Senate Bills List

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Parl No.
45
Date
24 May 2018
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As at cob 25 May 2018

Abbreviations

AC Australian Conservatives

AG Australian Greens

ALP Australian Labor Party [Opp]

CA Centre Alliance (formerly Nick Xenophon Team)

CLP Country Liberal Party [Govt]

DHJP Derryn Hinch—€™s Justice Party

FFP Family First Party

Ind Independent

KAP Katter—€™s Australian Party

JLN Jacqui Lambie Network

LDP Liberal Democratic Party

LP Liberal Party of Australia [Govt]

Nats The Nationals [Govt]

NXT Nick Xenophon Team

PHON Pauline Hanson—€™s One Nation

CID Consideration in detail stage (House of Representatives)

PM Private member—€™s bill

PS Private senator—€™s bill

S Senate bill

SBC Senate Selection of Bills Committee

SC House of Representatives Selection Committee

Note: Each bill summary reflects the content of the bill as first introduced into the Parliament.

A New Tax System (Medicare Levy Surcharge—€”Fringe Benefits) Amendment (Excess Levels for Private Health Insurance Policies) Bill 2018

Part of a package of three bills to increase maximum excess levels for private hospital cover, the bill amends the A New Tax System (Medicare Levy Surcharge—€”Fringe Benefits) Act 1999 to: give effect to new maximum voluntary excess levels that are permitted for a complying health insurance policy to exempt the holder from the Medicare Levy Surcharge; and remove the grandfathering provisions that provided Medicare levy surcharge exemptions for certain policies that pre-date the commencement of the Private Health Insurance Act 2007.

House of Representatives: Intro. 28/3/18; 2nd reading adjourned 28/3/18

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Amendment (Indigenous Land Corporation) Bill 2018

Part of a package of three bills in relation to the establishment of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land and Sea Future Fund, the bill amends the: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005 to: give the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) functions in relation to water-related rights; require the ILC to prepare a National Indigenous Land and Sea Strategy and regional indigenous land and sea strategies; align rules for dealings in water-related rights granted by the ILC, or acquired with ILC assistance, with rules for dealings in land granted by, or acquired with, ILC assistance; and include experience in water management as a qualifying criteria for membership of the ILC Board; and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005 and Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973 to rename the ILC as the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation.

House of Representatives: Intro. 28/3/18; 2nd reading adjourned 28/3/18

Senate:

Provisions of bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 28/3/18 (SBC report 4/18); progress report presented out of sitting 1/5/18; final report tabled 8/5/18

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land and Sea Future Fund Bill 2018

Part of a package of three bills in relation to the establishment of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land and Sea Future Fund (ATSILSFF), the bill provides for the establishment of the ATSILSFF as a dedicated financial asset fund for the making of annual and discretionary payments to the Indigenous Land Corporation.

House of Representatives: Intro. 28/3/18; 2nd reading adjourned 28/3/18

Senate:

Provisions of bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 28/3/18 (SBC report 4/18); progress report presented out of sitting 1/5/18; final report tabled 8/5/18

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land and Sea Future Fund (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2018

Part of a package of three bills in relation to the establishment of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land and Sea Future Fund (ATSILSFF), the bill amends: the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005 to close the Land Account; five Acts to make consequential amendments to support the operation of the ATSILSFF on commencement; and the proposed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land and Sea Future Fund Act 2018 to make amendments contingent on the repeal of the Nation-building Funds Act 2008 and enactment of the proposed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Amendment (Indigenous Land Corporation) Act 2018. Also provides for transitional arrangements.

House of Representatives: Intro. 28/3/18; 2nd reading adjourned 28/3/18

Senate:

Provisions of bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 28/3/18 (SBC report 4/18); progress report presented out of sitting 1/5/18; final report tabled 8/5/18

S Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment Bill 2017

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

Senate: Intro. 6/12/17; 2nd reading adjourned 6/12/17

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

(Introduced by Senator Hinch —€“ DHJP)

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

Senate: Intro. 6/9/17; 2nd reading adjourned 6/9/17, 7/9/17

Aged Care (Single Quality Framework) Reform Bill 2018

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/5/18; 2nd reading adjourned 24/5/18

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

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 25/10/17; Passed 12/2/18

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 13/2/18; 2nd reading adjourned 13/2/18

Agriculture and Water Resources Legislation Amendment Bill 2016

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 1/12/16; Passed 13/2/17

Senate: Intro. 14/2/17; 2nd reading adjourned 14/2/17

PS Air Services Amendment Bill 2018

(Introduced by 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: Intro. 27/3/18; 2nd reading adjourned 27/3/18

Bill referred to Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 28/3/18 (SBC report 4/18); report due 25/6/18

PM Air Services Amendment Bill 2018 (No. 2)

(Introduced by Mr Bandt MP —€“ AG)

House of Representatives: Intro. 21/5/18; 2nd reading adjourned 21/5/18

Airports Amendment Bill 2016

Amends the Airports Act 1996 to: implement a differential master plan submission cycle for federal leased airports (excluding Mount Isa and Tennant Creek); mandate the inclusion of an Australian Noise Exposure Forecast in each new master plan; increase the monetary trigger for major development plans (MDPs) from $20 million to $35 million and enable the minister to review and revise the monetary trigger every three years; specify a 15 business day statutory timeframe within which the minister must consider applications from airport-lessee companies for reduced consultation periods for MDPs, with such applications deemed approved if there is no ministerial decision within this timeframe; enable the minister to extend more than once the period that approved MDPs are required to be substantially completed; enable airport-lessee companies to notify the minister if an approved MDP is not able to proceed on the basis of exceptional circumstances; and make technical amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 1/12/16; 2nd reading adjourned 1/12/16

Senate:

Provisions of bill referred to Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 9/2/17 (SBC report 1/17); interim report tabled 28/3/17; extension of time for final report 28/3/17; final report tabled 19/3/18

Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2017-2018

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) 2017-2018.

