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  • Date
    21 Jun 2021 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    MCKIM, Sen Nick 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    21 Jun 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    KELLY, Craig, MP 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    21 Jun 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    WATTS, Tim, MP 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    21 Jun 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    KATTER, Bob, Jnr, MP 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Jun 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Health 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Jun 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management 
    Summary
    The bill: appropriates money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the purposes of making COVID-19 disaster payments in the 2021-22 financial year; and requires the Coordinator-General of the National Recovery and Resilience Agency (NRAA) to include information in the NRRA’s annual report that relates to COVID-19 disaster payments made in the 2021-22 financial year. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Jun 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Jun 2021 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    RICE, Sen Janet 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Jun 2021 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Sport 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Jun 2021 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Health and Aged Care 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Jun 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to extend the concessional tax treatment of payments received during the 2021-22 financial year by eligible businesses under eligible COVID-19 recovery grant programs administered by a state or territory government or authority; and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to enable tax information to be disclosed to Services Australia for the purposes of administering the COVID-19 disaster payment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Jun 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    National Disability Insurance Scheme 
    Summary
    Implements certain recommendations of the
    Independent review of the adequacy of the regulation of the supports and services provided to Ms Ann-Marie Smith, an NDIS participant, who died on 6 April 2020
    by amending the
    National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013
    to: expand the compliance and enforcement powers of the Commissioner of the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission; clarify provider registration provisions; and enable information sharing between the National Disability Insurance Agency and the commission and the disclosure of information to relevant state and territory bodies. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Jun 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Water and the Environment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Farm Household Support Act 2014
    to waive the repayment of certain classes of debts for farm household allowance (FHA) recipients arising from the business income reconciliation process for FHA payments between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2020. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 May 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Aged Care Act 1997
    to insert a definition of 'restrictive practice' and provide for the Quality of Care Principles to specify certain requirements in relation to the use of a restrictive practice; enable the secretary to conduct home care assurance reviews; and remove the requirement for the Minister for Aged Care to establish a committee known as the Aged Care Financing Authority; and
    Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Act 2018
    to expand the powers of the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner to include the ability to issue a written notice if an approved provider does not comply with their responsibilities and to apply for a civil penalty order against a provider if they do not comply with the written notice. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 May 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Education, Skills and Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to: create a single set of employment pathway plan requirement provisions, which will allow better use of technology, enabling job seekers more choice about how they enter into an employment pathway plan and meet the requirements of that plan; repeal certain redundant and outdated 'activity test' provisions; create a single set of criteria for exemptions from mutual obligation requirements; provide legislative authority for expenditure on employment programs; and repeal certain redundant provisions;
    Farm Household Support Act 2014
    to make consequential amendments;
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to amend the targeted compliance framework to provide that sanctions need not be imposed when recipients of participation payments have a valid reason for failing to meet their requirements or immediately re-engage;
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: allow payments or benefits from Commonwealth and state and territory employment programs to not be considered income for social security law purposes; provide that the declaration of an approved program of work for income support payment is by legislative instrument; consolidate certain provisions in relation to activities that do not give rise to employment under certain industrial relations legislation; clarify that those receiving youth allowance as a job seeker continue to be treated as such when undertaking study as part of their requirements; and make amendments contingent on the commencement of the
    Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Act 2018
    ; and
    Farm Household Support Act 2014
    ,
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to align the start day provisions for certain job seekers claiming jobseeker payment or youth allowance. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 May 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Industry, Science, Energy and Resources 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (Titles Administration and Other Measures) Bill 2021, the bill amends the
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Regulatory Levies) Act 2003
    to: ensure that if a person who is subject to a remedial direction submits an environment plan or a well operations management plan, that person is required to pay environment plan levy or well activity levy respectively; and provide for payment of safety case levies for safety cases that deal with activities carried out to comply with a remedial direction. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 May 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Industry, Science, Energy and Resources 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Regulatory Levies) Amendment Bill 2021, the bill amends the:
