Civil Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Bill 2018

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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arbitrators’ powers; and clarify the application of certain confidentiality provisions; Marriage Act 1961 to: remove outdated concepts and ensure consistency with the Family Law Act 1975 in relation to parental consent for the marriage of minors; and make minor and technical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.


Introduced and read a first time 22 Mar 2017
Second reading moved 22 Mar 2017
Second reading debate 05 Feb 2018
Second reading debate 12 Sep 2018
Second reading agreed to 12 Sep 2018
Committee of the Whole debate
  • Amendment details: 17 Government agreed to
12 Sep 2018
Third reading agreed to 12 Sep 2018
House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 17 Sep 2018
Second reading moved 17 Oct 2018
Second reading debate 17 Oct 2018
Second reading agreed to 17 Oct 2018
Third reading agreed to 17 Oct 2018
Finally passed both Houses 17 Oct 2018
  • Act no: 130
  • Year: 2018
25 Oct 2018

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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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