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  • Date
    25 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Environment 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Health and Aged Care 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Resources, Water and Northern Australia 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Industrial Relations 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    HAINES, Helen, MP 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    HAINES, Helen, MP 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    WILKIE, Andrew, MP 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Finance 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Finance 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Water and the Environment 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Education, Skills and Employment 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Health 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Industry, Science and Technology 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    BANDT, Adam, MP 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    HILL, Julian, MP 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    WILKIE, Andrew, MP 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON-YOUNG, Sen Sarah 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    to: prevent the minister from approving an action which involves the clearing of koala habitat; and remove the exemption of regional forest agreements from requirements of the Act where there is, may, or is likely to have significant impacts on koalas. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Student Assistance Act 1973
    to introduce a new regime to enable the secretary to request, but not compel, a person to provide their tax file number;
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Student Assistance Act 1973
    to clarify that the collection, use and disclosure of personal information or protected information relates not only to the administration of the ABSTUDY scheme, but also to the Assistance for Isolated Children scheme; and
    Social Security Act 1991
    ,
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    ,
    Social Security (International Agreements) Act 1999
    and
    Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986
    to make technical amendments to confirm that the definition of 'social security law' includes legislative instruments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Education, Skills and Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Research Council Act 2001
    to: apply indexation to existing appropriation amounts for the financial years commencing on 1 July 2020, 1 July 2021 and 1 July 2022; and insert a new funding cap for the financial year commencing on 1 July 2023; and
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to: re-categorise the University of Notre Dame Australia as a Table A provider from 2021; and correct a typographical error. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Narcotic Drugs Act 1967
    to: consolidate the medicinal cannabis licensing structure into a single licence framework; enable assessments relating to supply chains to be undertaken at the permit stage rather than the earlier licensing stage; allow licences to be granted for a period of up to five years; include a new simplified outline; and make minor and technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    RICE, Sen Janet 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    COAG Reform Fund Act 2008
    to establish a new condition on financial assistance provided by the Commonwealth government to neutralise the revenue effect of taxes and charges imposed by states and territories on the purchase and use of electric vehicles; and
    Fuel Indexation (Road Funding) Special Account Act 2015
    to make a consequential amendment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Migration Act 1958
    to: create a framework to protect disclosure of confidential information provided by gazetted intelligence and law enforcement agencies where the information is used for decisions made to refuse or cancel a visa on character grounds, or revoke or set aside such decisions; amend the definition of non-disclosable information to include protected information where the disclosure of such information would be contrary to Australia's national interests; and provide that an officer performing certain functions commits an offence if protected information is disclosed in certain circumstances;
    Australian Citizenship Act 2007
    to: protect protected information where the information is used for certain citizenship decisions, renunciations of citizenship by conduct, and cessation of citizenship for service outside Australia in armed forces of an enemy country or a declared terrorist organisation; and create a framework for the management of the disclosure to, and by, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal of information that has been certified by the minister to be contrary to the public interest for specified reasons, or that was provided in confidence; and create a power for the secretary to delegate functions or powers under the Act and the Australian Citizenship Regulation 2016;
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    and
    Inspector of Transport Security Act 2006
    to make consequential amendments; and
    Australian Citizenship Act 2007
    and
    Migration Act 1958
    to make amendments contingent on the commencement of the
    Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2020

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018
    to: enhance the existing framework for managing risks relating to critical infrastructure by introducing: additional positive security obligations for critical infrastructure assets, including a risk management program, to be delivered through sector-specific requirements and mandatory cyber incident reporting; enhanced cyber security obligations for assets of national significance; government assistance to relevant entities for critical infrastructure sector assets in response to significant cyber attacks; and make amendments contingent on the commencement of the
    Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2020
    ;
    Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977
    to exclude certain decisions from judicial review; AusCheck Act 2007 to enable background checks should they be required as part of a critical infrastructure risk management program;
    National Emergency Declaration Act 2020
    and
    Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018
    to make amendments contingent on the commencement of the
    National Emergency Declaration Act 2020
    ; and
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to provide for an immunity to apply in relation to the Australian Signals Directorate for conduct occurring outside of Australia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Prime MInister 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Data Availability and Transparency Bill 2020 to implement a scheme to authorise and regulate access to Australian Government data, the bill makes consequential amendments to the
    Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977
    ,
    Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979
    ,
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    and
    Privacy Act 1988
    in relation to the operation of the scheme. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Prime Minister 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Data Availability and Transparency (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2020 to implement a scheme to authorise and regulate access to Australian Government data, the bill: authorises public sector data custodians to share data with accredited users in accordance with specific authorisations, purposes, principles and agreements; specifies the specific responsibilities imposed on data scheme entities; establishes and specifies the functions and powers of the National Data Commissioner as the regulator of the scheme; establishes and specifies the functions and membership of the National Data Advisory Council as an advisory body to the commissioner in relation to sharing and use of public sector data; and establishes the regulation and enforcement framework for the scheme. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    MCKENZIE, Sen Bridget 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    and
    Regional Forest Agreements Act 2002
    to provide that forestry operations covered by a regional forest agreement are exempted from Part 3 of the
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Industrial Relations 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Fair Work Act 2009
    in relation to: defining casual employment; including a casual conversion entitlement in the National Employment Standards; providing a Casual Employment Information Statement to casual employees; offsetting casual loading amounts against claims for leave and other entitlements in certain circumstances; additional hours for part-time employees; flexible work directions; enterprise agreement making and approval processes; extending the nominal life of greenfields agreements relating to the construction of major projects; the compliance and enforcement framework; Fair Work Commission processes; and consequential amendments;
    Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009
    to provide for the cessation of certain agreement based transitional instruments on 1 July 2022;
    Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2016
    to: enable the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner to accept an enforceable undertaking in relation to a suspected remuneration-related contravention; and require the commissioner to publish certain information in relation to enforcement proceedings;
    Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2016
    and
    Federal Court of Australia Act 1976
    to make consequential amendments; and
    Fair Work Act 2009
    and
    Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2020
    to make amendments contingent on the commencement of the
    Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2020

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    MCALLISTER, Sen Jenny 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to: provide for ten days paid domestic and family violence leave in a 12-month period; provide for employees to access paid domestic and family violence leave at their base pay rate for usual hours of work in the period the leave was taken; enable an employee and employer to agree additional paid or unpaid leave can be taken in addition to the 10 days paid domestic and family violence leave; clarify and expand the reasons for which a person can take paid domestic and family violence leave; and strengthen the privacy obligations placed on employers in relation to an employee who takes paid family and domestic violence leave. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986
    to: extend the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security's (IGIS) jurisdiction to the intelligence functions of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission and the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC); streamline the IGIS's reporting procedures; make technical amendments to clarify the operation of the Act, modernise drafting expressions and remove redundant provisions; and make amendments contingent on the commencement of the
    Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Amendment Act 2020
    ; the
    Intelligence Services Act 2001
    to extend the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security's jurisdiction to the intelligence functions of AUSTRAC; 17 Acts to make consequential amendments; the
    Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006
    and
    Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986
    to make amendments contingent on the commencement of the
    Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2020
    ; and nine Acts to make amendments contingent on the commencement of the
    Surveillance Legislation Amendment (Identify and Disrupt) Act 2020

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009
    to: provide that responsible lending obligations apply only to small amount credit contracts, small amount credit contract-equivalent loans provided by authorised deposit-taking institutions (ADIs) and consumer leases; provide the minister with the power to determine standards specifying requirements for a credit licensee's systems, policies and processes in relation to certain non-ADI credit conduct; impose a cap on the total payments that can be made by a lessee in connection with a consumer lease; extend the protected earnings requirement for small amount credit contracts to cover all consumers and introduce a similar protected earnings requirements for consumer leases for household goods; restrict the use and disclosure of account statements; amend requirements for licensees to disclose information to consumers; introduce broad anti-avoidance protections to prohibit schemes that are designed to avoid the application of the Act in relation to small amount credit contracts and consumer leases; and make consequential amendments; and
    Age Discrimination Act 2004
    to exempt the reverse mortgage scheme from the application of the Act. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    08 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    PATRICK, Sen Rex 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Customs Act 1901
    to prohibit the importation into Australia of goods from Xinjiang province in the People's Republic of China as well as goods from other parts of China that are produced by using forced labour. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    08 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON, Sen Pauline 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006
