Senate Bills List

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Parl No.
45
Date
08 May 2019
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ABBREVIATIONS —€“ parties, stages and committees

AC

Australian Conservatives

LDP

Liberal Democratic Party

AG

Australian Greens

LP

Liberal Party of Australia [Govt]

ALP

Australian Labor Party [Opp]

Nats

The Nationals [Govt]

CA

Centre Alliance (formerly Nick Xenophon Team)

NXT

Nick Xenophon Team

DHJP

Derryn Hinch's Justice Party

PHON

Pauline Hanson's One Nation

FFP

Family First Party

SBC

Senate Selection of Bills Committee

Ind

Independent

SC

House of Representatives Selection Committee

JLN

Jacqui Lambie Network

UAP

United Australia Party

KAP

Katter's Australian Party


A Fair Go for Australians in Trade Bill 2018

(Mr Clare MP —€“ ALP)

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

House of Representatives:

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

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

(Senator Carr —€“ ALP)

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

Senate:

  • Introduced 15/10/18
  • 2nd reading agreed to 12/11/18

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

(Senator Leyonhjelm —€“ LDP)

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

Senate:

  • Introduced 5/9/17
  • Negatived at 2nd reading 7/9/17
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 23/8/18

Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment Bill 2018

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

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

(Indigenous Affairs portfolio)

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

Senate:

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

House of Representatives:

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

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

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

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

(Indigenous Affairs portfolio)

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

Senate:

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

House of Representatives:

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

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

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

(Health portfolio)

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

House of Representatives:

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

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

(Senator Hinch —€“ DHJP)

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

Senate:

  • Introduced 6/9/17
  • 2nd reading adjourned 6/9/17, 7/9/17

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

(Senator Griff —€“ CA)

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

Senate:

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

Aged Care Amendment (Staffing Ratio Disclosure) Bill 2018

(Ms Sharkie MP —€“ CA)

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

House of Representatives:

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

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

(Agriculture and Water Resources portfolio)

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

House of Representatives:

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

Senate:

  • Introduced 13/2/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 13/2/18, 13/2/19

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

(Agriculture and Water Resources portfolio)

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

House of Representatives:

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

Senate:

Agriculture and Water Resources Legislation Amendment Bill 2016

(Agriculture and Water Resources portfolio)

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

House of Representatives:

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

Senate:

  • Introduced 14/2/17
  • 2nd reading adjourned 14/2/17

Air Services Amendment Bill 2018

(Senator Rice —€“ AG)

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

Senate:

  • Introduced 27/3/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 27/3/18
  • Bill referred to Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 28/3/18 (SBC report 4/18); extension of time to report 18/6/18; report tabled 16/8/18

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

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

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

Senate:

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

House of Representatives:

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

Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2018-2019

(Finance portfolio)

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

House of Representatives:

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

Senate:

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

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

Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2018-2019

(Finance portfolio)

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

House of Representatives:

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

Senate:

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

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

Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2019-2020

(Finance portfolio)

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

House of Representatives:

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

Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2019-2020

(Finance portfolio)

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

House of Representatives:

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

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

(Finance portfolio)

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

House of Representatives:

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

Senate:

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

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

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

(Finance portfolio)

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

House of Representatives:

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

Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Appointment of Directors) Bill 2018

(Senator Storer —€“ Ind)

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

Senate:

  • Introduced 17/10/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 17/10/18, 15/11/18

Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Fair and Balanced) Bill 2017

(Communications and the Arts portfolio)

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

Senate:

  • Introduced 18/10/17
  • 2nd reading adjourned 18/10/17
  • Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 16/11/17 (SBC report 13/17); progress report presented out of sitting 9/2/18; extension of time to report 12/2/18; final report presented out of sitting 16/2/18

Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Regional Australia) Bill 2017

(Senator Burston —€“ UAP)

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

Senate:

  • Introduced 9/8/17
  • 2nd reading adjourned 9/8/17

Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Restoring Shortwave Radio) Bill 2017

(Senator Xenophon —€“ NXT)

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

Senate:

  • Introduced 13/2/17
  • 2nd reading adjourned 13/2/17, 17/8/17
  • Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 16/2/17 (SBC report 2/17); extension of time to report 9/5/17; report tabled 9/8/17

Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Rural and Regional Advocacy) Bill 2015

(Senator McKenzie —€“ Nats)

Amends the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 to: amend the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's (ABC) Charter in relation to the delivery of services to rural and regional Australia in each state and territory; impose certain requirements on the ABC and the ABC Board; and provide for the establishment, functions and membership of the Rural and Regional Advisory Council.

