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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 House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Jobs and Innovation 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Copyright Act 1968
    and
    Trade Marks Act 1995
    to clarify the circumstances in which the parallel importation of trade marked goods does not infringe a registered trade mark; the
    Plant Breeder’s Rights Act 1994
    to allow an application for an essentially derived variety (EDV) declaration to be made in instances where the plant variety the subject of the EDV application is not a registered Plant Breeder’s Right or undergoing application for Plant Breeder’s Right; the
    Trade Marks Act 1995
    to reduce from five to three years the period that must elapse before certain actions of non-use actions of trade mark can be taken;
    Patents Act 1990
    to remove a requirement for patentees to provide the secretary of the department with certain data relating to pharmaceutical patents with an extended term; and six Acts to: streamline and align intellectual property (IP) processes in relation to the administration of the Australian IP system; and make minor amendments. Also repeals the
    Patents Amendment (Patent Cooperation Treaty) Act 1979

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    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 House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Industry, Innovation and Science 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2018, the bill amends the
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Regulatory Levies) Act 2003
    to: enable the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) to recover the costs of its oversight of well operations under greenhouse gas titles by imposing a well investigation levy, an annual well levy and a well activity levy in relation to greenhouse gas wells; impose the well activity levy on submission of a five-yearly revision of a well operations management plan and remove the levy imposed on applications for approval to commence well activities; clarify that it is a compliance investigation under the
    Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014
    in relation to which a safety investigation levy or well investigation levy may be imposed; and remove certain spent provisions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Industry, Innovation and Science 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Regulatory Levies) Amendment Bill 2018, the bill amends the
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006
    to: transfer regulatory responsibility for offshore greenhouse gas wells and environmental management from the minister to the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA); strengthen and clarify the powers of NOPSEMA inspectors to monitor and enforce compliance by regulated entities with their obligations under the Act and associated regulations; ensure valid designation of certain areas as ‘frontier areas’ for the purposes of the Designated Frontier Area tax incentive; and make minor policy and technical amendments in relation to the operation of the Act. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    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 House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Finance 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Judges’ Pensions Act 1968
    to enable members of the Judges’ Pensions Scheme to request that they be paid a lump sum amount from the scheme to meet their Division 293 tax liability; the
    Parliamentary Contributory Superannuation Act 1948
    to: ensure that the calculation of any lump sum superannuation guarantee safety-net benefit meets the minimum superannuation guarantee requirements; enable the Parliamentary Retiring Allowances Trust to pass a resolution without a meeting; and enable an actuary other than the Australian Government Actuary to provide advice in relation to the Parliamentary Contributory Superannuation Scheme; five Acts to increase the age from which an eligible child of a deceased superannuation scheme member must be in full time education and remove the requirement for an eligible child to not be ordinarily in employment; the
    Judges and Governors-General Legislation Amendment (Family Law) Act 2012
    to correct a misdescribed reference; and the
    Governance of Australian Government Superannuation Schemes Act 2011
    to reduce the size of the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation Board from 11 to 9 directors. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Social Security Act 1991
    to introduce a fixed and non-indexed family income test of $250 000 per annum for Carer Allowance and Carer Allowance (child) Health Care Card only claimants, to apply to singles and couples from 20 September 2018. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    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 House of Representatives 
    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

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