passed 4/3/20

Senate:

Assent: 26/3/20 (Act No. 36, 2020)

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

(Senator Hanson â—‚¬—€œ 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

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Amendment (Assisted Reproductive Treatment Statistics) Bill 2019

(Senator Griff â—‚¬—€œ CA)

Amends the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Act 1987 to require accredited assisted reproductive technology (ART) centres to provide certain statistical information to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) and require the AIHW to publish this statistical information and a list of non-complying accredited ART centres.

Senate:

  • Introduced 4/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/7/19
  • Bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 25/7/19 (SBC report 3/19); extension of time to report 11/11/19; report tabled 4/12/19

Australian Multicultural Bill 2018

(Senator Di Natale â—‚¬—€œ AG)

The bill: enshrines the principles of diversity and multiculturalism; establishes the Australian Multicultural Commission and provides for its functions, powers, constitution, operation and inquiries; and provides for annual reporting requirements for Commonwealth entities.

Senate:

  • Introduced 23/8/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 23/8/18
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 4/7/19

Australian Passports Amendment (Identity-matching Services) Bill 2019

(Foreign Affairs and Trade portfolio)

Amends the Australian Passports Act 2005 to enable the minister to make Australian travel document data available for the purposes of, and by the automated means intrinsic to, the identity-matching services to which the Commonwealth, states and territories agreed in the Intergovernmental Agreement on Identity Matching Services, agreed by COAG on 5 October 2017.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 31/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 31/7/19
  • Bill referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security 2/8/19; report tabled in House of Representatives 24/10/19 and Senate 13/11/19

Australian Prudential Regulation Authority Amendment (APRA Industry Funding) Bill 2020

(Treasury portfolio)

Part of a package of seven bills to implement changes to the financial institution supervisory levy framework, the bill amends the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority Act 1998 to enable the Commonwealth to recover the costs of a wider range of activities that are funded by the Commonwealth and recoverable through the framework.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 13/5/20
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived
  • Passed 12/6/20

Senate:

  • Introduced 12/6/20
  • Passed 18/6/20

Assent: 19/6/20 (Act No. 54, 2020)

Australian Research Council Amendment Bill 2019

(Act citation: Australian Research Council Amendment Act 2020)

(Education portfolio)

Amends the Australian Research Council Act 2001 to: apply indexation to existing appropriation amounts for the financial years commencing on 1 July 2019, 1 July 2020 and 1 July 2021; and insert a new funding cap for the financial year commencing on 1 July 2022.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 18/9/19
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived
  • Consideration in detail amendment: 1 AG/negatived
  • Passed 26/11/19

Senate:

  • Introduced 27/11/19
  • Committee amendment: 1 AG/negatived
  • Passed 11/2/20

Assent: 26/2/20 (Act No. 7, 2020)

Australian Research Council Amendment (Ensuring Research Independence) Bill 2018

(Senator Faruqi â—‚¬—€œ AG)

Amends the Australian Research Council Act 2001 to remove ministerial discretion in relation to the approval of research grants administered by the Australian Research Council.

Senate:

  • Introduced 15/11/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 15/11/18
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 4/7/19

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Amendment Bill 2020

(Home Affairs portfolio)

Implements the government's response to the report of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security into ASIO's questioning and detention powers by amending the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 in relation to compulsory questioning powers and tracking devices. Also amends four Acts to make consequential amendments; and makes amendments contingent on the commencement of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Act 2020.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 13/5/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 13/5/20
  • Bill referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security 13/5/20

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Amendment (Enhancing Australia's Anti-Doping Capability) Bill 2019

(Act citation: Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Amendment (Enhancing Australiaâ—‚¬—„¢s Anti-Doping Capability) Act 2020)

(Youth and Sport portfolio)

Implements certain recommendations of the Report of the Review of Australia's Sports Integrity Arrangements (the Wood review) by amending the: Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Act 2006 and Australian Sports Commission Act 1989 to abolish the Anti-Doping Rule Violation Panel; and Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Act 2006 to: extend statutory protection against civil actions to national sporting organisations and their staff in the exercise of anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) functions; extend the current protection that allows an entrusted person to resist production of protected information to a court or tribunal to any person in possession of protected information; change the statutory threshold at which the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority CEO may issue a disclosure notice from 'reasonably believes' (that a person has information, documents or things that may be relevant to administration of the national anti-doping scheme) to 'reasonably suspects'; allow a person entitled to inspect or view a document produced pursuant to a disclosure notice to do so only at such times and places as the CEO thinks appropriate; increase the penalty for non-compliance with a disclosure notice from 30 to 60 penalty units; and provide that a person is not excused from complying with the requirement to answer a question, and give information or provide a document or thing on the grounds that doing so may incriminate them or expose them to a penalty. Also makes amendments to three Acts contingent on the commencement of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Amendment (Sport Integrity Australia) Act 2019.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 17/10/19
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived
  • Passed 4/12/19

Senate:

  • Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 28/11/19 (SBC report 9/19); progress report presented out of sitting 3/2/20; extension of time for final report 5/2/20; final report tabled 24/2/20
  • Introduced 5/12/19
  • Committee amendments: 1 Opp/passed; 7 AG/negatived
  • Passed 11/6/20

House of Representatives:

  • House of Representatives agreed to Senate amendment 12/6/20

Assent: 16/6/20 (Act No. 51, 2020)

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Amendment (Sport Integrity Australia) Bill 2019

(Act citation: Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Amendment (Sport Integrity Australia) Act 2020)

(Youth and Sport portfolio)

Implements a recommendation of the Report of the Review of Australia's Sports Integrity Arrangements (the Wood review) by amending the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Act 2006 to: establish Sport Integrity Australia to bring together the functions of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority and the National Integrity of Sport Unit within the Department of Health, as well as the sports integrity functions of Sport Australia; and amend the short title of the Act to the Sport Integrity Australia Act 2019. Also makes consequential amendments to eight Acts; and makes amendments to three Acts contingent on the commencement of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Amendment (Enhancing Australia's Anti-Doping Capability) Act 2019.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 17/10/19
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived
  • Passed 5/12/19

Senate:

  • Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 14/11/19 (SBC report 8/19); progress report presented out of siting 3/2/20; extension of time for final report 5/2/20; final report tabled 5/2/20
  • Introduced 5/12/19
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/negatived
  • Passed 24/2/20

Assent: 6/3/20 (Act No. 11, 2020)

Australian Sports Commission Amendment (Ensuring a Level Playing Field) Bill 2020

(Senator Rice â—‚¬—€œ AG)

Amends the Australian Sports Commission Act 1989 to provide for the Australian Sports Commission to fund applications that were submitted to the Community Sports Infrastructure Grants program and recommended to the Minister for Sports for funding, but subsequently not funded under the program.

Senate:

  • Introduced 14/5/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 14/5/20

Australiaâ—‚¬—„¢s Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) Bill 2020

(Foreign Affairs and Trade portfolio)

Introduced with the Australiaâ—‚¬—„¢s Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2020, the bill establishes a legislative scheme for Commonwealth engagement with arrangements between State or Territory governments and foreign governments, and their associated entities.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 3/9/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 3/9/20

Senate:

Australiaâ—‚¬—„¢s Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2020

(Foreign Affairs and Trade portfolio)

Consequential on the Australia's Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) Bill 2020, the bill amends the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 to provide that decisions made under the Australia's Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) Act 2020 are not subject to judicial review; and Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975 to authorise the disclosure of protected information.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 3/9/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 3/9/20

Senate:

Authorised Deposit-taking Institutions Supervisory Levy Imposition Amendment Bill 2020

(Treasury portfolio)

Part of a package of seven bills to implement changes to the financial institution supervisory levy framework, the bill amends the Authorised Deposit-taking Institutions Supervisory Levy Imposition Act 1998 to: increase the statutory upper limit on the authorised deposit-taking institutions supervisory levy to $10 million for the financial year commencing on 1 July 2020; and amend the calculation of the indexation factor used to establish the statutory upper limits applying in later years.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 13/5/20
  • Passed 12/6/20

Senate:

  • Introduced 12/6/20
  • Passed 18/6/20

Assent: 19/6/20 (Act No. 55, 2020)

Authorised Non-operating Holding Companies Supervisory Levy Imposition Amendment Bill 2020

(Treasury portfolio)

Part of a package of seven bills to implement changes to the financial institution supervisory levy framework, the bill amends the Authorised Non-operating Holding Companies Supervisory Levy Imposition Act 1998 to: increase the statutory upper limit on the authorised non-operating holding companies supervisory levy to $10 million for the financial year commencing on 1 July 2020; and amend the calculation of the indexation factor used to establish the statutory upper limits applying in later years.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 13/5/20
  • Passed 12/6/20

Senate:

  • Introduced 12/6/20
  • Passed 18/6/20

Assent: 19/6/20 (Act No. 56, 2020)

Aviation Legislation Amendment (Liability and Insurance) Bill 2020

(Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development portfolio)

Amends the: Civil Aviation (Carriers' Liability) Act 1959 (CACL Act) to: reflect the increase to the domestic liability cap for death or injury to passengers to $925 000 as effected by the Civil Aviation (Carriers' Liability) Regulations 2019; provide for the secretary to make regulations about permitted exclusions of liability in relation to the scope of mandatory insurance that airlines must obtain; and provide that servants and agents of a carrier can avail themselves of the same conditions of liability in addition to the limits of liability applicable to air carriers; and Air Accidents (Commonwealth Government Liability) Act 1963 to provide that increases to the liability caps under Part IV of the CACL Act are incorporated regardless of whether implemented by amendments to the CACL Act or via regulation.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 13/5/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 13/5/20

Banking Amendment (Deposits) Bill 2020

(Senator Roberts â—‚¬—€œ PHON)

Amends the Banking Act 1959 to: provide that the conversion and write-off provisions do not extend to the bail-in of deposit accounts; and provide that nothing in the Act or other Commonwealth legislation gives the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority the power to implement, authorise or direct the implementation of bail-in of deposit accounts.