    to broaden the objects clause of the Act to require the National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator and the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority to take into account the benefit to the Australian community when granting new leases or renewing existing leases. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    07 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    STEELE-JOHN, Sen Jordon 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Defence Act 1903
    to require parliamentary approval of overseas service by members of the Australian Defence Force. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    07 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    BURNEY, Linda, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to: provide for ten days paid domestic and family violence leave in a 12-month period; provide for employees to access paid domestic and family violence leave at their base pay rate for usual hours of work in the period the leave was taken; enable an employee and employer to agree additional paid or unpaid leave can be taken in addition to the 10 days paid domestic and family violence leave; clarify and expand the reasons for which a person can take paid domestic and family violence leave; and strengthen the privacy obligations placed on employers in relation to an employee who takes paid family and domestic violence leave. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    07 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    WILKIE, Andrew, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Meat and Livestock Industry Act 1997
    and
    Export Control Act 1982
    to: permanently ban from 1 July 2023 the export of live animals for slaughter; and establish interim requirements to ensure that animals are treated humanely after being exported. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Environment 
    Summary
    Part of a package of five bills to establish a national framework to manage the ongoing use, handling and disposal of industrial chemicals, the bill: establishes decision-making principles that set out characteristics for categorising industrial chemicals according to their level of concern to the environment based on their use; enables the minister to make scheduling decisions to categorise an industrial chemical and set out the controls applicable to the use, handling and disposal of an industrial chemical; provides for consultation with the public and states and territories on matters relating to scheduling decisions and decision-making principles; establishes a register of scheduling decisions for industrial chemicals; establishes the Advisory Committee on the Environmental Management of Industrial Chemicals; provides for the sharing, protection, use and disclosure of information; enables the minister to delegate their functions and powers and make rules; and sets out matters relating to the scheduling charge. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Environment 
    Summary
    Part of a package of five bills to establish a national framework to manage the ongoing use, handling and disposal of industrial chemicals, the bill imposes an annual scheduling charge on registered introducers of industrial chemicals, so far as that charge is a duty of customs. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Environment 
    Summary
    Part of a package of five bills to establish a national framework to manage the ongoing use, handling and disposal of industrial chemicals, the bill imposes an annual scheduling charge on registered introducers of industrial chemicals, so far as that charge is a duty of excise. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Environment 
    Summary
    Part of a package of five bills to establish a national framework to manage the ongoing use, handling and disposal of industrial chemicals, the bill imposes an annual scheduling charge on registered introducers of industrial chemicals, so far as that charge is neither a duty of customs nor a duty of excise. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Environment 
    Summary
    Part of a package of five bills to establish a national framework to manage the ongoing use, handling and disposal of industrial chemicals, the bill amends the:
    Industrial Chemicals Act 2019
    to: provide that the scheduling charge can be collected in conjunction with the registration charge; provide that the scheduling charge is not credited to the Industrial Chemicals Special Account; and correct a drafting error; and
    Industrial Chemicals Environmental Management (Register) Act 2020
    to make amendments contingent on the commencement of the
    Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2020

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends: six Acts to remove current provisions providing for regulatory regimes and apply the standard provisions of the
    Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014
    ; and the
    Regulatory Powers (Standards Provisions) Act 2014
    to make minor amendments to the ability of monitoring powers to be exercised in relation to matters and the descriptions of offence provisions and provisions relating to infringement notices which might apply to the contravention of both a civil penalty and criminal offence provision. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Surveillance Devices Act 2004
    and
    Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979
    to: introduce data disruption warrants to enable the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) to disrupt data by modifying, adding, copying or deleting data in order to frustrate the commission of serious offences online; and make minor technical corrections; the
    Surveillance Devices Act 2004
    to introduce network activity warrants to enable the AFP and ACIC to collect intelligence on serious criminal activity by permitting access to the devices and networks used to facilitate criminal activity; the
    Crimes Act 1914
    to: introduce account takeover warrants to enable the AFP and ACIC to take over a person's online account for the purposes of gathering evidence to further a criminal investigation; and make minor amendments to the controlled operations regime to ensure controlled operations can be conducted effectively in the online environment; and 10 Acts to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Industry, Science, Energy and Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Designs Act 2003
    to: implement recommendations of the former Advisory Council on Intellectual Property review of the designs system by: providing designers a 12-month grace period to apply for design protection after publishing or using their design to protect designers from losing their rights through inadvertent disclosure; introducing an infringement exemption for prior use; streamlining the initial steps for registering a design; correcting an anomaly to the innocent infringer defence where infringement occurs between filing and registration; providing exclusive licensees with legal standing to take infringement action through the courts; and extending the power of the Registrar of Designs to make directions about the forms of documents to 'approved forms' for designs; and make minor technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Nov 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    HILL, Julian, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Migration Act 1958
