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  • Date
    04 Mar 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    WATERS, Sen Larissa 
    Summary
    The bill: provides that Australian landholders have the right to refuse the undertaking of gas and coal mining activities by corporations on their land without prior written authorisation; sets out the requirements of a prior written authorisation; provides for relief which a court may grant a land owner when prior written authorisation is not provided; prohibits hydraulic fracturing for coal seam gas, shale gas and tight gas by corporations; and provides for civil penalties. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Aug 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON, Sen Pauline 
    Summary
    Establishes a legislative framework for a national plebiscite to be held in conjunction with the next general election that would ask Australians “Do you think the current rate of immigration to Australia is too high?”. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Feb 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    STEELE-JOHN, Sen Jordon 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    to: require national broadcasters, commercial television broadcasting licensees and subscription television licensees to provide a minimum number of hours of television audio description per week; and provide for the Australian Communications and Media Authority to enforce and review the new requirement. 

    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
    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
    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
    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
    16 Jun 2021 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    RICE, Sen Janet 
    Summary
    The bill: requires the Minister for Energy and Emission Reduction to table in each House of Parliament an annual statement outlining Australia's strategy on electric vehicles; and provides for the reference of matters to the Productivity Commission, including Australia’s support for the manufacture, purchase and use of electric vehicles. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Aug 2021 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON-YOUNG, Sen Sarah 
    Summary
    Requires the Treasurer to establish a Live Performance Federal Insurance Guarantee Fund to underwrite insurance for the live performance industry to enable future live performance events. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    31 Aug 2021 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON-YOUNG, Sen Sarah 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    to: establish the Commonwealth Environment Protection Authority (EPA) 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 undertake certain functions relating to communities; establish an Office of Monitoring, Compliance, Enforcement and Assurance within the EPA; 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
    01 Sep 2021 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    FARUQI, Sen Mehreen 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulations 1958
    and
    Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956
    to prohibit the export and import of greyhounds for racing, breeding and commercial purposes. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Feb 2022 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    ROBERTS, Sen Malcolm 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to require that labour hire workers covered by certain modern awards receive at least the same rate of pay as other employees performing the same work. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Jul 2022 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Prime Minister 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Customs Act 1901
    to remove a duplicate definition. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Aug 2022 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    SMITH, Sen Dean 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    and
    Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986
    to enable age pensioners and certain veterans' entitlement recipients to have their payment suspended for up to two years, instead of cancelled, if their income, which includes some income from the recipient's own employment, precludes payment; and provide for the same suspension period for partners of the age pension, disability support pension and certain veterans' entitlements recipients, where the partner is receiving a social security pension or certain veterans' entitlements;
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to make minor amendments to the existing suspension provisions for disability support pensioners; and
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986
    to: provide that working age pensioners, disability support pensioners and certain veterans' entitlements recipients, and their pensioner partners, can retain their pensioner concession card for up to two years after their payment ceases; and increase to $600 the amount of income age pensioners and certain veterans' entitlement recipients can earn each fortnight while still receiving maximum pension payments and provide for a review, and sunsetting, of these amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Aug 2022 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    WHISH-WILSON, Sen Peter 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006
    to: cancel Petroleum Exploration Permit 11, and Petroleum Exploration Permit/T/49P (King Island, Tasmania); prevent any petroleum exploration leases for the Otway Basin/12 Apostles being granted; and prohibit any further petroleum exploration in the three areas. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    05 Sep 2022 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON-YOUNG, Sen Sarah 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    to: require actions that would emit between 25,000 to 100,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent scope 1 emissions in any one year to be assessed for approval under Part 9 of the Act; require the minister, when approving any such action or when considering whether to enter into a conservation agreement, to consider Australia’s national carbon budget and greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets; require the minister to reject the approval of actions that would emit over 100,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent scope 1 emissions; require the Climate Change Authority to develop a national carbon budget to 2050 and to annually assess the budget; prohibit the minister, subject to certain exceptions, from using alternative approval processes for certain emissions intensive actions; and introduce penalties for undertaking certain emissions intensive actions without approval if the action has, will have or is likely to have a significant impact on the environment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    07 Sep 2022 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    LAMBIE, Sen Jacqui
