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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 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
    22 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    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
    25 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    National Broadband Network Companies Act 2011
    to require national broadband network corporations to provide emergency service organisations with access in certain circumstances to towers and associated sites and facilities; and
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    to enable the Minister for Communications to specify temporary towers as low-impact facilities in certain circumstances. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    05 Dec 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Nov 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Resources and Northern Australia 

    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
    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
    08 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Corporations Act 2001
    and
    National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009
    to allow regulations to provide for exemptions from the Australian Financial Services Licence and Australian Credit Licence requirements for the purposes of testing financial and credit products and services under certain conditions;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to amend the venture capital and early stage investor provisions to ensure that they operate as intended in relation to capital gains tax transactions, managed investment trusts and the early stage investor tax offset; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    to amend the definition of public trading trusts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends: taxation legislation to: enable the Commissioner of Taxation to issue directions to employers to pay unpaid superannuation guarantee and undertake superannuation guarantee education courses, and to disclose more information about superannuation guarantee non-compliance to affected employees; extend Single Touch Payroll reporting to all employers; require more regular reporting by superannuation funds; strengthen the commissioner’s ability to collect superannuation guarantee charge and pay as you go withholding liabilities; enable the pre-filling of an individual’s tax file number declaration and superannuation standard choice force form by the commissioner to the individual’s employer; and enable the sharing and verification of tax file numbers between the commissioner and Commonwealth agencies; the
    Superannuation Legislation Amendment (MySuper Core Provisions) Act 2012
    to clarify the commencement of certain provisions; the
    Tax Laws Amendment (Implementation of the Common Reporting Standard) Act 2016
    to ensure that financial institutions report information about financial accounts held by foreign tax residents as intended; the
    Fuel Tax Act 2006
    ,
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to make amendments consequential on regulations; five Acts to rewrite provisions in relation to offshore information notices from the
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    to the
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    and apply those provisions to all tax-related liabilities; 10 Acts to make miscellaneous amendments;
    Superannuation (Resolution of Complaints) Act 1993
    to enable the disclosure of certain information acquired in connection with a complaint made to the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to update the list of deductible gift recipients. 

    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

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