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  • Date
    30 Nov 2022 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Export Control Act 2020
    to: provide for the use and disclosure of certain information, including protected information; enable the secretary to impose or vary conditions at the same time as approving a variation to an approved arrangement, accredited property, registered establishment or export licence; require fit and proper person assessments to take into consideration certain information received under the
    Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Act 1991
    ; and make minor technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Nov 2022 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986
    to: enhance the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security's (IGIS) oversight functions and powers; prevent the head or deputy head of an agency within the IGIS's jurisdiction, immediately after serving in that position, being appointed as the Inspector General; allow the IGIS to consider employment-related grievances for staff employed under the
    Office of National Intelligence Act 2018
    ; streamline reporting and information sharing procedures; and make technical amendments to clarify and modernise drafting expressions and remove redundant provisions; 14 Acts to make consequential amendments; and the
    Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986
    ,
    National Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2022
    and
    Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006
    to make amendments contingent on the commencement of the National Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2022. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Nov 2022 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013
    to: provide that 'personal work-related conduct' does not fall within the public interest disclosure (PID) scheme; amend the process for authorised officers' handling and allocation of disclosures, and principal officers' investigation of disclosures; expand the scope of protections for disclosers and availability of civil remedies for reprisal action taken against a person who has made, or may make, a PID; remove the general secrecy offence; clarify the roles of the Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman and the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security in receiving and investigating complaints about the handling of a disclosure by an agency; establish a procedure for handling disclosures where there is a machinery of government change; amend the definitions of 'agencies', 'public officials' and 'principal officers'; exclude grant recipients from the application of the Act; provide for a review of the Act five years after the commencement of the amendments in the bill; and make minor amendments; and
    National Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2022
    ,
    National Anti-Corruption Commission (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2022
    and
    Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013
    to make amendments contingent on the commencement of the National Anti-Corruption Commission legislation enacted in November 2022. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Nov 2022 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007
    to create safeguard mechanism credit units (SMCs) and provide for related registration, transfer and compliance arrangements consistent with the treatment of Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs);
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to provide that SMCs receive the same tax treatment as other specified units;
    Australian National Registry of Emissions Units Act 2011
    to: provide ownership and transfer arrangements for SMCs; require the publication of information about holdings and cancellations of SMCs; and provide for the making of legislative rules to increase transparency of information on unit holdings or allow for the voluntary surrender of units;
    Clean Energy (Consequential Amendments) Act 2011
    ,
    Clean Energy Regulator Act 2011
    and
    National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007
    to: provide that protected information includes all information held by the Clean Energy Regulator regardless of when it was obtained; and make consequential amendments; and
    Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011
    to: enable legislative rules to prevent the regulator from entering into carbon abatement contracts that reduce covered emissions of facilities covered by the safeguard mechanism; require the regulator to consider the safeguard mechanism when assessing the regulatory additionality of proposed offsets projects; and make a consequential amendment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Dec 2022 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Education 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to: allow the minister to make grants to support arrangements to increase industry-led study and postgraduate research, and to assist higher education providers to undertake research that progresses to a state of commercial readiness the development of technologies and services in sectors aligned with areas of national priority (the Australia's Economic Accelerator (AEA) program); establish a governance framework to support the delivery of the AEA program; and provide for the protection, disclosure and use of AEA program information. 

    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
    09 Feb 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Finance 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Dec 2022 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Finance 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Ministers of State Act 1952
    to require the Official Secretary to the Governor-General to publish a notifiable instrument on the Federal Register of Legislation to advise that the Governor-General has chosen, summoned and sworn an Executive Councillor to the Federal Executive Council, appointed an officer to administer a Department of State of the Commonwealth, directed a Minister of State to hold an office, or has revoked any of these positions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Dec 2022 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Finance 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984
    to: align postal voting procedures in referendums with equivalent procedures in federal elections; enable the early opening and sorting of pre-poll ordinary votes, and the extraction of declaration votes during preliminary scrutiny; align authorisation requirements with the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    ; establish a financial disclosure and foreign donation restrictions framework for referendum campaigning; prohibit foreign donations of $100 or more for referendum campaigning, and prohibit foreign campaigners from fundraising or directly incurring referendum expenditure in a financial year equal to or more than $1,000; enable the Electoral Commissioner to make modifications to certain aspects of a referendum during a declared emergency; and make technical amendments; and
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    and
    Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984
    to: extend the application of the designated elector framework to referendums; and make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Dec 2022 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Health and Aged Care 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Private Health Insurance Legislation Amendment (Medical Device and Human Tissue Product List and Cost Recovery) Bill 2022 and Private Health Insurance (Prostheses Application and Listing Fees) Amendment (Cost Recovery) Bill 2022, the bill amends the
    Private Health Insurance (National Joint Replacement Register Levy) Act 2009
    to: update references to the renamed Private Health Insurance (Medical Devices and Human Tissue Products) Rules; and amend an incorrect reference to a ministerial determination. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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