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Senate Bills List

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Parl No.
46
Date
23 Jul 2021
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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


Aged Care and Other Legislation Amendment (Royal Commission Response No. 1) Bill 2021

(Health portfolio)

Amends the: Aged Care Act 1997 to insert a definition of 'restrictive practice' and provide for the Quality of Care Principles to specify certain requirements in relation to the use of a restrictive practice; enable the secretary to conduct home care assurance reviews; and remove the requirement for the Minister for Aged Care to establish a committee known as the Aged Care Financing Authority; and Aged Care Quality and eSafety Commission Act 2018 to expand the powers of the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner to include the ability to issue a written notice if an approved provider does not comply with their responsibilities and to apply for a civil penalty order against a provider if they do not comply with the written notice.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 27/5/21
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Passed 21/6/21

Senate:

  • Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 27/5/21; report presented out of sitting 11/6/21
  • Introduced 23/6/21
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp agreed to
  • Passed 24/6/21

Assent: 28/6/21 (Act No. 57, 2021)

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, 30/11/20
  • Bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 18/6/20 (SBC report no. 6 of 2020); extensions of time to report 12/11/20, 4/2/21; report tabled 24/6/21

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
  • Bill referred to House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport 21/10/20 (SC report no. 21)
  • Removed from Notice Paper 23/3/21

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

(Act citation: Aged Care Legislation Amendment (Improved Home Care Payment Administration No. 2) Act 2021)

(Health portfolio)

Amends the: Aged Care Act 1997 and Aged Care (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 to amend the arrangements relating to the payment of home care subsidy to approved providers by providing that the Commonwealth will retain, on behalf of home care recipients, any subsidy that may be in excess of the care and services provided, to be drawn down as care and services are provided in future; and A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 to ensure that the supply of home care remains GST-free.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 21/10/20
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Consideration in detail amendments: 6 Govt agreed to
  • Passed 9/12/20

Senate:

Assent: 16/2/21 (Act No. 2, 2021)

Aged Care Legislation Amendment (Serious Incident Response Scheme and Other Measures) Bill 2020

(Act citation: Aged Care Legislation Amendment (Serious Incident Response Scheme and Other Measures) Act 2021)

(Health portfolio)

Amends the: Aged Care Act 1997 and Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Act 2018 to: implement a Serious Incident Response Scheme for residential aged care and flexible care delivered in a residential aged care setting; and expand the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner's powers to administer and enforce the requirements of the scheme and the responsibilities of approved providers and related offences; and Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Act 2018 to make amendments contingent on the commencement of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2020.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 2/12/20
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Passed 2/2/21

Senate:

  • Introduced 3/2/21
  • Committee amendments: 5 AG negatived; 4 Ind (Patrick) negatived
  • Passed 15/2/21

Assent: 1/3/21 (Act No. 9, 2021)

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; and 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

(Act citation: Agriculture Legislation Amendment (Streamlining Administration) Act 2021)

(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 no. 9 of 2019) 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
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Passed 17/2/21

Assent: 1/3/21 (Act No. 16, 2021)

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 no. 4 of 2018); 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 Amendment (Making Gambling Businesses Accountable) Bill 2020

(Mr Wilkie MP â—‚¬—€œ Ind)

Amends the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 to: require gambling companies to report to the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre if they have reason to suspect a person is paying for gambling services with money obtained illegally; and enable the Federal Court to make compensation orders where gambling companies have provided gambling services to a person who they suspect has paid for the gambling service using money obtained illegally.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 26/10/20
  • Removed from Notice Paper 25/5/21

Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2020-2021

(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 Supply Act (No. 1) 2020-2021 and Appropriation Act (No. 1) 2020-2021.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 18/2/21
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Passed 25/3/21

Senate:

  • Introduced 11/5/21
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 AG negatived
  • Passed 12/5/21

Assent: 27/5/21 (Act No. 37, 2021)

Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2020-2021

(Finance portfolio)

Appropriates additional 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 and Appropriation Act (No. 2) 2020-2021.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 18/2/21
  • Passed 25/3/21

Senate:

  • Introduced 11/5/21
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 AG negatived
  • Passed 12/5/21

Assent: 27/5/21 (Act No. 38, 2021)

Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2021-2022

(Finance portfolio)

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

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 11/5/21
  • 2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp negatived; 1 AG to Opp negatived
  • Passed 22/6/21

Senate:

  • Introduced 22/6/21
  • Passed 22/6/21

Assent: 30/6/21 (Act No. 67, 2021)

Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2021-2022

(Finance portfolio)

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

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 11/5/21
  • Passed 22/6/21

Senate:

  • Introduced 22/6/21
  • Passed 22/6/21

Assent: 30/6/21 (Act No. 68, 2021)

Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2021-2022

(Finance portfolio)

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

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 11/5/21
  • Passed 22/6/21

Senate:

  • Introduced 22/6/21
  • Passed 22/6/21

Assent: 30/6/21 (Act No. 69, 2021)

Archives and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2021

(Prime Minister's portfolio)

Amends the: Freedom of Information Act 1982 to exclude a right of access to documents provided to, or created by, the Independent Review into the workplaces of Parliamentarians and their staff conducted under the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 by the Sex Discrimination Commissioner; and Archives Act 1983 to provide that these documents would not come into the open access period until 99 years after the year the documents came into existence.

Senate:

  • Introduced 18/3/21
  • Passed 18/3/21

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 22/3/21
  • Consideration in detail amendment: 1 Ind (Steggall) agreed to
  • Passed 25/3/21

Senate:

  • Senate agreed to House of Representatives amendment 11/5/21

Assent: 16/5/21 (Act No. 34, 2021)

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:

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 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
  • 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

Australian Federal Integrity Commission Bill 2020

(Dr Haines MP â—‚¬—€œ Ind)

The bill: establishes the Australian Federal Integrity Commission as an independent public sector anti-corruption commission for the Commonwealth; provides for the appointment, functions and powers of the Federal Integrity Commissioner, Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner, Whistleblower Protection Commissioner and Assistant Federal Integrity Commissioners; establishes the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Australian Federal Integrity Commission; establishes the Parliamentary Inspector of the Australian Federal Integrity Commission; and makes consequential amendments to the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006, Ombudsman Act 1976 and Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 26/10/20
  • Removed from Notice Paper 25/5/21

Australian Immunisation Register Amendment (Reporting) Bill 2020

(Act citation: Australian Immunisation Register Amendment (Reporting) Act 2021)

(Health portfolio)