Senate:

  • Introduced 27/2/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 27/2/20
  • Bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 18/6/20 (SBC report 6/20); report tabled 24/8/20

Banking Amendment (Rural Finance Reform) Bill 2019

(Ms Sharkie MP â—‚¬—€œ CA)

Amends the Banking Act 1959 to impose certain obligations and requirements on authorised deposit-taking institutions in relation to loans of up to $5 million to small primary production businesses.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 22/7/19
  • Bill referred to House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics 25/7/19 (SC report no. 2)
  • Removed from Notice Paper 11/2/20

Bankruptcy (Estate Charges) Amendment (Norfolk Island) Bill 2020

(Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications portfolio)

Introduced with the Territories Legislation Amendment Bill 2020, the bill amends the Bankruptcy (Estate Charges) Act 1997 to extend the application of the Act to Norfolk Island.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 7/10/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 7/10/20

Biosecurity Amendment (Traveller Declarations and Other Measures) Bill 2020

(Agriculture, Water and the Environment portfolio)

Amends the Biosecurity Act 2015 to: enable regulations to prescribe different penalty amounts for infringement notices issued for different kinds of alleged contraventions; clarify that the regulations may prescribe different periods of time to pay an infringement notice depending on the kind of goods or class of goods to which an alleged contravention relates; enable the Director of Biosecurity to determine goods or classes of goods that can attract a higher infringement notice amount and provide that the determination is not disallowable; and enable the regulations to incorporate references to the determination as in force from time to time.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 17/6/20
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived
  • Passed 7/10/20

Senate:

  • Provisions of bill referred to Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 18/6/20 (SBC report 6/20); report presented out of sitting 30/7/20
  • Introduced 7/10/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 7/10/20

Boosting Cash Flow for Employers (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill 2020

(Treasury portfolio)

Part of a package of eight bills to respond to the economic impacts of the coronavirus, the bill provides for the Commissioner of Taxation to make cash flow boost payments to eligible entities comprising the first cash flow boost payments and the second cash flow boost payments.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 23/3/20
  • 2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp/negatived; 2 Opp to Opp/negatived
  • Passed 23/3/20

Senate:

  • Introduced 23/3/20
  • 2nd reading amendments: 3 Opp/agreed to; 1 AG/agreed to; 3 AG/negatived
  • Passed 23/3/20

Assent: 24/3/20 (Act No. 23, 2020)

Broadcasting Services Amendment (Audio Description) Bill 2019

(Senator Steele-John â—‚¬—€œ 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

Broadcasting Services Amendment (Regional Commercial Radio and Other Measures) Bill 2020

(Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts portfolio)

Amends the: Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to: enable regional commercial radio broadcasting licensees to nominate to split exemption periods from local news and information content obligations into two periods, together totalling no more than five weeks; amend the minimum service standard obligations which apply after a trigger event occurs; and permit regional and remote commercial television broadcasting licensees to be deemed to have complied with the multi-channel Australian content quota obligation in certain circumstances; and Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005 to enable the Australian Communications and Media Authority to delegate an information-gathering power.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 11/6/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 11/6/20, 16/6/20, 2/9/20
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/pending

Business Names Registration (Fees) Amendment (Registries Modernisation) Bill 2019

(Act citation: Business Names Registration (Fees) Amendment (Registries Modernisation) Act 2020)

(Treasury portfolio)

Introduced with the Commonwealth Registers Bill 2019, Treasury Laws Amendment (Registries Modernisation and Other Measures) Bill 2019, Corporations (Fees) Amendment (Registries Modernisation) Bill 2019 and National Consumer Credit Protection (Fees) Amendment (Registries Modernisation) Bill 2019 to create a new Commonwealth business registry regime, the bill amends the Business Names Registration (Fees) Act 2011 to allow the registrar to collect fees related to the performance of registry functions or the exercise of a registry power.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 4/12/19
  • Passed 12/2/20

Senate:

  • Introduced 13/2/20
  • Passed 12/6/20

Assent: 22/6/20 (Act No. 66, 2020)

Civil Aviation Amendment (Unmanned Aircraft Levy Collection and Payment) Bill 2020

(Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications portfolio)

Introduced with the Civil Aviation (Unmanned Aircraft Levy) Bill 2020, the bill amends the Civil Aviation Act 1988 to establish arrangements for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority to collect the levy imposed on remotely piloted aircraft operators.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 27/8/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 27/8/20

Senate:

Civil Aviation (Unmanned Aircraft Levy) Bill 2020

(Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications portfolio)

Introduced with the Civil Aviation Amendment (Unmanned Aircraft Levy Collection and Payment) Bill 2020, the bill imposes a levy for future cost recovery arrangements for regulatory services for remotely piloted aircraft operators.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 27/8/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 27/8/20

Senate:

Clean Energy Finance Corporation Amendment (Grid Reliability Fund) Bill 2020

(Industry, Science, Energy and Resources portfolio)

