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A bill is a proposal for a law or a change to an existing law. A bill becomes law (an Act) when agreed to in identical form by both houses of Parliament and assented to by the Governor-General.

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  • Date
    20 Feb 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Water Act 2007
    to provide for a standing Indigenous member position on the Murray-Darling Basin Authority. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Oct 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994
    in relation to: approval and registration for prescribed active constituents, chemical products or labels; information to be taken into account by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) in determining applications; limits on use of information; computerised decision-making by the APVMA; notification and publication of voluntary recalls; obligations on holders and applicants to inform the APVMA of new information where it relates to the safety criteria; the definition of ‘registered chemical product’; suspension or cancellation of approval or registration for provision of false or misleading information; supply of registered chemical products with unapproved label; variation of approval of registration during suspension; safety, efficacy, trade and labelling criteria; notice requirements for notices provided to Food Standards Australia New Zealand by the APVMA; and amendment of an incorrect reference in the Agvet Code;
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992
    and
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994
    to: enable the APVMA to prescribe an accreditation scheme for third party assessment providers; and make minor and machinery changes including the removal of unnecessary and redundant provisions;
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992
    to remove the requirement for the APVMA to prepare an annual operational plan; and
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment Act 2013
    to align the timing of reviews of agvet legislation. Also repeals the
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment (Removing Re-approval and Re-registration) Act 2014

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 May 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997
    and
    Export Control Act 1982
    to increase criminal penalties and introduce new criminal offences and civil penalties for individuals and companies in relation to live-stock export standards and requirements and conduct that poses a risk to trade. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    07 Dec 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Streamlines and consolidates existing legislation to create a framework for regulating the export of goods, including agricultural products and food, from Australian territory. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Oct 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    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. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Dec 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    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. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    21 Feb 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Native Title Act 1993
    to: allow a native title claim or compensation group to impose conditions on the authority of its authorised applicant and require public notification of any such conditions; clarify the duties of the applicant to the claim group; allow the applicant to act by majority as the default position; allow the composition of the applicant to be changed without further authorisation in certain circumstances; allow the claim group to put in place succession-planning arrangements for individual members of the applicant; allow body corporate Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUAs) to cover areas where native title has been extinguished; remove the requirement for the Native Title Registrar to notify an area ILUA unless satisfied it meets the ILUA requirements; allow minor amendments to be made to an ILUA without a new registration process; clarify that the removal of an ILUA from the register does not invalidate future acts subject to that ILUA; extend the circumstances in which historical extinguishment can be disregarded to areas of national, state or territory parks, and certain pastoral leases; allow a registered native title body corporate to bring a compensation application over an area where native title has been extinguished; require the registrar to create and maintain a public record of section 31 agreements; and make a number of technical amendments; and
    Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006
    (CATSI Act) to: require registered native title bodies corporate (RNTBC) constitutions to include dispute resolution pathways for persons who are or who claim to be common law holders, and provide for all the common law holders to be directly or indirectly represented in the RNTBC; limit the grounds for cancelling the membership of a member of a RNTBC to certain grounds; remove the discretion of directors of RNTBCs to refuse certain membership applications; clarify that the registrar may place a RNTBC under special administration in certain circumstances; and ensure that proceedings in respect of a civil matter arising under the Act that relate to a RNTBC are to be instituted and determined exclusively in the Federal Court, unless transferred to another court with jurisdiction; confirm the validity of certain section 31 agreements; and provide that a person would be entitled to compensation if the bill effects the acquisition of property of a person other than on just terms (within the meaning of paragraph 51(xxxi) of the Constitution). 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Feb 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Crimes Act 1914
    to: introduce a presumption against parole for persons charged with or convicted of a terrorism offence (or previously charged with or convicted of certain offences), persons subject to a control order and persons who have made statements or carried out activities supporting, or advocating support for, terrorist acts; and provide that the best interests of the child are a primary consideration, with the protection of the community the paramount consideration, when determining whether exceptional circumstances exist to rebut the presumption against bail where the person is under the age of 18 years, when determining whether exceptional circumstances exist to justify a departure from the minimum non-parole period for a terrorism offence where the offender is under the age of 18 years, and when determining whether exceptional circumstances exist to justify the release of a terrorist offender or terrorism-related offender on parole; and
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to: provide that terrorist offenders serving a term of imprisonment for a terrorism offence and another offence are eligible for consideration of a continuing detention order (CDO) at the conclusion of their term; and provide that the requirement to provide a complete copy of a CDO application to a terrorist offender is subject to any court orders made relating to the protection of information in the application or any certificate issued by the Attorney-General under the
    National Security Information (Criminal and Civil Proceedings) Act 2004

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Feb 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    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. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Aug 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Bill 2018, the bill: amends the
    Federal Court of Australia Act 1976
    to establish the Family Law Appeal Division in the Federal Court of Australia, and provide the Family Law Appeal Division appellate jurisdiction in relation to family law appeals from the Federal Circuit and Family Court (FCFC) as well as some appeals from the Family Court of Western Australia; amends the
    Family Law Act 1975
    to largely remove the appellate function of the Family Court of Australia, and ensure that the Act continues to operate in the context of the FCFC; makes consequential amendments to 123 Acts and 25 court-related regulations and rules; amends various Acts contingent on the commencement of 21 proposed Acts; modifies court rules for Divisions 1 and 2 of the FCFC and amends court rules for the Federal Court of Australia and the standard rules of court for family law proceedings; provides for transitional arrangements to preserve and transition the titles and appointments of the judges and personnel to the FCFC, and in relation to family law appeals which are on foot and appeals which would be impacted by the transfer of appellate jurisdiction to the Family Law Appeal Division of the Federal Court; and repeals the
    Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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