Amends the Australian Immunisation Register Act 2015 to: require recognised vaccination providers to report certain information in relation to certain vaccinations administered both within and outside Australia; authorise the collection and use of Commonwealth assigned identifiers; introduce civil penalties should recognised vaccination providers not comply with the reporting requirements; create a power for the secretary to require recognised vaccination providers to produce information if they do not comply with the reporting requirements; and make amendments contingent on the commencement of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2020.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 3/12/20
  • Passed 3/2/21

Senate:

  • Introduced 4/2/21
  • Passed 4/2/21

Assent: 15/2/21 (Act No. 1, 2021)

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 no. 3 of 2019); extension of time to report 11/11/19; report tabled 4/12/19

Australian Local Power Agency Bill 2021

(Dr Haines MP â—‚¬—€œ Ind)

Introduced with the Australian Local Power Agency (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2021, the bill: establishes the Australian Local Power Agency (ALPA) to support the development of community energy projects in Australia, increase the competitiveness of renewable energy supplied by community energy projects and ensure that regional communities share in the benefits of renewable energy; provides for ALPA's functions and powers; establishes the Board of ALPA and provides for its functions, members, meetings and committees; and provides for the appointment of a Chief Executive Officer, staff and consultants.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 22/2/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 22/2/21
  • Bill referred to House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy 24/2/21 (SC report no. 27)

Australian Local Power Agency (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2021

(Dr Haines MP â—‚¬—€œ Ind)

Introduced with the Australian Local Power Agency Bill 2021, the bill amends the Australian Renewable Energy Agency Act 2011, Clean Energy Finance Corporation Act 2012 and Clean Energy Regulator Act 2011 to make amendments consequential on the establishment of the Australian Local Power Agency.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 22/2/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 22/2/21
  • Bill referred to House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy 24/2/21 (SC report no. 27)

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 Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority Amendment (Governance and Other Measures) Bill 2021

(Health portfolio)

Amends the Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority Act 2008 to abolish the Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Board and establish an advisory board and expert advisory committees to provide advice to the Chief Executive Officer on certain matters including organ or tissue donation and transplantation matters, and for the Authority to make grants relating to organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 16/6/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 16/6/21

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 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 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

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, 30/11/20
  • Bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 18/6/20 (SBC report no. 6 of 2020); extension of time to report 3/8/20; report tabled 24/8/20

Biosecurity Amendment (Clarifying Conditionally Non-prohibited Goods) Bill 2021

(Agriculture, Water and the Environment portfolio)

Amends the Biosecurity Act 2015 to clarify the validity of certain determinations that specify that certain classes of goods are conditionally non-prohibited goods which must not be brought or imported into Australian territory unless they are covered by an import permit or unless alternative conditions specified in the determination are complied with.

Senate:

  • Introduced 18/3/21
  • Passed 18/3/21

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 22/3/21
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Passed 25/3/21

Assent: 31/3/21 (Act No. 33, 2021)

Biosecurity Amendment (Strengthening Penalties) Bill 2021

(Agriculture, Water and the Environment portfolio)

Amends the Biosecurity Act 2015 to increase the civil and criminal penalty amounts for contraventions of certain key requirements relating to the assessment and management of biosecurity risks of goods that are brought or imported into Australian territory, and the carrying out of biosecurity activities in accordance with an approved arrangement.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 18/2/21
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Passed 16/6/21

Senate:

  • Introduced 21/6/21
  • Committee amendments: 1 Ind (Patrick) negatived
  • Passed 23/6/21

Assent: 29/6/21 (Act No. 58, 2021)

Biosecurity Amendment (No Crime to Return Home) Bill 2021

(Senator Patrick â—‚¬—€œ Ind)

The bill: repeals the Biosecurity (Human Biosecurity Emergency) (Human Coronavirus with Pandemic Potential) (Emergency Requirementsâ—‚¬—€High Risk Country Travel Pause) Determination 2021; and amends the Biosecurity Act 2015 to prevent the Minister for Health from making a determination or giving a direction that prevents or restricts an Australian citizen or permanent resident outside Australia from returning to Australia.

Senate:

  • Introduced 12/5/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 12/5/21

Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (2021 Measures No. 1) Bill 2021

(Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications portfolio)

Amends the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to: reduce the expenditure required by subscription television broadcasting licensees on new eligible drama expenditure from 10 per cent to 5 per cent; provide for subscription television captioning rules to be made by legislative instrument; remove the requirement that all frequency channels allotted or reserved in a digital radio channel plan be within the same frequency band; provide that a regional commercial radio broadcasting licensee does not breach a licence condition if it is only as a result of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) making a new licence area population determination; and extend the timeframe for the ACMA to make grants under the Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund beyond 30 June 2021.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 25/3/21
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Consideration in detail amendments: 2 Opp negatived
  • Passed 2/6/21

Senate:

  • Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 13/5/21 (SBC report no. 5 of 2021); extension of time to report 16/6/21; report presented out of sitting 18/6/21
  • Introduced 15/6/21
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Committee amendments: 2 Opp agreed to; 2 Ind (Patrick) agreed to; 2 Opp negatived; 2 AG negatived
  • Passed 22/6/21

House of Representatives:

  • House of Representatives agreed to Senate amendments 23/6/21

Assent: 29/6/21 (Act No. 62, 2021)

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

Charter of Budget Honesty Amendment (Rural and Regional Australia Statements) Bill 2021

(Dr Haines MP â—‚¬—€œ Ind)

Amends the Charter of Budget Honesty Act 1998 to require the Treasurer to release and table regular rural and regional Australia statements to provide information to allow assessment of the impact of government policy decisions on rural and regional Australia.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 22/3/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 22/3/21

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, 15/2/21, 16/2/21
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp pending

Senate:

Climate Change (National Framework for Adaptation and Mitigation) Bill 2020

(Ms Steggall MP â—‚¬—€œ Ind)

Introduced with the Climate Change (National Framework for Adaptation and Mitigation) (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2020, the bill: sets a target of achieving net zero emissions by 31 December 2050; establishes the Climate Change Commission (the commission) and provides for its functions, powers, membership and staffing; prescribes a number of guiding principles to which decision makers under the Act must have regard; requires the commission to periodically complete a national climate change assessment (national assessment); requires the minister to prepare a national adaptation plan in response to each national assessment; requires the minister, by legislative instrument, to set an emissions budget for each prescribed emissions budget period; requires the minister to prepare an emissions reduction plan setting out the policies and strategies for meeting each emissions budget; and establishes the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Climate Adaptation and Mitigation and provides for its powers, proceedings and functions.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 9/11/20
  • Bill referred to House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy 11/11/20 (SC report no. 23)
  • Removed from Notice Paper 22/6/21

