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  • Date
    24 May 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • 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
    01 Jun 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Mar 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Proposes an alteration to the Constitution to recognise First Peoples of Australia by establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to make representations to the Parliament and the Executive Government of the Commonwealth on matters relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 Mar 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006
    to: clarify the application of civil penalties to ongoing failure to enrol with the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) before providing a designated service; allow automated decision-making for certain decisions; and reinstate protections on the use and disclosure of sensitive AUSTRAC information in connection with courts and tribunal proceedings;
    Australian Crime Commission Act 2002
    to relocate a penalty for non compliance with the provision to which it relates;
    Crimes Act 1914
    to: replace references to ‘judicial officer’ with ‘bail authority’; and make minor amendments to rectify incorrect referencing;
    Criminology Research Act 1971
    to provide that the appointment of the Commonwealth representative to the Criminology Research Advisory Council can be made by designation of a position;
    Foreign Evidence Act 1994
    to make technical amendments relating to the use of foreign material in Australian proceedings;
    International Transfer of Prisoners Act 1997
    to: provide that the Attorney-General may refuse consent to a request or application for transfer to or from Australia at an earlier stage in the process; and make minor technical amendments;
    Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1987
    to expand the existing mandatory ground of refusal regarding torture;
    Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979
    to expand the matters on which jurisdictional public interest monitors can make submissions; and
    Witness Protection Act 1994
    to: ensure that past participants of Australian Federal Police (AFP) witness protection programs are covered by the Act; enable participants to be temporarily suspended from the National Witness Protection Program where the AFP is unable to provide them with protection or assistance; and make minor and technical amendments. Also amends five Acts to update references to the South Australian Independent Commission Against Corruption. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 Mar 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Family Law Amendment Bill 2023, the bill gives effect to the National Strategic Framework for Information Sharing between the Family Law and Family Violence and Child Protection Systems by amending the
    Family Law Act 1975
    to expand the information sharing framework for information relating to family violence, child abuse and neglect risks in parenting proceedings before the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia, and the Family Court of Western Australia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 Mar 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Family Law Amendment (Information Sharing) Bill 2023, the bill amends the:
    Family Law Act 1975
    to: amend the parenting order framework by refining the list of ‘best interests’ factors, removing the presumption of equal shared parental responsibility and related equal time and substantial and significant time provision, and clarifying the circumstances in which a court can vary an existing parenting order; redraft provisions relating to compliance with, and enforcement of, parenting orders; amend definitions relating to the concept of ‘family’ to be more inclusive of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and traditions; permit the appointment of independent children’s lawyers (ICLs) in matters brought under the Hague Convention and require ICLs to meet with a child and give them an opportunity to express a view; clarify restrictions on communicating identifiable information arising in family proceedings; and enable standards and requirements to be prescribed for professionals who prepare family reports;
    Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989
    and
    Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2021
    to make consequential amendments;
    Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2021
    to: allow registrars of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (FCFCOA) to be delegated the power to impose a make-up time parent order in contravention proceedings; bring forward the review of the Act by 2 years; and provide that a judge of the Family Court of Western Australia can be dually appointed as a judge of Division 1 of the FCFCOA; and
    Family Law Act 1975
    and
    Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2021
    to introduce ‘harmful proceedings orders’ and extend the ‘overarching purpose of family law practice and procedure’ and the accompanying duty to all proceedings instituted under the
    Family Law Act 1975

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 Mar 2023 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Acts Interpretation Act 1901
    ,
    Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979
    and
    Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979
    to prohibit the conferral of certain powers of the Attorney-General upon another minister;
    Law Officers Act 1964
    to remove the ability of the Attorney-General to delegate certain powers;
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to provide defences for four offences relating to tampering or interfering with telecommunications carrier facilities, unauthorised modification of data and unauthorised impairment of electronic communications;
    Intelligence Services Act 2001
    to: amend the membership of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security; and provide that the minister may direct the Australian Secret Intelligence Service to undertake activities of a specific or general nature, or by way of a class or classes;
    Crimes Act 1914
    to enable the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) to use, record and disclose spent convictions information;
    Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986
    and
    Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013
    to provide annual reporting requirements in relation to public interest disclosures received by, and complaints made to, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS);
    Ombudsman Act 1976
    to remove six intelligence agencies from the Commonwealth Ombudsman’s jurisdiction;
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    to remove the exemption for documents relating to the non-intelligence functions of the Australian Hydrographic Office;
    Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975
    and
    Archives Act 1983
    to require proceedings in relation to security records under the
    Archives Act 1983
    to be heard in the Security Division of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT); and
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    and
    Archives Act 1983
    to provide that the IGIS is obliged to provide evidence in proceedings only where the material in the proceedings relates to agencies the IGIS oversees. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Nov 2022 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    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 Senate 
    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

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