House of Representatives: Intro. 8/2/18; Passed 26/2/18

Senate: Intro. 19/3/18; Passed 19/3/18

2nd reading amendment: 1 LDP/negatived

Committee requests for amendments: 2 LDP/negatived

Assent: 28/3/18; Act No. 18, 2018

Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2017-2018

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) 2017-2018. Also repeals 15 Appropriation Acts from the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 financial years.

House of Representatives: Intro. 8/2/18; Passed 26/2/18

Senate: Intro. 19/3/18; Passed 19/3/18

Committee amendments: 2 LDP/negatived

Assent: 28/3/18; Act No. 19, 2018

Appropriation Bill (No. 5) 2017-2018

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) 2017-2018 and Appropriation Act (No. 3) 2017-2018.

House of Representatives: Intro. 8/5/18; 2nd reading adjourned 8/5/18

Federation Chamber: Referred 21/5/18

Appropriation Bill (No. 6) 2017-2018

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) 2017-2018 and Appropriation Act (No. 4) 2017-2018.

House of Representatives: Intro. 8/5/18; 2nd reading adjourned 8/5/18

Federation Chamber: Referred 21/5/18

Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2018-2019

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 8/5/18; 2nd reading adjourned 8/5/18, 10/5/18, 21/5/18

Federation Chamber: Referred 21/5/18, 2nd reading adjourned 22/5/18, 23/5/18, 24/5/18

Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2018-2019

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 8/5/18; 2nd reading adjourned 8/5/18

Federation Chamber: Referred 21/5/18

Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2018-2019

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 8/5/18; 2nd reading adjourned 8/5/18

Federation Chamber: Referred 21/5/18

ASIC Supervisory Cost Recovery Levy Amendment Bill 2017

(Act citation: ASIC Supervisory Cost Recovery Levy Amendment Act 2018)

Introduced with the Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Measures No. 5) Bill 2017, the bill amends the ASIC Supervisory Cost Recovery Levy Act 2017 to add benchmark administrator licensees to the list of entities from which the Australian Securities and Investments Commission may recover its regulatory costs.

House of Representatives: Intro. 7/9/17; Passed 28/2/18

Senate: Intro. 19/3/18; Passed 28/3/18

Assent: 11/4/18; Act No. 24, 2018

Australian Astronomical Observatory (Transition) Bill 2018

Amends the Australian Astronomical Observatory Act 2010 to: amend the short title of the Act to the Astronomical Functions Act 2010; substitute a new outline of the Act; and abolish the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) and AAO Advisory Committee. Also repeals the Australian Astronomical Observatory (Transitional Provisions) Act 2010 and provides for transitional arrangements.

House of Representatives: Intro. 28/3/18; 2nd reading adjourned 28/3/18

PM Australian Bill of Rights Bill 2017

(Introduced by Mr Wilkie MP —€“ Ind)

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/8/17; Removed from Notice Paper 27/2/18

S Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Fair and Balanced) Bill 2017

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

Senate: Intro. 18/10/17; 2nd reading adjourned 18/10/17

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

PS Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Regional Australia) Bill 2017

(Introduced by Senator Burston —€“ PHON)

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

Senate: Intro. 9/8/17; 2nd reading adjourned 9/8/17

PS Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Restoring Shortwave Radio) Bill 2017

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon —€“ NXT)

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

Senate: Intro. 13/2/17; 2nd reading adjourned 13/2/17, 17/8/17

Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 16/2/17 (SBC report 2/17); extension of time to report 9/5/17; report tabled 9/8/17

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

(Introduced by Senator McKenzie —€“ Nats)

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

Senate: Intro. 1/12/15; 2nd reading adjourned 1/12/15

Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 3/12/15 (SBC report 16/15); interim report presented out of sitting 5/5/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 13/9/16

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

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

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

Senate: Intro. 18/10/17; 2nd reading adjourned 18/10/17

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

S Australian Capital Territory (Planning and Land Management) Amendment Bill 2017

(Act citation: Australian Capital Territory (Planning and Land Management) Amendment Act 2018)

Amends the Australian Capital Territory (Planning and Land Management) Act 1988 to: establish the National Capital Authority (NCA) as the accountable authority for the purposes of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013; empower the NCA to provide the Chief Executive of the NCA with specific directions in relation to its operations; and make consequential amendments.