Climate Change (National Framework for Adaptation and Mitigation) (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2020

(Ms Steggall MP â—‚¬—€œ Ind)

Introduced with the Climate Change (National Framework for Adaptation and Mitigation) Bill 2020, the bill: repeals the Climate Change Authority Act 2011; and amends the: Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001, Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011, Clean Energy Regulator Act 2011, Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 to make consequential amendments; and Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 to require Commonwealth entities to consider the potential risks of climate change when performing functions or duties, or exercising powers, and include this information in annual reports.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 9/11/20
  • Bill referred to House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy 11/11/20 (SC report no. 23)
  • Removed from Notice Paper 22/6/21

COAG Reform Fund Amendment (No Electric Vehicle Taxes) Bill 2020

(Senator Rice â—‚¬—€œ AG)

Amends the: COAG Reform Fund Act 2008 to establish a new condition on financial assistance provided by the Commonwealth government to neutralise the revenue effect of taxes and charges imposed by states and territories on the purchase and use of electric vehicles; and Fuel Indexation (Road Funding) Special Account Act 2015 to make a consequential amendment.

Senate:

  • Introduced 10/12/20
  • Bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 4/2/21 (SBC report no. 1 of 2021); progress report presented out of sitting 21/4/21; final report presented out of sitting 7/5/21
  • Negatived at 2nd reading 21/6/21

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 no. 2 of 2019); extensions of time to report 14/10/19, 8/4/20; report presented out of sitting 16/4/20

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, the 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 no. 6 of 2020); report tabled 16/3/21

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 no. 3 of 2020); extensions of time to report 8/4/20, 3/9/20; report tabled 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 and Senate 1/12/20

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 (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, 15/2/21
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 AG pending

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 Environment Protection Authority Bill 2021

(Mr Wilkie MP â—‚¬—€œ Ind)

Amends the: Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to: establish the Commonwealth Environment Protection Authority 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 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.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 22/3/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 22/3/21

Commonwealth Parliamentary Standards Bill 2020

(Dr Haines MP â—‚¬—€œ Ind)

The bill: provides for statutory codes of conduct for the members of each house of parliament and their staff; creates a statutory basis for parliamentarians' registers of interests; establishes a Parliamentary Integrity Advisor to provide independent, confidential advice and guidance to parliamentarians and their staff in relation to the applicable codes of conduct; and establishes a Parliamentary Standards Commissioner to assist in the assessment, investigation and resolution of alleged breaches of the applicable codes of conduct.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 26/10/20
  • Removed from Notice Paper 25/5/21

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
  • Removed from Notice Paper 16/3/21

Competition and Consumer Amendment (Motor Vehicle Service and Repair Information Sharing Scheme) Bill 2021

(Treasury portfolio)

Amends the: Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to establish a scheme that mandates that service and repair information provided to car dealership networks and manufacturer preferred repairs be made available for independent repairs and registered training organisations to purchase at a fair market price; and Copyright Act 1968 to provide that the statutory licensing scheme for educational institutions does not apply to such information.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 24/3/21
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Passed 13/5/21

Senate:

  • Introduced 15/6/21
  • Passed 17/6/21

Assent: 24/6/21 (Act No. 54, 2021)

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 no. 2 of 2019); 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:

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:

  • Introduced 4/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/7/19
  • Bill referred to Senate Select Committee on the Multi-Jurisdictional Management and Execution of the Murray Darling Basin Plan 12/9/19 (SBC report no. 5 of 2019); extensions of time to report 28/8/20, 4/2/21; report due 30/9/21

Coronavirus Economic Response Package Amendment (Ending Jobkeeper Profiteering) Bill 2021

(Senator McKim â—‚¬—€œ AG)

Senate:

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; and 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

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

Courts and Tribunals Legislation Amendment (2021 Measures No. 1) Bill 2021

(Attorney-Generalâ—‚¬—„¢s Portfolio)

Senate:

COVID-19 Disaster Payment (Funding Arrangements) Bill 2021

(Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management portfolio)

The bill: appropriates money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the purposes of making COVID-19 disaster payments in the 2021-22 financial year; and requires the Coordinator-General of the National Recovery and Resilience Agency (NRAA) to include information in the NRRA's annual report that relates to COVID-19 disaster payments made in the 2021-22 financial year.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 16/6/21
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Passed 22/6/21

Senate:

  • Introduced 23/6/21
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Committee requests for amendments: 2 AG negatived
  • Passed 24/6/21

Assent: 30/6/21 (Act No. 70, 2021)

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 no. 10 of 2019); extension of time to report 10/2/20; report presented out of sitting 17/3/20

Crimes Legislation Amendment (Economic Disruption) Bill 2020

(Act citation: Crimes Legislation Amendment (Economic Disruption) Act 2021)

(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 make 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 amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Passed 10/12/20

Senate:

Assent: 16/2/21 (Act No. 3, 2021)

Customs Amendment (2022 Harmonized System Changes) Bill 2021

(Home Affairs portfolio)

Introduced with the Customs Tariff Amendment (Incorporation of Proposals) Bill 2021 to implement changes resulting from the sixth review of the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding, the bill amends the Customs Act 1901 to amend the definition of 'tobacco products' to include a reference to a new tariff subheading that applies to tobacco products designed for inhalation without combustion, commonly known as e-cigarettes.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 23/6/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 23/6/21

Customs Amendment (Banning Goods Produced By Forced Labour) Bill 2021

(Senator Patrick â—‚¬—€œ Ind)

Senate:

  • Introduced 24/6/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 24/6/21

Customs Amendment (Banning Goods Produced By Uyghur Forced Labour) Bill 2020

(Senator Patrick â—‚¬—€œ Ind)

Amends the Customs Act 1901 to prohibit the importation into Australia of goods from Xinjiang province in the People's Republic of China as well as goods from other parts of China that are produced by using forced labour.

Senate:

  • Introduced 8/12/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 8/12/20
  • Bill referred to Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee 10/12/20 (SBC report no. 12 of 2020); extension of time to report 18/3/21; report tabled 17/6/21
  • Discharged from Notice Paper 24/6/21

Customs Amendment (Product Specific Rule Modernisation) Bill 2019

(Act citation: Customs Amendment (Product Specific Rule Modernisation) Act 2021)

(Home Affairs portfolio)

Amends the Customs Act 1901 to streamline the way in which product specific rules of origin of the Australia-Chile Free Trade Agreement, Australia-New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Agreement, Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement, Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement, Malaysia-Australia Free Trade Agreement and Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreement are given effect domestically.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 12/9/19
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Passed 24/10/19

Senate:

Assent: 16/2/21 (Act No. 4, 2021)

Customs Amendment (Safer Cladding) Bill 2019

(Senator Patrick â—‚¬—€œ Ind)

Amends the Customs Act 1901 to prohibit the importation of polyethylene core aluminium composite panels.