Amends the Clean Energy Finance Corporation Act 2012 to establish the $1 billion Grid Reliability Fund to support investments in new energy generation, storage and transmission infrastructure, including eligible projects shortlisted under the Underwriting New Generation Investments program.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 27/8/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 27/8/20

Senate:

Climate Change Authority Amendment (Impact of 3 Degrees of Global Warming on Australia) Bill 2019

(Mr Bandt MP â—‚¬—€œ AG)

Amends the Climate Change Authority Act 2011 to require the Climate Change Authority to review, by 1 July 2020, the impact of three degrees of global warming on the economy and the environment.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 2/12/19
  • Removed from Notice Paper 20/10/20

Climate Emergency Declaration Bill 2020

(Mr Bandt MP â—‚¬—€œ AG)

The bill: declares an environment and climate emergency; outlines the obligations of public service agencies to recognise and act in accordance with the declaration; and establishes the Multi-Party Climate Emergency Committee to report to Cabinet in relation to the climate emergency declaration.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 2/3/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 2/3/20

Coal-Fired Power Funding Prohibition Bill 2017

(Senator Di Natale â—‚¬—€œ AG)

Prohibits the Commonwealth government or its agencies from funding the refurbishment, building or purchase, or assisting in the transfer of ownership, of a coal-fired power station.

Senate:

  • Introduced 17/10/17
  • 2nd reading adjourned 17/10/17, 19/3/18, 10/9/18
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 4/7/19
  • Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 4/7/19 (SBC report 2/19); extensions of time to report 14/10/19, 8/4/20; report presented out of sitting 16/4/20

Coal-Fired Power Funding Prohibition Bill 2019

(Mr Bandt MP â—‚¬—€œ AG)

Prohibits the Commonwealth government or its agencies from funding the refurbishment, building or purchase of, or providing indirect assistance to, a coal-fired power station.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 22/7/19
  • Removed from Notice Paper 11/2/20

Coal Prohibition (Quit Coal) Bill 2019

(Mr Bandt MP â—‚¬—€œ AG)

Amends the: Customs Act 1901 to limit, and prohibit from 2030, the importation and exportation of thermal coal unless it is being used for research, analysis or display; and Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 14/10/19
  • Removed from Notice Paper 16/6/20

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Banning Dirty Donations) Bill 2020

(Senator Waters â—‚¬—€œ AG)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: prohibit political donations from property developers, the tobacco industry, banking industry, liquor and gambling businesses, pharmaceutical companies, the mining industry and representative organisations for these industries; imposes a cumulative limit on political donations from any source of $3000 per election term; and extend the definition of 'gift' to include subscription and membership fees, as well as attendance at fundraising events.

Senate:

  • Introduced 17/6/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 17/6/20
  • Bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 18/6/20 (SBC report 6/20); report due second sitting day of March 2021

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Donation Reform and Other Measures) Bill 2020

(Senator Lambie â—‚¬—€œ JLN)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: extend the definition of reporting entities to include political entities, campaigners, associated entities and third parties; lower the political donation disclosure threshold from $14 000 to $2500; require disclosure by reporting entities and donors when the sum of the gifts and donations provided by the same donor to the same reporting entity is greater than the disclosure threshold; require disclosure by reporting entities within 7 days of a reportable gift being made, and require disclosure within 7 days of any subsequent gifts until the end of the reporting period; require reporting entities to lodge half-yearly returns with details of the nature and source of all reportable donations and other receipts; require reporting entities to hold an electoral expenditure account with an authorised deposit-taking institution, from which all electoral expenditure must be paid; increase the monitoring and investigatory powers of the Australian Electoral Commission; and provide for infringement notices and civil penalty provisions for reporting entities that fail to meet their disclosure obligations.

Senate:

  • Introduced 5/2/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 5/2/20
  • Bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 27/2/20 (SBC report 3/20); extensions of time to report 8/4/20, 3/9/20; report due 3/12/20

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Ensuring Fair Representation of the Northern Territory) Bill 2020

(Senators McCarthy and Farrell â—‚¬—€œ ALP)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to provide for a minimum of two divisions in the Northern Territory in the House of Representatives.

Senate:

  • Introduced 11/6/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 11/6/20, 24/8/20
  • Bill referred to Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters 12/6/20; report tabled in House of Representatives 21/10/20

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Lowering the Donation Disclosure Threshold) Bill 2019

(Ms Sharkie MP â—‚¬—€œ CA)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: lower the political donation disclosure threshold from $13 000 to $1000; and remove the indexation of the disclosure threshold.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 2/12/19
  • Bill referred to Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters 5/2/20 (SC report no. 10); report presented to Senate out of sitting 28/5/20; report tabled in House of Representatives 11/6/20
  • Removed from Notice Paper 20/10/20

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Lowering Voting Age and Increasing Voter Participation) Bill 2018

(Senator Steele-John â—‚¬—€œ AG)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 and Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984 to: lower the minimum (non-compulsory) voting age in Australian federal elections and referenda from 18 to 16 years; allow 14 and 15 year olds to be added to the electoral roll in preparation for their eligibility to vote at 16 years of age; 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 18/6/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 18/6/18, 21/6/18
  • Bill referred to Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters 25/6/18; extensions of time to report 20/9/18, 28/11/18; report presented out of sitting 29/3/19; report tabled in House of Representatives 2/4/19
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 4/7/19

