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  • Date
    17 Jun 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Water and the Environment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Biosecurity Act 2015
    to: enable regulations to prescribe different penalty amounts for infringement notices issued for different kinds of alleged contraventions; clarify that the regulations may prescribe different periods of time to pay an infringement notice depending on the kind of goods or class of goods to which an alleged contravention relates; enable the Director of Biosecurity to determine goods or classes of goods that can attract a higher infringement notice amount and provide that the determination is not disallowable; and enable the regulations to incorporate references to the determination as in force from time to time. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Jun 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    WATERS, Sen Larissa 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to: prohibit political donations from property developers, the tobacco industry, banking industry, liquor and gambling businesses, pharmaceutical companies, the mining industry and representative organisations for these industries; imposes a cumulative limit on political donations from any source of $3000 per election term; and extend the definition of 'gift' to include subscription and membership fees, as well as attendance at fundraising events. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Jun 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Industry, Science, Energy and Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to enable regulations to prescribe processes which will be deemed to satisfy the definition of 'substantially transformed' for the purposes of the country of origin provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Jun 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Water and the Environment 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Excise Levies Legislation Amendment (Sheep and Lamb) Bill 2020, the bill amends the
    National Residue Survey (Customs) Levy Act 1998
    and
    Primary Industries (Customs) Charges Act 1999
    to align the definition of 'lamb' for the purposes of imposing certain levies and charges that are duties of customs with the definition used for export and industry purposes. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Jun 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Water and the Environment 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Customs Charges and Levies Legislation Amendment (Sheep and Lamb) Bill 2020, the bill amends the
    National Residue Survey (Customs) Levy Act 1998
    and
    Primary Industries (Customs) Charges Act 1999
    to align the definition of 'lamb' for the purposes of imposing certain levies and charges that are duties of excise with the definition used for export and industry purposes. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Jun 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
     
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to enable the Fair Work Commission to deal with disputes between employers and employees regarding the eligibility of an employee to receive the JobKeeper payment during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Jun 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    BANDT, Adam, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to enable the Fair Work Commission to deal with disputes between employers and employees regarding the eligibility of an employee to receive the JobKeeper payment during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Jun 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    PERRETT, Graham, MP 
    Summary
    Implements certain recommendations of the 2009 Family Law Council report '
    Improving responses to family violence in the family law system: An advice on the intersection of family violence and family law issues
    ', the 2017 House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs report '
    A better family law system to support and protect those affected by family violence
    ', and the 2019 Australian Law Reform Commission report '
    Family Law for the Future - An Inquiry into the Family Law System
    ' by amending the
    Family Law Act 1975
    to remove provisions relating to the: presumption of equal shared parental responsibility when making parenting orders; and requirement that the courts consider, in certain circumstances, the child spending equal time, or substantial and significant time with each parent. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Jun 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    WILKIE, Andrew, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013
    to: include a definition of 'sustainable procurement principles'; create a duty for Commonwealth entities to ensure procurement of recycled goods and consideration of sustainable procurement principles when making procurement and purchasing decisions; and require the minister to consider sustainable procurement principles when drafting new procurement instruments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Jun 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    GRIFF, Sen Stirling 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Aged Care Act 1997
    to require residential aged care providers to disclose their income, costs of food and medication, staff and staff training, accommodation, administration and monies paid to parent bodies in annual financial transparency reports to the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner; and
    Corporations Act 2001
    to ensure residential aged care providers include detailed financial information in annual financial statements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Jun 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    National Disability Insurance Scheme 
    Summary
    Amends the
    National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013
    to: broaden the circumstances in which the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commissioner may make a banning order against a National Disability Insurance Scheme provider or other person; and clarifies the commissioner's related powers. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Jun 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    to: enable regional commercial radio broadcasting licensees to nominate to split exemption periods from local news and information content obligations into two periods, together totalling no more than five weeks; amend the minimum service standard obligations which apply after a trigger event occurs; and permit regional and remote commercial television broadcasting licensees to be deemed to have complied with the multi-channel Australian content quota obligation in certain circumstances; and
    Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005
    to enable the Australian Communications and Media Authority to delegate an information-gathering power. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Jun 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    MCCARTHY, Sen Malarndirri
    FARRELL, Sen Don 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to provide for a minimum of two divisions in the Northern Territory in the House of Representatives. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Jun 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    WATERS, Sen Larissa 
    Summary
    The bill: creates the Coronavirus Economic Support and Recovery Fund to invest in the arts and entertainment, manufacturing, and the renewable energy and electricity transmission sectors; amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    to expand eligibility for the COVID-19 supplement to recipients of the disability support payment and carer payment;
