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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
    20 Sep 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Treasury Laws Amendment (Black Economy Taskforce Measures No. 2) Bill 2018, the bill amends the
    Excise Tariff Act 1921
    to establish a framework to make excise duty on tobacco due and payable at the time of manufacture. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Sep 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to: provide for a student’s FEE-HELP balance to be re-credited where the student incurred the VET FEE-HELP debt as a result of inappropriate conduct by VET providers or their agents, including where that conduct occurred prior to 1 January 2016; enable the Commonwealth to recover from the VET provider an amount that is equivalent to the amount remitted, in limited circumstances; and make consequential amendments; and
    Ombudsman Act 1976
    to: provide for the VET Student Loans Ombudsman to make recommendations in relation to the re-crediting of FEE-HELP balances; and make a consequential amendment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Sep 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Treasury Laws Amendment (Making Sure Foreign Investors Pay Their Fair Share of Tax in Australia and Other Measures) Bill 2018 and Income Tax Rates Amendment (Sovereign Entities) Bill 2018, the bill amends the
    Income Tax (Managed Investment Trust Withholding Tax) Act 2008
    to make consequential amendments to specify that the managed investment trust (MIT) withholding rate on income attributable to non-concessional MIT income is 30 per cent. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Sep 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Treasury Laws Amendment (Making Sure Foreign Investors Pay Their Fair Share of Tax in Australia and Other Measures) Bill 2018 and Income Tax (Managed Investment Trust Withholding Tax) Amendment Bill 2018, the bill amends the
    Income Tax Rates Act 1986
    to specify that sovereign entities are liable to income tax on taxable income at a rate of 30 per cent. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Sep 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012
    and
    Navigation Act 2012
    to clarify that references to ‘regulations’ generally include Marine Orders made under the Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Sep 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    to: establish frameworks for voluntary and mandatory industry assistance to law enforcement and intelligence agencies in relation to encryption technologies via the issuing of technical assistance requests, technical assistance notices and technical capability notices; and make amendments contingent on the commencement of the
    Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2018
    ;
    Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977
    to provide that certain decisions under the new arrangements for industry assistance are not subject to judicial review;
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to ensure providers are not criminally responsible for particular telecommunications and computer offences for any acts or things done consistent with a technical assistance request, technical assistance notice or technical capability notice;
    Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979
    and four other Acts to: provide an additional power for Commonwealth, state and territory law enforcement agencies investigating certain federal offences to obtain covert computer access warrants under the
    Surveillance Devices Act 2004
    ; and provide additional powers for law enforcement agencies in relation to the use of existing computer access powers;
    International Criminal Court Act 2002
    and two other Acts to make amendments contingent on the commencement of the
    Crimes Legislation Amendment (International Crime Cooperation and Other Measures) Act 2018
    ;
    Crimes Act 1914
    to amend the search warrant framework to: allow law enforcement agencies to collect evidence from electronic devices under warrant remotely; increase penalties for not complying with orders from a judicial officer requiring assistance in accessing electronic devices where a warrant is in force; and increase the period during which an electronic device found while executing a warrant can be moved to another place for analysis from 14 days to 30 days;
    Customs Act 1901
    to: provide the Australian Border Force with a new power to request a search warrant to be issued in respect of a person for the purposes of seizing a computer or data storage device; increase penalties for not complying with orders from a judicial officer requiring assistance in accessing electronic devices where a warrant is in force; and increase the timeframe for the examination of electronic devices moved under a warrant from 72 hours to 30 days; and
    Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979
    to: provide that a person or body is not subject to civil liability where they voluntarily provide assistance to ASIO, or give information or produce a document to ASIO unsolicited, in certain circumstances; and enable ASIO to require a person with knowledge of a computer or a computer system to provide assistance that is reasonable and necessary to gain access to data on a device that is subject to an ASIO warrant. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Sep 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends: five Acts to make technical amendments to the income tax law in relation to attribution managed investment trusts (AMITs) and managed investment trust (MITs), including modifications to the AMIT primary and transitional rules, and MIT and AMIT capital gains tax and withholding tax rules; the
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to: update the list of specifically listed deductible gift recipients (DGRs) to include six new entities; and provide that entities that promote Indigenous languages may be endorsed as a DGR; and the
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to remove the exemption for conditional licensing or assignment of IP rights such as patents, registered designs, copyright or eligible circuit layout rights from prohibitions on restrictive trade practices. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Sep 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Excise Tariff Amendment (Collecting Tobacco Duties at Manufacture) Bill 2018, the bill amends the:
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to remove the income tax deduction for certain payments if the associated withholding obligations have not been complied with;
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to require entities providing road freight, IT or security, investigation or surveillance services that have an ABN to report to the ATO information about transactions in which other entities are engaged to undertake those services on their behalf; and
    Excise Act 1901
    and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to establish a framework to make excise duty on tobacco due and payable at the time of manufacture. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Sep 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Corporations Act 2001
    to introduce design and distribution obligations in relation to financial products;
    Corporations Act 2001
    and
    National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009
    to introduce a product intervention power for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission to prevent or respond to significant consumer detriment; and
    Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Sep 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Income Tax (Managed Investment Trust Withholding Tax) Amendment Bill 2018 and Income Tax Rates Amendment (Sovereign Entities) Bill 2018, the bill amends the:
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to limit access to tax concessions for foreign investors by increasing the managed investment trust (MIT) withholding rate on fund payments that are attributable to non-concessional MIT income (including MIT cross staple arrangement income) to 30 per cent;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to modify the thin capitalisation rules to prevent double gearing structures;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    to limit access to tax concessions for foreign investors by limiting the withholding tax exemption for superannuation funds for foreign residents; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to limit access to tax concessions for foreign investors by codifying and limiting the scope of the sovereign immunity tax exemption. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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