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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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TOTAL RESULTS: 190

  • Date
    11 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to: increase the maximum student contributions by 1.8 per cent for four years from 2018; adjust the Commonwealth contribution amounts from 2018 to 2021 to reflect the increased student contribution amounts; apply an efficiency dividend of 2.5 per cent per annum to grants under the Commonwealth Grant Scheme (CGS) in 2018 and 2019; extend the medical student loading to include veterinary science and dentistry units of study from 2018; expand the demand driven funding system to include approved sub-bachelor courses at public universities from 2018; require enabling course students to pay a student contribution amount for any units of study with census dates on or after 1 January 2018; allocate enabling courses on a cyclical basis through a three-year tender process from 2019; introduce performance-contingent funding under the CGS; reduce the Higher Education Loan Program minimum repayment income to $41 999 and replace the current repayment thresholds with new ones, including additional repayment thresholds and rates; index repayment thresholds to the consumer price index rather than average weekly earnings; restructure the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program to include new student loading for students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, annual performance funding and grants for a National Priorities Pool; and make minor and technical amendments;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to make consequential amendments; and
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    and
    VET Student Loans Act 2016
    to: extend access to student loans to most Australian permanent residents and most New Zealand citizens while removing their entitlement to a Commonwealth supported place from 1 January 2018; and preserve current eligibility arrangements for several cohorts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Aug 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009
    to: include certain serious criminal offences as a new category of ‘prescribed offence’ for the purposes of the automatic disqualification regime in relation to registered organisations; establish an offence for a disqualified person to continue to act as an official or in a way that influences the affairs of an organisation; allow the Federal Court to prohibit officials from holding office in certain circumstances or if they are otherwise not a fit and proper person; allow the Federal Court to cancel the registration of an organisation on a range of grounds; allow applications to be made to the Federal Court for a range of other orders; expand the grounds on which the Federal Court may order remedial action to deal with governance issues in an organisation; expressly provide that the Federal Court may appoint an administrator to an organisation or part of an organisation as part of a remedial scheme; introduce a public interest test for amalgamations of registered organisations; and make minor and technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to respond to recommendations of the Productivity Commission’s final report into the Workplace Relations Framework by: removing the requirement for the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to conduct 4 yearly reviews of modern awards from the beginning of 1 January 2018; and enabling the FWC to overlook minor procedural or technical errors when approving an enterprise agreement, if it is satisfied that those errors were not likely to have disadvantaged employees; and
    Fair Work Act 2009
    and
    Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009
    to respond to recommendations of the
    Report of Inquiry into Complaints about the Honourable Vice President Michael Lawler of the Fair Work Commission and Related Matters
    by applying the complaint-handling powers of the Minister for Employment and the President of the FWC to FWC members who formerly held office in the Australian Industrial Relations Commission, and applying the
    Judicial Misbehaviour and Incapacity (Parliamentary Commissions) Act 2012
    in relation to FWC members. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills in relation to the Seacare scheme, the bill amends the:
    Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992
    to: introduce a new test to clarify coverage of the Seacare scheme; and implement amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention relating to insurance obligations of employers of seafarers;
    Seafarers, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988
    and
    Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988
    to: align workers’ compensation arrangements for the Seacare and Comcare schemes with minimum benchmarks to be set by the proposed National Injury Insurance Scheme; and ensure that persons in receipt of incapacity payments can continue to receive those payments until they reach pension age;
    Work Health and Safety Act 2011
    to clarify the application of the Act; and
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006
    ,
    Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988
    ,
    Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992
    and
    Work Health and Safety Act 2011
    to make consequential amendments. Also repeals the Financial Management and Accountability (Establishment of Special Account) Determination 2002/06,
    Occupational Health and Safety (Maritime Industry) Act 1993
    ,
    Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Levy Act 1992
    and
    Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Levy Collection Act 1992
    ; and integrates the functions currently performed by the Seacare Authority into Comcare, abolishes the Seacare Authority and splits the functions between Comcare and the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (SRCC), and enables an advisory group to be appointed to support the SRCC and Comcare. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills in relation to the Seacare scheme, the bill imposes a seafarers insurance levy (to support a safety net fund where an employer cannot meet its workers’ compensation obligations) and a seafarers cost recovery levy (to enable the recovery of the costs of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission, Comcare and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority in performing their respective regulatory functions) on seafarer berths. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills in relation to the Seacare scheme, the bill provides for the collection of the seafarers insurance levy and the seafarers cost recovery levy by: requiring employers of seafarers to lodge returns in relation to the number of seafarer berths aboard a prescribed vessel and make levy payments quarterly; providing for a late payment penalty; providing for the appointment of authorised persons and the manner in which authorised persons may have access to premises and books for the purpose of examining certain matters; and enabling the transfer of funds raised by the cost recovery levy to Comcare and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    31 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Environment and Energy 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Clean Energy Finance Corporation Act 2012
    to remove the prohibition on the Clean Energy Finance Corporation investing in carbon capture and storage technologies. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Environment and Energy 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011
    to: remove the obligation to obtain consent of eligible interest holders from existing area-based emissions-avoidance projects; clarify that state and territory government Crown lands ministers and Commonwealth ministers responsible for land rights legislation have consent rights for projects conducted on exclusive possession native title land that is Torrens system land or land rights land; provide for legislative rules or regulations to allow parts of a sequestration offsets project to be removed and credits surrendered for the carbon stored in that area; ensure a sequestration project’s net total liability under the scheme does not include credits issued for emissions avoidance or credits that have already been relinquished; clarify that requirements to relinquish carbon credits if carbon stores are lost apply to sequestration projects that store carbon and avoid emissions; provide for projects to transfer between methods so as to move between emissions-avoidance and sequestration; ensure that relinquishment requirements apply to projects whose crediting period extends beyond their permanence period; and allow legislative rules or regulations to provide for the removal of regulatory approval or consent conditions on declarations obtained after the end of the first reporting period for the project. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Aug 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Finance 
    Summary
    Part of a package of 11 bills to fund the Commonwealth’s contribution to the National Disability Insurance Scheme, the bill: repeals the
    Nation-building Funds Act 2008
    ; and makes consequential amendments to five Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Finance 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Product Stewardship (Oil) Act 2000
    to abolish the Oil Stewardship Advisory Council; the
    Product Stewardship Act 2011
    to abolish the Product Stewardship Advisory Group; the
    Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Act 2006
    to abolish the Advisory Group of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority; the
    Plant Breeder’s Rights Act 1994
    to abolish the Plant Breeder’s Rights Advisory Committee; the
    Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001
    to abolish the Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee; and five Acts to make consequential amendments. Also repeals the:
    Tradespersons’ Rights Regulation Act 1946
    to remove the redundant Australian Recognised Trade Certificate Program; and
    Development Allowance Authority Act 1992
    and
    Infrastructure Certificate Cancellation Tax Act 1994
    to: abolish the Development Allowance Authority; and cease the tax exempt infrastructure borrowing concession. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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