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  • Date
    08 Feb 2023 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Women 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012
    to: require the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) to publish gender pay gap information of relevant employers for each reporting period; rename the current ‘minimum standards’ as ‘gender equality standards’; require relevant employers to provide executive summary and industry benchmark reports to all members of their governing body; include 'sexual harassment', 'harassment on the ground of sex' or 'discrimination' as gender equality indicators; change the title of the ‘Director’ of the WGEA to 'Chief Executive Officer'; and make a technical amendment to the definition of 'reporting period'. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Dec 2022 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Employment and Workplace Relations 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Work Health and Safety Act 2011
    to: include negligence as a fault element in relation to a category one offence; clarify that a work group is negotiated with workers who are proposed to form the work group; amend the obligation to train health and safety representatives to provide that representatives are entitled to choose a course of training; amend the process for the issuing and services of notices under the Act; enable an inspector, within 30 days of entering a workplace, to issue certain written notices relating to the reason for entry; specify that Comcare is able to share information with certain other persons for the purpose of performing functions under relevant laws; extend from 12 to 18 months the deadline for a person to make a request to the regulator to bring a prosecution for a category one or two offence; prohibit a person from entering into a contract of insurance to provide coverage over liability for monetary penalties imposed under the Act, and create a related offence; and
    Safe Work Australia Act 2008
    to specify that Safe Work Australia may be provided with information necessary to its data and evidence functions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 Mar 2022 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    THORPE, Sen Lidia 
    Summary
    The bill: establishes a framework for the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the Commonwealth Government; and makes a consequential amendment to the
    Productivity Commission Act 1998

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Nov 2022 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Corporations Act 2001
    to: enable all documents under the Act to be signed electronically and for certain documents to be sent in either hard copy or electronic form; and provide that companies are not required to send documents to a member where contact details are known to be incorrect;
    Australian Prudential Regulation Authority Act 1998
    ,
    Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001
    ,
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    ,
    National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009
    and
    Tax Agent Services Act 2009
    to enable certain regulatory bodies to hold virtual hearings and examinations;
    Corporations Act 2001
    ,
    Excise Act 1901
    and
    Small Superannuation Accounts Act 1995
    to allow electronic payments to be used; 11 Acts to require notices in newspapers to be published in an accessible and reasonably prominent manner;
    Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001
    ,
    Corporations Act 2001
    ,
    ASIC Supervisory Cost Recovery Levy Act 2017
    and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to: remove erroneous references and redundant definitions; apply consistent headings to definitions sections; and make minor technical amendments;
    Corporations Act 2001
    ,
    National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009
    and
    National Consumer Credit Protection (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Act 2009
    to move five legislative instruments into primary law; and 15 Acts to make minor technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Feb 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Nov 2022 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    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
    23 Nov 2022 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to: provide for a 30% refundable tax offset in relation to the development of digital games in Australia; and update the list of deductible gift recipients;
    A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999
    ,
    A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Regulations 2019
    and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to clarify that certain digital currencies continue to be excluded from the income tax treatment of foreign currency;
    Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986
    to enable the commissioner to determine alternative records which may be kept and retained by employers for fringe benefit tax record keeping purposes;
    Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997
    to provide for temporary measures allowing certain small businesses to access 20% bonus deductions for eligible expenditure incurred on external training for employees, and expenses and depreciating assets for the purpose of digitising operations;
    Corporations Act 2001
    ,
    Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001
    and
    Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993
    to extend existing reporting and auditing requirements to registerable superannuation entities;
    Clean Energy Finance Corporation Act 2012
    to: amend the definition of 'responsible ministers' and specify that the minister administering the Act is also the nominated minister unless determined otherwise in writing; credit the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) Special Account with $11.5 billion after commencement of the amendments; and enable additional amounts to be credited to the CEFC Special Account through additional appropriations of the Parliament; and
    Income Tax Assessment (1997 Act) Regulations 2021
    ,
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997
    to: amend the definition of 'superannuation income stream'; provide a non-refundable tax offset for certain members of the Military Superannuation Benefits Scheme and Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits Scheme; and specify eligibility criteria and a framework for a veterans’ superannuation (invalidity pension) tax offset. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Dec 2022 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Health and Aged Care 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Therapeutic Goods Act 1989
    to: require mandatory reporting of adverse events involving medical devices; provide a marketing approval pathway for biologicals that are for export only; remove merits review rights for a decision by the secretary to require a person to provide information or documents under the Act; enable the secretary to extend the period for a person to pay the amount stated in an infringement notice, and require a person to provide information or documents that are relevant to a contravention of the Act; extend the period for which seized goods can be held; provide that therapeutic goods advertising is excluded from advertising restrictions for certain health professionals or to persons purchasing goods on behalf of governments, registered charities or health facilities; enable the secretary to withdraw approval for the use of a restricted representation in an advertisement about therapeutic goods; enable the secretary to approve the importation or supply of substitute overseas prescription medicine that has been previously approved within Australia; provide that the secretary is not required to observe any requirements of the natural justice hearing rule when releasing therapeutic goods information; provide that sponsors of reportable medicines that are in shortage must provide updated information to the secretary; and make technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    10 Nov 2022 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    to: enable carriers and carriage service providers to use and disclose information for purposes connected to the prevention of a serious threat to the life or health of a person; authorise the use and disclosure of unlisted numbers and associated addresses for the purposes of dealing with matters raised by a call to an emergency service number; confer civil immunities on telecommunications companies for the provision of reasonably necessary assistance to the Commonwealth, states or territories where a national emergency declaration is in force; and require more detailed records of information to be recorded for authorised disclosures; and
    Telstra Corporation and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2021
    and
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    to make minor technical amendments. 

    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

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