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006
    to: provide for oversight and scrutiny of transactions involving a change of control of a petroleum or greenhouse gas titleholder, through a merger or takeover; expand existing powers to 'call back' previous titleholders to decommission infrastructure and remediate the marine environment in the title area where the current or immediate former titleholder is unable to do so (known as 'trailing liability'); provide for specific decision-making criteria and expanded information-gathering powers; and make minor and technical amendments in relation to the operation of the Act, including enabling electronic lodgement of applications. Also repeals 23 obsolete Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 May 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986
    to provide employers with an exemption from fringe benefits tax if they provide training or education to a redundant, or soon to be redundant, employee for the purpose of assisting that employee to gain new employment;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to: extend the operation of the junior minerals exploration incentive for a further four years; and include a reporting requirement for mineral exploration companies where no exploration investment has occurred to enable unused exploration credits to be identified earlier and reallocated;
    Treasury Laws Amendment (Junior Minerals Exploration Incentive) Act 2018
    to make consequential amendments;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997
    to provide a capital gains tax exemption for granny flat arrangements where there is a formal written agreement in place;
    Corporations Act 2001
    and
    National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009
    to provide that the Australian Securities and Investment Commission is not prohibited from making a product intervention order that has conditions relating to fees, charges or other consideration payable by a retail client or consumer in relation to a financial or credit product;
    International Tax Agreements Act 1953
    to disregard days spent in Australia due to COVID-19 by New Zealand sportspersons on teams participating in cross-border competitions and their support staff in determining whether income derived from such competitions is taxable in Australia; and
    Treasury Laws Amendment (A Tax Plan for the COVID-19 Economic Recovery) Act 2020
    to retain the low and middle income tax offset for the 2021-22 financial year. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 May 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Resources, Water and Northern Australia 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Water Act 2007
    to: establish the role of an independent Inspector-General of Water Compliance to monitor, and provide independent oversight of, water compliance; provide for the Inspector-General's powers and functions; introduce new offence and civil penalty provisions for unlawful conduct relating to the taking of water and new civil penalties for conduct relating to trading of water rights; and make minor amendments. Also makes consequential amendments to the
    Basin Plan 2012

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 May 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    WILKIE, Andrew, MP 
    Summary
    The bill: establishes the Office of Animal Welfare as an independent statutory authority with responsibility for advising on the protection of animal welfare in Commonwealth regulated activities; provides for the functions, appointment and terms and conditions of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and for staff and consultants; establishes the Office of Animal Welfare Advisory Committee to advise the CEO; and provides for reporting requirements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 May 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    BANDT, Adam, MP 
    Summary
    Provides that fossil fuel companies are liable for climate change damage in proportion to their greenhouse gas emissions; and enables certain persons, including those impacted by climate change, to bring legal actions against major greenhouse gas emitters for damage caused by climate change. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 May 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Financial Regulator Assessment Authority (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2021, the bill: establishes the Financial Regulatory Assessment Authority to assess and report on the effectiveness and capability of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission; and prohibits the unauthorised use or disclosure of protected information provided to the Authority. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 May 2021 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    WATERS, Sen Larissa 
    Summary
    Amends the
    ]Snowy Hydro Corporatisation Act 1997
    to prohibit the Snowy Hydro Company and Snowy hydro-group companies from being involved in creating or investing in new fossil fuel-based electricity generation capacity. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 May 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Education, Skills and Employment 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Amendment (Cost Recovery) Bill 2021, the bill imposes a registered higher education provider charge to recover the costs of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency's monitoring and regulatory oversight activities. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 May 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Education, Skills and Employment 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (Charges) Bill 2021, the bill amends the
    Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011
    to enable the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency to collect and administer the registered higher education provider charge. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 May 2021 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    PATRICK, Sen Rex 
    Summary
    The bill: repeals the
    Biosecurity (Human Biosecurity Emergency) (Human Coronavirus with Pandemic Potential) (Emergency Requirements—High Risk Country Travel Pause) Determination 2021
    ; and amends the
    Biosecurity Act 2015
    to prevent the Minister for Health from making a determination or giving a direction that prevents or restricts an Australian citizen or permanent resident outside Australia from returning to Australia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Mar 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    to: reduce the expenditure required by subscription television broadcasting licensees on new eligible drama expenditure from 10 per cent to 5 per cent; provide for subscription television captioning rules to be made by legislative instrument; remove the requirement that all frequency channels allotted or reserved in a digital radio channel plan be within the same frequency band; provide that a regional commercial radio broadcasting licensee does not breach a licence condition if it is only as a result of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) making a new licence area population determination; and extend the timeframe for the ACMA to make grants under the Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund beyond 30 June 2021. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Mar 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Family Law Act 1975