    to enable applicants for Subclass 309 (Partner (Provisional)) visas to be granted the visa whilst the applicant remains onshore until 31 December 2021 (due to restrictions of international travel in and out of Australia as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic). 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Nov 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    WILKIE, Andrew, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009
    to: impose a cap on the total payments that can be made under a consumer lease (known as rent-to-buy schemes); require small amount credit contracts (SACCs) (known as payday loans) to have equal repayment and payment intervals; remove the ability for SACC providers to charge monthly fees in respect of the residual term of a loan where a consumer fully repays the loan early; prevent lessors and credit assistance providers from undertaking door-to-door selling of leases at residential homes; introduce anti-avoidance protections, and increase penalties. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Nov 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    KENEALLY, Sen Kristina 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Migration Act 1958
    to replace current Maritime Crew Visas with two new categories of visa: the International Seafarers Transit Visa for entering Australia on a continuing international voyage only; and the International Seafarers Work Visa for international seafarers to be engaged on ships authorised under a temporary license to undertake coastal voyages under the
    Coastal Trading (Revitalising Australian Shipping) Act 2012

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Nov 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    STEGGALL, Zali, MP 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Climate Change (National Framework for Adaptation and Mitigation) Bill 2020, the bill: repeals the
    Climate Change Authority Act 2011
    ; and amends the:
    Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001
    ,
    Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011
    ,
    Clean Energy Regulator Act 2011
    ,
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    and
    National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007
    to make consequential amendments; and
    Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013
    to require Commonwealth entities to consider the potential risks of climate change when performing functions or duties, or exercising powers, and include this information in annual reports. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Nov 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    STEGGALL, Zali, MP 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Climate Change (National Framework for Adaptation and Mitigation) (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2020, the bill: sets a target of achieving net zero emissions by 31 December 2050; establishes the Climate Change Commission (the commission) and provides for its functions, powers, membership and staffing; prescribes a number of guiding principles to which decision makers under the Act must have regard; requires the commission to periodically complete a national climate change assessment (national assessment); requires the minister to prepare a national adaptation plan in response to each national assessment; requires the minister, by legislative instrument, to set an emissions budget for each prescribed emissions budget period; requires the minister to prepare an emissions reduction plan setting out the policies and strategies for meeting each emissions budget; and establishes the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Climate Adaptation and Mitigation and provides for its powers, proceedings and functions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Oct 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Education 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to insert a new definition of ‘academic freedom’ and replace references to 'free intellectual inquiry' with the allied concepts of 'freedom of speech' and 'academic freedom'. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Oct 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to make refunds of large-scale generation shortfall charges non-assessable non-exempt income for income tax purposes;
    Treasury Laws Amendment (Putting Consumers First—Establishment of the Australian Financial Complaints Authority) Act 2018
    to: facilitate the closure and any transitional arrangements associated with the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) replacing the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal (SCT); provide for the transfer of records and documents from the SCT to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission; include a power for the Federal Court to remit cases back to AFCA; and include a rule-making power to allow the minister to prescribe matters of a transitional nature;
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to increase the maximum amount of penalty units that can be included in regulations that prescribe an industry code from 300 to 600 penalty units; and
    Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus (Measures No. 2) Act 2020
    to extend the temporary mechanism which enables ministers to change arrangements for meeting information and documentary requirements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Oct 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    WILKIE, Andrew, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006
    to: require gambling companies to report to the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre if they have reason to suspect a person is paying for gambling services with money obtained illegally; and enable the Federal Court to make compensation orders where gambling companies have provided gambling services to a person who they suspect has paid for the gambling service using money obtained illegally. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Oct 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    HAINES, Helen, MP 
    Summary
    The bill: establishes the Australian Federal Integrity Commission as an independent public sector anti-corruption commission for the Commonwealth; provides for the appointment, functions and powers of the Federal Integrity Commissioner, Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner, Whistleblower Protection Commissioner and Assistant Federal Integrity Commissioners; establishes the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Australian Federal Integrity Commission; establishes the Parliamentary Inspector of the Australian Federal Integrity Commission; and makes consequential amendments to the
    Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006
    ,
    Ombudsman Act 1976
    and
    Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Oct 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    HAINES, Helen, MP 
    Summary
