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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
    07 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Fees Imposition Amendment (Vacancy Fees) Bill 2017, the bill amends the:
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to: provide that travel expenditure incurred in gaining or producing assessable income from residential premises is not deductible, and not recognised in the cost base of the property for capital gains tax purposes; and limit deductions for plant and equipment assets used for producing assessable income from residential premises to when the asset was first used for a taxable purpose;
    Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975
    to implement an annual vacancy fee on foreign owners of residential real estate where residential property is not occupied or genuinely available on the rental market for at least six months in a 12-month period; and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Further to the
    Treasury Laws Amendment (Enterprise Tax Plan) Act 2017
    , the bill amends the:
    Income Tax Rates Act 1986
    to: progressively extend the lower 27.5 per cent corporate tax rate to all corporate tax entities by the 2023-24 financial year; and further reduce the corporate tax rate in stages so that by the 2026 27 financial year, the corporate tax rate for all entities will be 25 per cent; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    ,
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    ,
    Treasury Laws Amendment (Combating Multinational Tax Avoidance) Act 2017
    and
    Treasury Laws Amendment (Enterprise Tax Plan) Act 2017
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999
    to ensure that supplies of digital currency receive equivalent goods and services tax treatment to supplies of money, particularly foreign currency; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to include the Centre For Entrepreneurial Research and Innovation on the list of deductible gift recipients. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    07 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the ASIC Supervisory Cost Recovery Levy Amendment Bill 2017, the bill amends the:
    Corporations Act 2001
    to: establish a new licensing regime requiring administrators of designated significant financial benchmarks to obtain a benchmark administrator licence from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC); enable ASIC to make rules imposing a regulatory framework for licensed benchmark administrators and related matters; and create offences and penalties for manipulation of financial benchmarks;
    Productivity Commission Act 1998
    to provide for the appointment of an additional commissioner to oversee the work of the Productivity Commission in relation to the evaluation of policies and programs that have an impact on Indigenous persons; and
    Corporations Act 2001
    and
    Treasury Laws Amendment (2016 Measures No. 1) Act 2017
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to: supplement the ‘same business test’ with a ‘similar business test’ for the purposes of working out whether a company’s tax losses and net capital losses from previous income years can be used as a tax deduction in a current income year; and make consequential amendments; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to provide taxpayers with the choice to self-assess the effective life of certain intangible depreciating assets they start to hold on or after 1 July 2016. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    31 Aug 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure and Regional Development 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Aviation Transport Security Act 2004
    and
    Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Act 2003
    to: prevent the use of aviation and maritime transport or offshore facilities in connection with serious or organised crime; establish a regulatory framework to implement harmonised eligibility criteria for the aviation security identification card (ASIC) and maritime security identification card (MSIC) schemes; clarify and align the legislative basis for undertaking security checking of ASIC and MSIC applicants and holders; provide for regulations to prescribe penalties for offences; and insert an additional severability provision to provide guidance to a court as to Parliament’s intention. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Therapeutic Goods (Charges) Amendment Bill 2017, the bill amends the
    Therapeutic Goods Act 1989
    to: introduce a new approval pathway for prescription medicines by creating a class of therapeutic good to be known as ‘provisionally registered goods’; allow the minister to specify, by legislative instrument, permitted indications for use with listed medicines; establish an additional pathway for intermediate risk medicines through a new application and assessment process for sponsors of listed complementary medicines seeking to use indications that fall outside the permitted indications list; strengthen monitoring powers in relation to biologicals; implement stronger compliance and enforcement powers and graduated penalties for non-compliant behaviours; remove the distinctions between advertisements for therapeutic goods for which an approval is, or is not, required; enable the secretary to utilise the work of comparable overseas regulators in the course of making assessments of medical devices; enable the secretary to publish information in relation to Australian conformity assessment bodies; align the secretary’s powers relating to conformity assessment certificates issued by Australian conformity assessment bodies and conformity assessment certificates issued by the secretary; clarify that the secretary has the power to refuse an application for including medicines, biologicals and medical devices in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods prior to evaluating the application if it does not meet the application requirements; and make minor amendments to achieve consistency of regulatory requirements between different types of therapeutic goods and make other minor changes; and
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2017 Measures No. 1) Bill 2017, the bill amends the
    Therapeutic Goods (Charges) Act 1989
    to: enable regulations to be made prescribing an annual charge for a conformity assessment body determination payable by the Australian corporation that is the subject of the determination; provide that the obligation for a conformity assessment body to pay an annual charge continues during a period in which the conformity assessment body determination is suspended; and ensure that the annual charges prescribed for provisionally registered goods also apply to provisionally registered goods entered in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Telecommunications (Regional Broadband Scheme) Charge Bill 2017, the bill amends the:
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    and
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    to: remove regulation of networks servicing small business customers; enable new superfast networks to operate on a functionally separated basis with the approval of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC); enable the ACCC to exempt small start-up networks from separation regulation; provide that all services supplied on networks that are wholesale-only or functionally separated will be subject to clear non-discrimination obligations; amend the enforcement regime, including conferring additional powers on the ACCC; and introduce a statutory infrastructure provider regime; Carrier Licence Conditions (Networks supplying Superfast Carriage Services to Residential Customers) Declaration 2014 and Legislation (Exemptions and Other Matters) Regulation 2015 in relation to sunsetting arrangements;
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    ,
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    and
    Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999
    to implement the administrative arrangements for the Regional Broadband Scheme; and
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    to extend the ‘designated day’ for the purposes of Telstra’s structural separation to 1 January 2020. Also repeals four declarations. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    SHARKIE, Rebekha, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    to enable the Australian Communications and Media Authority to determine an industry standard which requires that mobile base stations (mobile telephone towers) in high bushfire risk communities have at least 24 hours of standby power capability at all times. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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