    to: establish new federal family violence orders which, if breached, can be criminally enforced; and broaden the protections for Registrars of a Family Court of a State in conducting conferences; six Acts to make consequential amendments; and the
    Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2021
    to broaden the protections for the Chief Executive Officer, Senior Registrars and Registrars in the Federal Circuit and Family Court in conducting conferences. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Mar 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    ]Prohibition of Human Cloning for Reproduction Act 2002
    ,
    Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2002
    and
    Research Involving Human Embryos Regulations 2017
    to allow for the use of permitted mitochondrial donation techniques under a specified mitochondrial donation licence for the purposes of certain research and training, and in clinical settings; and
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    ,
    Prohibition of Human Cloning for Reproduction Act 2002
    ,
    Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2002
    ,
    Research Involving Human Embryos Regulations 2017
    and
    Therapeutic Goods (Excluded Goods) Determination 2018
    to make consequential and technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Mar 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    HAINES, Helen, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Charter of Budget Honesty Act 1998
    to require the Treasurer to release and table regular rural and regional Australia statements to provide information to allow assessment of the impact of government policy decisions on rural and regional Australia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Mar 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    WILKIE, Andrew, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    to: establish the Commonwealth Environment Protection Authority to exercise the routine administrative regulatory functions currently undertaken by the Commonwealth in relation to the Act and other Commonwealth legislation relating to the environment; and establish the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Environment and Energy; and
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    and
    Water Act 2007
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Mar 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    BANDT, Adam, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    ]Snowy Hydro Corporatisation Act 1997
    to prohibit the Snowy Hydro Company and Snowy hydro-group companies from being involved in creating or investing in new fossil fuel-based electricity generation capacity. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Mar 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Water and the Environment 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Act 1989
    to: implement Australia's obligations under the Basel Convention on the Control or Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal; apply the standard provisions of the
    Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014
    and insert new audit powers; update existing criminal offences and introduce new strict liability offences and civil penalties to cover non-compliance relating to the export, import and transit of hazardous waste; increase penalties for offences relating to the export, import and transit of hazardous waste and introduce new aggravated offences where the non-compliance results in injury or damage to human beings or the environment; authorise information sharing between Commonwealth, state and territory governments; introduce recordkeeping requirements and information gathering powers to protect, use and disclose information; and replace the Hazardous Waste Technical Group with a requirement to consult with persons with appropriate expertise; and
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    to make a consequential amendment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Mar 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Prime Minister 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Mutual Recognition Act 1992
    to: introduce a uniform scheme of automatic mutual recognition (AMR) by enabling an individual who is registered for an occupation in their home state to carry on those activities in other states and territories; enable a state minister to exempt a registration in their state from being subject to AMR for a renewable period of up to five years because of a significant risk to consumer protection, the environment, animal welfare or the health or safety of workers or the public; and enable a state minister to exempt a registration in their state for a temporary period of six months after commencement of the Act, with an option to extend for a further period to 30 June 2022 if needed. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Mar 2021 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the
    National Health Act 1953
    to: establish the statutory authority for the publication of information in relation to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee, including meeting agendas, meeting outcomes, public summary documents and information published on the Medicine Status Website; and provide for cost recovery arrangements, including specifying fees for services and costs incurred to be set out in a disallowable legislative instrument, replacing the existing regulations; and make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Mar 2021 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Royal Commissions Act 1902
    to: apply limitations on the use and disclosure of certain information provided by individuals to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability outside of a private session, where the commission indicated that it would be treated as confidential; enable certain members of a Royal Commission to make non-publication directions; and enable a Commonwealth Royal Commission, during the course of inquiring into a matter, to communicate information and evidence to a Royal Commission, or commission of inquiry, of a state or territory; and