    The bill: provides for statutory codes of conduct for the members of each house of parliament and their staff; creates a statutory basis for parliamentarians' registers of interests; establishes a Parliamentary Integrity Advisor to provide independent, confidential advice and guidance to parliamentarians and their staff in relation to the applicable codes of conduct; and establishes a Parliamentary Standards Commissioner to assist in the assessment, investigation and resolution of alleged breaches of the applicable codes of conduct. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    19 Oct 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    SHARKIE, Rebekha, MP 
    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
    09 Oct 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    SIEWERT, Sen Rachel 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus Act 2020
    and
    Social Security Act 1991
    to maintain the coronavirus supplement at the rate of $550 per fortnight for recipients of jobseeker payment, partner allowance, widow allowance, youth allowance, austudy, ABSTUDY Living Allowance, parenting payment, farm household allowance, and special benefit; and
    Social Security Act 1991
    to extend the coronavirus supplement to recipients of disability support pensions and age pensions who receive Commonwealth rent assistance. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    06 Oct 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    PATRICK, Sen Rex 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Judges' Pensions Act 1968
    to cease the payment of a retired judge's pension where they have engaged in serious misconduct while serving as a judge. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    06 Oct 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    STEELE-JOHN, Sen Jordon 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Royal Commissions Act 1902
    to apply the limits on the use and disclosure of information given to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of People with Disability (the commission) in private session, and the restrictions on the ability of such private session information to be used in evidence against the person who gave the information, to information given to the commission for purposes other than in a private session, where the commission has indicated the information is to be treated as confidential and has treated it as such; and
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    to make a consequential amendment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Sep 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to provide for a State or Territory Supreme Court to make an extended supervision order (ESO) as an alternative to a continuing detention order, which may impose conditions on high risk terrorist offenders;
    National Security Information (Criminal and Civil Proceedings) Act 2004
    to provide for the availability of court-only evidence in ESO proceedings;
    Crimes Act 1914
    ,
    Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979
    and
    Surveillance Devices Act 2004
    to extend the application of the existing control order monitoring warrant provisions to the monitoring of ESOs;
    Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979
    and
    Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977
    to make consequential amendments; and
    Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979
    to make amendments contingent on the commencement of the
    Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (International Production Orders) Act 2020

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Sep 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    O'NEILL, Sen Deborah 
    Summary
    Amends the: Competition and Consumer (Industry Codes—Franchising) Regulation 2014 to: enable the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman to appoint a mediation and franchising adviser to assist in resolving franchising disputes where mediation has failed, or where both parties agree to arbitration; and give the ombudsman the power to assist with multi-party mediation and arbitration in franchising disputes where multiple parties have identical issues that require resolution;
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to increase the civil penalties provisions for breaching the Franchising Code of Conduct; and
    Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Act 2015
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Sep 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993
    to increase the maximum number of allowable members from four to six in self managed superannuation funds and small APRA funds; and
    Corporations Act 2001
    ,
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    ,
    Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993
    and
    Superannuation (Unclaimed Money and Lost Members) Act 1999
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    31 Aug 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    KATTER, Bob, Jnr, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to: prohibit the supply in trade or commerce of objects that that include an Indigenous cultural expression, unless it is made in accordance with an arrangement with the relevant Indigenous artist and community, and the object is made in Australia; and creates an offence for the supply of objects that include an Indigenous cultural expression without an arrangement with the relevant Indigenous community and artist. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Aug 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Industry, Science, Energy and Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Clean Energy Finance Corporation Act 2012
    to establish the $1 billion Grid Reliability Fund to support investments in new energy generation, storage and transmission infrastructure, including eligible projects shortlisted under the Underwriting New Generation Investments program. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Aug 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Environment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    to: provide that, where an approval bilateral agreement declares that an action in a class of actions does not require approval, the action may not be referred to the minister for assessment and approval under Part 7 of the Act; enable the minister to complete an assessment and approval of an action where a bilateral agreement with a state or territory is suspended or cancelled, or an approval bilateral agreement otherwise ceases to apply to a particular action; remove the current prohibition on approval bilateral agreements applying to an action that has, will have or is likely to have a significant impact on water resources (the water trigger); allow the minister to accredit a broader range of state and territory approval processes for the purposes of approval bilateral agreements; enable the states and territories to make minor changes to environmental assessment processes without the need for the amendment of a bilateral agreement or the re-accreditation of a management arrangement or authorisation process; and make technical amendments in relation to the making and operation of bilateral agreements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Aug 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Introduced with the National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention Bill 2020, the bill amends the:
