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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
    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
    Medicare Levy Act 1986
    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 Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009
    to: establish a mandatory comprehensive credit reporting regime to apply from 1 July 2018; and expand the Australian Securities and Investments Commission’s powers so it can monitor compliance with the regime; and
    Privacy Act 1988
    to impose additional requirements as to where and how data held by a credit reporting body must be stored. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Act 1991
    to: enable the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources to determine certain acts which, when performed, would make a person liable to collect and report levies and charges; enable the publishing of certain statistical information; provide for the collection of production or processing information relating to a collection product; and make amendments in relation to the disclosure of certain information. 

    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:
    Private Health Insurance Act 2007
    to: increase maximum excess levels for products providing an exemption from the Medicare levy surcharge; enable age-based premium discounts for hospital cover; enable private health insurers to cover travel and accommodation costs for regional Australians as part of a hospital treatment; require insurers to maintain up to date information about complying health insurance products in the form of a ‘private health information statement’; require the minister to assess and determine whether or not to include a private hospital in a class of hospitals eligible for second-tier default benefits; and enable insurers to terminate products and transfer affected policy-holders to new products;
    Age Discrimination Act 2004
    to enable age-based premium discounts to be made available to younger people; and
    Ombudsman Act 1976
    to provide the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman with powers to conduct inspections and audits at the premises of insurers or brokers. Also includes transitional provisions relating to the treatment of benefit limitation period inclusive policies. 

    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
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Implements certain recommendations of the Australian Consumer Law Review Final Report by amending the:
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to: amend evidentiary requirements to allow private litigants to rely on admitted facts from earlier proceedings; clarify the operation of unsolicited services provisions and unsolicited consumer agreements in a public place; ensure that fees or charges associated with pre-selected options must be included in the single price; strengthen the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) powers to obtain information about product safety; enable third parties to give effect to a community service order; and clarify the scope of the exemption from the consumer guarantees for the transport or storage of goods;
    Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001
    and
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to: extend the unconscionable conduct protections to publicly listed companies; and enable the ACCC and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) to investigate possible unfair contract terms; and
    Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001
    to: correct inconsistent terminology for financial products that involve interests in land; and clarify the application of consumer protections to financial products. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001
    to: require the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) to consider the effects that the performance of its functions and the exercise of its powers will have on competition in the financial system; and remove the requirement for ASIC to engage staff under the
    Public Service Act 1999
    ; and
    Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001
    ,
    Business Names Registration Act 2011
    ,
    Corporations Act 2001
    and
    Mutual Assistance in Business Regulation Act 1992
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    to provide that, when determining if the multinational anti-avoidance law applies to a scheme, supplies made and income received by a closely related trust or partnership are treated as being made or received by a foreign entity;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to: include additional conditions that must be satisfied to apply the small business capital gains tax concessions to capital gains; and provide an income tax exemption for payments made under the Defence Force Ombudsman Scheme in relation to abuse by Australian Defence Force personnel; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    ,
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    and
    Venture Capital Act 2002
    to ensure that venture capital investment tax concessions are available for investments in fintech businesses. 

    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 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to establish a two year drug testing trial in three regions for 5000 new recipients of newstart allowance and youth allowance from 1 July 2018;
    Farm Household Support Act 2014
    to make consequential amendments; and
    Farm Household Support Act 2014
    ,
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to make amendments contingent on the commencement of the proposed
    Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Act 2018

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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