Carbon Farming Initiative Amendment Bill 2014

Originating house
House of Representatives
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Establishes the Emissions Reduction Fund to replace the carbon tax and provide a transition for the Carbon Farming Initiative by amending the: Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011 to: provide for the Clean Energy Regulator to conduct auctions and enter into contracts to purchase emissions reductions; enable a broader range of emissions reduction projects to be approved; and amend the project eligibility criteria and processes for approving projects and crediting carbon credit units; and Australian National Registry of Emissions Units Act 2011, Clean Energy Regulator Act 2011 and National Greenhouse Energy and Reporting Act 2007 to make consequential amendments. Also provides for transitional arrangements in relation to: the Register of Offsets Projects, which will be renamed the Emissions Reduction Fund Register and will include information about contracts to purchase emissions reductions; and existing Carbon Farming Initiative projects and methodologies and applications for new projects.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 18 Jun 2014
Second reading moved 18 Jun 2014
Second reading debate 25 Jun 2014
Second reading agreed to 25 Jun 2014
Third reading agreed to 25 Jun 2014
Introduced and read a first time 26 Jun 2014
Second reading moved 26 Jun 2014
Second reading debate 30 Oct 2014
Committee of the Whole debate
  • Amendment details: 7 Government, 17 Palmer United Party and 8 Independent (Xenophon) agreed to
30 Oct 2014
Third reading debated 30 Oct 2014
(After Midnight)
Third reading agreed to 30 Oct 2014
(After Midnight)
House of Representatives
Consideration of Senate message
  • Details: House agreed to Senate amendments
24 Nov 2014
Finally passed both Houses 24 Nov 2014
  • Act no.: 119
  • Year: 2014
25 Nov 2014

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Text of bill

Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments


Schedules of amendments

Bills digest


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Text of bill

  • First reading: Text of the bill as introduced into the Parliament
  • Third reading: Prepared if the bill is amended by the house in which it was introduced. This version of the bill is then considered by the second house.
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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and provides an explanation of the content of the introduced version (first reading) of the bill.
  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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