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    to exclude the National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide, and the Attorney-General's Department to the extent they hold documents related to the performance and exercise of functions or powers of the Commissioner, from the application of the Act; and
    Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986
    to allow the commissioner to be prescribed under the regulations to enable the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security to voluntarily disclose information to the commissioner. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Aug 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Introduced with the National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2020, the bill establishes the National Commissioner for Defence and Veterans Suicide Prevention, as an independent statutory office holder, to examine defence and veteran deaths by suicide through a broad range of functions and powers, in order to support the prevention of future deaths by suicide. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Aug 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    GRIFF, Sen Stirling 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Interactive Gambling Act 2001
    to: prevent interactive gambling service providers from accepting payments by credit card (either directly or indirectly); create a criminal offence and civil penalty provision for a person who accepts, facilitates or promotes credit card payments for interactive gambling services; and provide for the Australian Communications and Media Authority to enforce and review the new requirements. 

    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, the 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
    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
    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
    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
    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; and 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
    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 Senate 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Migration Act 1958
    to: enable the minister to determine, by legislative instrument, prohibited things (including controlled drugs, prescription drugs not taken by the person to whom they are prescribed, mobile phones, SIM cards and internet-capable devices) 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
    13 May 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    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
    12 May 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    FARUQI, Sen Mehreen 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to: provide for 14 days paid COVID-19 leave for all workers, including part-time, casual and gig economy workers; and enable the Fair Work Commission to make COVID-19 leave orders to extend provisions in the Act to all workers, such as gig economy workers. 

    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
    27 Feb 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    ROBERTS, Sen Malcolm 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Banking Act 1959
    to: provide that the conversion and write-off provisions do not extend to the bail-in of deposit accounts; and provide that nothing in the Act or other Commonwealth legislation gives the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority the power to implement, authorise or direct the implementation of bail-in of deposit accounts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Feb 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    MCALLISTER, Sen Jenny 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986
    and
    Intelligence Services Act 2001
    to expand the oversight role of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS) and the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) to the Australian Federal Police, Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission and the Office of National Intelligence (ONI);
    Independent National Security Legislation Monitor Act 2010
    and
    Intelligence Services Act 2001
    to enable the PJCIS to request briefings and reports from the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor; and
    Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986
    and
    Office of National Intelligence Act 2018
    to require regular briefings to be given to the PJCIS by the IGIS and ONI. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Feb 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON-YOUNG, Sen Sarah 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    to introduce penalties for an individual or body corporate undertaking actions which involve mining operations, drilling exploration, land clearing or is specified in the regulations (emissions-intensive actions) if the action has, will have or is likely to have a significant impact on the environment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Feb 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Industry, Science, Energy and Resources 
    Summary
    Establishes a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility to permanently dispose of low level radioactive waste and temporarily store intermediate level radioactive waste by amending the
    National Radioactive Waste Management Act 2012
    to: specify the site selected and enable the acquisition of additional land for the facility; abolish the National Repository Capital Contribution Fund and establish a Community Fund to provide economic and social sustainability for the community in which the facility will be located; and provide clear and objective links between the operation of the Act and the relevant Constitutional heads of power. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Feb 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON, Sen Pauline 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority Act 2008
    to require the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority to ensure that school education provides a balanced presentation of opposing views on political, historical and scientific issues; and
    Australian Education Act 2013
    to make financial assistance to a state or territory conditional on the state or territory having certain laws in force. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    06 Feb 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Retirement Savings Accounts Act 1997
    ,
    Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993
    and
    Superannuation (Unclaimed Money and Lost Members) Act 1999