Senate:

  • Introduced 1/12/15
  • 2nd reading adjourned 1/12/15
  • Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 3/12/15 (SBC report 16/15); interim report presented out of sitting 5/5/16
  • 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 13/9/16
  • Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 15/9/16 (SBC report 6/16); extensions of time to report 8/11/16, 7/2/17, 21/3/17; interim report presented out of sitting 31/3/17; final report presented out of sitting 13/4/17

Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Rural and Regional Measures) Bill 2017

(Communications 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.

Senate:

  • Introduced 18/10/17
  • 2nd reading adjourned 18/10/17
  • Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 16/11/17 (SBC report 13/17); report presented out of sitting 16/2/18

Australian Business Securitisation Fund Bill 2019

(Treasury portfolio)

Establishes the Australian Business Securitisation Fund (ABSF), and establishes and credits $2 billion to the ABSF special account, to increase the availability, and reduce the cost, of finance to small and medium enterprises (SME) by making targeted interventions in the SME securitisation market.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 13/2/19
  • Passed 3/4/19

Senate:

Assent: 5/4/19 (Act No. 46, 2019)

Australian Cannabis Agency Bill 2018

(Senator Di Natale —€“ 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

Australian Centre for Social Cohesion Bill 2015

(Senator Milne —€“ AG)

Establishes the Australian Centre for Social Cohesion and provides for: the director to develop and implement programs to improve social cohesion and prevent violent extremism; the director's powers, appointment and terms and conditions of employment; and deputy directors, staff, consultants and delegations.

Senate:

  • Introduced 9/2/15
  • 2nd reading adjourned 9/2/15
  • Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16
  • Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 15/9/16

Australian Citizenship Amendment (Strengthening the Citizenship Loss Provisions) Bill 2018

(Home Affairs portfolio)

Amends the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 to: remove the requirement that a person be sentenced to 6 or more years of imprisonment for a relevant terrorism offence to be eligible to lose their Australian citizenship; and replace the current requirement that a person is a national or citizen of a country other than Australia at the time the minister makes a determination that the person ceases to be an Australian citizen with the requirement that, if the minister were to determine that the person ceases to be an Australian citizen, the minister is satisfied the person will not become a person who is not a national or citizen of any country.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 28/11/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 28/11/18
  • Bill referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security 28/11/18; report tabled in House of Representatives and Senate 14/2/19
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 45th Parliament 11/4/19

Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Commitments for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2018

(Senator Hanson —€“ PHON)

Amends the: Australian Citizenship Act 2007 in relation to: strengthened citizenship requirements, including in relation to permanent residency and English language proficiency; the definition of 'spouse' and 'de facto partner'; citizenship by adoption; automatic acquisition of citizenship; citizenship by conferral; residence requirements for citizenship; good character requirements; the bar on approval of citizenship where there are related criminal offences; offence provisions; mandatory and discretionary cancellation of approval of citizenship; ministerial discretion to delay the making of the pledge of allegiance; the maximum period of deferral for making the pledge of allegiance; revocation of citizenship by descent, conferral or under intercountry adoption arrangements; ministerial power to make legislative instruments; use and disclosure of personal information; and consequential amendments; and Migration Act 1958 to enable the use and disclosure of personal citizenship information.

Senate:

  • Introduced 7/2/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 7/2/18
  • Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 15/2/18 (SBC report 2/18); extension of time to report 3/12/18; report presented out of sitting 15/3/19

Australian Crime Commission Amendment (Criminology Research) Bill 2016

(Justice portfolio)

Merges the functions of the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) with the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) by: amending the Australian Crime Commission Act 2002 to enable the ACIC to perform the AIC's functions, including carrying out, sharing and publishing of criminology research, and carrying out commissioned research; and repealing the Criminology Research Act 1971 to abolish the AIC as a statutory agency.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 14/9/16
  • 2nd reading adjourned 14/9/16
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 45th Parliament 11/4/19

Senate:

Australian Human Rights Commission Amendment (Preliminary Assessment Process) Bill 2017

(Senator Burston —€“ UAP)

Amends the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 to: require the Australian Human Rights Commission to undertake a preliminary assessment of a complaint before proceeding to a full inquiry and attempt to conciliate; set out the steps of the preliminary assessment process; and provide for the termination of a complaint at any time during the preliminary assessment process.

