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

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  • Date
    04 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disaster and Emergency Management 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Water Act 2007
    to provide for a standing Indigenous member position on the Murray-Darling Basin Authority. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Aug 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Veterans' Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986
    to: extend eligibility for the partner service pension to former partners of veterans, regardless of marital status, for 12 months after separation from the veteran partner or indefinitely where specified circumstances exist (or until they enter into a new relationship); and reclassify service on submarine special operations between 1 January 1993 and 12 May 1997 as operational and qualifying service; and
    Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986
    and
    Defence Services Homes Act 1918
    to amend certain definitions to ensure consistency with changes to the definition of marriage. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993
    to prevent trustees from providing insurance on an opt out basis to members who are under 25 years old and begin to hold a new product on or after 1 October 2019, and to members who hold products with balances below $6000; and
    Superannuation (Unclaimed Money and Lost Members) Act 1999
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Aug 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Implements a recommendation of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry by amending the
    Corporations Act 2001
    to: remove grandfathering arrangements for conflicted remuneration and other banned remuneration from 1 January 2021; and enable regulations to provide for a scheme under which amounts that would otherwise have been paid as conflicted remuneration are rebated to affected customers. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Corporations Act 2001
    to: introduce new criminal offences and civil penalty provisions for company officers that fail to prevent the company from making creditor-defeating dispositions and other persons that facilitate a company making a creditor-defeating disposition; allow liquidators to apply for a court order in relation to a voidable creditor-defeating disposition; enable the Australian Securities and Investments Commission to make orders to recover, for the benefit of a company’s creditors, company property disposed of or benefits received under a voidable creditor-defeating disposition; and prevent directors from improperly backdating resignations or ceasing to be a director when this would leave a company with no directors; the
    A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999
    and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to enable the Commissioner of Taxation to collect estimates of anticipated goods and services tax (GST) liabilities and make company directors personally liable for their company's GST liabilities in certain circumstances; the Taxation Administration Act 1953 to authorise the commissioner to retain tax refunds where a taxpayer has failed to lodge a return or provide other information that may affect the amount of a refund; and five Acts to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    to: remove a tax deduction which arises upon repayment of principal under a concessional loan by certain privatised entities;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to: introduce a new additional basic condition in relation to partnerships for the small business capital gains tax concessions; and limit tax deductions for losses or outgoings incurred that relate to holding vacant land;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to extend to family trusts the anti-avoidance rules that apply to other closely held trusts that undertake circular trust distributions;
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to: allow taxation officers to disclose the business tax debt information of a taxpayer to credit reporting bureaus certain circumstances; and enable the Australian Taxation Office to develop and/or administer a framework or system for electronic invoicing; and
    Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992
    to ensure that an individual’s salary sacrifice contributions cannot be used to reduce an employer’s minimum superannuation guarantee contributions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992
    to enable certain employees with multiple employers to apply for an employer shortfall exemption certificate which prevents their employer from having a superannuation guarantee shortfall if they do not make contributions for a period;
    Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977
    to make consequential amendments;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to ensure that a superannuation entity's non-arm's length income includes income where expenditure in gaining or producing it was not an arm's length expense; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    ,
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    and
    Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997
    to ensure that, in certain circumstances involving limited recourse borrowing arrangements, the total value of a superannuation fund's assets is taken into account in working out individual members' total superannuation balances. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Corporations Act 2001
    and
    National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009
    to allow regulations to provide for exemptions from the Australian Financial Services Licence and Australian Credit Licence requirements for the purposes of testing financial and credit products and services under certain conditions;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to amend the venture capital and early stage investor provisions to ensure that they operate as intended in relation to capital gains tax transactions, managed investment trusts and the early stage investor tax offset; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    to amend the definition of public trading trusts. Also provides for an independent review of the operation of the exemptions from the Australian Financial Services Licence and Australian Credit Licence requirements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Jul 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Education 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011
    to implement certain recommendations of the
    Review of the impact of the TEQSA Act on the higher education sector
    by: removing references to specific categories of non-threshold standards; removing unnecessary references to 'the Research Minister' and requiring that advice on new standards need only be sought from that minister in certain circumstances; requiring TEQSA to advise the minister and the Higher Education Standards Panel (the panel) before it undertakes a quality review that could have certain impacts; providing that overseas universities can offer a course of study not wholly or mainly provided from Australian premises, and use the word 'university' to represent its operations, without committing an offence; providing that a quorum for TEQSA meetings is a majority of commissioners; expanding the skill set that the minister must ensure is encompassed by the panel members; expanding the functions of the panel; providing a consent-based exception to the offence of unauthorised disclosure or use of information; allowing TEQSA to disclose certain higher education and personal information to the minister, the secretary and relevant officers; and allowing TEQSA to disclose information for research purposes and to a complainant in relation to a complaint without the consent of the body to which the information applies. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Feb 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    GRIFF, Sen Stirling 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to require voice calls communicating an electoral matter to a person must identify the use of any actors at the beginning of the call;
    Do Not Call Register Act 2006
    to enable consumers who register on the Do Not Call Register to opt out of receiving phone calls from charities;
    Spam Act 2003
    to require political parties to provide an unsubscribe function for all unsolicited electronic communications containing political content; and
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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