Senate:

  • Introduced 10/9/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 10/9/19, 19/9/19

Customs Tariff Amendment (2022 Harmonized System Changes) Bill 2021

(Home Affairs portfolio)

Introduced with the Customs Amendment (2022 Harmonized System Changes) Bill 2021 to implement changes resulting from the sixth review of the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding, the bill amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to: insert new subheading classifications for emerging technologies and product categories, such as 3D printers and edible insects, respectively; remove subheading classifications for products that are no longer traded in significant volume such as answering machines; insert new subheading classifications to improve monitoring of trade for goods of concern such as synthetic diamonds, chemicals that are controlled under the Montreal Protocol and the Chemical Weapons Convention, and environmental goods such as electronic waste; create specific classifications for flat panel displays, semiconductor-based transducers and electronic waste; and make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 23/6/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 23/6/21

Customs Tariff Amendment (Incorporation of Proposals and Other Measures) Bill 2020

(Act citation: Customs Tariff Amendment (Incorporation of Proposals and Other Measures) Act 2021)

(Home Affairs portfolio)

Amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to: provide for a free rate of customs duty for certain medical and hygiene products between 1 February 2020 and 31 December 2020; remove the $12 000 special customs duty on used and second-hand motor vehicles that are Peruvian originating goods or that are Trans-Pacific Partnership originating goods; separately identify specifically formulated caffeinated beverages, formulated supplementary sports foods and formulated supplementary foods; specifically identify vitamins and food supplements; provide that wheelie bins do not fall within the classification of vehicles; provide that plates, rods, angles, shapes, sections, tubes, pipes and the like requiring further modification prior to being used cannot be classified as parts; and repeal redundant provisions specifying phasing rates of customs duty under certain free trade agreements.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 3/12/20
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Passed 17/2/21

Senate:

  • Introduced 17/2/21
  • Passed 18/2/21

Assent: 1/3/21 (Act No. 10, 2021)

Customs Tariff Amendment (Incorporation of Proposals) Bill 2021

(Home Affairs portfolio)

Amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to: extend the free rate of customs duty for certain medical and hygiene products from 31 December 2020 to 30 June 2021; and provide for a free rate of customs duty for goods for use in the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Program and for prescribed motor vehicles and motor vehicle components for research and development activities by automotive service providers previously registered under the Automotive Transformation Scheme and where the time for working out duty is between 1 April 2021 and 30 June 2025.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 16/6/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 16/6/21

Data Availability and Transparency Bill 2020

(Prime Minister's portfolio)

Introduced with the Data Availability and Transparency (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2020 to implement a scheme to authorise and regulate access to Australian Government data, the bill: authorises public sector data custodians to share data with accredited users in accordance with specific authorisations, purposes, principles and agreements; specifies the specific responsibilities imposed on data scheme entities; establishes and specifies the functions and powers of the National Data Commissioner as the regulator of the scheme; establishes and specifies the functions and membership of the National Data Advisory Council as an advisory body to the commissioner in relation to sharing and use of public sector data; and establishes the regulation and enforcement framework for the scheme.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 9/12/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 9/12/20

Senate:

Data Availability and Transparency (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2020

(Prime Minister's portfolio)

Introduced with the Data Availability and Transparency Bill 2020 to implement a scheme to authorise and regulate access to Australian Government data, the bill makes consequential amendments to the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979, Freedom of Information Act 1982 and Privacy Act 1988 in relation to the operation of the scheme.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 9/12/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 9/12/20

Senate:

Defence Amendment (Parliamentary Approval of Overseas Service) Bill 2020

(Senator Steele-John â—‚¬—€œ AG)

Amends the Defence Act 1903 to require parliamentary approval of overseas service by members of the Australian Defence Force.

Senate:

  • Introduced 7/12/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 7/12/20

Defence Amendment (Parliamentary Approval of Overseas Service) Bill 2021

(Mr Bandt MP â—‚¬—€œ AG)

Amends the Defence Act 1903 to require parliamentary approval of overseas services by members of the Australian Defence Force.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 15/2/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 15/2/21

Defence Amendment (Sovereign Naval Shipbuilding) Bill 2018

(Senator Patrick â—‚¬—€œ Ind)

Amends the Defence Act 1903 to provide that the Commonwealth may only enter into an agreement with an entity for the building of certain vessels for use by the Royal Australian Navy if the vessel is to be constructed in Australia by an Australian shipbuilder.

Senate:

  • Introduced 9/5/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 9/5/18
  • Bill referred to Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee 28/6/18 (SBC report no. 7 of 2018); extensions of time to report 15/10/18, 26/11/18; reported tabled 14/2/19
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 26/8/20

Designs Amendment (Advisory Council on Intellectual Property Response) Bill 2020

(Industry, Science, Energy and Resources portfolio)

Amends the Designs Act 2003 to: implement recommendations of the former Advisory Council on Intellectual Property review of the designs system by: providing designers a 12-month grace period to apply for design protection after publishing or using their design to protect designers from losing their rights through inadvertent disclosure; introducing an infringement exemption for prior use; streamlining the initial steps for registering a design; correcting an anomaly to the innocent infringer defence where infringement occurs between filing and registration; providing exclusive licensees with legal standing to take infringement action through the courts; and extending the power of the Registrar of Designs to make directions about the forms of documents to 'approved forms' for designs; and make minor technical amendments.

Senate:

  • Introduced 2/12/20
  • Passed 4/2/21

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 4/2/21
  • Read a 1st time 4/2/21

Discrimination Free Schools Bill 2018

(Senator Di Natale â—‚¬—€œ AG)

Amends the: Sex Discrimination Act 1984 to remove the exemption for religious educational institutions to discriminate against students and teachers on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identification, marital or relationship status or pregnancy; and Fair Work Act 2009 to ensure that religious exemptions from anti-discrimination provisions do not extend to educational institutions.