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Lowering Voting Age and Increasing Voter Participation) Bill 2019

(Mr Bandt MP â—‚¬—€œ AG)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 and Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984 to: lower the minimum (non-compulsory) voting age in Australian federal elections and referenda from 18 to 16 years; allow 14 and 15 year olds to be added to the electoral roll in preparation for their eligibility to vote at 16 years of age; 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.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 21/10/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 21/10/19

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Real Time Disclosure of Political Donations) Bill 2019

(Ms Sharkie MP â—‚¬—€œ CA)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to require political parties, state branches of political parties and political campaigners to provide a notice to the Australian Electoral Commission of political donations received over the disclosure threshold amount of $13 800 within five business days of receiving the donation.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 16/9/19
  • Bill referred to Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters 19/9/19 (SC report no. 6); report presented to Senate out of sitting 17/12/19; report tabled in House of Representatives 5/2/20
  • Removed from Notice Paper 24/3/20

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Transparency Measuresâ—‚¬—€Lowering the Disclosure Threshold) Bill 2019

(Senator Farrell â—‚¬—€œ ALP)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: lower the political donation disclosure threshold from $13 800 to $1000; and remove the indexation of the disclosure threshold.

Senate:

  • Introduced 27/11/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 27/11/19

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Transparency Measuresâ—‚¬—€Real Time Disclosure) Bill 2019

(Senator Farrell â—‚¬—€œ ALP)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to require political parties and their associated entities, candidates, and Senate groups to provide a disclosure return to the Australian Electoral Commission of all political donations and gift received at or above the disclosure threshold of $14 000 within seven days of receiving the donation or gift.

Senate:

  • Introduced 27/11/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 27/11/19

Commonwealth Registers Bill 2019

(Act citation: Commonwealth Registers Act 2020)

(Treasury portfolio)

Introduced with the Treasury Laws Amendment (Registries Modernisation and Other Measures) Bill 2019, Business Names Registration (Fees) Amendment (Registries Modernisation) Bill 2019, Corporations (Fees) Amendment (Registries Modernisation) Bill 2019 and National Consumer Credit Protection (Fees) Amendment (Registries Modernisation) Bill 2019 to create a new Commonwealth business registry regime, the bill: provides for the appointment, functions and powers of the registrar; and sets the framework for protecting and disclosing information held by the registrar.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 4/12/19
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived
  • Passed 12/2/20

Senate:

  • Introduced 13/2/20
  • Passed 12/6/20

Assent: 22/6/20 (Act No. 65, 2020)

Competition and Consumer Amendment (Australian Consumer Lawâ—‚¬—€Country of Origin Representations) Bill 2020

(Industry, Science, Energy and Resources portfolio)

Amends the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to enable regulations to prescribe processes which will be deemed to satisfy the definition of 'substantially transformed' for the purposes of the country of origin provisions.

Senate:

  • Introduced 17/6/20
  • Passed 27/8/20

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 27/8/20
  • Read a 1st time 27/8/20

Competition and Consumer Amendment (Exploitation of Indigenous Culture) Bill 2020

(Mr Katter MP â—‚¬—€œ KAP)

Amends the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to: prohibit the supply in trade or commerce of objects that that include an Indigenous cultural expression, unless it is made in accordance with an arrangement with the relevant Indigenous artist and community, and the object is made in Australia; and creates an offence for the supply of objects that include an Indigenous cultural expression without an arrangement with the relevant Indigenous community and artist.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 31/8/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 31/8/20

Competition and Consumer Amendment (Prevention of Exploitation of Indigenous Cultural Expressions) Bill 2019

(Senator Hanson-Young â—‚¬—€œ AG)

Amends the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to make it an offence to supply or offer commercial goods to a consumer that include Indigenous cultural expression unless supplied by, or in accordance with a transparent arrangement with, an Indigenous artist or relevant Indigenous community.

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
  • Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 4/7/19 (SBC report 2/19); extensions of time to report 25/11/19, 8/4/20; report presented out of sitting 16/4/20

Competition and Consumer Amendment (Truth in Labellingâ—‚¬—€Palm Oil) Bill 2017

(Senator Xenophon â—‚¬—€œ Nick Xenophon Team)

Amends the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to require the minister to make an information standard for goods containing palm oil and ensure that the information standard is in force at all times.

Senate:

  • Introduced 21/6/17
  • 2nd reading adjourned 21/6/17, 17/8/17
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 4/7/19

Constitution Alteration (Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Press) 2019

(Senator Griff â—‚¬—€œ CA and Senator Patrick â—‚¬—€œ Ind)

Subject to approval in accordance with section 128 of the Constitution, the bill proposes an alteration to the Constitution to provide that the Commonwealth, states and territories must not limit freedom of expression, including freedom of the press and other media.

Senate:

  • Introduced 4/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/7/19

Constitution Alteration (Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Press) 2019 [No. 2]

(Ms Sharkie MP â—‚¬—€œ CA)

Subject to approval in accordance with section 128 of the Constitution, the bill proposes an alteration to the Constitution to provide that the Commonwealth, states and territories must not limit freedom of expression, including freedom of the press and other media.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 29/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 29/7/19
  • Removed from Notice Paper 25/2/20

Constitution Alteration (Water Resources) 2019

(Senator Patrick â—‚¬—€œ Ind)

Subject to approval in accordance with section 128 of the Constitution, the bill proposes an alteration to the Constitution to: provide the Commonwealth with the power to make laws in relation to the use and management of water resources that extend beyond the limits of a state; and ensure that any Commonwealth law relating to water resources does not have an overall detrimental effect on the environment.

Senate:

Constitution Alteration (Water Resources) 2019 [No. 2]

(Ms Sharkie MP â—‚¬—€œ CA)

Subject to approval in accordance with section 128 of the Constitution, the bill proposes an alteration to the Constitution to: provide the Commonwealth with the power to make laws in relation to the use and management of water resources that extend beyond the limits of a state; and ensure that any Commonwealth law relating to water resources does not have an overall detrimental effect on the environment.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 29/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 29/7/19
  • Removed from Notice Paper 25/2/20

Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Jobkeeper Payments) Amendment Bill 2020

(Treasury portfolio)

Amends the: Coronavirus Economic Package (Payments and Benefits) Act 2020 to enable the extension of the jobkeeper scheme to 28 March 2021 by extending the current time limit on payment rules authorised by the Act; Taxation Administration Act 1953 to extend the circumstances in which protected information can be disclosed; Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus (Measures No. 2) Act 2020 and Fair Work Act 2009 to: support the extended operation of the jobkeeper scheme; and make consequential amendments; and Fair Work Act 2009 to ensure provisions regarding agreements in relation to the taking of annual leave are repealed on 28 September 2020, as originally intended.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 26/8/20
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived
  • Consideration in detail amendments: 12 Opp/negatived
  • Passed 26/8/20

Senate:

  • Introduced 27/8/20
  • 2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp/negatived; 1 AG/negatived
  • Committee amendments: 6 Govt/passed; 12 Opp/negatived; 4 AG/negatived; 2 Ind (Patrick)/negatived
  • Committee requests for amendments: 8 AG/negatived
  • Passed 1/9/20

House of Representatives:

  • House of Representatives agreed to Senate amendments 1/9/20

Assent: 3/9/20 (Act No. 81, 2020)

Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus Bill 2020

(Treasury portfolio)

Part of a package of eight bills to respond to the economic impacts of the coronavirus, the bill amends: the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 to: increase the cost threshold below which small business entities can access an immediate deduction for depreciating assets and certain related expenditure (instant asset write-off) from $30 000 to $150 000, from 12 March to 30 June 2020; and temporarily allow businesses with aggregated turnovers of less than $500 million in an income year to deduct capital allowances for depreciating assets at an accelerated rate; the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997, Social Security Act 1991, Taxation Administration Act 1953 and Veteransâ—‚¬—„¢ Entitlements Act 1986 to make amendments consequential on the cash flow boost payments; six Acts to provide for two rounds of economic support payments of $750 to certain income support and compensation recipients and holders of qualifying concession cards; Biosecurity Act 2015 to enable the Director of Human Biosecurity to delegate their functions or powers in relation to human biosecurity control orders; Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations 2019 to waive the environmental management charge from 1 April to 31 December 2020; the Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Regulations 1997 to: implement measures to assist employers to retain apprentices and traineeships; and provide financial assistance to participants in the Australian aviation sector; the Corporations Act 2001 to provide short-term regulatory relief to classes of person who are unable to meet their obligations under the Act or the regulations; the A New Tax (Family Assistance) Act 1999 and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 to: allocate extra allowable absence days for child care; and waive the current obligation of services duty to enforce payment of gaps fees for a particular event or circumstance; Retirement Savings Accounts Regulations 1997 and Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Regulation 1994 to reduce the minimum payment amounts for account based, allocated and market linked pensions by half for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 financial years; the Social Security Act 1991 to: expand eligibility for the youth allowance (other) and jobseeker payments; provide for the payment of a $550 coronavirus supplement to youth allowance (other) and jobseeker recipients and certain other income support recipients; and exempt recipients from certain waiting periods; the Farm Household Support Act 2014 to apply the coronavirus supplement and waiting period exemptions to recipients of the Farm Household Allowance; the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Simplifying Income Reporting and Other Measures) Act 2020 to delay the commencement of the Act; the Bankruptcy Act 1966 and Bankruptcy Regulations 1996 to provide temporary relief for individuals at risk of bankruptcy; the Corporations Act 2001 and Corporations Regulations 2001 to provide temporary relief for business at risk of insolvency; the Corporations Act 2001 to provide temporary relief for directors from their personal duty to prevent insolvency trading; the Retirement Savings Accounts Regulations 1997 and Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Regulations 1994 to enable individuals to access up to $10 000 from their superannuation or retirement savings account in the 2019-20 financial year, and up to a further $10 000 in the 2020-21 financial year; the Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 to provide that any superannuation lump sum amounts released to an individual in the previous circumstances are non-assessable non-exempt income; the A New Tax System (Medicare Levy Surchargeâ—‚¬—€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; and the Charter of Budget Honesty Act 1998 to delay the next intergenerational report from 2020 to mid-2021. Also grants a minister the power to determine a new sunset day for legislation that is due to sunset on or before 15 October 2020.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 23/3/20
  • 2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp/negatived; 2 Opp to Opp/negatived
  • Consideration in detail amendments: 11 Govt/passed; 5 Opp/negatived
  • Passed 23/3/20