    TYRRELL, Sen Tammy 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Parliamentary Privileges Act 1987
    to implement a recommendation of the interim report of the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide to allow a royal commission, whose terms of reference require an examination of government, to analyse and draw inferences or conclusions from evidence that is subject to parliamentary privilege. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Sep 2022 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    ALLMAN-PAYNE, Sen Penny 
    Summary
    Establishes the National Energy Transition Authority as a statutory authority to plan, coordinate and provide advice on the transition to renewable energy, focusing on the facilitation of new economic opportunities for workers and communities who are currently involved in fossil fuel production and associated industries. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Sep 2022 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    CANAVAN, Sen Matthew
    ANTIC, Sen Alex
    CADELL, Sen Ross
    COLBECK, Sen Richard
    FAWCETT, Sen David
    PRICE, Sen Jacinta Nampijinpa
    O'SULLIVAN, Sen Matt
    RENNICK, Sen Gerard
    VAN, Sen David 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Act 1998
    to remove the prohibition on the construction or operation of certain nuclear installations; and
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    to remove the prohibition on the Minister for Environment and Water declaring, approving or considering actions relating to the construction or operation of certain nuclear installations. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Nov 2022 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    STEELE-JOHN, Sen Jordon 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Customs Act 1901
    to prohibit the importation into Australia of goods that are produced in whole or in part by forced labour. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Nov 2022 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    WATERS, Sen Larissa 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to: prohibit political donations from the fossil fuel industry, property developers, the tobacco industry, the banking industry, liquor and gambling businesses, pharmaceutical companies and representative organisations for these industries; impose a cumulative limit on political donations from any source of $3,000 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
    29 Nov 2022 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON, Sen Pauline 
    Summary
    Prohibits discrimination based on a person's COVID-19 vaccination status by the Commonwealth, state and territory governments, statutory authorities, local governments, and private enterprises. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Nov 2022 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    FARUQI, Sen Mehreen 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    ,
    Social Security Act 1991
    ,
    Student Assistance Act 1973
    ,
    Trade Support Loans Act 2014
    and
    VET Student Loans Act 2016
    to remove indexation on certain education and training loans; and
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    ,
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Student Assistance Act 1973
    to: define 'median wage'; and raise the minimum repayment income and amend the percentage of income a person is liable to repay the Commonwealth for certain education and training loans. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Nov 2022 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    CANAVAN, Sen Matthew
    ANTIC, Sen Alex
    BABET, Sen Ralph 
    Summary
    The bill: clarifies that children born alive are persons; requires health practitioners to provide medical care, treatment and statistics on children born alive as a result of terminations; and provides that the mother of a child born alive is not liable to prosecution for an offence in respect of that child. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Nov 2022 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to establish action initiation reforms, enabling consumer data right (CDR) consumers to direct accredited persons to instruct on actions on their behalf, such as making a payment, opening and closing an account, switching providers and updating personal details, using the CDR framework. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    07 Feb 2023 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    NAMPIJINPA PRICE, Sen Jacinta 
    Summary
    Reinstates measures that previously applied under the
    Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Act 2012
    which were aimed at reducing alcohol-related harm to vulnerable communities in the Northern Territory. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    08 Feb 2023 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    ANTIC, Sen Alex 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to introduce three new offences relating to the incitement of trespass, property damage or theft and unlawful obstruction of traffic in central business districts and other centres of significant business or cultural activity in Australia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    08 Feb 2023 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    STEELE-JOHN, Sen Jordon 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    and
    Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984
    to: lower the minimum voting age in Australian federal elections and referenda from 18 to 16 years; provide for 16 and 17 year olds to be included in the certified list of voters (but not to be given a penalty notice if they do not vote); and provide that an eligible voter, who is not yet on the electoral roll or enrolled at their correct address, is able to cast a provisional vote on election day. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    08 Feb 2023 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    CANAVAN, Sen Matthew
    ANTIC, Sen Alex
    RENNICK, Sen Gerard 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to add COVID-19 vaccination status as an attribute protected from discrimination. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    06 Mar 2023 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    SHOEBRIDGE, Sen David 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Governor-General Act 1974
    to cease the payment of allowances to a former Governor-General, or a spouse of a former Governor-General, where they have engaged in serious misconduct. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Mar 2023 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON, Sen Pauline 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Therapeutic Goods (Poisons Standard—February 2023) Instrument 2023
    to amend the regulatory framework for medicinal cannabis by: re-scheduling medicinal cannabis, thereby allowing prescription by any medical practitioner; adopting a definition for cannabis as a regulated product that allows a higher level of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC); and allowing whole plant cannabis products with certain limits of THC and cannabidiol to be sold over the counter at a chemist or veterinary clinic to persons over 18 years of age. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Mar 2023 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    CASH, Sen Michaelia 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to prohibit a person from knowingly, and without reasonable excuse, displaying a Nazi symbol. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Mar 2023 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    POCOCK, Sen Barbara 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to: prevent employers from contacting employees outside of work hours; and provide that employees are not required to monitor, read or respond to work communications from their employer outside of work hours. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 Mar 2023 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    BRAGG, Sen Andrew 
    Summary
    Implements certain recommendations of the final report of the Senate Select Committee on Australia as a Technology and Financial Centre by: providing for a framework for digital asset exchanges, digital asset custody services and the issuing of stablecoins; requiring authorised deposit-taking institutions to comply with certain reporting requirements in relation to designated central bank digital currency; and providing for additional duties of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services in relation to the regulation of activities relating to digital assets and designated central bank digital currency. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Mar 2023 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    RICE, Sen Janet 
    Summary
    The bill: establishes the Antipoverty Commission as a statutory authority to provide independent advice on poverty in Australia, the causes of poverty in Australia, approaches to reducing poverty in Australia and minimum levels for social security payments; and establishes a Parliamentary Joint Committee on combatting poverty in Australia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 May 2023 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    FAWCETT, Sen David 
    Summary
    The bill: establishes the Defence Capability Assurance Agency as an statutory authority to conduct capability assurance of defence materiel programs and establish a qualified workforce to conduct test and evaluation and risk assessments for defence materiel programs; establishes the Inspector-General of Defence Capability Assurance to provide oversight of the Defence Department, the Defence Force and the Defence Capability Assurance Agency; and establishes the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Defence to provide oversight of the performance of the Defence Capability Assurance Agency and the Inspector-General and review and report on matters relating to the defence of Australia and defence agencies. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Jun 2023 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON-YOUNG, Sen Sarah 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Jun 2023 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HENDERSON, Sen Sarah 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    to ban gambling advertisements during the broadcast of live sporting events on television, radio and live streaming and for one hour before and after the event. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Jun 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Prime Minister and Cabinet 
    Summary
    Responding to certain recommendations of the Independent Review of the Australian Public Service (the Thodey Review), the bill amends the
    Public Service Act 1999
    to: include a new Australian Public Service (APS) Value of ‘Stewardship’; require the Secretaries Board to prepare an APS Purpose Statement; require agency heads to uphold and promote the APS Purpose Statement; provide that ministers must not direct agency heads on individual employment matters; require agency heads to put in place measures to enable decision-making to occur at the lowest appropriate classification; require regular capability reviews; require the Secretaries Board to request and publish regular long-term insights reports; require agencies to publish annual APS Employee Census results and respond to relevant findings through an action plan; and remove the requirement to seek the APS Commissioner’s consent to delegate powers and functions to Australian Defence Force members. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    19 Jun 2023 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    FARUQI, Sen Mehreen
    MCKIM, Sen Nick 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Federal Financial Relations Act 2009
    to: provide for additional designated housing agreements to include model tenancy standards; and create an instrument-making power allowing the minister to make additional payments to the states on the basis that the states agree to adopt the model tenancy standards, which would include implementing controls on rents and a ban on no-grounds eviction; and
    Reserve Bank Act 1959
    to: insert an object stating that, in relation to differences of opinion between the Reserve Bank and the Government on questions of policy, the Government is ultimately responsible for monetary and banking policy; and provide that orders made to determine monetary policy can include freezing interest rates for a specified period of time. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Jun 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to: extend the foreign bribery offence to include the bribery of candidates for public office and bribery conducted to obtain a personal advantage; remove the requirement that a benefit or business advantage be ‘not legitimately due’ and replace it with the concept of ‘improperly influencing’ a foreign public official; remove the requirement that the foreign public official be influenced in the exercise of their official duties; clarify that the foreign bribery offence does not require the prosecution to prove that the accused had a specific business, or business or personal advantage, in mind, and that the business, or business or personal advantage, can be obtained for someone else; and create an offence of failure of a body corporate to prevent foreign bribery by an associate; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to preserve the existing rule which prohibits a person from claiming as a deduction for a loss or outgoing a bribe to a foreign public official. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Jun 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986
    and
    Intelligence Services Act 2001
    to: expand the jurisdictions of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS) and the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) to include the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC), the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre, the Australian Federal Police and the Department of Home Affairs; provide that the PJCIS may review proposed counter-terrorism and national security legislation, and all such expiring legislation; enable the PJCIS to request the IGIS to conduct an inquiry into certain operational activities of the agencies within the IGIS’s jurisdiction; clarify the legislation which enables the PJCIS to request a briefing from the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor; clarify the IGIS’s complaints jurisdiction; and make technical amendments;
    Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986
    and
    Office of National Intelligence Act 2018
    to require the IGIS and the Office of National Intelligence to provide annual briefings to the PJCIS;
    Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement Act 2010
    to require the IGIS to provide annual briefings to the committee;
    Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975
    to amend the review and access of ACIC criminal intelligence assessment records; and
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to include an exemption from civil and criminal liability for defence officials and others for certain computer-related conduct. Also makes consequential amendments to 15 Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Jun 2023 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    SMITH, Sen Dean 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Migration Act 1958
    to: require persons entering Australia to respond to specified questions in relation to organ transplants outside Australia; provide for annual reporting requirements in relation to this information; and enable the minister to refuse to grant, or to cancel, a person’s visa if the minister reasonably suspects the person has been involved in conduct constituting an offence involving trafficking in human organs. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Jun 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Corporations Act 2001
    to require Australian public companies to disclose information about their subsidiaries in their annual financial reports by way of a ‘consolidated entity disclosure statement’; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    ,
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to amend the thin capitalisation rules to limit the amount of debt deductions that multinational entities can claim in an income year. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Aug 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Finance 
    Summary
    Introduced with the National Housing Supply and Affordability Council Bill 2023 [No. 2] and Treasury Laws Amendment (Housing Measures No. 1) Bill 2023 [No. 2], the bill establishes the Housing Australia Future Fund to make grants, and enable Housing Australia to make grants and loans, in relation to acute housing needs, social housing or affordable housing. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Aug 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Housing Australia Future Fund Bill 2023 [No. 2] and Treasury Laws Amendment (Housing Measures No. 1) Bill 2023 [No. 2], the bill establishes the National Housing Supply and Affordability Council as an independent advisory body to the Commonwealth Government on matters relating to housing supply and affordability. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Aug 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Housing Australia Future Fund Bill 2023 [No. 2] and National Housing Supply and Affordability Council Bill 2023 [No. 2], the bill amends: the
    National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation Act 2018
    to rename the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation to Housing Australia; the renamed
    Housing Australia Act 2018
    to: streamline the functions of Housing Australia; establish an annual review mechanism for the National Housing Infrastructure Facility; and extend the Commonwealth guarantee of the liabilities of Housing Australia to apply to contracts entered into until 30 June 2028; and 10 Acts to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Aug 2023 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    POCOCK, Sen David 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Climate Change Act 2022
    to: require decision-makers to consider the health and wellbeing of children in Australia when making significant decisions; and require decision-makers not to make significant decisions in relation to the exploration or extraction of coal, oil or natural gas if the decision poses a material risk of harm to the health and wellbeing of children in Australia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Aug 2023 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    POCOCK, Sen David 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Copyright Act 1968
    to remove restrictions limiting the Copyright Tribunal from: determining the amount payable to copyright owners, in respect of published sound recordings, to one per cent of the commercial broadcaster’s gross earnings; and determining the amount payable by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation from to copyright owners, in respect of published sound recordings, to an amount not exceeding 0.5 cents per head of the Australian population. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Aug 2023 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    BABET, Sen Ralph 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013
    to provide that indemnities cannot be granted to manufacturers of vaccines in relation to the use of a vaccine. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    07 Aug 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    CHANEY, Kate, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    in relation to: the disclosure threshold; disclosure and publication of donations; misleading or deceptive electoral or referendum matter; definition of gift; prohibited donors; government advertising; postal vote applications; independent campaign entities; and nomination of candidates;
    Privacy Act 1988
    to remove exemptions relating to data protection that apply to political parties and members of Parliament; Spam Act 2003 to remove exemptions relating to unsolicited electronic messages that apply to political parties; and
    Do Not Call Register Act 2006
    to provide that independent candidates are treated the same as registered political parties under the provisions of the Act. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    08 Aug 2023 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    COX, Sen Dorinda 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006
    in relation to prescribing consultation requirements with traditional owners, knowledge holders and other relevant persons when preparing environment plans;
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Environment) Regulations 2009
    in relation to: meaning of relevant person; and protection of cultural heritage; and
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Resource Management and Administration) Regulations 2011
    to make a consequential amendment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Aug 2023 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    SHOEBRIDGE, Sen David 
    Summary
    Establishes the Cannabis Australia National Agency as a statutory agency to register cannabis strains and regulate activities relating to cannabis including: growing and possessing cannabis plants; manufacturing and selling cannabis products; operating cannabis cafes; and importing and exporting cannabis products. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Sep 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    SHARKIE, Rebekha, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to: lower the political donation disclosure threshold from $16,300 to $1,000 and remove the indexation of the disclosure threshold; and expand the definition of ‘gift’ to include electoral expenditure and gift-in-kind to a political entity where the value is over $1,000 and include amounts paid to attend political fundraisers or functions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Sep 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    SHARKIE, Rebekha, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to: require political parties, state branches of political parties, significant third parties and candidates to provide a notice to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) of political donations received over the disclosure threshold amount of $13,800 within five business days of receiving the donation; and require annual returns to be provided to the AEC where political donations made by a single person exceeds the annual disclosure threshold amount. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Sep 2023 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    WATERS, Sen Larissa 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to prohibit political donations being made by corporations or close associates of the corporation in certain circumstances. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    05 Sep 2023 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON, Sen Pauline 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006
    to require petroleum production licensees to enter into a domestic reserve agreement with the Commonwealth. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Sep 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    HAINES, Helen, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation Act 2018
    to enable the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation to provide finance, grants or investments that support the provision of housing-enabling infrastructure, including for housing in regional, rural or remote Australia; and
    Housing Australia Act 2018
    to make contingent amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Sep 2023 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    SMITH, Sen Dean
    MCKENZIE, Sen Bridget 
    Summary
    The bill: amends the
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to require the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to continue its price monitoring of domestic air passenger transport services and related goods and services for 3 years; and repeals the
    Competition and Consumer (Price Monitoring—Domestic Air Passenger Transport) Direction 2020

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Sep 2023 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    RICE, Sen Janet 
    Summary
    The bill: repeals the
    Regional Forest Agreements Act 2002
    ; and amends the
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    to: make consequential amendments; and provide for annual statements from the minister and the Threatened Species Commissioner on the impact of native forest logging. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Sep 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997
    to: increase the instant asset write-off threshold from $1,000 to $20,000 for the 2023-24 financial year; and provide small and medium businesses with access to a bonus tax deduction for the 2023-24 financial year relating to electrification and more efficient energy use;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    ,
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    and
    A New Tax System (Australian Business Number) Act 1999
    to facilitate certain community charities achieving deductible gift recipient status;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to: include two new entities on the list of deductible gift recipients and extend the listing for two other entities; extend the Global Infrastructure Hub’s income tax exemption for an additional year; broadly align existing tax requirements with a new accounting standard for insurance contracts; and amend the rules for non-arm’s length expenses for superannuation entities;
    Corporations Act 2001
    to reinstate the Australian Financial Complaint Authority’s jurisdiction to hear certain complaints relating to superannuation; and
    Treasury Laws Amendment (2023 Law Improvement Package No. 1) Act 2023
    to make contingent amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Sep 2023 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    ALLMAN-PAYNE, Sen Penny 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Education Act 2013
    to: redefine the Commonwealth share of funding for a government school to 25%; and introduce an obligation on the minister to be satisfied when determining the Commonwealth share that it is consistent with the objective that every school-aged child in Australia has access to a fully-funded government school. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Sep 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Defence 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Defence Act 1903
    to establish a framework to regulate the work that certain former defence staff members (foreign work restricted individuals) can perform without a foreign work authorisation; and the training that Australian citizens and permanent residents, other than foreign restricted individuals, may provide without a foreign work authorisation. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Oct 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    WATSON-BROWN, Elizabeth, MP 
    Summary
    The bill: imposes a curfew and certain related restrictions on aircraft movements at Brisbane Airport; provides for the development of a long term operating plan for managing aircraft movements and airspace at Brisbane Airport; and provides for consultation procedures in certain circumstances. Also makes consequential amendments to the
    Airports Act 1996
    and
    National Emergency Declaration Act 2020

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Oct 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    SCAMPS, Sophie, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    to expand the circumstances in which certain petroleum mining developments must be assessed and approved by the minister. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Oct 2023 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    ANTIC, Sen Alex
    BABET, Sen Ralph
    ROBERTS, Sen Malcolm
    CANAVAN, Sen Matthew 
    Summary
    The bill: prohibits health practitioners from performing gender clinical interventions intended to transition a minor’s biological sex, subject to limited exemptions; and prohibits the Commonwealth from entering into arrangements involving the expenditure or payment of money that provides or facilitates the provision of such a procedure or treatment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Oct 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Prime Minister and Cabinet 
    Summary
    Amends 29 Acts to update certain references associated with the Crown to reflect the accession of a new Sovereign. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Oct 2023 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON-YOUNG, Sen Sarah 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    to expand the circumstances in which certain petroleum mining developments must be assessed and approved by the minister. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Oct 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Bill 2023, Primary Industries (Customs) Charges Bill 2023, Primary Industries (Services) Levies Bill 2023, Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Bill 2023 and Primary Industries Levies and Charges Disbursement Bill 2023 to establish a new framework for the agricultural levy system, the bill repeals 23 Acts; and makes consequential amendments to 13 Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Oct 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Bill 2023, Primary Industries (Services) Levies Bill 2023, Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Bill 2023, Primary Industries Levies and Charges Disbursement Bill 2023 and Primary Industries (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2023 to establish a new framework for the agricultural levy system, the bill enables the regulations to impose customs charges in relation to products that are produce of a primary industry and goods consumed by, or used in the maintenance or treatment of, animals, plants, fungi or algae. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Oct 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Primary Industries (Customs) Charges Bill 2023, Primary Industries (Services) Levies Bill 2023, Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Bill 2023, Primary Industries Levies and Charges Disbursement Bill 2023 and Primary Industries (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2023 to establish a new framework for the agricultural levy system, the bill enables the regulations to impose excise levies in relation to products that are produce of a primary industry, goods consumed by, or used in the maintenance or treatment of, animals, plants, fungi or algae and goods connected with nursery products. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Oct 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Bill 2023, Primary Industries (Customs) Charges Bill 2023, Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Bill 2023, Primary Industries Levies and Charges Disbursement Bill 2023 and Primary Industries (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2023 to establish a new framework for the agricultural levy system, the bill enables the regulations to impose levies on services that facilitate the production of products that are produce of a primary industry. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Oct 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Bill 2023, Primary Industries (Customs) Charges Bill 2023, Primary Industries (Services) Levies Bill 2023, Primary Industries Levies and Charges Disbursement Bill 2023 and Primary Industries (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2023 to establish a new framework for the agricultural levy system, the bill replaces the
    Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Act 1991
    by providing for the collection and administration of levies and charges under the agricultural levy system. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Oct 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Bill 2023, Primary Industries (Customs) Charges Bill 2023, Primary Industries (Services) Levies Bill 2023, Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Bill 2023 and Primary Industries (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2023 to establish a new framework for the agricultural levy system, the bill provides for payments to recipient bodies, Animal Health Australia and Plant Health Australia and for crediting to the National Residue Survey Special Account of amounts connected with various levies and charges imposed on behalf of Australia’s primary industries. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    19 Oct 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Paid Parental Leave Act 2010
    to: increase the maximum period of flexible paid parental leave by 2 weeks each year from 1 July 2024 to 26 weeks from 1 July 2026; increase the reserved period for partnered claimants by one week each year from 1 July 2025 to 4 weeks from 1 July 2026; increase the number of days that can be taken concurrently by multiple claimants to 4 weeks by 1 July 2025; and make minor and technical amendments relating to eligibility for parental leave pay in exceptional circumstances. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Nov 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    STEGGALL, Zali, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to prohibit misleading or deceptive electoral or referendum matter. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Nov 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    RYAN, Monique, MP 
    Summary
    Establishes a scheme in relation to dealings between lobbyists and Government representatives. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Nov 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001
    ,
    Corporations Act 2001
    ,
    Judiciary Act 1903
    ,
    National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009
    and
    Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993
    to confer jurisdiction on the Federal Court of Australia to hear and determine a range of summary and indictable offences relating to conduct within the remit of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission;
    Federal Court of Australia Act 1976
    to enable the Sheriff of the Federal Court to require a state or territory jury official to prepare and provide a jury panel;
    Marriage Act 1961
    to make technical amendments in relation to the Commonwealth Marriage Celebrants Program and the notice of intended marriage; and
    Family Law Act 1975
    ,
    Native Title Act 1993
    ,
    Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2021
    and
    Federal Court of Australia Act 1976
    to make minor and technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Nov 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
    to insert a modified ‘equal access’ cost protection provision in relation to federal unlawful discrimination court proceedings; and
    Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2021
    and
    Federal Court of Australia Act 1976
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Nov 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Act 2018
    to: amend existing processes and concepts relating to review of determinations, treatment of serious criminal convictions and applications by persons in gaol, and the disclosure of protected information; make technical amendments; and provide for the reassessment of determinations on certain finalised applications. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Nov 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Defence 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Australian Naval Nuclear Power Safety Bill 2023, the bill enables certain licences issued by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency to be treated as Australian naval nuclear power safety licences for the purposes of the
    Australian Naval Nuclear Power Safety Act 2023

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Nov 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Defence 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Australian Naval Nuclear Power Safety (Transitional Provisions) Bill 2023, the bill establishes a framework to regulate the nuclear safety aspects of Australia’s nuclear-powered submarine enterprise. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Nov 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Enshrines the objective of superannuation in legislation and requires a statement of compatibility to be included in the explanatory materials accompanying bills and regulations relating to superannuation. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Nov 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Tax Agent Services Act 2009
    and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    : to expand the operation of the promoter penalty provisions; and enable the sharing of certain protected information;
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to extend whistleblower protections to eligible whistleblowers who make disclosures to the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB); and reverse the burden of proof for certain claims of protection;
    Tax Agent Services Act 2009
    in relation to the TPB Register and the TPB’s delegation powers; and
    Petroleum Resource Rent Tax Assessment Act 1987
    to limit the proportion of petroleum resource rent tax assessable income that can be offset by deductions to 90 per cent. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Nov 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    TINK, Kylea, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Migration Act 1958
    to: prohibit the detention of minors; and introduce a 90-day limit on immigration detention which can only be extended in certain circumstances. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Nov 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    COLEMAN, David, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Online Safety Act 2021
    to require the minister to conduct a trial of age verification technologies. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 Nov 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Education 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Research Council Act 2001
    to: amend the object of the act in relation to the role and mission of the Australian Research Council (ARC); establish the Australian Research Council Board; amend the current funding arrangements; specify new requirements for the ARC annual report; and enable the minister to make transitional rules. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 Nov 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Prime Minister and Cabinet 
    Summary
    Amends the
    COAG Reform Fund Act 2008
    and 23 other Acts to update references to COAG and Ministerial Councils to reflect the cessation of the Council of Australian Governments and changes to intergovernmental architecture. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 Nov 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    and
    Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005
    to establish a framework to regulate the accessibility and prominence of free-to-air television services on certain internet connected television devices supplied in Australia; and
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    to expand the anti-siphoning scheme to include online services. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 Nov 2023 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    ROBERTS, Sen Malcolm 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Customs Act 1901
    to prohibit a person from importing goods involving child labour into Australia in certain circumstances where the importer has not complied with a notice in relation to the goods. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 Nov 2023 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    THORPE, Sen Lidia 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011
    to amend the definition of ‘human rights’ to include the rights and freedoms outlined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 Nov 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Partially implements the Government’s response to the review of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) by amending the
    Reserve Bank Act 1959
    to: remove the Government’s power to override monetary policy decisions of the RBA and remove the RBA’s power to determine the lending policy of banks; clarify the objectives and functions of the RBA; replace the existing Reserve Bank Board with a Monetary Policy Board and Governance Board; and make consequential and minor amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Nov 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Customs Tariff Act 1995
    to: provide that goods covered by the Agreement between the Government of Australia and the European Space Agency for a Co-operative Space Vehicle Tracking Program are eligible for a free rate of customs duty; extend for a further year the free rate of customs duty for certain goods that are the produce or manufacture of Ukraine; provide a free rate of customs duty for certain goods that are imported for use in connection with an international sporting event; and extend for a further 2 years the increase in customs duties for imported goods that are the produce or manufacture of Russia or Belarus. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Nov 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Defence 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Defence Trade Controls Act 2012
    to: regulate the supply of certain military or dual-use goods and technology on the Defence and Strategic Goods List (DSGL) from Australia to certain foreign persons both within and outside of Australia; regulate the provision of services in relation to DSGL Part 1 military goods or technology to foreign persons or entities; and remove the requirement to obtain a permit for supplies of certain DSGL goods and technology and the provision of certain DSGL services to the United Kingdom or the United States. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Nov 2023 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Finance 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Digital ID Bill 2023, the bill makes consequential amendments to 6 Acts; and provides for transitional arrangements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Nov 2023 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Finance 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Digital ID (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Bill 2023, the bill: establishes an accreditation scheme for entities providing digital ID services; expands the Australian Government Digital ID System; and provides for privacy safeguards and a range of governance arrangements, including establishing the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission as the Digital ID Regulator and expanding the role of the Information Commissioner to regulate privacy protections for digital IDs. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Nov 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Help to Buy Bill 2023, the bill amends the
    Housing Australia Act 2018
    to make amendments consequential on the establishment of the Help to Buy Scheme. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Nov 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Help to Buy (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2023, the bill establishes a Commonwealth shared equity program (Help to Buy Scheme) to be administered by Housing Australia that will assist low to middle income earners to purchase new or existing homes. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Nov 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Modern Slavery Act 2018
    to establish the Australian Anti-Slavery Commissioner as an independent statutory office holder within the Attorney-General’s portfolio to provide an independent mechanism for victims and survivors, business and civil society to engage on issues and strategies to address modern slavery. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Nov 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979
    in relation to: the framework for security assessments; and security vetting and security clearance related activities;
    Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979
    ,
    Intelligence Services Act 2001
    and 10 other Acts in relation to: the protection of the identities of Australian Secret Intelligence Service, Australian Signals Directorate and Australian Security Intelligence Organisation staff; and the protection of intelligence information and documents; and
    Intelligence Services Act 2001
    ,
    Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979
    and
    Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979
    in relation to authorisation processes for certain intelligence activities. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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