Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Amendment Bill 2019

Originating house
House of Representatives
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Amends the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Act 2018 to: amend the definition of 'communication activity' to capture a person that produces information or material on behalf of a foreign principal for the purpose of the information or material being distributed to the public; provide that a person's belief about the intention of a foreign principal may be taken into account when determining the purpose of an activity; provide that the reporting obligations under the foreign influence transparency scheme apply to persons that are liable to register, but who have not yet actually registered; extend the obligation to make disclosures in registrable communications activity to any person who undertakes a registrable communication activity on behalf of a foreign principal (not just to those who are already registered); and make technical amendments to certain offence provisions.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 20 Feb 2019
Second reading moved 20 Feb 2019
Second reading debate 02 Apr 2019
Second reading agreed to 02 Apr 2019
Third reading agreed to 02 Apr 2019
Introduced and read a first time 03 Apr 2019
Second reading agreed to 03 Apr 2019
Third reading agreed to 03 Apr 2019
Finally passed both Houses 03 Apr 2019
  • Act no: 32
  • Year: 2019
05 Apr 2019

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Proposed amendments

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Explanatory memoranda

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  • 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.

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