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A bill is a proposal for a law or a change to an existing law. A bill becomes law (an Act) when agreed to in identical form by both houses of Parliament and assented to by the Governor-General.

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  • Date
    26 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    MCGOWAN, Cathy, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to: require the minister to develop a National Regional Higher Education Strategy; and revise the strategy every four years. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    27 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    RICE, Sen Janet 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Air Services Act 1995
    to: provide that the functions of Airservices Australia (AA) include undertaking activities to protect the human and natural environment, community amenity and residential areas from the effects of the operation and use of aircraft, and associated effects; introduce new consultation arrangements for AA and persons affected by aircraft noise; require AA to consider the need to minimise the impact of aircraft operations on the human and natural environment, community amenity and residential areas when preparing corporate plans; expand the AA board by up to two members and require that it include an expert in environmental management and a representative of a community group affected by aircraft noise; and provide for the creation and operations of the Aircraft Noise Ombudsman and related reporting arrangements; and
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
    to require the minister to appoint an independent Community Aviation Advocate to represent communities affected by aircraft noise. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills to increase maximum excess levels for private hospital cover, the bill amends the
    A New Tax System (Medicare Levy Surcharge—Fringe Benefits) Act 1999
    to: give effect to new maximum voluntary excess levels that are permitted for a complying health insurance policy to exempt the holder from the Medicare Levy Surcharge; and remove the grandfathering provisions that provided Medicare levy surcharge exemptions for certain policies that pre-date the commencement of the
    Private Health Insurance Act 2007

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Indigenous Affairs 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills in relation to the establishment of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land and Sea Future Fund, the bill amends the:
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005
    to: give the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) functions in relation to water-related rights; require the ILC to prepare a National Indigenous Land and Sea Strategy and regional indigenous land and sea strategies; align rules for dealings in water-related rights granted by the ILC, or acquired with ILC assistance, with rules for dealings in land granted by, or acquired with, ILC assistance; and include experience in water management as a qualifying criteria for membership of the ILC Board; and
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005
    and
    Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973
    to rename the ILC as the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Indigenous Affairs 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills in relation to the establishment of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land and Sea Future Fund (ATSILSFF), the bill amends: the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005 to close the Land Account; five Acts to make consequential amendments to support the operation of the ATSILSFF on commencement; and the proposed
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land and Sea Future Fund Act 2018
    to make amendments contingent on the repeal of the
    Nation-building Funds Act 2008
    and enactment of the proposed
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Amendment (Indigenous Land Corporation) Act 2018
    . Also provides for transitional arrangements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Indigenous Affairs 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills in relation to the establishment of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land and Sea Future Fund (ATSILSFF), the bill provides for the establishment of the ATSILSFF as a dedicated financial asset fund for the making of annual and discretionary payments to the Indigenous Land Corporation. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Act 1987
    to implement certain recommendations of the Independent Review of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) by: replacing the representative-based structure of the AIHW board with a skills-based board comprised of members from a range of different fields; providing for board members to be appointed by the minister rather than the Governor-General; providing for members to be appointed for terms of up to five years; specifying employment conditions and administrative arrangements in relation to the membership and operation of the board; and making transitional arrangements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Biosecurity Act 2015
    to: introduce new information-gathering arrangements in relation to monitoring, controlling and responding to biosecurity risks within Australia; clarify the definitions of ‘commercial-in-confidence information’ and ‘human remains’; clarify that protected information may be disclosed by Australia’s National Focal Point to other member states of the World Health Organization under the International Health Regulations (2005); and make technical amendments. Also repeals the
    Quarantine (Validation of Fees) Act 1985

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Law Enforcement and Cybersecurity 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Customs Act 1901
    to: create two new offences in respect of imported illicit tobacco based on recklessness; and allow Customs officers to investigate certain new illicit tobacco offences that are proposed to be contained in the
    Taxation Administration Act 1953

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Student Loans (Overseas Debtors Repayment Levy) Amendment Bill 2018, the bill amends the:
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    and
    VET Student Loans Act 2016
    to separate VET student loan debts from other forms of Higher Education Loan Program debts and establish VET student loans as a separate income contingent loan; and
    VET Student Loans Act 2016
    to allow the courses and loan caps determinations made by the minister to incorporate, by reference, any matter contained in an instrument or other writing as in force from time to time. Also makes consequential and contingent amendments to 10 Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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