    to: facilitate the closure of eligible rollover funds by 30 June 2021; and enable the Commissioner of Taxation to reunite amounts he or she receives from eligible rollover funds with a member's active account; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    05 Feb 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    LAMBIE, Sen Jacqui 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to: extend the definition of reporting entities to include political entities, campaigners, associated entities and third parties; lower the political donation disclosure threshold from $14 000 to $2500; require disclosure by reporting entities and donors when the sum of the gifts and donations provided by the same donor to the same reporting entity is greater than the disclosure threshold; require disclosure by reporting entities within 7 days of a reportable gift being made, and require disclosure within 7 days of any subsequent gifts until the end of the reporting period; require reporting entities to lodge half-yearly returns with details of the nature and source of all reportable donations and other receipts; require reporting entities to hold an electoral expenditure account with an authorised deposit-taking institution, from which all electoral expenditure must be paid; increase the monitoring and investigatory powers of the Australian Electoral Commission; and provide for infringement notices and civil penalty provisions for reporting entities that fail to meet their disclosure obligations. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    05 Dec 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Establishes the Australian Business Growth Fund (ABGF) to: provide a source of 'patient capital' for small and medium enterprises; authorise investment by the Commonwealth in the ABGF; and appropriate $100 million for the purposes of the ABGF. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    05 Dec 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    STERLE, Sen Glenn 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012
    to require masters of certain vessels to conduct two headcounts of passengers, one at the start of a voyage and one at the end. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Dec 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    KENEALLY, Sen Kristina 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    to: clarify actions that designated communications providers must not be requested or required to do in technical assistance requests, technical assistance notices or technical capability notices; require the Australian Federal Police Commissioner not to approve technical assistance notices issued by the chief officer of state or territory interception agencies unless satisfied that the requirements of the notice are reasonable and proportionate, and compliance with the notice is practicable and technically feasible; remove the ability of the minister to edit and delete information in relevant reports prepared by the Commonwealth Ombudsman; and insert a judicial authorisation requirement in the approval or varying of technical assistance requests, technical assistance notices or technical capability notices. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Dec 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to: amend the offence of bribery of a foreign public official to extend the definition of foreign public official to include a candidate for office, remove the requirement that the foreign official must be influenced in the exercise of the official's duties, replace the requirement that a benefit and business advantage must be 'not legitimately due' with the concept of 'improperly influencing' a foreign public official, and extend the offence to cover bribery to obtain a personal advantage; and create a new offence of failure of a body corporate to prevent foreign bribery by an associate; the
    Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1983
    to implement a Commonwealth Deferred Prosecution Agreement scheme to enable the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions to invite a person that has engaged in serious corporate crime to negotiate an agreement to comply with a range of specified conditions; and five Acts to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Dec 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    GRIFF, Sen Stirling
    MCALLISTER, Sen Jenny 
    Summary
    Amends the
    National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009
    to: impose a cap on the total payments that can be made under a consumer lease (known as rent-to-buy schemes); require small amount credit contracts (SACCs) (known as payday loans) to have equal repayment and payment intervals; remove the ability for SACC providers to charge monthly fees in respect of the residual term of a loan where a consumer fully repays the loan early; prevent lessors and credit assistance providers from undertaking door-to-door selling of leases at residential homes; introduce anti-avoidance protections; and increase penalties. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Dec 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    GALLAGHER, Sen Katy 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013
    to require the Department of Finance to state in its annual report the number of waivers of debt granted and act of grace payments made, and the total dollar amount of debt waived and act of grace payments made. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Dec 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON, Sen Pauline 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to: require the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to determine a base minimum price for milk for each dairy season; require the minister to refer to the Productivity Commission for inquiry the effectiveness of determining a base price for milk and the potential effectiveness of a divestiture regime for the dairy industry; and establish a mandatory industry code for the food and grocery industry, including the dairy industry. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Nov 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    FARRELL, Sen Don 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to: lower the political donation disclosure threshold from $13 800 to $1000; and remove the indexation of the disclosure threshold. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Nov 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    FARRELL, Sen Don 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to require political parties and their associated entities, candidates, and Senate groups to provide a disclosure return to the Australian Electoral Commission of all political donations and gift received at or above the disclosure threshold of $14 000 within seven days of receiving the donation or gift. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Nov 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    SIEWERT, Sen Rachel 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Governor-General Act 1974
    to cease the payment of allowances to a former Governor-General, or a spouse of a former Governor-General, where they have engaged in serious misconduct. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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