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46
Date
11 Apr 2022
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ABBREVIATIONS —€“ parties and committees

AG

Australian Greens

LDP

Liberal Democratic Party

ALP

Australian Labor Party [Opp]

LP

Liberal Party of Australia [Govt]

CA

Centre Alliance

Nats

The Nationals [Govt]

Ind

Independent

PHON

Pauline Hanson's One Nation

JLN

Jacqui Lambie Network

SBC

Senate Selection of Bills Committee

KAP

Katter's Australian Party

UAP

United Australia Party


Aboriginal Land Grant (Jervis Bay Territory) Amendment (Strengthening Land and Governance Provisions) Bill 2022

(Indigenous Australians portfolio)

Amends: the Aboriginal Land Grant (Jervis Bay Territory) Act 1986 to: amend the title of the Act to the Aboriginal Land and Waters (Jervis Bay Territory) Act 1986; exempt certain leases granted by the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council from the application of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (ACT); increase the payment amount at which the council is required to seek approval from the minister before entering into a contract; amend the council's governance structure and decision making powers to align more closely with other corporate Commonwealth entities; remove the requirement for the council to enter into an agreement to lease with the Director of National Parks before land in the Booderee National Park can be declared as Aboriginal land; clarify that the functions of the council relate to registered members and eligible children; and update the wording of the term 'physical or mental incapacity'; and eight Acts to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 30/3/22
  • 2nd reading adjourned 30/3/22
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

Aged Care Amendment (Making Aged Care Fees Fairer) Bill 2021

(Ms Sharkie MP —€“ CA)

Amends the Aged Care Act 1997 to: enable aged care recipients to access clear information regarding the administrative and management fees charged for home care services; ensure that home care charges are spent on home care services provided rather than on administrative or management charges for provision of those services; enable aged care recipients to exit a home care agreement without financial penalty; and access relevant information regarding the costs of home care packages by approved providers in their local area when looking to enter into a home care agreement.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 25/10/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 25/10/21
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

Aged Care Amendment (Registered Nurses Ensuring Quality Care) Bill 2021

(Senator Patrick —€“ Ind)

Amends the Aged Care Act 1997 to require all approved aged care facilities to have at least one registered nurse on duty at all times to provide care and supervise the provision of care to residents of approved aged care facilities.

Senate:

  • Introduced 1/9/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 1/9/21

Aged Care and Other Legislation Amendment (Royal Commission Response No. 2) Bill 2021

(Health portfolio)

Amends: the Aged Care Act 1997 and Aged Care (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 to enable the introduction of the Australian National Aged Care Classification to replace the Aged Care Funding Instrument as the residential aged care subsidy calculation model from 1 October 2022; the Aged Care Act 1997 and Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Act 2018 to: provide for nationally consistent pre-employment screening for aged care workers of approved providers to replace existing police checking obligations; enable the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner to make and enforce a code of conduct that will apply to approved providers and their workers, including governing persons; extend the Serious Incident Response Scheme to home and flexible care delivered in a home or community care setting from 1 July 2022; introduce new governance responsibilities for approved providers of Commonwealth-funded aged care; enable the secretary or commissioner to request information or documents from a provider or borrower relating to the use of a loan made with a refundable deposit or accommodation bond and create an offence for a borrower who does not comply with this request; and extend the period of liability for the existing offences for the misuse of refundable accommodation deposits prior to an insolvency event for both providers and key personnel of providers; five Acts to enable information sharing between certain Commonwealth bodies; the National Health Reform Act 2011 and Aged Care Act 1997 to expand the functions of a renamed Independent Health and Aged Care Pricing Authority and establish new governance arrangements and appointments processes; and the National Health Reform Act 2011, Aged Care Act 1997 and Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Act 2018 to enable the use and disclosure of information required for the authority to perform its new functions.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 1/9/21
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Consideration in detail amendments: 14 Govt agreed to
  • Passed 25/10/21

Senate:

  • Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 21/10/21 (SBC report no. 12 of 2021); report presented out of sitting 16/11/21
  • Introduced 22/11/21
  • 2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp agreed to; 1 AG agreed to
  • Committee amendments: 31 Govt agreed to; 2 CA agreed to; 2 Ind (Patrick) agreed to; 23 AG withdrawn
  • Passed 30/3/22

House of Representatives:

  • House of Representatives reported message from Senate returning bill with amendments 31/3/22
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

Aged Care Legislation Amendment (Financial Transparency) Bill 2020

(Senator Griff —€“ 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

Agriculture Biodiversity Stewardship Market Bill 2022

(Agriculture, Water and the Environment portfolio)

Establishes a framework for a national voluntary agriculture biodiversity stewardship market to enable agricultural landholders to receive a tradeable certificate for undertaking projects that enhance or protect biodiversity in native species.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 9/2/22
  • 2nd reading adjourned 9/2/22
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

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
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

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 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

Animal Health Australia and Plant Health Australia Funding Legislation Amendment Bill 2021

(Agriculture and Northern Australia portfolio)

Amends the: Australian Animal Health Council (Live-stock Industries) Funding Act 1996 to: facilitate the funding of emergency responses under emergency biosecurity response deeds other than the Emergency Animal Disease Response Agreement, including the proposed Emergency Response Deed for Aquatic Animal Diseases; provide for the Governor-General to make regulations prescribing certain matters; and remove redundant provisions that relate to honey, as honey-related levies are no longer paid to Animal Health Australia; Plant Health Australia (Plant Industries) Funding Act 2002 to: broaden the scope of permissible uses for Emergency Plant Pest Response (EPPR) levies to include the promotion of maintenance of the health of an EPPR plant; provide for the secretary to determine by notifiable instrument a body in relation to a specified EPPR plant product; and remove redundant provisions that provide for the redirection of excess levies to research and development purposes; and Horticulture Marketing and Research and Development Services Act 2000 and Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 25/11/21
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Passed 10/2/22

Senate:

  • Introduced 10/2/22
  • 2nd reading adjourned 10/2/22

Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Amendment (Increased Financial Transparency) Bill 2022

(Senator McKim —€“ AG)

Amends the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 to require the government to introduce legislation by 30 September 2022 to: include designated services provided by lawyers, conveyancers, accountants, high-value dealers, real estate agents and trust and company service providers; and establish a public register that contains information about the ultimate beneficial ownership of companies registered under the Corporations Act 2001 and certain other legal persons and legal arrangements.

Senate:

  • Introduced 8/2/22
  • 2nd reading adjourned 8/2/22

Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2022-2023

(Finance portfolio)

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

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 29/3/22
  • 2nd reading adjourned 29/3/22, 31/3/22
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2022-2023

(Finance portfolio)

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

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 29/3/22
  • 2nd reading adjourned 29/3/22
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2021-2022

(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) 2021-2022 and Appropriation (Coronavirus Response) Act (No. 1) 2021-2022.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 10/2/22
  • Passed 29/3/22

Senate:

  • Introduced 30/3/22
  • Passed 30/3/22

Assent: 1/4/22 (Act No. 19, 2022)

Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2021-2022

(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) 2021-2022 and Appropriation (Coronavirus Response) Act (No. 2) 2021-2022.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 10/2/22
  • Passed 29/3/22

Senate:

  • Introduced 30/3/22
  • Passed 30/3/22

Assent: 1/4/22 (Act No. 20, 2022)

Appropriation (Coronavirus Response) Bill (No. 1) 2021-2022

(Finance portfolio)

Appropriates additional money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the ordinary annual services of the government for the purposes of responding to circumstances relating to COVID-19.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 9/2/22
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Passed 9/2/22

Senate:

  • Introduced 10/2/22
  • 2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp agreed to; 1 PHON to Opp negatived
  • Passed 10/2/22

Assent: 14/2/22 (Act No. 1, 2022)

Appropriation (Coronavirus Response) Bill (No. 2) 2021-2022

(Finance portfolio)

Appropriates additional money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure for the purposes of responding to circumstances relating to COVID-19.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 9/2/22
  • Passed 9/2/22

Senate:

Assent: 14/2/22 (Act No. 2, 2022)

Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2022-2023

(Finance portfolio)

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

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 29/3/22
  • 2nd reading adjourned 29/3/22
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

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
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

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 —€“ 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 —€“ 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 2021

(Senator Patrick —€“ 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 the Whistleblower Protection Special Account; and makes consequential amendments to the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006, Ombudsman Act 1976 and Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013.

Senate:

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

Australian Federal Integrity Commission Bill 2021 (No. 2)

(Dr Haines MP —€“ 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 25/10/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 25/10/21
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

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

Australian Passports Amendment (Identity-matching Services) Bill 2019

(Foreign Affairs and Trade portfolio)

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

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 31/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 31/7/19
  • Bill referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security 2/8/19; report tabled in House of Representatives 24/10/19 and Senate 13/11/19
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

Australian Radioactive Waste Agency Bill 2022

(Industry, Science, Energy and Resources portfolio)

Establishes the Australian Radioactive Waste Agency as a non-corporate Commonwealth entity.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 16/2/22
  • 2nd reading adjourned 16/2/22
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

Australian Research Council Amendment Bill 2021

(Act citation: Australian Research Council Amendment Act 2022)

(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 2021, 1 July 2022 and 1 July 2023; and insert a new funding cap for the financial year commencing on 1 July 2024.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 2/12/21
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Passed 14/2/22

Senate:

  • Introduced 30/3/22
  • Passed 30/3/22

Assent: 1/4/22 (Act No. 29, 2022)

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
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 4/7/19
  • Bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 9/2/22; progress report presented out of sitting 15/3/22; final report presented out of sitting 21/3/22

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

(Senator Rice —€“ 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 —€“ 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 (Enhanced Risk Management) Bill 2021

(Agriculture, Water and the Environment portfolio)

Amends the Biosecurity Act 2015 to: expand pre-arrival reporting requirements for aircraft and vessels; strengthen penalties for non-compliance with negative pratique requirements; create a mechanism to make a human biosecurity group direction; increase civil and criminal penalties for contraventions of certain requirements in relation to goods; amend the process for making certain determinations specifying prohibited, conditionally non-prohibited and suspended goods or granting permits based on risk assessments; and provide legislative authority for expenditure for biosecurity-related programs and activities, such as surveillance programs for pests and diseases.

House of Representatives:

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

Senate:

Biosecurity Amendment (No Crime to Return Home) Bill 2021

(Senator Patrick —€“ Ind)

The bill: repeals the Biosecurity (Human Biosecurity Emergency) (Human Coronavirus with Pandemic Potential) (Emergency Requirements—€”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

Brisbane Airport Curfew and Demand Management Bill 2022

(Mr Bandt MP —€“ AG)

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

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 14/2/22
  • 2nd reading adjourned 14/2/22
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

Broadcasting Services Amendment (Audio Description) Bill 2019

(Senator Steele-John —€“ AG)

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

Senate:

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

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
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

Senate:

Climate Change (National Framework for Adaptation and Mitigation) Bill 2021

(Ms Steggall MP —€“ Ind)

Introduced with the Climate Change (National Framework for Adaptation and Mitigation) (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2021, the bill: sets a target of achieving net zero emissions by 31 December 2050; aims to reduce net accounting emissions by 60% on 2005 levels by 2030; establishes the Climate Change 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; ensures rural and regional Australia shares in the economic benefits from the transition to a net zero emissions economy; and establishes the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Climate Adaptation and Mitigation and provides for its powers, proceedings and functions.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 18/10/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 18/10/21
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

Climate Change (National Framework for Adaptation and Mitigation) (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2021

(Ms Steggall MP —€“ Ind)

Introduced with the Climate Change (National Framework for Adaptation and Mitigation) Bill 2021, 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, duties or exercising powers, and include this information in annual reports.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 18/10/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 18/10/21
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

COAG Legislation Amendment Bill 2021

(Prime Minister's portfolio)

Amends: the COAG Reform Fund Act 2008 to amend the short title of the Act to the Federation Reform Fund Act 2008; the COAG Refund Fund Act 2008 and eight other Acts to update references to the COAG Reform Fund with references to the Federation Reform Fund; 16 Acts to: update references to COAG with references to the First Ministers Council and define it as a body consisting only of, or including, the Prime Minister, Premiers and Chief Ministers; retain the term Ministerial Council, but amends its definition to a body that consists of the Minister of the Commonwealth and each State and Territory who is responsible for the relevant matter; or amend specific names of councils to the generic Ministerial Council term; and 17 Acts to confirm that where Commonwealth legislation makes provisions to protect from disclosure the deliberations and decisions of the Cabinet and its committees, these provisions apply to the deliberations and decisions of the National Cabinet.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 2/9/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 2/9/21
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

Senate:

Coal-Fired Power Funding Prohibition Bill 2017

(Senator Di Natale —€“ 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

Coal Prohibition (Quit Coal) Bill 2021

(Mr Bandt MP —€“ AG)

Amends the: Customs Act 1901 to limit and prohibit the importation and exportation of thermal coal unless it is being used for research, analysis or display from 2030; and Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to: prohibit the establishment of new coal mines or coal-fired power stations; prohibit the mining or burning of coal after 1 January 2030; and make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 25/10/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 25/10/21
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Banning Dirty Donations) Bill 2020

(Senator Waters —€“ 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 (Cleaning up Political Donations) Bill 2022

(Mr Wilkie MP —€“ Ind)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: lower the donation disclosure threshold from $13 800 to $1000 for individual donations and require aggregation under the threshold; expand the definition of 'gift'; introduce a cap of $50 000 on the total amount of donations a donor can provide during an electoral cycle; require real-time disclosure by gift recipients to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) within two business days of the donation threshold being reached or exceeded; require the AEC to publish donation returns by reporting entities on the Transparency Register as soon as reasonably practicable; introduce an electoral expenditure cap to limit the amount of money that can be spent on federal election campaigns; prohibit political donations from particular industries, including fossil fuel entities, gambling companies, liquor companies and the tobacco industry; and increase certain penalties for corporations.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 14/2/22
  • 2nd reading adjourned 14/2/22
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Disclosure of Political Donations) Bill 2021

(Dr Haines MP —€“ Ind)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: require registered political parties including state branches, individual political candidates, groups of political candidates or associated entities to: disclose all cumulative donations received equal or above $1000 (non-indexed) from the same person or entity on a quarterly basis to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC); and disclose all cumulative donations received equal or above the indexed AEC threshold ($14 500) from the same person or entity within five business days of receiving the donations; and require the Electoral Commissioner to publish all disclosures on the AEC Transparency Register.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 25/10/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 25/10/21
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

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

(Senator Lambie —€“ 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 —€“ 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 (Ensuring Voter Choice Through Optional Preferential Voting and the Robson Rotation) Bill 2021

(Senator McGrath —€“ LP)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: replace compulsory preferential voting with optional preferential voting for House of Representatives elections; enable voters to allocate preferences to candidates of their choosing only; provide vote saving provisions for voters who do not preference each and every candidate; provide for the position of candidates listed on House of Representatives ballots papers to be re-ordered between ballot papers (the Robson Rotation); and distribute batches of ballot papers which list each candidate in favourable positions equally.

Senate:

  • Introduced 1/12/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 1/12/21

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Integrity of Elections) Bill 2021

(Senator Roberts —€“ PHON)

Amends the: Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: provide for the routine independent auditing of authorised electronic technology used at federal elections; and require voter identification for electors to vote in federal elections; and Intelligence Services Act 2001 to make consequential amendments.

Senate:

  • Introduced 1/9/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 1/9/21, 18/10/21
  • Bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee (SBC report no. 11 of 2021); report presented out of sitting 14/10/21

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

(Senator Steele-John —€“ 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 (Stop the Lies) Bill 2021

(Ms Steggall MP —€“ Ind)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: prohibit misleading and deceptive political advertising during federal elections; prohibit political parties, candidates and campaigners from impersonating or passing off material as being from another candidate; and create a complaints process through the Australian Electoral Commissioner who may order a retraction of the statement or apology to the affected party.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 25/10/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 25/10/21
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Transparency Measures—€”Lowering the Disclosure Threshold) Bill 2019

(Senator Farrell —€“ 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 Measures—€”Real Time Disclosure) Bill 2019

(Senator Farrell —€“ 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

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

(Senator Hanson-Young —€“ 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 Labelling—€”Palm Oil) Bill 2017

(Senator Xenophon —€“ 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 —€“ CA and Senator Patrick —€“ Ind)

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

Senate:

  • Introduced 4/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/7/19
  • Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 17/6/21 (SBC report no. 6 of 2021); extensions of time to report 22/11/21, 29/3/22; report due 30/6/22

Constitution Alteration (Water Resources) 2019

(Senator Patrick —€“ 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 presented out of sitting 30/9/21

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

(Senator McKim —€“ AG)

Amends the Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Act 2020 to: delay businesses with an annual turnover of more than $50 million from claiming GST credits for ten years, or until they pay back the amount of Jobkeeper payment they received equal to the amount of profits made and/or executive bonuses paid during the financial year in which the entity received the payment; and require the Australian Taxation Office to publish a list of all entities with an annual turnover of more than $50 million in receipt of Jobkeeper payments and how much each entity received.

Senate:

  • Introduced 21/6/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 21/6/21
  • Bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 24/6/21 (SBC report no. 7 of 2021); extension of time to report 11/8/21; progress report presented out of sitting 1/10/21; final report presented out of sitting 15/10/21; corrigendum tabled 30/11/21

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

(Senator Waters —€“ 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

Corporate Collective Investment Vehicle Framework and Other Measures Bill 2021

(Act citation: Corporate Collective Investment Vehicle Framework and Other Measures Act 2022)

(Treasury portfolio)

Amends: the Corporations Act 2001 to establish a corporate collective investment vehicle (CCIV) as a new type of a company limited by shares that is used for funds management; the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to: specify the tax treatment for the CCIV regime; make amendments consequential on the commencement of the Commonwealth Registers Act 2020; update the list of deductible gift recipients; and remove cessation of employment as a taxing point for employee share scheme interests which are subject to deferred taxation; the International Tax Agreements Act 1953 to clarify that the priority rule is subject to the deeming principle; the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001, Personal Property Securities Act 2009, A New Tax System (Australian Business Number) Act 1999 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to make consequential amendments in relation to the CCIV regime; the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Taxation Administration Act 1953 to enable eligible corporate tax entities to claim a loss carry back tax offset in the 2022-23 financial year; 10 Acts and one determination in the Treasury portfolio to make miscellaneous and technical amendments; and the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 to insert a new covenant that requires trustees of registrable superannuation entities to develop a retirement income strategy for beneficiaries who are retired or are approaching retirement.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 25/11/21
  • Passed 10/2/22 a.m.

Senate:

Assent: 22/2/22 (Act No. 8, 2022)

Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Amendment Bill 2021

(Indigenous Australians portfolio)

Amends the: Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 in relation to: review of the operation of the Act every 7 years; powers and functions of the Registrar of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporations; membership information, including applications, member contact details and electronic communication; subsidiaries and joint ventures; size classification criteria for corporations; meeting and reporting requirements; constitutions for, and officers of, corporations; related party transactions; power to exempt corporations from employee-director requirement; the appointment of independent directors; publication requirements; storage of information requirements; alignment of the Act with the Corporations Act; finalising processes; dealing with unclaimed property; external administration and deregistration; minor technical amendments; and review of financial reports; and Native Title Act 1993 to make minor technical amendments in relation to the Native Title Register.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 25/8/21
  • Passed 2/9/21

Senate:

Corporations Amendment (Improving Outcomes for Litigation Funding Participants) Bill 2021

(Treasury portfolio)

Implements the government's response to the report of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services' inquiry into litigation funding and the regulation of the class action industry by amending the Corporations Act 2001 to: establish a new kind of managed investment scheme called a class action litigation funding scheme; and introduce additional requirements for the constitutions of managed investment schemes that are class action litigation funding schemes.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 27/10/21
  • Bill referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services 28/10/21; report tabled in House of Representatives 22/11/21 and Senate 23/11/21
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Consideration in detail amendments: 2 UAP negatived
  • Passed 24/11/21

Senate:

Corporations Amendment (Meetings and Documents) Bill 2021

(Act citation: Corporations Amendment (Meetings and Documents) Act 2022)

(Treasury portfolio)

Amends the Corporations Act 2001 to: establish a permanent mechanism to allow companies and registered schemes to hold hybrid (in person and remote) meetings; and use technology to execute, sign and share company and meeting related documents.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 20/10/21
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Consideration in detail amendments: 4 Govt agreed to
  • Passed 29/11/21

Senate:

Assent: 22/2/22 (Act No. 9, 2022)

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

(Act citation: Courts and Tribunals Legislation Amendment (2021 Measures No. 1) Act 2022)

(Attorney-General—€™s portfolio)

Amends the: A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999, Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975, Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988, Paid Parental Leave Act 2010 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to standardise, across all divisions, the powers of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) to issue summonses to require persons to give evidence or produce documents; Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 in relation to: procedural fairness; alternative dispute resolution processes; constitution and reconstitution of the AAT; dismissal powers; correction of errors; appointments, authorisations and assignments; taxation of costs; and protection and immunity of reviewers in the Immigration Assessment Authority; Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988 in relation to applications for review of child support decisions; Admiralty Act 1988 to align the Admiralty Rules with the rules of federal courts; Foreign Judgments Act 1991, Foreign States Immunities Act 1985 and International Arbitration Act 1974 to provide certain procedural protections to foreign States; Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975, Federal Court of Australia Act 1976, Judiciary Act 1903 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to make minor and technical amendments; Family Law Act 1975, Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2021, Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 and Judiciary Act 1903 to clarify that hearings conducted remotely using videoconferencing technology are exercised in 'open court'; Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 to allow for short form reasons in the court's appellate jurisdiction in civil proceedings; and Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 and Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 to make consequential and technical amendments. Also repeals the Nauru (High Court Appeals) Act 1976.

Senate:

  • Introduced 23/6/21
  • Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 24/6/21 (SBC report no. 7 of 2021); report presented out of sitting 13/8/21
  • Committee amendments: 4 Opp agreed to; 3 Ind (Patrick) negatived
  • Passed 2/9/21

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 18/10/21
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Passed 14/2/22

Assent: 17/2/22 (Act No. 3, 2022)

COVID-19 Vaccination Status (Prevention of Discrimination) Bill 2021

(Senator Hanson —€“ PHON)

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

Senate:

  • Introduced 21/10/21
  • Negatived at 2nd reading 22/11/21
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 23/11/21

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 (Ransomware Action Plan) Bill 2022

(Home Affairs portfolio)

Amends the: Criminal Code Act 1995 to: amend the geographical jurisdiction provision for computer offences; introduce standalone offences for extortive conduct associated with ransomware and dealing with data obtained by unauthorised access or modification; introduce aggravated offences relating to cyber attacks on critical infrastructure assets and producing, supplying or obtaining data under arrangement for payment; and increase maximum penalties for certain other computer offences; Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to ensure that existing information gathering powers and freezing orders in relation to financial institutions can also be exercised in relation to digital currency exchanges; and Crime Act 1914 and Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to ensure that law enforcement agencies can seize digital assets (including cryptocurrency) discovered during the execution of a warrant and suspected to be proceeds of crime.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 17/2/22
  • 2nd reading adjourned 17/2/22
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

Criminal Code Amendment (Firearms Trafficking) Bill 2022

(Home Affairs portfolio)

Amends the Criminal Code Act 1995 to provide for increased minimum and maximum penalties and new aggravated offences for the offences of trafficking prohibited firearms or firearm parts within Australia, and into and out of Australia.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 16/2/22
  • Passed 17/2/22

Senate:

  • Introduced 30/3/22
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 AG negatived
  • Passed 30/3/22

Assent: 1/4/22 (Act No. 30, 2022)

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

(Senator Patrick —€“ Ind)

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

Senate:

  • Introduced 24/6/21
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Passed 23/8/21

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 23/8/21
  • Read a 1st time 23/8/21
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

Customs Amendment (Banning Goods Produced By Forced Labour) Bill 2021 [No. 2]

(Ms Sharkie MP —€“ CA)

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

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 22/11/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 22/11/21
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

Customs Amendment (Controlled Trials) Bill 2021

(Home Affairs portfolio)

Amends the: Customs Act 1901 to enable time-limited trials of trade and customs practices with approved entities in a controlled regulatory environment; and Australian Border Force Act 2015 to prevent the Comptroller-General of Customs from delegating their powers to make rules in relation to controlled trials.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 24/11/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 24/11/21
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

Senate:

Customs Amendment (Safer Cladding) Bill 2019

(Senator Patrick —€“ 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 Legislation Amendment (Commercial Greyhound Export and Import Prohibition) Bill 2021

(Senator Faruqi —€“ AG)

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

Senate:

  • Introduced 1/9/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 1/9/21

Customs Tariff Amendment (Cost of Living Support) Bill 2022

(Home Affairs portfolio)

Introduced with the Treasury Laws Amendment (Cost of Living Support and Other Measures) Bill 2022 and Excise Tariff Amendment (Cost of Living Support) Bill 2022, the bill amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to reduce the excise-equivalent customs duty rates for fuels, including petrol and diesel and similar petroleum-based products, including oils and grease by 50 per cent for a six-month period from 30 March to 28 September 2022.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 30/3/22
  • Passed 30/3/22

Senate:

  • Introduced 30/3/22
  • Passed 30/3/22

Assent: 31/3/22 (Act No. 16, 2022)

Data Availability and Transparency Bill 2022

(Previous title: 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 amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Consideration in detail amendments: 251 Govt agreed to
  • Passed 30/3/22

Senate:

Assent: 31/3/22 (Act No. 11, 2022)

Data Availability and Transparency (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2020

(Act citation: Data Availability and Transparency (Consequential Amendments) Act 2022)

(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
  • Passed 30/3/22

Senate:

House of Representatives:

  • House of Representatives agreed to Senate amendments 31/3/22

Assent: 31/3/22 (Act No. 12, 2022)

Defence Amendment (Parliamentary Approval of Overseas Service) Bill 2020

(Senator Steele-John —€“ 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, 30/8/21
  • Bill referred to Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee 2/9/21 (SBC report no. 11 of 2021); report tabled 30/11/21

Defence Amendment (Sovereign Naval Shipbuilding) Bill 2018

(Senator Patrick —€“ 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

Discrimination Free Schools Bill 2018

(Senator Di Natale —€“ 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 (2022 Measures No. 1) Bill 2022

(Education, Skills and Employment portfolio)

Amends the: Higher Education Support Act 2003 to: amend the student identifier requirements for a person's eligibility to receive Commonwealth assistance; provide for new Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debt arrangements for rural, remote or very remote health practitioners; provide that units of study undertaken as part of an enabling course will not count towards a student's student learning entitlement; extend the FEE-HELP loan fee exemption to 31 December 2022; provide that domestic students undertaking a microcredential course are eligible for FEE-HELP; and provide that New Zealand citizens are eligible for HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP only if they are a resident in Australia for the duration of the unit; and Higher Education Support Act 2003 and Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 to make technical amendments.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 17/2/22
  • 2nd reading adjourned 17/2/22
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

Electoral Legislation Amendment (Authorisations) Bill 2022

(Finance portfolio)

Amends the: Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: require registered political parties and disclosure entities to use their current registered name in authorisations for electoral communications; and allow registered political parties certain limited flexibility in how their present their names in an authorisation; and Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984, Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983, Broadcasting Services Act 1992 and Special Broadcasting Service Act 1991 to harmonise authorisation requirements across broadcasting, electoral and referendum legislation, while retaining current authorisation requirements in relation to specified printed materials.

Senate:

  • Introduced 9/2/22
  • Committee amendments: 5 Opp agreed to
  • Passed 10/2/22

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 14/2/22
  • Passed 16/2/22

Assent: 17/2/22 (Act No. 4, 2022)

Electoral Legislation Amendment (Candidate Eligibility) Bill 2021

(Finance portfolio)

Responds to a recommendation of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters' Report on the conduct of the 2019 federal election and matters related thereto by amending the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to streamline the candidate qualification checklist relating to eligibility under section 44 of the Constitution and clarify when a response to a question is mandatory.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 25/11/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 25/11/21
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

Electoral Legislation Amendment (COVID Enfranchisement) Bill 2022

(Finance portfolio)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to allow regulations to be made to temporarily expand the existing secure telephone voting method, currently available to sight impaired persons and Australians working in Antarctica, to coronavirus affected individuals for a limited time window

Senate:

  • Introduced 9/2/22
  • Passed 10/2/22

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 14/2/22
  • Passed 16/2/22

Assent: 17/2/22 (Act No. 5, 2022)

Electoral Legislation Amendment (Foreign Influences and Offences) Bill 2022

(Finance portfolio)

Amends the: Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: prohibit foreign persons and entities from authorising electoral communications and from fundraising or directly incurring electoral expenditure in a financial year equal to or more than $1000; and make technical amendments; and Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 and Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984 to increase the penalty for the offence of misleading or deceiving an elector in relation to the casting of a vote.

Senate:

  • Introduced 9/2/22
  • 2nd reading adjourned 9/2/22

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 14/2/22
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Consideration in detail amendment: 1 UAP negatived
  • Passed 16/2/22

Assent: 17/2/22 (Act No. 6, 2022)

Electoral Legislation Amendment (Voter Identification) Bill 2022

(Senator McGrath —€“ LP)

Responds to recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters' reports into the conduct of the 2013, 2016 and 2019 elections by amending the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 and Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984 to require voters to provide an acceptable form of identification, or alternatively an attestation from another enrolled person who does have an acceptable form of identification, in order to cast an ordinary pre-poll or polling day vote in federal elections and referendums.

Senate:

  • Introduced 9/2/22
  • 2nd reading adjourned 9/2/22

Electoral Legislation Amendment (Voter Integrity) Bill 2021

(Special Minister of State portfolio)

Responds to recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters' reports into the conduct of the 2013, 2016 and 2019 elections by amending the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 and Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984 to require voters to provide an acceptable form of identification, or alternatively an attestation from another enrolled person who does have an acceptable form of identification, in order to cast an ordinary pre-poll or polling day vote in federal elections and referendums.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 28/10/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 28/10/21, 24/11/21
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp pending
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

Electric Vehicles Accountability Bill 2021

(Senator Rice —€“ AG)

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

Senate:

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

Ensuring Northern Territory Rights Bill 2021

(Senator McMahon —€“ LDP)

Amends the Northern Territory (Self-Government) Act 1978 to remove limits on the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly's powers to make laws in relation to the acquisition of property other than on just terms, voluntary assisted dying and the conferring of powers relating to the hearing and determining of employment disputes. Also repeals the Euthanasia Laws Act 1997.

Senate:

  • Introduced 4/8/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/8/21, 29/11/21
  • Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 5/8/21 (SBC report no. 8 of 2021); report presented out of sitting 6/10/21

Environment and Infrastructure Legislation Amendment (Stop Adani) Bill 2017

(Senator Waters —€“ 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 —€“ 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; extensions of time to report 11/5/21, 18/10/21, 22/11/21; progress report presented out of sitting 11/2/22 extension of time to report 29/3/22; final report due 16/5/22

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

(Senator McKenzie —€“ Nats)

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

Senate:

  • Introduced 9/12/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 9/12/20
  • Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 18/2/21 (SBC report no. 2 of 2021); extension of time to report 11/5/21; report tabled 13/5/21

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

(Senator Hanson-Young —€“ AG)

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

Senate:

  • Introduced 4/2/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/2/21, 22/2/21
  • Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 25/2/21 (SBC report no. 3 of 2021); extension of time to report 22/11/21; progress report presented out of sitting 11/2/22 extension of time to report 29/3/22; final report due 16/5/22

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 amendments: 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:

  • Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 25/2/21 (SBC report no. 3 of 2021); progress report presented out of sitting 26/5/21; final report presented out of sitting 8/6/21
  • Introduced 3/8/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 3/8/21

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

Excise Tariff Amendment (Cost of Living Support) Bill 2022

(Treasury portfolio)

Introduced with the Treasury Laws Amendment (Cost of Living Support and Other Measures) Bill 2022 and Customs Tariff Amendment (Cost of Living Support) Bill 2022, the bill amends the Excise Tariff Act 1921 to reduce the excise duty rates for fuels, including petrol and diesel and similar petroleum-based products, including oils and grease by 50 per cent for a six-month period from 30 March to 28 September 2022.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 30/3/22
  • Passed 30/3/22

Senate:

  • Introduced 30/3/22
  • Passed 30/3/22

Assent: 31/3/22 (Act No. 15, 2022)

Fair Work Amendment (COVID-19) Bill 2020

(Senator Faruqi —€“ 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 (Equal Pay for Equal Work) Bill 2022

(Senator Roberts —€“ PHON)

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

Senate:

  • Introduced 10/2/22
  • 2nd reading adjourned 10/2/22

Fair Work Amendment (Gender Pay Gap) Bill 2015

(Senator Waters —€“ 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 (Improving Paid Parental Leave for Parents of Stillborn Babies) Bill 2021

(Senator Keneally —€“ ALP)

Amends the Fair Work Act 2009 to ensure that parents of stillborn babies can access the same employer-paid paid parental leave that they would be entitled to regardless of whether the pregnancy ended in a stillbirth or a live birth.

Senate:

  • Introduced 5/8/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 5/8/21, 30/8/21

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

(Senator Faruqi —€“ 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 —€“ 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
  • 2nd reading adjourned 17/10/19

Fair Work Amendment (Same Job, Same Pay) Bill 2021

(Mr Albanese MP —€“ ALP)

Amends the Fair Work Act 2009 to ensure all workers employed through labour hire companies will receive the same wage as employees employed directly.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 22/11/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 22/11/21, 29/11/21
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

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

(Senator McAllister —€“ 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 Law Amendment (A Step Towards a Safer Family Law System) Bill 2020

(Mr Perrett MP —€“ ALP)

Implements certain recommendations of the 2009 Family Law Council—€™s 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—€™s report Family Law for the Future —€“ 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, 29/11/21
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

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
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

Senate:

Family Law (Self-Assessment) Bill 2019

(Senator Hanson —€“ 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

Federal Environment Watchdog Bill 2021

(Senator Hanson-Young —€“ AG)

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

Senate:

  • Introduced 31/8/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 31/8/21

Financial Accountability Regime Bill 2021

(Treasury portfolio)

Introduced with the Financial Sector Reform (Hayne Royal Commission Response No. 3) Bill 2021, Financial Services Compensation Scheme of Last Resort Levy Bill 2021 and Financial Services Compensation Scheme of Last Resort Levy (Collection) Bill 2021, the bill establishes a financial accountability regime to impose accountability, key personnel, deferred remuneration and notification obligations on directors and senior executives of financial entities in the banking, insurance and superannuation industries.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 28/10/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 28/10/21
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

Senate:

Financial Sector Reform (Hayne Royal Commission Response No. 3) Bill 2021

(Treasury portfolio)

Introduced with the Financial Accountability Regime Bill 2021, Financial Services Compensation Scheme of Last Resort Levy Bill 2021 and Financial Services Compensation Scheme of Last Resort Levy (Collection) Bill 2021, the bill amends: 12 Acts to make amendments consequential on the new financial accountability regime; Australian Prudential Regulation Authority Act 1998 and Banking Act 1959 to make amendments consequential on the end of the banking executive accountability regime; and the Corporations Act 2001, Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 and National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 to establish the financial services compensation scheme of last resort to provide compensation to eligible consumers where the Australian Financial Complaints Authority has made a determination in their favour that remains unpaid.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 28/10/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 28/10/21
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

Senate:

Financial Services Compensation Scheme of Last Resort Levy Bill 2021

(Treasury portfolio)

Introduced with the Financial Accountability Regime Bill 2021, Financial Sector Reform (Hayne Royal Commission Response No. 3) Bill 2021 and Financial Services Compensation Scheme of Last Resort Levy (Collection) Bill 2021, the bill imposes a levy on certain industry entities to recover the cost of the compensation scheme of last resort.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 28/10/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 28/10/21
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

Senate:

Financial Services Compensation Scheme of Last Resort Levy (Collection) Bill 2021

(Treasury portfolio)

Introduced with the Financial Accountability Regime Bill 2021, Financial Sector Reform (Hayne Royal Commission Response No. 3) Bill 2021 and Financial Services Compensation Scheme of Last Resort Levy (Collection) Bill 2021, the bill provides for the collection and administration of the levy imposed by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme of Last Resort Levy Act 2021.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 28/10/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 28/10/21
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

Senate:

Franchising Laws Amendment (Fairness in Franchising) Bill 2020

(Senator O'Neill —€“ ALP)

Amends the: Competition and Consumer (Industry Codes—€”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
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

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

(Senator Patrick —€“ 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

Galilee Basin (Coal Prohibition) Bill 2018

(Senator Waters —€“ AG)

Prohibits the mining of thermal coal in the Galilee Basin in Queensland.