Senate: Intro. 6/12/17; Passed 8/2/18

House of Representatives: Intro. 8/2/18; Passed 10/5/18

Assent: 22/5/18; Act No. 32, 2018

PS Australian Centre for Social Cohesion Bill 2015

(Introduced by Senator Milne —€“ AG)

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

Senate: Intro. 9/2/15; 2nd reading adjourned 9/2/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 15/9/16

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

(Introduced by Senator Hanson —€“ PHON)

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

Senate: Intro. 7/2/18; 2nd reading adjourned 7/2/18

Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 15/2/18 (SBC report 2/18); report due 4/12/18

Australian Crime Commission Amendment (Criminology Research) Bill 2016

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/9/16; 2nd reading adjourned 14/9/16

Senate:

Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 13/10/16 (SBC report 7/16); report tabled 9/11/16

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

(Introduced by Senator Burston —€“ PHON)

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

Senate: Intro. 7/2/17; 2nd reading adjourned 7/2/17, 16/2/17

PS Australian Human Rights Commission Repeal (Duplication Removal) Bill 2018

(Introduced by Senator Bernardi —€“ AC)

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

Senate: Intro. 15/2/18; 2nd reading adjourned 15/2/18

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Amendment Bill 2018

Amends the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Act 1987 to implement certain recommendations of the Independent Review of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) by: replacing the representative-based structure of the AIHW board with a skills-based board comprised of members from a range of different fields; providing for board members to be appointed by the minister rather than the Governor-General; providing for members to be appointed for terms of up to five years; specifying employment conditions and administrative arrangements in relation to the membership and operation of the board; and making transitional arrangements.

House of Representatives: Intro. 28/3/18; 2nd reading adjourned 28/3/18

Australian Passports Amendment (Identity-matching Services) Bill 2018

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: Intro. 7/2/18; 2nd reading adjourned 7/2/18

Bill referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security 6/3/18

Australian Research Council Amendment Bill 2018

Amends the Australian Research Council Act 2001 to: apply indexation to existing appropriation amounts for the financial years commencing on 1 July 2017, 1 July 2018 and 1 July 2019; and insert new funding caps for the financial years commencing on 1 July 2020 and 1 July 2021.

House of Representatives: Intro. 10/5/18; 2nd reading adjourned 10/5/18

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

(Introduced by Senators Rice and Simms —€“ AG)

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

Senate: Intro. 10/11/15; 2nd reading adjourned 10/11/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 15/9/16

PM Banking Amendment (Rural Finance Reform) Bill 2018

(Introduced by Ms Sharkie MP —€“ CA)

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 26/2/18; 2nd reading adjourned 26/2/18

PS Banking and Financial Services Commission of Inquiry Bill 2017

(Introduced by Senator Whish-Wilson —€“ AG, Senators Hanson and Roberts —€“ PHON, Senator Xenophon —€“ NXT, Senator Hinch —€“ DHJP and Senator Lambie —€“ JLN)

Establishes a parliamentary inquiry into banking and financial services to report to Parliament on particular matters.

Senate: Intro. 22/3/17; Passed 15/6/17

House of Representatives: Intro. 15/6/17; Removed from Notice Paper 6/2/18

Bankruptcy Amendment (Debt Agreement Reform) Bill 2018

Amends the Bankruptcy Act 1966 to reform Australia—€™s debt agreement system, including by: specifying persons authorised to administer debt agreements and related qualification and registration requirements; specifying arrangements relating to the content, length, variation, termination and voiding of debt agreements; introducing offences relating to the administration of debt agreements; specifying the functions and powers of the Inspector-General; modifying requirements in relation to the payment of, and the application process for, unclaimed moneys; and making related technical amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/2/18; Passed 28/2/18

Senate: Intro. 19/3/18; 2nd reading adjourned 19/3/18

Provisions of bill referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 7/12/17; (SBC report 12/17); extension of time to report 19/3/18; report tabled 21/3/18

S Bankruptcy Amendment (Enterprise Incentives) Bill 2017

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

Senate: Intro. 19/10/17; 2nd reading adjourned 19/10/17

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

Biosecurity Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2018

Amends the Biosecurity Act 2015 to: introduce new information-gathering arrangements in relation to monitoring, controlling and responding to biosecurity risks within Australia; clarify the definitions of —€˜commercial-in-confidence information—€™ and —€˜human remains—€™; clarify that protected information may be disclosed by Australia—€™s National Focal Point to other member states of the World Health Organization under the International Health Regulations (2005); and make technical amendments. Also repeals the Quarantine (Validation of Fees) Act 1985.

House of Representatives: Intro. 28/3/18; 2nd reading adjourned 28/3/18

S Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Digital Radio) Bill 2017

(Act citation: Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Digital Radio) Act 2018)

Amends the: Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to remove the requirement for the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to provide written notice of its intention to declare a digital radio start-up day for a licence area; and Radiocommunications Act 1992 to: remove requirements that the ACMA must consult before preparing or varying a digital radio channel plan; shorten timeframes associated with the formation of eligible joint venture and digital community radio broadcasting representative companies, and clarify the invitation and acceptance process for the formation of such companies; shorten timeframes associated with issuing a foundation digital radio multiplex transmitter licence (DRMT) in accordance with a price-based allocation system and DRMT licensees giving the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission access undertakings; and clarify how excess multiplex capacity on foundation DRMT licences is determined.

Senate: Intro. 6/12/17; Passed 8/2/18

House of Representatives: Intro. 8/2/18; Passed 15/2/18

Assent: 5/3/18; Act No. 11, 2018

S Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Foreign Media Ownership and Community Radio) Bill 2017

Amends the: Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to: establish a Register of Foreign Ownership of Media Assets to be administered by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA); provide for a new assessment criterion for the applications for, and renewals of, community radio broadcasting licences relating to material of local significance; and make consequential amendments; and Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005 to enable the ACMA to delegate the power to issues certain notices.

