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Defence Legislation Amendment (Discipline Reform) Bill 2021

Type
Government
Portfolio
Defence
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Act
Parliament no
46

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Summary

Amends the: Defence Force Discipline Act 1982 to: expand the operation of the disciplinary infringement scheme to provide a means of dealing with minor breaches of military discipline; remove the subordinate summary authority and correct a number of anomalies with regard to the respective jurisdiction of discipline officers and summary authorities, and between the different types of summary authority, in relation to the type of breach of military discipline, the rank of defence members with which each can deal, and the powers and punishments available to each level of authority; establish new service offences for failure to perform duty or carry out an activity, cyber-bullying, failure to comply with removal order (in relation to material on social media that constitutes cyber-bullying) and failure to comply with requirement to notify change in circumstances (in relation to the receipt of a benefit or allowance); and make amendments contingent on the commencement of the Online Safety Act 2021; and Defence Force Discipline Act 1982 and Defence Force Discipline Appeals Act 1955 to make consequential amendments.

Progress

House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 12 Aug 2021
Second reading moved 12 Aug 2021
Second reading debate 30 Aug 2021
Second reading debate 01 Sep 2021
Second reading agreed to 01 Sep 2021
Third reading agreed to 01 Sep 2021
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 02 Sep 2021
Second reading moved 02 Sep 2021
Second reading debate 01 Dec 2021
Second reading agreed to 01 Dec 2021
Committee of the Whole debate 01 Dec 2021
Third reading agreed to 01 Dec 2021
Finally passed both Houses 01 Dec 2021
Assent
  • Act no: 133
  • Year: 2021
13 Dec 2021

Documents and transcripts

Text of bill

Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments

Senate

Schedules of amendments

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Bills digest

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Text of bill

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  • 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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