Senate:

  • Introduced 5/12/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 5/12/18
  • Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 6/12/18 (SBC report no. 15 of 2018); report tabled 14/2/19
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 13/2/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 24/2/20

Governor-General Amendment (Cessation of Allowances in the Public Interest) Bill 2019

(Senator Siewert —€“ AG)

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

Senate:

  • Introduced 13/11/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 13/11/19

Great Australian Bight Environment Protection Bill 2019

(Senator Hanson-Young —€“ AG)

The bill: prohibits mining activities, including prospecting or exploring for minerals or other geological material, in the Great Australian Bight marine area; establishes civil penalties for mining in the Bight; and requires the minister to submit the Great Australian Bight for consideration as a World Heritage Site.

Senate:

  • Introduced 25/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 25/7/19, 1/8/19

Health Insurance Amendment (Administrative Actions) Bill 2022

(Health portfolio)

Amends the Health Insurance Act 1973 to enable Services Australia to use computer programs to manage the Register of Approved Placements.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 16/2/22
  • 2nd reading adjourned 16/2/22
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

Health Insurance Legislation Amendment (Transparent Patient Outcomes) Bill 2021

(Senator Griff —€“ CA)

Amends the Health Insurance Act 1973 to enable the minister to make rules to establish and maintain a public register of statistical information relating to surgical procedures and patient outcomes.

Senate:

  • Introduced 23/11/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 23/11/21, 29/11/21

Health Legislation Amendment (Medicare Compliance and Other Measures) Bill 2021

(Health portfolio)

Amends the: Health Insurance Act 1973 to: broaden the remit of the Professional Services Review (PSR) to make agreements with any person under review who acknowledges inappropriate practice (including bodies corporate); and introduce new sanctions for persons who fail to respond to a notice to produce documents to the Director of the PSR or to a PSR Committee, or fail to appear at hearings; Health Insurance Act 1973, National Health Act 1953 and Dental Benefits Act 2008 to provide for: the recovery of interest payable on certain debts;, the application of administrative penalties to Shared Debt Recovery Scheme debts; the use of financial information gathering powers in debt recovery, Administrative Appeal Tribunal reviews where one or more garnishee notices are issued in relation to certain debts; and clarification of the Commonwealth's ability to recover debts from a person or the estate of a person.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 21/10/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 21/10/21
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

Senate:

Higher Education Support Amendment (2021 Measures No. 1) Bill 2021

(Education, Skills and Employment portfolio)

Amends the Higher Education Support Act 2003 to: list Avondale University as a Table B provider; amend the definition of a 'grandfathered student' to include students undertaking an honours course that is related to a course of study they commenced before 1 January 2021; enable the minister to make rules prescribing matters of a transitional nature; and allow for grants to be made that will support the translation and commercialisation of research by higher education providers.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 2/12/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 2/12/21
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

Higher Education Support Amendment (Australia's Economic Accelerator) Bill 2022

(Education, Skills and Employment portfolio)

Amends the Higher Education Support Act 2003 to: allow the minister to make grants to support arrangements to increase industry-led study and postgraduate research and to assist higher education providers to undertake research (the Australia's Economic Accelerator (AEA) program) which progresses the development of technologies and services to a state of commercial investor readiness in sectors aligned with areas of national priority; establish a governance framework to support the delivery of the AEA program; and provide for the protection, disclosure and use of AEA program information.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 17/2/22
  • 2nd reading adjourned 17/2/22
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

Human Rights (Children Born Alive Protection) Bill 2021

(Mr Christensen MP —€“ Nats)

Creates duties for health practitioners to provide medical care or treatment to children born alive as a result of terminations and to report births of children born alive as a result of terminations.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 9/8/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 9/8/21
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill 2022

(Previous title: Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill 2021)

(Attorney-General's portfolio)

Introduced with the Religious Discrimination Bill 2021 and Religious Discrimination (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2021, the bill amends the: Age Discrimination Act 2004, Disability Discrimination Act 1992, Sex Discrimination Act 1984 and Racial Discrimination Act 1975 to amend or insert objects clauses to provide that, in giving effect to the objects of each Act, regard must be had to the indivisibility and universality of human rights and their equal status in international law, and the principle that every person is free and equal in their dignity and rights; Charities Act 2013 to provide that otherwise charitable entities that engage in lawful activities promoting a traditional view of marriage are undertaking those activities for the public benefit and not contrary to public policy; and Marriage Act 1961 to allow religious educational institutions to refuse to provide facilities, goods or services in relation to the solemnisation of a marriage in accordance with their religious beliefs.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 25/11/21
  • Consideration in detail amendments: 1 CA agreed to; 1 CA negatived
  • Passed 10/2/22 a.m.

Senate:

  • Bill referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights 26/11/21; report presented out of sitting 4/2/22
  • Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 2/12/21 (SBC report no. 14 of 2021); report presented out of sitting 4/2/22; report tabled in House of Representatives 8/2/22
  • Introduced 10/2/22
  • 2nd reading adjourned 10/2/22

Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Amendment (Australian Freedoms) Bill 2019

(Senator Bernardi —€“ Ind)

Amends the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011 to: include a definition of 'Australian freedoms'; require the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights to explicitly consider 'Australian freedoms' in its examinations of legislation; and require statements of compatibility for bills and disallowable legislative instruments to provide certain information in relation to 'Australian freedoms'.

Senate:

  • Introduced 23/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 23/7/19, 14/10/19
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 AG pending

Human Rights (Targeted Sanctions) Bill 2021

(Senator Rice —€“ AG)

The bill: provides for either House of Parliament, or certain parliamentary committees, to request the minister to table a statement on whether autonomous sanctions will be applied to persons that are responsible for serious human rights abuses or corruption; requires the minister to table in both Houses a statement on whether autonomous sanctions will be applied to certain persons responsible for the coup in Myanmar in 2021; and provides for a review of the operation of the Act.

Senate:

  • Introduced 10/8/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 10/8/21

Human Services Amendment (Photographic Identification and Fraud Prevention) Bill 2019

(Senator Hanson —€“ PHON)

Amends the Human Services (Medicare) Act 1973 to require photographic identification on all Medicare cards to reduce fraudulent usage of Medicare cards.