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to expand eligibility of the JobSeeker payment to Australian resident temporary visa holders; and
    Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Act 2020
    to establish rules for the JobKeeper scheme to: extend potential eligibility for the scheme to all casual employees, regardless of their period of employment, temporary visa holders, and intermittent workers with a demonstrated income history; include certain entities owned by overseas governments as eligible employers, and higher education providers as eligible employers; and enable prompt back payment of newly eligible employees and employers. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Jun 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Finance 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to: clarify the interaction between federal, state and territory electoral funding and disclosure regimes following the High Court decision in
    Spence v Queensland
    [2019] HCA 15; make technical amendments in relation to entity registration and public election funding rules; and allow a senior Australian Electoral Commission staff member rather than a senior Divisional Returning Officer to be on the Redistribution Committee for the Australian Capital Territory;
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    and
    Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984
    to amend various aspects of voting and scrutiny processes; and
    Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984
    to extend the electronically assisted voting method to Australians working in Antarctica. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Jun 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    BANDT, Adam, MP 
    Summary
    The bill: establishes Renew Australia as a statutory authority to oversee the transition of Australia's electricity system to one based on renewable energy by 2030 and provides for its functions and powers; establishes the Board of Renew Australia and provides for its functions, members and meetings; provides for the appointment of a Chief Executive Officer and staff, consultants and committees; provides for financial arrangements; and sets out a timetable for the phased closure of coal-fired power stations. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Jun 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    WILKIE, Andrew, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Interactive Gambling Act 2001
    to: restrict the provision of prohibited interactive gambling and social casino services to Australian customers; create a criminal offence and civil liability for any persons who provides these services; and enable the Australian Communications and Media Authority to apply to the Federal Court of Australia for injunctions against carriage service providers to block domain names, URLs and IP addresses of online locations which provide prohibited interactive gambling and social casino services to Australian customers. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 May 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    RICE, Sen Janet 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Sports Commission Act 1989
    to provide for the Australian Sports Commission to fund applications that were submitted to the Community Sports Infrastructure Grants program and recommended to the Minister for Sports for funding, but subsequently not funded under the program. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 May 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Product Stewardship (Oil) Amendment Bill 2020 in response to the Federal Court's decision in
    Caltex Australia Petroleum Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation
    [2019] FCA 1849, the bill amends the
    Excise Tariff Act 1921
    to narrow the scope of petroleum-based oils and synthetic equivalents for which excise duties are imposed for the purposes of the Product Stewardship for Oil Scheme to exclude diesel and other fuels. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 May 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Migration Act 1958
    to: enable the minister to determine, by legislative instrument, prohibited things in relation to immigration detention facilities and detainees; enable authorised officers and assistants to search Commonwealth immigration detention facilities without a warrant; strengthen the search and seizure and screening powers of authorised officers; and enable the minister to issue binding written directions to authorised officers in relation to the exercise of their seizure powers. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 May 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Education, Skills and Employment 
    Summary
    Establishes the office of the National Skills Commissioner to provide advice and collect, analyse, share and publish data on Australia’s workforce skills needs, efficient prices for vocational education and training (VET) courses, the public and private return on government investment in VET and other matters relating to the VET system. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 May 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Environment 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Excise Tariff Amendment Bill 2020 in response to the Federal Court's decision in
    Caltex Australia Petroleum Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation
    [2019] FCA 1849, the bill amends the
    Product Stewardship (Oil) Act 2000
    to amend the definition of 'oils' to apply only to lubricant oils, fluid oils and other oils and greases manufactured from base oils. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 May 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Indigenous Australians 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976
    to: remove the requirement that the term of the Jabiru township lease be 99 years to allow for a shorter term between 40 and 99 years; remove the requirement that the initial grant of the township lease can only be to the Commonwealth; clarify that the new township lease will not automatically extend the term of existing Jabiru subleases beyond the term of the current town head lease; and remove redundant Jabiru-specific leasing provisions; and
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    to make a minor consequential amendment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 May 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Implements the government's response to the report of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security into ASIO's questioning and detention powers by amending the
    Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979
    in relation to compulsory questioning powers and tracking devices. Also amends four Acts to make consequential amendments; and makes amendments contingent on the commencement of the
    Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Act 2020

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 May 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Civil Aviation (Carriers' Liability) Act 1959
    (CACL Act) to: reflect the increase to the domestic liability cap for death or injury to passengers to $925 000 as effected by the Civil Aviation (Carriers' Liability) Regulations 2019; provide for the secretary to make regulations about permitted exclusions of liability in relation to the scope of mandatory insurance that airlines must obtain; and provide that servants and agents of a carrier can avail themselves of the same conditions of liability in addition to the limits of liability applicable to air carriers; and
    Air Accidents (Commonwealth Government Liability) Act 1963
    to provide that increases to the liability caps under Part IV of the CACL Act are incorporated regardless of whether implemented by amendments to the CACL Act or via regulation. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum