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  • 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 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Prime MInister 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Prime Minister 

    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 House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Industrial Relations 

    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
    Treasury 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Health 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 

    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
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Immunisation Register Act 2015
    to: require recognised vaccination providers to report certain information in relation to certain vaccinations administered both within and outside Australia; authorise the collection and use of Commonwealth assigned identifiers; introduce civil penalties should recognised vaccination providers not comply with the reporting requirements; create a power for the secretary to require recognised vaccination providers to produce information if they do not comply with the reporting requirements; and 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 House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Customs Tariff Act 1995
    to: provide for a free rate of customs duty for certain medical and hygiene products between 1 February 2020 and 31 December 2020; remove the $12 000 special customs duty on used and second-hand motor vehicles that are Peruvian originating goods or that are Trans-Pacific Partnership originating goods; separately identify specifically formulated caffeinated beverages, formulated supplementary sports foods and formulated supplementary foods; specifically identify vitamins and food supplements; provide that wheelie bins do not fall within the classification of vehicles; provide that plates, rods, angles, shapes, sections, tubes, pipes and the like requiring further modification prior to being used cannot be classified as parts; and repeal redundant provisions specifying phasing rates of customs duty under certain free trade agreements. 

    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 House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends six Acts to: provide national collecting institutions with broader investment powers in relation to donated revenue than those currently permitted by the
    Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013
    ; and make administrative amendments, including standardising delegation powers and the maximum length of service for governing body members, removing ministerial approval requirements in relation to routine financial transactions and assets disposals, and removing certain reporting requirements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    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
    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
    03 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    to: extend the existing prohibition on developers who are constitutional corporations from selling or leasing a building lot or building unit in a new development unless fibre-ready facilities are installed in proximity to the lot or unit to all types of developers, whether incorporated or unincorporated; clarify that a fibre-ready facility must be technically capable of being used in connection with an optical fibre line; and make a technical correction. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Aged Care Act 1997
    and
    Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Act 2018
    to: implement a Serious Incident Response Scheme for residential aged care and flexible care delivered in a residential aged care setting; and expand the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner's powers to administer and enforce the requirements of the scheme and the responsibilities of approved providers and related offences; and
    Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Act 2018
    to make amendments contingent on the commencement of the
    Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2020

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Dec 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    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
    12 Nov 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Education, Skills and Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    and
    VET Student Loans Act 2016
    to: phase out the Commonwealth's obligation to pay VET FEE-HELP (VFH) to VET providers in respect of old student data, and prevent those providers from pursuing students for the amounts the Commonwealth does not pay; enable the Commonwealth to set off debts owed by providers to the Commonwealth under the VFH scheme against amounts of FEE-HELP assistance or VET student loans payable to the provider; and revoke the approval of remaining VET providers, while providing for the continuing operation of the
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    and relevant legislative instruments to enable the Commonwealth to deal with and resolve outstanding matters under the VFH scheme. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Nov 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Education, Skills and Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000
    to: enable refunds of registration charges in special circumstances; amend the definition of 'course'; and enable the minister responsible for international education to include and exempt certain courses from the requirements of the Act. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Nov 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Water and the Environment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Export Control Act 2020
    to: clarify the circumstances where a fit and proper person test is required for an application to vary a registration of an establishment, or to approve an alteration of an establishment; enable the rules to prescribe circumstances where the secretary may approve or refuse to approve a notice of intention to export prescribed goods; provide the secretary with the power to prescribe requirements in the rules for determining whether to issue or to refuse to issue an export permit; enable the rules to modify how certain provisions in the Act and the
    Administrative Appeals Tribunals Act 1975
    apply to reviewable decisions for tariff rate quotas; and enable the rules to apply matters contained in any instrument of a foreign country that sets out, or provides a method for calculating, the tariff rate quota for the importation of a kind of goods into that country. 

    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 House of Representatives 
    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
    21 Oct 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Aged Care Act 1997
    and
    Aged Care (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997
    to amend the arrangements relating to the payment of home care subsidy to approved providers by providing that the Commonwealth will retain, on behalf of home care recipients, any subsidy that may be in excess of the care and services provided, to be drawn down as care and services are provided in future; and
    A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999
    to ensure that the supply of home care remains GST-free. 

    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
    08 Oct 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Act 2018
    in relation to the operation of the National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse to: clarify how participating institutions that are associates of a responsible institution are to be determined and specified; clarify that where there is more than one funder of last resort, the defunct institution's share of the redress cost is to be divided equally between the government institutions; amend the approval and consultation process in relation to the engagement of an independent decision-maker by a national redress scheme operator; protect the names and symbols used in connection with the scheme; permit a payment to be made to a person who has been appointed by a court, tribunal or board to manage the financial affairs of a person entitled to redress; permit the operator to extend the timeframe for payment of a funding contribution by an institution; authorise the disclosure of certain protected information; and correct minor typographical errors. 

    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 Senate 
    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
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to update money laundering offences;
    Crimes Act 1914
    to clarify that certain obligations imposed on investigating officials do not apply to undercover operatives;
    Proceeds of Crimes Act 2002
    to: ensure that buy-back orders cannot be used by criminal suspects and their associates to buy back property forfeited to the Commonwealth or to delay court proceedings; clarify that courts may make orders confiscating the value of a debt, loss or liability that has been avoided, deferred or reduced through criminal offending; clarify that courts with proceeds jurisdiction are able to make orders in respect of property located overseas; increase penalties for non-compliance with information-gathering powers, and clarify and expand the circumstances in which information gathered can be disclosed and used; enable the Minister to makes grants from the Confiscated Assets Account (CAA) to the States and Territories for crime prevention and certain other measures; and provide that money (other than a penalty) paid to the Commonwealth under a foreign deferred prosecution agreement that represents benefits or property derived from unlawful criminal activity must be credited to the CAA; and
    COAG Reform Fund Act 2008
    and
    Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
    to expand the Official Trustee in Bankruptcy's powers in relation to property, information gathering and cost recovery. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Sep 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    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 gives 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
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Education, Skills and Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011
    to: implement the recommendations of the
    Review of the Higher Education Provider Category Standards
    ; implement an outstanding recommendation of the
    Review of the impact of the TEQSA Act on the higher education sector
    to refer to the Threshold Standards as a single unified framework; include reference to the new Australian Qualifications Framework qualification type ‘undergraduate certificate’ in the definition of ‘higher education award’; allow the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) to extend the period of a provider’s registration or course accreditation more than once; allow review by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal of a decision by TEQSA not to change the category in which a provider is registered; enable TEQSA to assume control of higher education student records from a registered higher education provider in the event the provider ceases operations; and protect the use of the word 'university' in Australian internet domain names; and
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to confirm that higher education providers can use Indigenous student assistance grants to assist prospective, as well as existing, Indigenous students. 

    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, 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
    BANDT, Adam, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to enable the Fair Work Commission to deal with disputes between employers and employees regarding the eligibility of an employee to receive the JobKeeper payment during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    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); the
    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 the
    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 Senate 
    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
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Bill 2019, the bill amends: the
    Family Law Act 1975
    and
    Federal Court of Australia Act 1976
    to make consequential amendments to align these Acts with the operation of the newly created Federal Circuit and Family Court (FCFC); the proposed
    Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2019
    to make an amendment consequential on the commencement of certain changes enacted by the
    Public Sector Superannuation Legislation Amendment Act 2018
    ; five Acts in relation to making rules of court; 132 Acts to make further consequential amendments; and various Acts to make amendments contingent on the commencement of nine Acts. Also provides for transitional arrangements in relation to the judges and personnel of the FCFC, court administration and appeals; and repeals the
    Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    05 Dec 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2019, the bill unifies the administrative structure of the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia to create the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia, comprised of Division 1 (which will be a continuation of the Family Court) and Division 2 (which will be a continuation of the Federal Circuit Court). 

    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
    05 Dec 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009
    to: establish a mandatory comprehensive credit reporting regime to apply from 1 April 2020; provide that a credit provider cannot refuse to provide further credit or reduce a customer's credit limit merely because financial hardship information exists; and provide for transitional arrangements; and
    Privacy Act 1988
    to: permit reporting of financial hardship information within the credit reporting system; require the Attorney-General to cause an independent review and report of the credit reporting system before 1 October 2023; and make a number of minor amendments relating to the administration of credit reporting. 

    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 House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Biosecurity Act 2015
    and
    Imported Food Control Act 1992
    to enable computerised decision-making for certain purposes. 

    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 the former Governor-General, where they have engaged in serious misconduct. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Nov 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    PATRICK, Sen Rex 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013
    and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to impose disclosure, consideration and reporting requirements on government agencies and Commonwealth entities entering into contracts with companies or providing grants to persons or companies that are, or have related entities, domiciled in prescribed tax havens. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Oct 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Aviation Transport Security Act 2004
    and
    Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Act 2003
    to: prevent the use of aviation and maritime transport or offshore facilities in connection with serious crime; establish a regulatory framework to implement harmonised eligibility criteria for the aviation security identification card (ASIC) and maritime security identification card (MSIC) schemes; clarify and align the legislative basis for undertaking security checking of ASIC and MSIC applicants and holders; provide for regulations to prescribe penalties for offences; and insert an additional severability provision to provide guidance to a court as to Parliament’s intention. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Oct 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    WATERS, Sen Larissa 
    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
    17 Oct 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Native Title Act 1993
    to: allow a native title claim or compensation group to impose conditions on the authority of its authorised applicant and require public notification of any such conditions; clarify the duties of the applicant to the claim group; allow the applicant to act by majority as the default position; allow the composition of the applicant to be changed without further authorisation in certain circumstances; allow the claim group to put in place succession-planning arrangements for individual members of the applicant; allow body corporate Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUAs) to cover areas where native title has been extinguished; remove the requirement for the Native Title Registrar to notify an area ILUA unless satisfied it meets the ILUA requirements; allow minor amendments to be made to an ILUA without a new registration process; specify that the removal of an ILUA from the register does not invalidate future acts subject to that ILUA; extend the circumstances in which historical extinguishment can be disregarded to areas of national, state or territory parks, and certain pastoral leases; allow a registered native title body corporate to bring a compensation application over an area where native title has been extinguished; require the registrar to create and maintain a public record of section 31 agreements; and make a number of technical amendments; and
    Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006
    (CATSI Act) to: require registered native title bodies corporate (RNTBC) constitutions to include dispute resolution pathways for persons who are or who claim to be common law holders, and provide for all the common law holders to be directly or indirectly represented in the RNTBC; limit the grounds for cancelling the membership of a member of a RNTBC to certain grounds; remove the discretion of directors of RNTBCs to refuse certain membership applications; specify that the registrar may place a RNTBC under special administration in certain circumstances; and ensure that proceedings in respect of a civil matter arising under the Act that relate to a RNTBC are to be instituted and determined exclusively in the Federal Court, unless transferred to another court with jurisdiction; confirm the validity of certain section 31 agreements; and provide that a person would be entitled to compensation if the bill effects the acquisition of property of a person other than on just terms (within the meaning of paragraph 51(xxxi) of the Constitution). 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Sep 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994
    in relation to: information to be taken into account by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) in determining applications; approval and registration for prescribed active constituents, chemical products or labels; limits on use of information; computerised decision-making by the APVMA; management of errors in an application at the preliminary assessment stage; variation of relevant particulars and conditions; variation of approval or registration during suspension; suspension or cancellation of approval or registration for provision of false or misleading information; notification and publication of voluntary recalls; obligations on holders and applicants to inform the APVMA of new information where it relates to the safety criteria; definition of ‘registered chemical product’; supply or registered chemical products with unapproved label; safety, efficacy, trade and labelling criteria; clarification that the ‘expiry date’ is the date after which a chemical product must not be used;
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Products (Collection of Levy) Act 1994
    and
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992
    to simplify reporting requirements for annual returns;
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992
    and
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994
    in relation to: the establishment of civil pecuniary penalties for providing false or misleading information; the Maximum Residue Limits Standard; and minor and technical amendments, including the removal of redundant provisions; and
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992
    to: remove the requirement for the APVMA to prepare an annual operational plan; and establish a governance board for the APVMA and cease the existing APVMA Advisory Board. Also repeals the
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment (Removing Re-approval and Re-registration) Act 2014

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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