Senate:

  • Introduced 23/3/20
  • 2nd reading amendments: 3 Opp/agreed to; 1 AG/agreed to; 3 AG/negatived
  • Committee amendments: 1 Govt/passed; 3 AG/negatived
  • Committee requests for amendments: 13 AG/negatived
  • Passed 23/3/20

House of Representatives:

  • House of Representatives agreed to Senate amendment 23/3/20

Assent: 24/3/20 (Act No. 22, 2020)

Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus (Measures No. 2) Bill 2020

(Treasury portfolio)

Introduced with the Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Bill 2020, Appropriation Bill (No. 5) 2019-2020 and Appropriation Bill (No. 6) 2019-2020 to respond to the economic impacts of the coronavirus, the bill amends: the Fair Work Act 2009 to temporarily enable employers to issue jobkeeper enabling directions; eight Acts to makes amendments consequential on the Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Act 2020; the Guarantee of Lending to Small and Medium Enterprises (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Act 2020 to ensure that certain categories of smaller non-authorised deposit-taking institutions will fall within the definition of 'financial institution'; the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 to: modify how child care subsidy (CCS) entitlements are reviewed when an individual, who is a member of a couple for some but not all of the CCS fortnights in an income year, meets the CCS reconciliation conditions; and provide that payments of Additional Child Care Subsidy and funding agreements for certain grant programs occur under the existing standing appropriation; and the Taxation Administration Act 1953 to allow, until 30 June 2023, the disclosure of de-identified protected information to the Treasury for the purposes of policy development and analysis in relation to the coronavirus. Also: provides a temporary mechanism for ministers to change arrangements for meeting information and documentary requirements under Commonwealth legislation; and allows the Veterans' Minister to: increase, by legislative instrument, the amount paid to a person receiving a payment under the veterans' law by the amount of the coronavirus supplement, and vary the qualifications and eligibility for payments by legislative instrument.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 8/4/20
  • 2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp/negatived; 8 Opp to Opp/negatived
  • Passed 8/4/20

Senate:

  • Introduced 8/4/20
  • 2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp/passed; 3 Opp/negatived; 3 AG/negatived
  • Committee amendments: 2 AG/negatived
  • Committee requests for amendments: 4 AG/negatived
  • Passed 8/4/20

Assent: 9/4/20 (Act No. 38, 2020)

Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Bill 2020

(Treasury portfolio)

Introduced with the Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus (Measures No. 2) Bill 2020, Appropriation Bill (No. 5) 2019-2020 and Appropriation Bill (No. 6) 2019-2020 to respond to the economic impacts of the coronavirus, the bill establishes a framework for the Treasurer to make rules which provide for the Commissioner of Taxation to make coronavirus economic response payments to eligible entities for the period from 1 March to 31 December 2020.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 8/4/20
  • 2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp/negatived; 8 Opp to Opp/negatived
  • Consideration in detail amendment: 1 Opp/negatived
  • Passed 8/4/20

Senate:

  • Introduced 8/4/20
  • 2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp/passed; 3 Opp/negatived; 3 AG/negatived
  • Committee amendments: 7 AG/negatived
  • Committee requests for amendments: 3 AG/negatived; 2 CA/negatived
  • Passed 8/4/20

Assent: 9/4/20 (Act No. 37, 2020)

Coronavirus Economic Support and Recovery (No-one Left Behind) Bill 2020

(Senator Waters â—‚¬—€œ AG)

The bill: creates the Coronavirus Economic Support and Recovery Fund to invest in the arts and entertainment, manufacturing, and the renewable energy and electricity transmission sectors; amends the: Social Security Act 1991 to expand eligibility for the COVID-19 supplement to recipients of the disability support payment and carer payment; Social Security Act 1991 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to expand eligibility of the jobseeker payment to Australian resident temporary visa holders; and Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Act 2020 to establish rules for the jobkeeper scheme to: extend potential eligibility for the scheme to all casual employees, regardless of their period of employment, temporary visa holders, and intermittent workers with a demonstrated income history; include certain entities owned by overseas governments as eligible employers, and higher education providers as eligible employers; and enable prompt back payment of newly eligible employees and employers.

