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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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 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

  • Date
    13 May 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Norfolk Island Act 1979
    to: make technical amendments to the provisions authorising off-island sittings of the Supreme Court of Norfolk Island to remove any doubt that the Supreme Court may exercise its criminal or civil jurisdiction in a state, in the absence of an arrangement between the Commonwealth and the state government or authority, where no powers, duties or functions are conferred or imposed upon a state officer; and clarify the basis under which travelling allowances are determined for judges of the Supreme Court. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 May 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Water and the Environment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Primary Industries (Customs) Charges Act 1999
    to: impose an export charge on the export of dairy cattle; and amend the rate provision to provide for two different rates of charges: a per head charge on dairy cattle and a per kilogram charge on cattle other than dairy cattle. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 May 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends: 17 Acts to make consequential amendments as a result of the establishment of Services Australia as an executive agency under the
    Public Service Act 1999
    on 1 February 2020; and the
    Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988
    ,
    Human Services (Centrelink) Act 1997
    and
    Human Services (Medicare) Act 1973
    to make governance changes in relation to Services Australia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 May 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to provide that offences for providing false and misleading statements or documents apply to circumstances when the information is not provided to a natural person; four Acts to require a person served with a formal notice or summons by a Royal Commission to produce documents or information, or give evidence, to comply with that requirement even if the document or information is protected by secrecy provisions; and six Acts to make technical and consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 May 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to: amend the hybrid mismatch rules; introduce a general category of deductible gift recipient (DGR) for community sheds; and update the list of DGRs to include eight new entities;
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to: broaden the amounts that employers can voluntarily report under the Single Touch Payroll rules to include employer withholding of child support deductions and child support garnishee amounts; and enable the disclosure of protected information, relating to the JobKeeper Scheme, to the Fair Work Commission and the Fair Work Ombudsman;
    Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989
    and
    Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988
    to make consequential amendments; and
    International Finance Corporation Act 1955
    and
    International Monetary Agreements Act 1947
    to: establish frameworks under which Australia may enter into agreements with the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group to buy additional shares of their respective capital stocks; and authorise appropriations from the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the purposes of such payments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 May 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to enable individuals aged 65 and 66 to make up to three years of non-concessional superannuation contributions under the bring forward rule. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 May 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Veterans’ Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
    and
    Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986
    to create a new position on the Repatriation Commission and Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission to represent the families of veterans;
    Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
    to enable the provision of assistance or benefits to former Australian Defence Force members to assist them to transition into civilian work; and
    Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986
    to extend eligibility for the quarterly energy supplement to holders of gold cards under the
    Australian Participants in British Nuclear Tests and British Commonwealth Occupation Force (Treatment) Act 2006
    and
    Treatment Benefits (Special Access) Act 2019

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    05 Mar 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979
    to: provide a framework for Australian agencies to obtain independently-authorised international production orders for interception, stored communications and telecommunications data directly to designated communications providers in foreign countries with which Australia has a designated international agreement; make amendments contingent on the commencement of the proposed
    Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2020
    ; and remove the ability for nominated Administrative Appeals Tribunal members to issue certain warrants. Also amends: six Acts to make consequential amendments; and the
    Surveillance Devices Act 2004
    to correct a drafting error. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Mar 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    BANDT, Adam, MP 
    Summary
    The bill: declares an environment and climate emergency; outlines the obligations of public service agencies to recognise and act in accordance with the declaration; and establishes the Multi-Party Climate Emergency Committee to report to Cabinet in relation to the climate emergency declaration. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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