Senate:

  • Introduced 13/2/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 13/2/19
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 24/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 29/7/19
  • Bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 1/8/19 (SBC report no. 4 of 2019); extension of time to report 9/9/19; report tabled 17/10/19

Identity-matching Services Bill 2019

(Home Affairs portfolio)

Pursuant to the objectives of the Intergovernmental Agreement on Identity Matching Services (IGA), agreed by COAG on 5 October 2017, the bill provides for the exchange of identity information between the Commonwealth, state and territory governments by enabling the Department of Home Affairs to collect, use and disclose identification information in order to operate the technical systems that will facilitate the identity-matching services envisaged by the IGA.

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
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

Income Tax Amendment (Labour Mobility Program) Bill 2022

(Treasury portfolio)

Introduced with the Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Tax Integrity and Supporting Business Investment) Bill 2022 to reduce the tax on certain income earned by foreign resident workers participating in the Australian Agriculture Worker Program or the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility scheme from 32.5 per cent to 15 per cent, the bill amends the Income Tax (Seasonal Labour Mobility Program Withholding Tax) Act 2012 to amend the title of the Act to the Income Tax (Labour Mobility Program Withholding Tax) Act 2012.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 9/2/22
  • 2nd reading adjourned 9/2/22
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

Intelligence and Security Legislation Amendment (Implementing Independent Intelligence Review) Bill 2020

(Senator McAllister —€“ ALP)

Amends the: Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986 and Intelligence Services Act 2001 to expand the oversight role of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS) and the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) to the Australian Federal Police, Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission and the Office of National Intelligence (ONI); Independent National Security Legislation Monitor Act 2010 and Intelligence Services Act 2001 to enable the PJCIS to request briefings and reports from the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor; and Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986 and Office of National Intelligence Act 2018 to require regular briefings to be given to the PJCIS by the IGIS and ONI.

Senate:

  • Introduced 26/2/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 26/2/20
  • 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, 6/10/20; report tabled 9/12/20

Intelligence Oversight and Other Legislation Amendment (Integrity Measures) Bill 2020

(Attorney-General's portfolio)

Amends: the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986 to: extend the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security's (IGIS) jurisdiction to the intelligence functions of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission and the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC); streamline the IGIS's reporting procedures; make technical amendments to clarify the operation of the Act, modernise drafting expressions and remove redundant provisions; and make amendments contingent on the commencement of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Amendment Act 2020; the Intelligence Services Act 2001 to extend the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security's jurisdiction to the intelligence functions of AUSTRAC; 17 Acts to make consequential amendments; the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 and Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986 to make amendments contingent on the commencement of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2020; and nine Acts to make amendments contingent on the commencement of the Surveillance Legislation Amendment (Identify and Disrupt) Act 2020.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 9/12/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 9/12/20
  • Bill referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security 18/12/20; report tabled in House of Representatives and Senate 9/2/22
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

Intelligence Services Amendment (Enhanced Parliamentary Oversight of Intelligence Agencies) Bill 2018

(Senator Patrick —€“ Ind)

Amends the Intelligence Services Act 2001 to expand the functions of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security to include reviewing the activities of Australia's national security and intelligence agencies, subject to certain exclusions.

Senate:

  • Introduced 14/8/18
  • 2nd reading adjourned 14/8/18
  • Bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 23/8/18 (SBC report no. 9 of 2018); report tabled 12/11/18
  • Lapsed immediately before commencement of 46th Parliament 1/7/19
  • Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 4/7/19

Interactive Gambling Amendment (Prohibition on Credit Card Use) Bill 2020

(Senator Griff —€“ CA)

Amends the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 to: prevent interactive gambling service providers from accepting payments by credit card (either directly or indirectly); create a criminal offence and civil penalty provision for a person who accepts, facilitates or promotes credit card payments for interactive gambling services; and provide for the Australian Communications and Media Authority to enforce and review the new requirements.

Senate:

  • Introduced 25/8/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 25/8/20
  • Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 18/3/21 (SBC report no. 4 of 2021); extension of time to report 23/6/21; report presented out of sitting 8/10/21

International Human Rights and Corruption (Magnitsky Sanctions) Bill 2021

(Senator Kitching —€“ ALP)

Based on the precedents of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act 2016 (US) and the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill 2018 (UK), the bill provides the minister with the discretion to impose certain sanctions for the purposes of compliance with United Nations obligations or other international obligations, or for the purposes of preventing or responding to gross human rights abuse or violations, or acts of significant corruption.

Senate:

  • Introduced 3/8/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 3/8/21

Investment Funds Legislation Amendment Bill 2021

(Finance portfolio)

Amends: the Future Fund Act 2006 to establish a new employment framework for the Future Fund Management Agency; five Acts to make consequential amendments; the Freedom of Information Act 1982 to provide a partial exemption for documents handled by the Future Fund Board of Guardians and the agency in relation to the board's investment activities; the Medical Research Future Fund Act 2015 to: provide for a new disbursements framework for the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF); and make minor amendments in relation to the administration of MRFF grants programs; and the Emergency Response Fund Act 2019 to: transfer responsibility for expenditure from the Emergency Response Fund to the National Recovery and Resilience Agency; and amend administrative arrangements for transfers from the Emergency Response Fund Special Account.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 25/8/21
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Consideration in detail amendments: 2 AG negatived
  • Passed 1/12/21

Senate:

Judges' Pensions Amendment (Pension Not Payable for Misconduct) Bill 2020

(Senator Patrick —€“ Ind)

Amends the Judges' Pensions Act 1968 to cease the payment of a retired judge's pension where they have engaged in serious misconduct while serving as a judge.

Senate:

  • Introduced 6/10/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 6/10/20
  • Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 3/12/20 (SBC report no. 11 of 2020); extension of time to report 18/3/21; report tabled 20/5/21

Landholders' Right to Refuse (Gas and Coal) Bill 2015

(Senator Waters —€“ AG)

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

Senate:

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

Live Animal Export (Slaughter) Prohibition Bill 2019

(Senator Faruqi —€“ AG)

Amends the Export Control Act 1982 to prohibit the export of live-stock for slaughter.

Senate:

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

Live Performance Federal Insurance Guarantee Fund Bill 2021

(Senator Hanson-Young —€“ AG)

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

Senate:

  • Introduced 25/8/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 25/8/21
  • Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 2/9/21 (SBC report no. 11 of 2021); progress report presented out of sitting 8/10/21; extension of time to report 18/10/21; progress report presented out of sitting 29/10/21; final report presented out of sitting 19/11/21

Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Amendment (Improving Safety) Bill 2019

(Senator Sterle —€“ ALP)

Amends the Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012 to require masters of certain vessels to conduct two headcounts of passengers, one at the start of a voyage and one at the end.

Senate:

  • Introduced 5/12/19
  • Passed 10/2/20

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 11/2/20
  • Read a 1st time 11/2/20
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

Migration Amendment (New Maritime Crew Visas) Bill 2020

(Senator Keneally —€“ ALP)

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to replace current Maritime Crew Visas with two new categories of visa: the International Seafarers Transit Visa for entering Australia on a continuing international voyage only; and the International Seafarers Work Visa for international seafarers to be engaged on ships authorised under a temporary license to undertake coastal voyages under the Coastal Trading (Revitalising Australian Shipping) Act 2012.

Senate:

  • Introduced 11/11/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 11/11/20, 21/6/21, 9/8/21

Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2020

(Home Affairs portfolio)

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to: enable the minister to determine, by legislative instrument, prohibited things (including controlled drugs, prescription drugs not taken by the person to whom they are prescribed, mobile phones, SIM cards and internet-capable devices) in relation to immigration detention facilities and detainees; enable authorised officers and assistants to search Commonwealth immigration detention facilities without a warrant; strengthen the search and seizure and screening powers of authorised officers; and enable the minister to issue binding written directions to authorised officers in relation to the exercise of their seizure powers.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 14/5/20
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Passed 2/9/20

Senate:

Migration Amendment (Protecting Migrant Workers) Bill 2021

(Home Affairs portfolio)

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to: establish new criminal offences and civil penalties that apply where a person coerces or exerts undue influence or pressure on a non-citizen to accept or agree to certain work arrangements; establish a power to prohibit, for a specified period of time, employers who are subject to a specified migrant worker sanction from allowing additional non-citizens to begin work; require employers and third party providers to use the Visa Entitlement Verification Online system to verify prospective non-citizen workers' immigration status and work-related visa conditions prior to employment; align and increase penalties for certain work-related offences and contraventions or work-related civil penalty provisions; provide the Australian Border Force with regulatory powers in relation to compliance notices and enforceable undertakings for work-related breaches; and enable the minister to delegate their functions and powers in relation to enforceable undertakings.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 24/11/21
  • 2nd reading adjourned 24/11/21
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

Senate:

  • Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 25/11/21 (SBC report no. 13 of 2021); extension of time to report 1/12/21; progress report presented out of sitting 11/3/22; final report presented out of sitting 18/3/22

Migration Amendment (Streamlining Visa Processing) Bill 2019

(Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs portfolio)

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to: enable the minister to specify groups of applicants who are required to provide one or more personal identifiers to have a valid visa application; render a visa application invalid if the applicant is required to provide one or more personal identifiers but does not provide them; and enable personal identifiers to be provided either by way of an identification test, or by another way specified by the minister.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 4/7/19
  • 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp negatived
  • Passed 11/9/19

Senate:

  • Introduced 11/9/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 11/9/19

Migration Amendment (Strengthening the Character Test) Bill 2021

(Home Affairs portfolio)

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to: amend the character test by providing grounds to consider visa cancellation or refusal where a non-citizen has been convicted of offences involving violence against a person, weapons, breaching of an apprehended violence order (or similar) or non-consensual sexual acts; provide that, for an offence involving violence against a person, a person's conviction for an offence of common assault, or equivalent, will not be taken to be a conviction for a designated offence unless the act constituting the offence causes or substantially contributes to bodily harm to another person, or harm to another person's mental health, or involves family violence; and make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 24/11/21
  • Passed 16/2/22

Senate:

Migration Amendment (Temporary Visa Extensions and Reinstatements) Bill 2021

(Senator McKim —€“ AG)

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to enable uniform and automatic extensions to time-limited temporary visa subclasses, where the visa holder has been unable to enter Australia due to travel restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Senate:

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

Migration and Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Information Provisions) Bill 2020

(Home Affairs portfolio)

Amends the: Migration Act 1958 to: create a framework to protect disclosure of confidential information provided by gazetted intelligence and law enforcement agencies where the information is used for decisions made to refuse or cancel a visa on character grounds, or revoke or set aside such decisions; amend the definition of non-disclosable information to include protected information where the disclosure of such information would be contrary to Australia's national interests; and provide that an officer performing certain functions commits an offence if protected information is disclosed in certain circumstances; Australian Citizenship Act 2007 to: protect protected information where the information is used for certain citizenship decisions, renunciations of citizenship by conduct, and cessation of citizenship for service outside Australia in armed forces of an enemy country or a declared terrorist organisation; and create a framework for the management of the disclosure to, and by, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal of information that has been certified by the minister to be contrary to the public interest for specified reasons, or that was provided in confidence; and create a power for the secretary to delegate functions or powers under the Act and the Australian Citizenship Regulation 2016; Freedom of Information Act 1982 and Inspector of Transport Security Act 2006 to make consequential amendments; and Australian Citizenship Act 2007 and Migration Act 1958 to make amendments contingent on the commencement of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2020.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 10/12/20
  • 2nd reading adjourned 10/12/20
  • Bill referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security 19/5/21
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

Senate:

Migration Legislation Amendment (Regional Processing Cohort) Bill 2019

(Home Affairs portfolio)

Amends the Migration Act 1958 and Migration Regulations 1994 to: prevent unauthorised maritime arrivals or transitory persons (referred to as members of the designated regional processing cohort) who were at least 18 years of age and were taken to a regional processing country after 19 July 2013 from making a valid application for an Australian visa; enable the minister to permit a member of the designated regional processing cohort, or a class of persons within the designated regional processing cohort, to make a valid application for a visa if the minister thinks it is in the public interest to do so; and prevent a member of the designated regional processing cohort from being deemed to have been granted a special purpose visa or being deemed to have applied for particular visas under the Migration Regulations 1994.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 4/7/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 4/7/19
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

Senate:

Ministers of State (Checks for Security Purposes) Bill 2019

(Senator Patrick —€“ Ind)

Requires the Prime Minister to direct the Director-General of Security to provide a report on matters relating to security arising from examination of the personal background and circumstances of all current and future ministers of state.

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 Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 4/7/19 (SBC report no. 2 of 2019); report tabled 11/11/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 29/7/19

Mitochondrial Donation Law Reform (Maeve's Law) Bill 2021

(Act citation: Mitochondrial Donation Law Reform (Maeve—€™s Law) Act 2022)

(Health portfolio)

Amends the: Prohibition of Human Cloning for Reproduction Act 2002, Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2002 and Research Involving Human Embryos Regulations 2017 to allow for the use of permitted mitochondrial donation techniques under a specified mitochondrial donation licence for the purposes of certain research and training, and in clinical settings; and Freedom of Information Act 1982, Prohibition of Human Cloning for Reproduction Act 2002, Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2002, Research Involving Human Embryos Regulations 2017 and Therapeutic Goods (Excluded Goods) Determination 2018 to make consequential and technical amendments.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 24/3/21
  • Consideration in detail amendments: 17 Govt agreed to; 11 Andrews negatived
  • Passed 1/12/21

Senate:

Assent: 1/4/22 (Act No. 26, 2022)

Moratorium on New Coal, Gas and Oil Bill 2022

(Mr Bandt MP —€“ AG)

Amends the: Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to: prohibit environmental approvals of new coal, gas and oil projects; revoke existing environmental approvals of coal, gas and oil projects that haven't commenced; and prohibit new petroleum exploration permits being granted or renewed in Commonwealth waters and cancel current petroleum exploration permits; and Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 to prohibit petroleum production licences being granted or renewed in Commonwealth waters and cancel current petroleum licences where petroleum recovery operations have not commenced.

House of Representatives:

  • Introduced 14/2/22
  • 2nd reading adjourned 14/2/22
  • Lapsed at prorogation of 46th Parliament 11/4/22

Murray-Darling Basin Commission of Inquiry Bill 2019

(Senator Hanson-Young —€“ AG)

Establishes a commission of inquiry, with the same powers as a royal commission, to inquire into the management of the Murray-Darling Basin water resources and related matters.

Senate:

  • Introduced 13/2/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 13/2/19
  • 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); report tabled 19/9/19
  • 2nd reading adjourned 22/7/19

National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention Bill 2020

(Attorney-General's portfolio)

Introduced with the National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2020, the bill establishes the National Commissioner for Defence and Veterans Suicide Prevention, as an independent s