Senate:

  • Introduced 16/10/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 16/10/18, 17/10/18, 18/10/18
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 4/7/19

Education Legislation Amendment (2021 Measures No. 1) Bill 2021

(Education, Skills and Employment portfolio)

Amends the: Australian Research Council Act 2001 to: apply indexation to existing appropriation amounts for the financial years commencing on 1 July 2020, 1 July 2021 and 1 July 2022; and insert a new funding cap for the financial year commencing on 1 July 2023; and Higher Education Support Act 2003 to: re-categorise the University of Notre Dame Australia as a Table A provider from 2021; and correct a typographical error.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 3/2/21
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Passed 24/2/21

Senate:

  • Introduced 24/2/21
  • Passed 13/5/21

Assent: 27/5/21 (Act No. 39, 2021)

Education Legislation Amendment (2021 Measures No. 2) Bill 2021

(Education, Skills and Employment portfolio)

Amends the Higher Education Support Act 2003 to: enable former permanent humanitarian visa holders who transition to a resident return visa to retain their eligibility for Higher Education Loan Program assistance; and make minor and technical amendments; and Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 to: clarify and extend the application of the Act to former registered providers; and make minor and technical amendments.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 18/3/21
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Passed 13/5/21

Senate:

  • Introduced 13/5/21
  • Passed 17/6/21

Assent: 24/6/21 (Act No. 55, 2021)

Education Services for Overseas Students Amendment (Cost Recovery and Other Measures) Bill 2021

(Education and Youth portfolio)

Introduced with the Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Amendment Bill 2021, Education Services for Overseas Students (TPS Levies) Amendment Bill 2021 and Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (Charges) Amendment Bill 2021, the bill amends the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 to: provide that education services for overseas students agencies have the power to conduct compliance audits of registered providers; provide for payment arrangements for the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students annual registration charge; and make consequential and contingent amendments.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 24/6/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 24/6/21

Education Services for Overseas Students Amendment (Refunds of Charges and Other Measures) Bill 2020

(Act citation: Education Services for Overseas Students Amendment (Refunds of Charges and Other Measures) Act 2021)

(Education, Skills and Employment portfolio)

Amends the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 to: enable refunds of registration charges in special circumstances; amend the definition of 'course'; and enable the minister responsible for international education to include and exempt certain courses from the requirements of the Act.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 11/11/20
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Passed 18/2/21

Senate:

  • Introduced 22/2/21
  • Passed 25/2/21

Assent: 2/3/21 (Act No. 18, 2021)

Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Amendment Bill 2021

(Education and Youth portfolio)

Introduced with the Education Services for Overseas Students (TPS Levies) Amendment Bill 2021, Education Services for Overseas Students Amendment (Cost Recovery and Other Measures) Bill 2021 and Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (Charges) Amendment Bill 2021, the bill amends the Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Act 1997 to: replace the annual registration and entry to market charges by imposing an annual charge payable by providers who are registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS); and impose a charge for applications by schools for initial registration and renewal of registration on CRICOS.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 24/6/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 24/6/21

Education Services for Overseas Students (TPS Levies) Amendment Bill 2021

(Education and Youth portfolio)

Introduced with the Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Amendment Bill 2021, Education Services for Overseas Students Amendment (Cost Recovery and Other Measures) Bill 2021 and Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (Charges) Amendment Bill 2021, the bill amends the Education Services for Overseas Students (TPS Levies) Act 2012 to include a definition of 'total enrolments' for the purposes of calculating the tuition protection service levies.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 24/6/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 24/6/21

Electric Vehicles Accountability Bill 2021

(Senator Rice â—‚¬—€œ 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 Australiaâ—‚¬—„¢s support for the manufacture, purchase and use of electric vehicles.

Senate:

  • Introduced 16/6/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 16/6/21

Ending Indefinite and Arbitrary Immigration Detention Bill 2021

(Mr Wilkie MP â—‚¬—€œ Ind)

The bill: establishes a legal framework governing immigration detention in Australia; provides alternatives to immigration detention; and prioritises non-citizens' immediate needs and refugee and international human rights law.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 22/2/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 22/2/21
  • Bill referred to House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs 24/2/21 (SC report no. 27); statement made discharging committeeâ—‚¬—„¢s requirement to provide a report 22/6/21
  • Bill referred to Joint Standing Committee on Migration 24/6/21 (SC report no. 24)

Environment and Infrastructure Legislation Amendment (Stop Adani) Bill 2017

(Senator Waters â—‚¬—€œ AG)

Amends the: Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to impose additional obligations on the minister in making decisions on approvals and conditions; and Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility Act 2016 to: require the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility to assess whether an entity is a suitable person for the purposes of providing financial assistance for Northern Australia economic infrastructure; and provide that, in undertaking an assessment, the facility consults with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and the Australian Crime Commission. Also provides for a review of certain existing approvals under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 in relation to the Adani group.

Senate:

  • Introduced 13/6/17
  • 2nd reading adjourned 13/6/17, 15/6/17, 19/10/17
  • Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 22/6/17 (SBC report no. 7 of 2017); report tabled 14/9/17
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 4/7/19

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Climate Trigger) Bill 2020

(Senator Hanson-Young â—‚¬—€œ AG)

Amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to introduce penalties for an individual or body corporate undertaking actions which involve mining operations, drilling exploration, land clearing or is specified in the regulations (emissions-intensive actions) if the action has, will have or is likely to have a significant impact on the environment.

Senate:

  • Introduced 13/2/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 13/2/20, 24/2/20
  • Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 27/2/20 (SBC report no. 3 of 2020); extensions of time to report 8/4/20, 11/12/20; progress report presented out of sitting 16/4/21; extension of time to report 11/5/21; final report due 20/10/21

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

(Senator McKenzie â—‚¬—€œ 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

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

(Senator Hanson-Young â—‚¬—€œ 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); report due 2/12/21

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Standards and Assurance) Bill 2021

(Environment portfolio)

Amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to: establish a framework for the making, varying, revoking and application of National Environmental Standards; and establish an Environment Assurance Commissioner to undertake monitoring or auditing of the operation of bilateral agreements with states and territories and Commonwealth processes for making and enforcing approval decisions.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 25/2/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 25/2/21, 22/6/21, 23/6/21
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp negatived; 1 Ind (Wilkie) to Opp negatived
  • Consideration in detail amendments: 5 Govt agreed to; 8 Ind (Steggall) negatived
  • Passed 23/6/21

Senate:

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Streamlining Environmental Approvals) Bill 2020

(Environment portfolio)

Amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to: provide that, where an approval bilateral agreement declares that an action in a class of actions does not require approval, the action may not be referred to the minister for assessment and approval under Part 7 of the Act; enable the minister to complete an assessment and approval of an action where a bilateral agreement with a state or territory is suspended or cancelled, or an approval bilateral agreement otherwise ceases to apply to a particular action; remove the current prohibition on approval bilateral agreements applying to an action that has, will have or is likely to have a significant impact on water resources (the water trigger); allow the minister to accredit a broader range of state and territory approval processes for the purposes of approval bilateral agreements; enable the states and territories to make minor changes to environmental assessment processes without the need for the amendment of a bilateral agreement or the re-accreditation of a management arrangement or authorisation process; and make technical amendments in relation to the making and operation of bilateral agreements.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 27/8/20
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Passed 3/9/20