Senate:

  • Introduced 11/6/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 11/6/20

Corporations (Fees) Amendment (Registries Modernisation) Bill 2019

(Act citation: Corporations (Fees) Amendment (Registries Modernisation) Act 2020)

(Treasury portfolio)

Introduced with the Commonwealth Registers Bill 2019, Treasury Laws Amendment (Registries Modernisation and Other Measures) Bill 2019, Business Names Registration (Fees) Amendment (Registries Modernisation) Bill 2019 and National Consumer Credit Protection (Fees) Amendment (Registries Modernisation) Bill 2019 to create a new Commonwealth business registry regime, the bill amends the Corporations (Fees) Act 2001 to allow the registrar to collect fees related to the performance of registry functions or the exercise of a registry power.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 4/12/19
  • Passed 12/2/20

Senate:

  • Introduced 13/2/20
  • Passed 12/6/20

Assent: 22/6/20 (Act No. 67, 2020)

Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (High Risk Terrorist Offenders) Bill 2020

(Attorney-General's portfolio)

Amends the: Criminal Code Act 1995 to provide for a State or Territory Supreme Court to make an extended supervision order (ESO) as an alternative to a continuing detention order, which may impose conditions on high risk terrorist offenders; National Security Information (Criminal and Civil Proceedings) Act 2004 to provide for the availability of court-only evidence in ESO proceedings; Crimes Act 1914, Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 and Surveillance Devices Act 2004 to extend the application of the existing control order monitoring warrant provisions to the monitoring of ESOs; Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 and Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 to make consequential amendments; and Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 to make amendments contingent on the commencement of the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (International Production Orders) Act 2020.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 3/9/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 3/9/20
  • Bill referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security 1/10/20

Crimes Legislation Amendment (Age of Criminal Responsibility) Bill 2019

(Ms Sharkie MP â—‚¬—€œ CA)

Amends the Crimes Act 1914 and Criminal Code Act 1995 to increase the minimum age of criminal responsibility for Commonwealth offences from 10 years of age to 14 years of age.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 14/10/19
  • Removed from Notice Paper 16/6/20

Crimes Legislation Amendment (Combatting Corporate Crime) Bill 2019

(Attorney-General's portfolio)

Amends: the Criminal Code Act 1995 to: amend the offence of bribery of a foreign public official to extend the definition of foreign public official to include a candidate for office, remove the requirement that the foreign official must be influenced in the exercise of the official's duties, replace the requirement that a benefit and business advantage must be 'not legitimately due' with the concept of 'improperly influencing' a foreign public official, and extend the offence to cover bribery to obtain a personal advantage; and create a new offence of failure of a body corporate to prevent foreign bribery by an associate; the Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1983 to implement a Commonwealth Deferred Prosecution Agreement scheme to enable the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions to invite a person that has engaged in serious corporate crime to negotiate an agreement to comply with a range of specified conditions; and five Acts to make consequential amendments.

Senate:

  • Introduced 2/12/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 2/12/19
  • Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 5/12/19 (SBC report 10/19); extension of time to report 10/2/20; report presented out of sitting 17/3/20

Crimes Legislation Amendment (Economic Disruption) Bill 2020

(Home Affairs portfolio)

Amends the: Criminal Code Act 1995 to update money laundering offences; Crimes Act 1914 to clarify that certain obligations imposed on investigating officials do not apply to undercover operatives; Proceeds of Crimes Act 2002 to: ensure that buy-back orders cannot be used by criminal suspects and their associates to buy back property forfeited to the Commonwealth or to delay court proceedings; clarify that courts may make orders confiscating the value of a debt, loss or liability that has been avoided, deferred or reduced through criminal offending; clarify that courts with proceeds jurisdiction are able to make orders in respect of property located overseas; increase penalties for non-compliance with information-gathering powers, and clarify and expand the circumstances in which information gathered can be disclosed and used; enable the minister to makes grants from the Confiscated Assets Account (CAA) to the States and Territories for crime prevention and certain other measures; and provide that money (other than a penalty) paid to the Commonwealth under a foreign deferred prosecution agreement that represents benefits or property derived from unlawful criminal activity must be credited to the CAA; and COAG Reform Fund Act 2008 and Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to expand the Official Trustee in Bankruptcy's powers in relation to property, information gathering and cost recovery.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 2/9/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 2/9/20

Senate:

  • Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 3/9/20 (SBC report 8/20); report due 10/11/20

Crimes Legislation Amendment (Sexual Crimes Against Children and Community Protection Measures) Bill 2019

(Act citation: Crimes Legislation Amendment (Sexual Crimes Against Children and Community Protection Measures) Act 2020)

(Attorney-Generalâ—‚¬—„¢s portfolio)

Amends the: Crimes Act 1914 to: insert community safety as a factor that can be taken into account to revoke the parole of a federal offender without notice; remove the requirement to seek leave before a recorded interview of a vulnerable witness can be admitted as evidence in chief; remove the requirement for vulnerable witnesses to be available to give evidence at committal proceedings; introduce mandatory minimum penalties for certain Commonwealth child sex offences and offenders; require a court to state and record the reasons for granting bail; insert a presumption against bail for certain Commonwealth child sex offenders; insert additional facto