Senate: Intro. 6/12/17; 2nd reading adjourned 6/12/17

Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Media Reform) Bill 2016

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 1/9/16; Passed 30/11/16

CID amendments: 2 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 1/12/16; 2nd reading adjourned 1/12/16

Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 1/9/16 (SBC report 5/16); report tabled 7/11/16

Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Amendment Bill 2017

Amends the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011 to: remove the obligation to obtain consent of eligible interest holders from existing area-based emissions-avoidance projects; clarify that state and territory government Crown lands ministers and Commonwealth ministers responsible for land rights legislation have consent rights for projects conducted on exclusive possession native title land that is Torrens system land or land rights land; provide for legislative rules or regulations to allow parts of a sequestration offsets project to be removed and credits surrendered for the carbon stored in that area; ensure a sequestration project—€™s net total liability under the scheme does not include credits issued for emissions avoidance or credits that have already been relinquished; clarify that requirements to relinquish carbon credits if carbon stores are lost apply to sequestration projects that store carbon and avoid emissions; provide for projects to transfer between methods so as to move between emissions-avoidance and sequestration; ensure that relinquishment requirements apply to projects whose crediting period extends beyond their permanence period; and allow legislative rules or regulations to provide for the removal of regulatory approval or consent conditions on declarations obtained after the end of the first reporting period for the project.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/3/17; 2nd reading adjourned 23/3/17

Senate:

Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 30/3/17 (SBC report 4/17); report tabled 9/5/17

PS Charter of Budget Honesty Amendment (Intergenerational Report) Bill 2015

(Introduced by Senator Milne —€“ AG)

Amends the: Parliamentary Service Act 1999 to: require the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) to prepare an intergenerational report for the Treasurer every five years; and enable the PBO to request a Commonwealth body to provide information that is relevant to the preparation of that report; and Charter of Budget Honesty Act 1998 to make consequential amendments.

Senate: Intro. 17/3/15; 2nd reading adjourned 17/3/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 15/9/16

S Civil Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Amends the: Acts Interpretation Act 1901 and Legislation Act 2003 to clarify the validity of ministerial acts and the operation of provisions about the management of compilations prepared for the Federal Register of Legislation; Archives Act 1983 to: provide the National Archives of Australia with tools to manage high-volume applicants requesting access to records; and make other minor technical amendments; Bankruptcy Act 1966 to clarify that the Family Court of Australia has bankruptcy jurisdiction when a trustee applies to have a financial agreement set aside under the Family Law Act 1975; Domicile Act 1982 to provide that it applies to territories currently specified in the Domicile Regulations 1982; Evidence Act 1995 to amend the presumption about when postal articles sent by prepaid post are received; Family Law Act 1975 to: introduce new offences relating to international parental child abduction and to allow a person to request a location order for the purposes of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction; clarify who may perform the powers of the registry managers; align financial and other provisions for de facto and married couples; make various amendments relating to the operation of the family law courts; and make minor and technical amendments; International Arbitration Act 1974 to: specify the meaning of —€˜competent court—€™ for the purpose of the Model Law; clarify procedural requirements for enforcement of an arbitral award; modernise provisions governing certain arbitrators—€™ powers; and clarify the application of certain confidentiality provisions; Marriage Act 1961 to: remove outdated concepts and ensure consistency with the Family Law Act 1975 in relation to parental consent for the marriage of minors; and make minor and technical amendments; and Sex Discrimination Act 1984 to remove the exemption for discrimination against women employed, engaged or appointed in Australian Defence Force positions involving combat duties. Also makes consequential amendments to nine Acts.

Senate: Intro. 22/3/17; 2nd reading adjourned 22/3/17, 5/2/18

Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 30/3/17 (SBC report 4/17); report tabled 10/5/17

Clean Energy Finance Corporation Amendment (Carbon Capture and Storage) Bill 2017

Amends the Clean Energy Finance Corporation Act 2012 to remove the prohibition on the Clean Energy Finance Corporation investing in carbon capture and storage technologies.

House of Representatives: Intro. 31/5/17; 2nd reading adjourned 31/5/17

Senate:

Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 8/2/18 (SBC report 1/18); report tabled 8/5/18

PS Coal-Fired Power Funding Prohibition Bill 2017

(Introduced by 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: Intro. 17/10/17; 2nd reading adjourned 17/10/17, 19/3/18

PM Coal-Fired Power Funding Prohibition Bill 2017 [No. 2]

(Introduced by Mr Bandt MP —€“ 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.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/10/17; 2nd reading adjourned 23/10/17

Coastal Trading (Revitalising Australian Shipping) Amendment Bill 2017

Amends the: Coastal Trading (Revitalising Australian Shipping) Act 2012 to: remove the five-voyage minimum requirement to apply for a temporary licence; allow the minister to determine that consultation must be undertaken on the movement of certain kinds of cargoes and passengers when applied for under a temporary licence or a variation to a temporary licence; create a single variation process for temporary licences; provide that notifications are only required when voyage details have changed from that approved on a licence; amend the tolerance provisions for temporary licence voyages; allow for temporary licences to be issued in emergency situations; amend the definition of —€˜coastal trading—€™ to include voyages commencing and concluding at the same port, ships engaged in dry-docking, and voyages between ports and other defined places in Australian waters; allow vessels to be covered by a coastal trading licence while dry-docking; clarify that applications for a variation to a temporary licence must be made by the temporary licence holder and that agents may apply for a temporary licence on behalf of vessel owners or masters; and require temporary licence holders to provide a vessel—€™s International Maritime Organization number in voyage reports; and Occupational Health and Safety (Maritime Industry) Act 1993 and Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/9/17; 2nd reading adjourned 13/9/17

Senate:

Provisions of bill referred to Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 19/10/17 (SBC report 12/17); report tabled 4/12/17

Commerce (Trade Descriptions) Amendment Bill 2018

Amends the Commerce (Trade Descriptions) Act 1905 to: incorporate an exception, which applies to representations as to the country of origin of goods under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (CCA), so that it applies in relation to a false trade description; and enable information standards made or declared under the CCA, and that are in force or existing from time to time, to be incorporated by reference in the Act.