Senate:

  • Introduced 6/10/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 6/10/20
  • Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 12/11/20 (SBC report no. 10 of 2020); report presented out of sitting 27/11/20

Export Control Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2020

(Act citation: Export Control Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Act 2021)

(Agriculture, Water and the Environment portfolio)

Amends the Export Control Act 2020 to: clarify the circumstances where a fit and proper person test is required for an application to vary a registration of an establishment, or to approve an alteration of an establishment; enable the rules to prescribe circumstances where the secretary may approve or refuse to approve a notice of intention to export prescribed goods; provide the secretary with the power to prescribe requirements in the rules for determining whether to issue or to refuse to issue an export permit; enable the rules to modify how certain provisions in the Act and the Administrative Appeals Tribunals Act 1975 apply to reviewable decisions for tariff rate quotas; and enable the rules to apply matters contained in any instrument of a foreign country that sets out, or provides a method for calculating, the tariff rate quota for the importation of a kind of goods into that country.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 11/11/20
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Passed 2/2/21

Senate:

  • Introduced 3/2/21
  • Committee amendment: 1 AG negatived
  • Passed 15/2/21

Assent: 1/3/21 (Act No. 11, 2021)

Fair Work Amendment (COVID-19) Bill 2020

(Senator Faruqi â—‚¬—€œ AG)

Amends the Fair Work Act 2009 to: provide for 14 days paid COVID-19 leave for all workers, including part-time, casual and gig economy workers; and enable the Fair Work Commission to make COVID-19 leave orders to extend provisions in the Act to all workers, such as gig economy workers.

Senate:

  • Introduced 12/5/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 12/5/20, 24/8/20

Fair Work Amendment (Gender Pay Gap) Bill 2015

(Senator Waters â—‚¬—€œ AG)

Amends the Fair Work Act 2009 to: remove restrictions on employees' rights to disclose the amount of, or information about, their pay or earnings; and prohibit employers from taking adverse action against employees for disclosing this information.

Senate:

  • Introduced 17/9/15
  • 2nd reading adjourned 17/9/15
  • Bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 15/10/15 (SBC report no. 13 of 2015); report due 12/5/16
  • 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 19/3/18
  • Bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 1/9/16 (SBC report no. 5 of 2016); extension of time to report 10/11/16; report tabled 30/11/16
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 17/3/21

Fair Work Amendment (One in, All in) Bill 2020

(Mr Bandt MP â—‚¬—€œ AG)

Amends the Fair Work Act 2009 to enable the Fair Work Commission to deal with disputes between employers and employees regarding the eligibility of an employee to receive the jobkeeper payment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 15/6/20
  • Removed from Notice Paper 16/2/21

Fair Work Amendment (One in, All in) Bill 2020 [No. 2]

(Senator Faruqi â—‚¬—€œ AG)

Amends the Fair Work Act 2009 to enable the Fair Work Commission to deal with disputes between employers and employees regarding the eligibility of an employee to receive the jobkeeper payment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Senate:

  • Introduced 16/6/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 16/6/20

Fair Work Amendment (Restoring Penalty Rates) Bill 2018 [No. 2]

(Senator Cameron â—‚¬—€œ ALP)

Amends the Fair Work Act 2009 to: provide that modern awards cannot be varied to reduce penalty rates or the hours to which penalties rates apply if the variation is likely to result in a reduction in the take-home pay of an employee; and provide that any such determination by the Fair Work Commission made on or after 21 June 2017 is of no effect.

Senate:

  • Introduced 14/11/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 14/11/18
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 17/10/19

Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia's Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2021

(Previous title: Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australiaâ—‚¬—„¢s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2020)

(Industrial Relations portfolio)

Amends the: Fair Work Act 2009 in relation to: defining casual employment; including a casual conversion entitlement in the National Employment Standards; providing a Casual Employment Information Statement to casual employees; offsetting casual loading amounts against claims for leave and other entitlements in certain circumstances; additional hours for part-time employees; flexible work directions; enterprise agreement making and approval processes; extending the nominal life of greenfields agreements relating to the construction of major projects; the compliance and enforcement framework; Fair Work Commission processes; and consequential amendments; Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009 to provide for the cessation of certain agreement based transitional instruments on 1 July 2022; Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2016 to: enable the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner to accept an enforceable undertaking in relation to a suspected remuneration-related contravention; and require the commissioner to publish certain information in relation to enforcement proceedings; Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2016 and Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 to make consequential amendments; and Fair Work Act 2009 and Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2020 to make amendments contingent on the commencement of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2020.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 9/12/20
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Consideration in detail amendments: 5 Govt agreed to; 3 AG negatived
  • Passed 23/2/21

Senate:

  • Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 10/12/20 (SBC report no. 12 of 2020); report presented out of sitting 12/3/21
  • Introduced 25/2/21
  • Committee amendments: 15 Govt agreed to; 2 Opp agreed to; 11 PHON agreed to;4 Ind (Patrick)-JLN agreed to; 16 Opp negatived; 1 CA negatived; 2 Ind (Patrick)-JLN negatived; 33 PHON withdrawn; 6 CA withdrawn
  • Passed 18/3/21

House of Representatives:

  • House of Representatives agreed to Senate amendments (14 Opp amendments in place of Senate amendments nos 10, 11, 20 and 22 negatived) 22/3/21

Assent: 26/3/21 (Act No. 25, 2021)

Fair Work Amendment (Ten Days Paid Domestic and Family Violence Leave) Bill 2020

(Ms Burney MP â—‚¬—€œ ALP)

Amends the Fair Work Act 2009 to: provide for ten days paid domestic and family violence leave in a 12-month period; provide for employees to access paid domestic and family violence leave at their base pay rate for usual hours of work in the period the leave was taken; enable an employee and employer to agree additional paid or unpaid leave can be taken in addition to the 10 days paid domestic and family violence leave; clarify and expand the reasons for which a person can take paid domestic and family violence leave; and strengthen the privacy obligations placed on employers in relation to an employee who takes paid family and domestic violence leave.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 7/12/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 7/12/20

Fair Work Amendment (Ten Days Paid Domestic and Family Violence Leave) Bill 2020 [No. 2]

(Senator McAllister â—‚¬—€œ ALP)

Amends the Fair Work Act 2009 to: provide for ten days paid domestic and family violence leave in a 12-month period; provide for employees to access paid domestic and family violence leave at their base pay rate for usual hours of work in the period the leave was taken; enable an employee and employer to agree additional paid or unpaid leave can be taken in addition to the 10 days paid domestic and family violence leave; clarify and expand the reasons for which a person can take paid domestic and family violence leave; and strengthen the privacy obligations placed on employers in relation to an employee who takes paid family and domestic violence leave.