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    to exempt certain information given to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability from the operation of the Act. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Mar 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to require a fund, authority or institution to be a registered charity or an Australian government agency, or be operated by a registered charity or an Australian government agency, to be entitled to a deductible gift recipient endorsement;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to remove the concessional tax treatment for offshore banking units (OBU); and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    to: remove the ability of the minister to issue determinations or declarations that a person or entity is an OBU; and remove the withholding tax exemption for OBUs for interest (including interesting consisting of gold) paid on or after 1 January 2024. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Mar 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    STEGGALL, Zali, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Sex Discrimination Act 1984
    to provide a general prohibition on sexual harassment, such that it will be unlawful for a person to sexually harass another person in any setting or circumstance. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Environment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    to: establish a framework for the making, varying, revoking and application of National Environmental Standards; and establish an Environment Assurance Commissioner to undertake monitoring or auditing of the operation of bilateral agreements with states and territories and Commonwealth processes for making and enforcing approval decisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Online Safety (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Bill 2021, the bill: retains and replicates certain provisions in the
    Enhancing Online Safety Act 2015
    , including the non-consensual sharing of intimate images scheme; specifies basic online safety expectations; establishes an online content scheme for the removal of certain material; creates a complaints-based removal notice scheme for cyber-abuse being perpetrated against an Australian adult; broadens the cyber-bullying scheme to capture harms occurring on services other than social media; reduces the timeframe for service providers to respond to a removal notice from the eSafety Commissioner; brings providers of app distribution services and internet search engine services into the remit of the new online content scheme; and establishes a power for the eSafety Commissioner to request or require internet service providers to disable access to material depicting, promoting, inciting or instructing in abhorrent violent conduct for time-limited periods in crisis situations. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Industrial Relations 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Work Health and Safety Act 2011
    to clarify the operation of the Act in relation to the Commonwealth's undertakings on Norfolk Island. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    HAINES, Helen, MP 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Australian Local Power Agency Bill 2021, the bill amends the
    Australian Renewable Energy Agency Act 2011
    ,
    Clean Energy Finance Corporation Act 2012
    and
    Clean Energy Regulator Act 2011
    to make amendments consequential on the establishment of the Australian Local Power Agency. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    HAINES, Helen, MP 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Australian Local Power Agency (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2021, the bill: establishes the Australian Local Power Agency (ALPA) to support the development of community energy projects in Australia, increase the competitiveness of renewable energy supplied by community energy projects and ensure that regional communities share in the benefits of renewable energy; provides for ALPA's functions and powers; establishes the Board of ALPA and provides for its functions, members, meetings and committees; and provides for the appointment of a Chief Executive Officer, staff and consultants. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    WILKIE, Andrew, MP 
    Summary
    The bill: establishes a legal framework governing immigration detention in Australia; provides alternatives to immigration detention; and prioritises non-citizens' immediate needs and refugee and international human rights law. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Water and the Environment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Biosecurity Act 2015
    to increase the civil and criminal penalty amounts for contraventions of certain key requirements relating to the assessment and management of biosecurity risks of goods that are brought or imported into Australian territory, and the carrying out of biosecurity activities in accordance with an approved arrangement. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Industry, Science and Technology 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Industry Research and Development Act 1986
    to rename Industry and Innovation Australia to Industry Innovation and Science Australia; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    ,
    Pooled Development Funds Act 1992
    ,
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    and
    Venture Capital Act 2002
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    BANDT, Adam, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Defence Act 1903
    to require parliamentary approval of overseas services by members of the Australian Defence Force. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    HILL, Julian, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Migration Act 1958
    to enable, until 31 December 2021, visas to be granted, regardless of whether the applicant is in Australia or outside Australia (due to restrictions on international travel in and out of Australia as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic). 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Feb 2021 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    WILKIE, Andrew, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007
    to: amend the reporting requirements of greenhouse gas emissions to include scope 3 emissions (which are indirect greenhouse gas emissions arising as a consequence of the activities of a facility); and require the minister to table Australia’s national greenhouse gas inventory estimates in Parliament every 3 months. 

    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
    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
    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 Senate 
    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
    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, until 31 December 2021, applicants for Subclass 309 (Partner (Provisional)) visas to be granted a visa while the applicant remains in Australia (due to restrictions on 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
    28 Oct 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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

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