House of Representatives: Intro. 28/3/18; 2nd reading adjourned 28/3/18

PM Commission of Inquiry (Coal Seam Gas) Bill 2017

(Introduced by Mr Katter MP —€“ KAP)

Establishes a Commission of Inquiry to inquire into the coal seam gas industry.

House of Representatives: Intro. 4/9/17; Removed from Notice Paper 27/3/18

PS Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Donation Reform and Transparency) Bill 2016

(Introduced by Senator Farrell —€“ ALP)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: reduce the disclosure threshold to $1000; ensure that, for the purposes of the disclosure threshold and the disclosure of gifts, related political parties are treated as one entity; prohibit the receipt of a gift of foreign property and all anonymous gifts by registered political parties, candidates and members of a Senate group; provide that public funding of election campaigning is limited to declared expenditure incurred by the eligible political party, candidate or Senate group, or the sum payable calculated on the number of first preference votes received where they have satisfied the four per cent threshold, whichever is the lesser; provide for the recovery of gifts of foreign property, anonymous gifts and undisclosed gifts; introduce new offences and penalties; and increase penalties for existing offences.

Senate: Intro. 28/11/16; 2nd reading adjourned 28/11/16

PS Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Donations Reform) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Rhiannon —€“ AG)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to prohibit political donations from certain industries and from industry representative organisations whose majority members are prohibited donors.

Senate: Intro. 4/12/14; 2nd reading adjourned 4/12/14, 3/3/16

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

PS Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Political Donations and Other Measures) Bill 2016

(Introduced by Senator Rhiannon —€“ AG)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: reduce the disclosure threshold to $1000; require certain persons making gifts at or above the threshold to furnish a return within eight weeks after polling day; ensure that for the purposes of the disclosure threshold and the disclosure of gifts, related political parties are treated as one entity; prohibit the receipt of a gift of foreign property and all anonymous gifts by registered political parties, candidates and members of a Senate group; extend existing recovery powers; and introduce new offences and penalties and increase penalties for existing offences.

Senate: Intro. 2/3/16; 2nd reading adjourned 2/3/16

Bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 3/3/16 (SBC report 3/16); report due 17/6/16

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

PS Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Reducing Barriers for Minor Parties) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Rhiannon —€“ AG)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to decrease to $500 and $1000, respectively, the nomination deposit that must be paid by or on behalf of candidates for the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Senate: Intro. 4/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 4/3/14

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

PS Commonwealth Inscribed Stock Amendment (Debt Ceiling) Bill 2018

(Introduced by Senator Bernardi —€“ AC)

Amends the Commonwealth Inscribed Stock Act 1911 to limit the face value of stock and securities that can be on issue under the Treasurer—€™s standing borrowing authority to $600 billion.

Senate: Intro. 6/2/18; 2nd reading adjourned 6/2/18

Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Bill 2017

Introduced with the Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2017, the bill implements the Commonwealth—€™s response to recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse—€™s Redress and Civil Litigation Report by: establishing the Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse to operate for a 10-year period from 1 July 2018; providing a payment of up to $150 000 to survivors; providing access to counselling and psychological services to survivors; and facilitating a direct personal response to survivors from the responsible institution, should the survivor request one.

House of Representatives: Intro. 26/10/17; 2nd reading adjourned 26/10/17

Senate:

Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 30/11/17 (SBC report 14/17); progress report presented out of sitting 13/3/18; extension of time to report 19/3/18; final report tabled 28/3/18

Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2017

Introduced with the Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Bill 2017, the bill amends the: Social Security Act 1991 and Veterans—€™ Entitlements Act 1986 to provide that payments made under the Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse are exempt from the income test; Bankruptcy Act 1966 to ensure that payments made under the Commonwealth redress scheme are quarantined from the divisible property of a bankrupt; and Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1997 to exempt decisions made under the Commonwealth redress scheme from judicial review.

House of Representatives: Intro. 26/10/17; 2nd reading adjourned 26/10/17

Senate:

Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 30/11/17 (SBC report 14/17); progress report presented out of sitting 13/3/18; extension of time to report 19/3/18; final report tabled 28/3/18

Communications Legislation Amendment (Deregulation and Other Measures) Bill 2018

(Previous title: Communications Legislation Amendment (Deregulation and Other Measures) Bill 2017)

Amends the: Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to: amend account keeping and licence fee administration arrangements for commercial broadcasters and datacasting transmitter licensees; remove duplicative requirements for licensees, publishers and controllers to notify the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) of certain changes in control of regulated media assets; provide a consistent classification arrangement for all television programs, including films; and amend two statutory publication requirements; National Broadband Network Companies Act 2011 to provide that NBN Co may dispose of surplus non-communications goods; Telecommunications Act 1997 to: correct a technical error in relation to the admissibility of certain evidence in court proceedings; remove the requirement for the ACMA to consult with an advisory committee before declaring a submarine cable protection zone; and remove the ability of NBN Co to issue and keep a register of statements that it will not be installing fibre in a new real estate development; Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005 and Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to remove duplication in the complaints handling and information gathering functions of the ACMA; Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to remove the ability of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to issue tariff filing directions to certain carriers and carriage service providers; Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and Telecommunications Act 1997 to amend the statutory information collection powers of the ACMA and the ACCC; Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983, Special Broadcasting Service Act 1991 and Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999 to make technical amendments; and Telecommunications Act 1997 and three other Acts to enable the development of an industry-based scheme for the management of telephone numbering resources. Also repeals 53 Acts and removes redundant provisions in four Acts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 29/3/17; Passed 28/2/18