Senate:

  • Introduced 9/12/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 9/12/20

Fair Work Laws Amendment (Proper Use of Worker Benefits) Bill 2019

(Industrial Relations portfolio)

Amends the: Fair Work Act 2009 to: prohibit terms of a modern award or an enterprise agreement requiring or permitting contributions for the benefit of an employee to be made to any fund other than a superannuation fund, a registered worker entitlement fund or a registered charity; require any term of a modern award or enterprise agreement that names a worker entitlement fund or insurance product to provide for an employee to choose another fund or insurance product; prohibit any term of a modern award, enterprise agreement or contract of employment permitting or requiring employee contributions to an election fund for an industrial association; and prohibit any action with the intent to coerce an employer to pay amounts to a particular worker entitlement fund, superannuation fund, training fund, welfare fund or employee insurance scheme; Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 to: require registered organisations to have written financial management policies that have been approved by the committee of management; require registered organisations to report certain loans, grants and donations; require specific disclosure by registered organisations of the financial benefits obtained by them and persons linked to them in connection with employee insurance products, welfare fund arrangements and training fund arrangements; introduce a range of new penalties relating to compliance by registered organisations with financial management, disclosure and reporting requirements; and make minor technical amendments; and Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986, Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Taxation Administration Act 1953 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 4/7/19
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Passed 10/9/19

Senate:

Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Child Care Subsidy) Bill 2021

(Education, Skills and Employment portfolio)

Amends the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 to: remove the annual child care subsidy (CCS) cap so that there will no longer be a limit on the amount of CCS that families, over a specified income, can receive each year; and increase the maximum subsidy rate of CCS for second and subsequent children, where a family has more than one child under 6 years of age.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 24/6/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 24/6/21

Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Early Childhood Education and Care Coronavirus Response and Other Measures) Bill 2021

(Education, Skills and Employment portfolio)

Amends the: A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 to: expand the circumstances in which business continuity payments (BCPs) can be paid to approved child care providers; and correct drafting errors made by the Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Improving Assistance for Vulnerable and Disadvantaged Families) Act 2020; and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 in relation to: Administrative Appeals Tribunal review; delegation of funding agreement powers; child care subsidy reconciliation deadlines; ensuring that BCPs will not be offset against future CCS payments during the period 6 April to 12 July 2020 (the relevant period); allowing the minister's rules to specify circumstances in which BCPs paid to providers during the relevant period are to be debts; not including the relevant period in determining cessation of child's enrolment; removing the requirement to report provision of care to children during the relevant period; and provider applications and approvals.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 17/2/21
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Consideration in detail amendments: 2 Opp negatived
  • Passed 18/3/21

Senate:

  • Introduced 18/3/21
  • Passed 18/3/21

Assent: 26/3/21 (Act No. 26, 2021)

Family Law Amendment (A Step Towards a Safer Family Law System) Bill 2020

(Mr Perrett MP â—‚¬—€œ ALP)

Implements certain recommendations of the 2009 Family Law Council report 'Improving responses to family violence in the family law system: An advice on the intersection of family violence and family law issues', the 2017 House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs report 'A better family law system to support and protect those affected by family violence', and the 2019 Australian Law Reform Commission report 'Family Law for the Future â—‚¬—€œ An Inquiry into the Family Law System' by amending the Family Law Act 1975 to remove provisions relating to the: presumption of equal shared parental responsibility when making parenting orders; and requirement that the courts consider, in certain circumstances, the child spending equal time, or substantial and significant time with each parent.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 15/6/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 15/6/20, 30/11/20, 22/3/21
  • Federation Chamber: Referred 26/8/20, 17/2/21, 12/5/21; 2nd reading adjourned 26/10/20, 22/2/21, 24/5/21, 23/6/21

Family Law Amendment (Federal Family Violence Orders) Bill 2021

(Attorney-General's portfolio)

Amends: the Family Law Act 1975 to: establish new federal family violence orders which, if breached, can be criminally enforced; and broaden the protections for Registrars of a Family Court of a State in conducting conferences; six Acts to make consequential amendments; and the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2021 to broaden the protections for the Chief Executive Officer, Senior Registrars and Registrars in the Federal Circuit and Family Court in conducting conferences.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 24/3/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 24/3/21

Senate:

Family Law (Self-Assessment) Bill 2019

(Senator Hanson â—‚¬—€œ PHON)

Requires separating couples to self-assess and narrow their family law disputes promptly within a defined statutory time frame.

Senate:

  • Introduced 12/9/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 12/9/19, 16/9/19

Farm Household Support Amendment (Debt Waiver) Bill 2021

(Agriculture, Water and the Environment portfolio)

Amends the Farm Household Support Act 2014 to waive the repayment of certain classes of debts for farm household allowance (FHA) recipients arising from the business income reconciliation process for FHA payments between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2020.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 2/6/21
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Passed 21/6/21

Senate:

  • Introduced 21/6/21
  • Passed 24/6/21

Assent: 23/7/21 (Act No. 75, 2021)

Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Bill 2019

(Act citation: Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2021)

(Attorney-General's portfolio)

Introduced with the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2019, the bill unifies the administrative structure of the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia to create the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia, comprised of Division 1 (which will be a continuation of the Family Court) and Division 2 (which will be a continuation of the Federal Circuit Court).