Senate:

  • Introduced 7/2/17
  • 2nd reading adjourned 7/2/17, 16/2/17

Australian Human Rights Commission Repeal (Duplication Removal) Bill 2018

(Senator Bernardi —€“ AC)

Repeals the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 to abolish the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Senate:

  • Introduced 15/2/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 15/2/18

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

(Senator Griff —€“ 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 3/4/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 3/4/19

Australian Multicultural Bill 2018

(Senator Di Natale —€“ 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

Australian Passports Amendment (Identity-matching Services) Bill 2018

(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 7/2/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 7/2/18
  • Bill referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security 6/3/18
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 45th Parliament 11/4/19

Australian Research Council Amendment (Ensuring Research Independence) Bill 2018

(Senator Faruqi —€“ 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

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

(Regional Services, Sport, Local Government and Decentralisation portfolio)

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

Senate:

  • Introduced 14/2/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 14/2/19

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

(Regional Services, Sport, Local Government and Decentralisation portfolio)

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

House of Representatives:

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

Australian Veterans' Recognition (Putting Veterans and their Families First) Bill 2019

(Veterans' Affairs portfolio)

The bill: provides a general recognition of veterans and their families; sets out the Australian Defence Force Covenant; provides statements that veterans' affairs portfolio legislation will be interpreted with a beneficial intention and that the Commonwealth is committed to working cooperatively with veterans, their families and ex-service organisations to address issues facing veterans; and provides that the Commonwealth may issue pins, cards and other artefacts to veterans and their family members.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 14/2/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 14/2/19, 3/4/19
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 45th Parliament 11/4/19

Senate:

Automotive Transformation Scheme Amendment (Securing the Automotive Component Industry) Bill 2015

(Senators Rice and Simms —€“ AG)

Amends the: Automotive Transformation Scheme Act 2009 to: broaden the objects of the Act; and apply principles to encourage investment in manufacturing sustainable transport options; and Automotive Transformation Scheme Regulations 2010 to: broaden the eligibility for Australian motor vehicle and automotive component manufacturers for assistance under the Automotive Transformation Scheme (ATS); and enable the minister to grant permission to certain persons to apply for registration under the ATS.

Senate:

  • Introduced 10/11/15
  • 2nd reading adjourned 10/11/15
  • Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16
  • Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 15/9/16

Banking Amendment (Rural Finance Reform) Bill 2019

(Ms Sharkie MP —€“ CA)

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

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 18/2/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 18/2/19
  • Bill referred to House of Representatives Economics Committee 21/2/19 (SC report no. 36)
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 45th Parliament 11/4/19

Banking System Reform (Separation of Banks) Bill 2019

(Senator Hanson —€“ PHON)

Enforces the separation of retail commercial banking activities involving the holding of deposits from wholesale and investment banking activities, such as financial advice, wealth management, stock broking and insurance.

Senate:

  • Introduced 12/2/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 12/2/19
  • Bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 14/2/19 (SBC report 1/19); report presented out of sitting 8/5/19

Bankruptcy Amendment (Enterprise Incentives) Bill 2017

(Attorney-General's portfolio)

Amends the Bankruptcy Act 1966 to: provide that, where a bankrupt becomes a bankrupt again, the income contribution obligations and contribution assessment period for the first bankruptcy will cease; provide that ceasing income contributions to a trustee in an earlier bankruptcy in the event of a second bankruptcy does not limit the ability of the trustee in the later bankruptcy to exercise certain powers; amend notification requirements to provide that a bankrupt or discharged bankrupt must notify the trustee within 10 business days of changes to their name, address and phone number during the 'prescribed period'; clarify the period for which eligible discharged bankrupts must continue to make income contribution payments to the bankrupt estate; extend the requirement to make certain income contribution payments to persons who are eligible to make these payments, but have been automatically discharged after one year; ensure that a bankrupt or discharged bankrupt will ordinarily be liable for income contributions for at least three contribution assessment periods; provide that determinations regarding supervised account regimes apply post discharge and throughout the contribution assessment periods, and only cease when the bankrupt is no longer liable to pay a contribution; extend the obligations and duties on a bankrupt to keep and produce records of income, employment and financial transactions or dealings; provide for an automatic discharge after one year of bankruptcy and related transitional arrangements; and enable the extension of a period of bankruptcy on the basis of an objection by a trustee or official receiver.

Senate:

  • Introduced 19/10/17
  • 2nd reading adjourned 19/10/17
  • Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 30/11/17 (SBC report 14/17); extension of time to report 19/3/18; report tabled 21/3/18

Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Media Reform) Bill 2016

(Communications and the Arts portfolio)

Amends the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to: abolish the '75% audience reach rule', which prohibits commercial television broadcasting licensees from controlling licences whose combined licence area populations exceed 75 per cent of the population of Australia; abolish the '2 out of 3 cross-media control rule', which prohibits control over more than two out of three regulated media platforms in any one commercial radio licence area; and provide additional local programming obligations for regional commercial television broadcasting licensees.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 1/9/16
  • Consideration in detail amendments: 2 Opp/negatived
  • Passed 30/11/16

Senate:

Broadcasting Services Amendment (Audio Description) Bill 2019

(Senator Steele-John —€“ AG)

Amends the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to: require national broadcasters, commercial television broadcasting licensees and subscription television licensees to provide a minimum number of hours of television audio description per week; and provides 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