CID amendments: 7 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 19/3/18; 2nd reading adjourned 19/3/18

PS Communications Legislation Amendment (Executive Remuneration) Bill 2017

(Introduced by Senator Hanson —€“ PHON)

Amends the: Australian Postal Corporation Act 1989, Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973 and Remuneration Tribunal (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 1976 to make the Remuneration Tribunal the responsible body for setting the remuneration of the Managing Director of Australia Post; and National Broadband Network Companies Act 2011 to make the tribunal the responsible body for setting the remuneration of the Chief Executive Officer of NBN Co.

Senate: Intro. 21/3/17; 2nd reading adjourned 21/3/17, 17/8/17

S Communications Legislation Amendment (Online Content Services and Other Measures) Bill 2017

(Act citation: Communications Legislation Amendment (Online Content Services and Other Measures) Act 2018)

Amends the: Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to: enable the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to make online content service provider rules which impose gambling promotions restrictions on online content service providers; and provide the ACMA with the power to determine program standards about gambling promotional content which apply to certain broadcasters and subscriptions providers; Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005 to: require the ACMA to monitor compliance with online content service provider rules; and enable the ACMA to delegate the power to issues certain notices; and Enhancing Online Safety Act 2015 to make consequential amendments.

Senate: Intro. 6/12/17; Passed 27/3/18

Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 7/12/17 (SBC report 15/17); report tabled 12/2/18

2nd reading amendments: 1 NXT/passed; 1 AG/negatived

Committee amendments: 1 Opp/negatived; 19 AG/negatived; 4 NXT/negatived

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/3/18; Passed 28/3/18

Assent: 11/4/18; Act No. 28, 2018

S Communications Legislation Amendment (Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund) Bill 2017

Amends the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to: enable the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to make a grant of financial assistance to a publisher of a newspaper, magazine or other periodical, or a content service provider; provide that the ACMA may only make a grant of financial assistance in the three financial years commencing on 1 July 2018, with the total amount of financial assistance not exceeding $50 100 000; require the ACMA to enter into an agreement with the recipient setting out the terms and conditions of the grant; enable the minister to establish an advisory committee to advise the ACMA in relation to the exercise of its powers to make grants of financial assistance; and provide for annual reporting requirements.

Senate: Intro. 6/12/17; Passed 10/5/18

Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 7/12/17 (SBC report 15/17); report tabled 12/2/18

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Committee amendments: 3 AG/negatived

House of Representatives: Intro. 10/5/18; Read a 1st time 10/5/18

PS Competition and Consumer Amendment (Australian Country of Origin Food Labelling) Bill 2015

(Introduced by Senator Milne —€“ AG and Senator Xenophon —€“ Ind)

Amends the: Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to: create specific requirements for country of origin labelling for food; extend country of origin labelling to all packaged and unpackaged food for retail sale; restrict the range of labelling to three kinds of claim; and create penalties and defences; and Imported Food Control Act 1992 to make consequential amendments.

Senate: Intro. 12/2/15; 2nd reading adjourned 12/2/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 15/9/16

PM Competition and Consumer Amendment (Exploitation of Indigenous Culture) Bill 2017

(Introduced by Mr Katter MP —€“ KAP)

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

House of Representatives: Intro. 11/9/17; Removed from Notice Paper 22/5/18

PM Competition and Consumer Amendment (Free Range Eggs) Bill 2018

(Introduced by Ms Sharkie MP —€“ CA)

Amends the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to: provide that eggs may be marketed as —€˜free range—€™ only if they are laid by hens that are able to, and do in fact, move freely on an open range during daylight hours on most days, and are laid from hens subject to a stocking density of no more than 1500 hens per hectare; require stocking density information to be displayed on egg labels prominently in a —€˜hens per hectare—€™ format; and enable eggs that are not cage eggs but which do not meet the definition of —€˜free range—€™ to be marketed as —€˜access to range—€™.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/2/18; 2nd reading adjourned 12/2/18

PM Competition and Consumer Amendment (Misleading Representations About Broadband Speeds) Bill 2018

(Introduced by Mr Wilkie MP —€“ Ind)

Amends the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to provide that, when a representation is made about the speed, quality or price of a broadband service, that representation must include information about typical speeds, typical busy periods and their impact on average speeds, and any other factors that may affect the performance of the service.

House of Representatives: Intro. 26/2/18; 2nd reading adjourned 26/2/18

PM Competition and Consumer Amendment (Paper Bills and Statements) Bill 2017

(Introduced by Mr Wilkie MP —€“ Ind)

Amends the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to: ensure that, when a supplier provides a customer with an itemised bill or proof of transaction, the document is given in paper form unless the customer consents to receiving it electronically; and ensure that customers are not charged a fee for receiving the document in paper.