House of Representatives:

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

Senate:

House of Representatives:

  • House of Representatives agreed to Senate amendments 18/2/21

Assent: 1/3/21 (Act No. 12, 2021)

Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2019

(Act citation: Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Act 2021)

(Attorney-General's portfolio)

Introduced with the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Bill 2019, the bill amends: the Family Law Act 1975 and Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 to make consequential amendments to align these Acts with the operation of the newly created Federal Circuit and Family Court (FCFC); the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2019, when enacted, to make an amendment consequential on the commencement of certain changes enacted by the Public Sector Superannuation Legislation Amendment Act 2018; five Acts in relation to making rules of court; 132 Acts to make further consequential amendments; and various Acts to make amendments contingent on the commencement of nine Acts. Also provides for transitional arrangements in relation to the judges and personnel of the FCFC, court administration and appeals; and repeals the Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 5/12/19
  • Passed 1/12/20

Senate:

  • Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 5/12/19 (SBC report no. 10 of 2019); report presented out of sitting 20/11/20
  • Introduced 2/12/20
  • 2nd reading amendments: 3 Opp negatived
  • Committee amendments: 2 Govt agreed to
  • Passed 17/2/21

House of Representatives:

  • House of Representatives agreed to Senate amendments 18/2/21

Assent: 1/3/21 (Act No. 13, 2021)

Financial Regulator Assessment Authority Bill 2021

(Treasury portfolio)

Introduced with the Financial Regulator Assessment Authority (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2021, the bill: establishes the Financial Regulatory Assessment Authority to assess and report on the effectiveness and capability of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission; and prohibits the unauthorised use or disclosure of protected information provided to the Authority.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 13/5/21
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Passed 26/5/21

Senate:

  • Introduced 15/6/21
  • Committee amendments: 28 AG agreed to
  • Passed 22/6/21

House of Representatives:

  • House of Representatives agreed to Senate amendments 23/6/21

Assent: 29/6/21 (Act No. 63, 2021)

Financial Regulator Assessment Authority (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2021

(Treasury portfolio)

Introduced with the Financial Regulator Assessment Authority Bill 2021, the bill amends five Acts to make amendments consequential on the establishment of the Financial Regulator Assessment Authority.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 13/5/21
  • Passed 26/5/21

Senate:

  • Introduced 15/6/21
  • Passed 22/6/21

Assent: 29/6/21 (Act No. 64, 2021)

Financial Sector Reform (Hayne Royal Commission Responseâ—‚¬—€Better Advice) Bill 2021

(Treasury portfolio)

Amends the: Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001, Corporations Act 2001 and three other Acts to: expand the role of the Financial Services and Credit Panel to operate as a single disciplinary body for financial advisers; create new penalties and sanctions for financial advisers who have breached their obligations under the Corporations Act 2001; introduce a two-stage registration process for financial advisers; transfer functions from the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority to the minister and to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission; and introduce a single registration and disciplinary system for financial advisers who provide tax (financial) advice services; and Corporations Act 2001 to make amendments contingent on the commencement of the Treasury Laws Amendment (Registries Modernisation and Other Measures) Act 2020.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 24/6/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 24/6/21

Senate:

Financial Sector Reform (Hayne Royal Commission Response No. 2) Bill 2020

(Act citation: Financial Sector Reform (Hayne Royal Commission Response No. 2) Act 2021)

(Treasury portfolio)

Amends the: Corporations Act 2001 to: require financial services providers that receive fees under an ongoing fee arrangement to: provide clients with a document each year which outlines the fees they will be charged and the services they will be entitled to in the following 12 months and which seeks annual renewal for all ongoing fee arrangements; and obtain written consent before fees under an ongoing fee arrangement can be deducted from a client's account; require a financial services licensee or authorised representative to give a written disclosure of lack of independence where they are authorised to provide personal advice to a retail client; and make consequential amendments; and Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 to: provide that a superannuation trustee can only charge advice fees to a member where certain conditions are satisfied; and remove a superannuation trustee's ability to charge fees under an ongoing fee arrangement for financial product advice from MySuper products.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 9/12/20
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Passed 15/2/21

Senate:

  • Introduced 15/2/21
  • Passed 25/2/21

Assent: 2/3/21 (Act No. 19, 2021)

Franchising Laws Amendment (Fairness in Franchising) Bill 2020

(Senator O'Neill â—‚¬—€œ ALP)

Amends the: Competition and Consumer (Industry Codesâ—‚¬—€Franchising) Regulation 2014 to: enable the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman to appoint a mediation and franchising adviser to assist in resolving franchising disputes where mediation has failed, or where both parties agree to arbitration; and give the ombudsman the power to assist with multi-party mediation and arbitration in franchising disputes where multiple parties have identical issues that require resolution; Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to increase the civil penalties provisions for breaching the Franchising Code of Conduct; and Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Act 2015 to make consequential amendments.

Senate:

  • Introduced 2/9/20
  • Passed 22/2/21

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 22/2/21
  • Read a 1st time 22/2/21

Freedom of Information Legislation Amendment (Improving Access and Transparency) Bill 2018

(Senator Patrick â—‚¬—€œ Ind)

Amends the: Archives Act 1983 to require the reporting of external legal expenses incurred by the National Archives of Australia; Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010 to: ensure that the Information Commissioner holds specified qualifications; and require the separate appointment of the Australian Information Commissioner, the Privacy Commissioner and the Freedom of Information (FOI) Commissioner; and Freedom of Information Act 1982 to: enable the transfer of Information Commissioner reviewable decisions to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT); require the consistent application of exemptions by decision makers in the context of a review by the Information Commissioner; prevent the Information Commissioner from making FOI decisions if he or she does not hold specified qualifications; prevent agencies from publishing FOI information until at least 10 days after the applicant has received his or her copy of the information; and require the reporting of external legal expenses for each Information Commission or AAT FOI matter that has concluded.

Senate:

  • Introduced 22/8/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 22/8/18
  • Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 23/8/18 (SBC report no. 9 of 2018); report presented out of sitting 30/11/18
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 4/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 31/8/20

Fuel Security Bill 2021

(Industry, Science, Energy and Resources portfolio)

Introduced with the Fuel Security (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2021, the bill: establishes a minimum stockholding obligation for corporate entities that undertake certain activities (broadly, importing and refining) in relation to certain transport fuels to hold a minimum quantity of those fuels nationally; and enable a production payment for refinery operators (referred to as a fuel security services payment) to provide an adjustable cent per litre payment to refineries in return for a commitment to continue refining until at least 30 June 2027.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 26/5/21
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Consideration in detail amendments: 3 AG negatived
  • Passed 16/6/21

Senate:

  • Introduced 16/6/21
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 AG negatived
  • Committee amendments: 4 AG negatived; 1 Ind (Patrick) negatived
  • Passed 22/6/21

Assent: 29/6/21 (Act No. 65, 2021)

Fuel Security (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2021

(Industry, Science, Energy and Resources portfolio)

Introduced with the Fuel Security Bill 2021, the bill amends the: Competition and Consumer Act 2010, Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000, Petroleum and Other Fuels Reporting Act 2017 and Taxation Administration Act 1953 to make amendments consequential on the establishment of the minimum stockholding obligation and the fuel security services payment; and Fuel Security Act 2021, when enacted, to make amendments consequential on the commencement of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2021.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 26/5/21
  • Passed 16/6/21

Senate:

  • Introduced 16/6/21
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 AG negatived