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/6/17; Removed from Notice Paper 13/2/18

PM Competition and Consumer Amendment (Safeguarding the Reputation of Australian Beef) Bill 2017

(Introduced by Ms Sharkie MP —€“ CA)

Amends the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to impose a penalty on Australian cattle exporters who do not take reasonable steps to ensure that Australian cattle that is slaughtered, or processed after slaughter, in a foreign country is not marketed as Australian beef.

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/6/17; Removed from Notice Paper 13/2/18

PS Competition and Consumer Amendment (Truth in Labelling—€”Palm Oil) Bill 2017

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon —€“ NXT)

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: Intro. 21/6/17; 2nd reading adjourned 21/6/17, 17/8/17

PS Competition and Consumer Legislation Amendment (Small Business Access to Justice) Bill 2017

(Introduced by Senator Gallagher —€“ ALP)

Amends the: Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Act 2015 to: allow the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman to provide assistance in advising and preparing a person—€™s case for a no adverse costs order in proceedings in relation to contraventions of Part IV of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010; and require the number of requests for assistance in relation to an application for a no adverse costs order to be included in the ombudsman—€™s annual report; and Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to: allow for a no adverse costs order to be sought, at any time during proceedings, by a person bringing an action in relation to loss or damage by conduct of another person that was done in contravention of Part IV of the Act; and specify the circumstances in which the court is able to make a no adverse costs order.

Senate: Intro. 16/2/17; Passed 10/8/17

House of Representatives: Intro. 10/8/17; 2nd reading adjourned 16/10/17

S Copyright Amendment (Service Providers) Bill 2017

Amends the Copyright Act 1968 to extend the operation of the safe harbour scheme to a broader range of service providers, including educational institutions, libraries, archives, key cultural institutions and organisations assisting persons with a disability.

Senate: Intro. 6/12/17; Passed 10/5/18

Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 7/12/17 (SBC report 15/17); report tabled 19/3/18

House of Representatives: Intro. 10/5/18; Read a 1st time 10/5/18

Corporations Amendment (Asia Region Funds Passport) Bill 2018

Gives effect to the Australian Government—€™s commitment, as a signatory to the Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) on the Establishment and Implementation of the Asia Region Funds Passport (the Passport), to introduce the Asia Region Funds Passport by amending the: Corporations Act 2001 to: incorporate key definitions and the mechanism for incorporating the rules for passport funds into Australian domestic law; specify the processes for Australian and foreign passport funds to offer interests in Australia and for registration of passport funds; specify processes for deregistration of Australian passport funds and de-notification of foreign passport funds; set out requirements in relation to disclosure and financial reporting for foreign passport funds; and provide transitional arrangements for delegations of functions or powers by the minister and certain decisions of ASIC; and Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006, Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 and Corporations Act 2001 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 28/3/18; 2nd reading adjourned 28/3/18

Corporations Amendment (Crowd-sourced Funding for Proprietary Companies) Bill 2017

Amends the Corporations Act 2001 to: extend the crowd-sourced funding (CSF) framework for public companies to eligible proprietary companies, subject to additional reporting requirements and accountability standards; provide that proprietary companies with shareholders who acquire shares through a CSF offer are not subject to the takeovers rules; introduce special investor protections for proprietary companies accessing the CSF regime; and remove the temporary corporate governance concessions for proprietary companies that convert to or register as public companies to access the CSF regime.

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/9/17; Passed 26/2/18

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 19/3/18; 2nd reading adjourned 19/3/18

PS Corporations Amendment (Modernisation of Members Registration) Bill 2017

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon —€“ NXT)

Amends the Corporations Act 2001 to require an email address to be included on a register of members of a company or registered scheme.

Senate: Intro. 15/6/17; 2nd reading adjourned 15/6/17

Bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 22/6/17 (SBC report 7/17); report tabled 11/9/17

Corporations (Fees) Amendment (ASIC Fees) Bill 2018

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/5/18; 2nd reading adjourned 24/5/18

Corporations (Review Fees) Amendment Bill 2018

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/5/18; 2nd reading adjourned 24/5/18

Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2018

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/5/18; 2nd reading adjourned 24/5/18

Crimes Amendment (National Disability Insurance Scheme—€”Worker Screening) Bill 2018

Amends the Crimes Act 1914 to enable the convictions of persons who work, or seek to work, with people with disability in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to be disclosed to, and taken into account by, Commonwealth, state and territory agencies in determining whether a person is suitable to work with people with disability in the NDIS.

House of Representatives: Intro. 15/2/18; Passed 28/2/18

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 19/3/18; Passed 10/5/18

Assent: 22/5/18; Act No. 33, 2018

S Crimes Legislation Amendment (Combatting Corporate Crime) Bill 2017

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 which will 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: Intro. 6/12/17; 2nd reading adjourned 6/12/17

Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 7/12/17 (SBC report 15/17); report presented out of sitting 20/4/18

Crimes Legislation Amendment (International Crime Cooperation and Other Measures) Bill 2018

(Previous title: Crimes Legislation Amendment (International Crime Cooperation and Other Measures) Bill 2016)

Amends: six Acts to ensure that assistance that Australia can currently provide to foreign countries can also be provided to the International Criminal Court and international war crimes tribunals; the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1987 to: amend provisions in relation to proceeds of crime search warrants; clarify which foreign proceeds of crime orders can be registered in Australia; clarify the roles of judicial officers in domestic proceedings to produce documents or articles for a foreign country; and make minor and technical amendments; the Extradition Act 1988 to ensure that magistrates and judges have powers to make orders necessary for the conduct of extradition proceedings; the Foreign Evidence Act 1994 to: ensure foreign evidence can be appropriately certified; and extend the application of foreign evidence rules to proceedings in the external territories and the Jervis Bay territory; the Crimes Act 1914 to ensure the offence of identifying a child witness or vulnerable adult complainant extends to identifying a child complainant; the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Law Enforcement Integrity, Vulnerable Witness Protection and Other Measures) Act 2013 to clarify the application of supports and protections for victims and witnesses to future criminal proceedings, regardless of when the alleged conduct occurred; the Crimes Act 1914, Criminal Code Act 1995 and Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 to clarify the operation of human trafficking, slavery and slavery-like offences; the War Crimes Act 1945 to streamline reporting arrangements; the Australian Federal Police Act 1979 to: ensure that the Australian Federal Police—€™s alcohol and drug testing program and integrity framework apply to the entire workforce; ensure that the most up to date testing standards can be employed at the time a sample is provided; and clarify the processes for resignation in cases of serious misconduct or corruption; the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 to: enable travellers departing Australia to report cross-border movements of physical currency electronically; and enable the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission to access AUSTRAC information; the Australian Crime Commission Act 2002 to clarify the use of the Australian Crime Commission—€™s prescribed alternative name; and the AusCheck Act 2007 to enable AusCheck to conduct and coordinate background checks in relation to major national events.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/11/16; Passed 8/2/18

CID amendments: 2 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 13/2/18; Passed 10/5/18

Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 1/12/16 (SBC report 10/16); extension of time to report 16/2/17; report tabled 23/3/17

Assent: 22/5/18; Act No. 34, 2018

Crimes Legislation Amendment (Powers, Offences and Other Measures) Bill 2017

Amends the: Australian Federal Police Act 1979 to clarify the functions of the Australian Federal Police to enable cooperation with international organisations and non-government organisations; Crimes Act 1914 to: clarify the custody notification obligations of investigating officials when they intend to question an Aboriginal person or Torres Strait Islander; create separate offence regimes for —€˜insiders—€™ and —€˜outsiders—€™ for the disclosure of information relating to controlled operations; remove an obsolete reference to the death penalty; amend procedural requirements relating to protecting the identity of a vulnerable witness or complainant in a criminal proceeding; authorise collection, use and disclosure of information for the purposes of preventing, detecting, investigating or dealing with fraud or corruption against the Commonwealth; and enable the New South Wales Enforcement Conduct Commission to use and disclose spent conviction information; and Criminal Code Act 1995 to increase the maximum applicable penalties for breach of the general dishonesty offences.

House of Representatives: Intro. 30/3/17; 2nd reading adjourned 30/3/17

Senate:

Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 11/5/17 (SBC report 5/17); report tabled 8/8/17

Crimes Legislation Amendment (Sexual Crimes Against Children and Community Protection Measures) Bill 2017

Amends the: Crimes Act 1914 to: insert community safety as a factor that can be taken into account to revoke the parole of a federal offender without notice; remove the requirement to seek leave before a recorded interview of a vulnerable witness can be admitted as evidence in chief; remove the requirement for vulnerable witnesses to be available to give evidence at committal proceedings; introduce mandatory minimum penalties for certain Commonwealth child sex offences and offenders; require a court to state and record the reasons for granting bail; insert a presumption against bail for certain Commonwealth child sex offenders; insert additional factors which must be taken into account when sentencing federal offenders; require the court to have regard to certain rehabilitation considerations when sentencing Commonwealth child sex offenders; insert presumptions in favour of cumulative sentences and actual terms of imprisonment for Commonwealth child sex offenders; impose certain requirements on Commonwealth child sex offenders under a recognizance release order; add —€˜residential treatment orders—€™ as a sentencing alternative for intellectually disabled offenders; allow certain information to be withheld from an offender in national security circumstances; reduce the amount of —€˜clean street time—€™ that can be credited against the outstanding sentence following commission of an offence by a person on parole and licence; and require a period of time to be served in custody if a federal offender—€™s parole order is revoked; Criminal Code Act 1995 to: clarify the scope of the definition of —€˜engage in sexual activity—€™; insert a range of new aggravated offences for child sexual abuse; insert new offences relating to —€˜grooming—€™ and the provision of electronic services to facilitate dealings with child abuse material online; increase the maximum penalties for certain Commonwealth child sex offences and breaches of reporting requirements; and insert new additional factors for mandatory consideration at sentencing; and Crimes Act 1914, Criminal Code Act 1995, Customs Act 1901 and Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 to replace references to —€˜child pornography material—€™ in Commonwealth legislation with —€˜child abuse material—€™.

House of Representatives: Intro. 13/9/17; Passed 19/10/17

Senate: Intro. 19/10/17; 2nd reading adjourned 19/10/17

Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 14/9/17 (SBC report 11/17); report tabled 16/10/17

PS Criminal Code Amendment (Animal Protection) Bill 2015

(Introduced by Senator Back —€“ LP)

Amends the Criminal Code Act 1995 to: insert new offences in relation to failure to report a visual recording of malicious cruelty to domestic animals, and interference with the conduct of lawful animal enterprises; and make consequential amendments.

Senate: Intro. 11/2/15; 2nd reading adjourned 11/2/15

Bill referred to Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 12/2/15 (SBC report 1/15); interim report presented out of sitting 29/5/15; final report presented out of sitting 12/6/15