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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: 220

  • Date
    19 Oct 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Imported Food Control Act 1992
    to incorporate the Country of Origin Food Labelling Information Standard 2016 by reference. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Oct 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    MCGOWAN, Cathy, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Renewable Energy Agency Act 2011
    to: enable the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to fund the planning, development or implementation of community energy projects, and development of innovative business and financing models by the community energy sector; provide that ARENA’s role in collecting, analysing, interpreting and disseminating information and knowledge extends to community energy models and advising the minister on such matters; and introduce an explicit reference to ARENA’s capacity to jointly support projects with state and territory governments and other authorities; and
    Clean Energy Finance Corporation Act 2012
    to: insert a definition of ‘community energy project’; and require the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to consider investments in community joint partnerships or other community energy models. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Corporations Act 2001
    to: extend the crowd-sourced funding (CSF) framework for public companies to eligible proprietary companies, subject to additional reporting requirements and accountability standards; provide that proprietary companies with shareholders who acquire shares through a CSF offer are not subject to the takeovers rules; introduce special investor protections for proprietary companies accessing the CSF regime; and remove the temporary corporate governance concessions for proprietary companies that convert to or register as public companies to access the CSF regime. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    and
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999
    to provide that lessors of social housing may request the secretary to deduct payments of rent and certain other costs from the social security or family tax benefit payments of tenants and certain other adult household members;
    Social Security Act 1991
    to make consequential amendments; and
    National Rental Affordability Scheme Act 2008
    to: clarify that the rent charged for a National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) dwelling must be at least 20 per cent lower than the market value rent on each occasion rent is charged; provide greater flexibility in how maximum vacancy periods are prescribed; provide for the variation of a condition of an NRAS allocation; and allow the regulations to provide for the transfer of an NRAS allocation to another rental dwelling in certain circumstances. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure and Regional Development 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Coastal Trading (Revitalising Australian Shipping) Act 2012
    to: remove the five-voyage minimum requirement to apply for a temporary licence; allow the minister to determine that consultation must be undertaken on the movement of certain kinds of cargoes and passengers when applied for under a temporary licence or a variation to a temporary licence; create a single variation process for temporary licences; provide that notifications are only required when voyage details have changed from that approved on a licence; amend the tolerance provisions for temporary licence voyages; allow for temporary licences to be issued in emergency situations; amend the definition of ‘coastal trading’ to include voyages commencing and concluding at the same port, ships engaged in dry-docking, and voyages between ports and other defined places in Australian waters; allow vessels to be covered by a coastal trading licence while dry-docking; clarify that applications for a variation to a temporary licence must be made by the temporary licence holder and that agents may apply for a temporary licence on behalf of vessel owners or masters; and require temporary licence holders to provide a vessel’s International Maritime Organization number in voyage reports; and
    Occupational Health and Safety (Maritime Industry) Act 1993
    and
    Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    DI NATALE, Sen Richard 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Customs Act 1901
    to: provide that prohibited goods intended to be used as medicinal cannabis products are, for the purpose of satisfying import conditions, taken to be drugs required for medical purposes; and provide that goods permitted to be supplied for the purposes stated in the
    Therapeutic Goods Act 1989
    for the Special Access Scheme Category-B, relating to clinical trials and authorised prescribers, will also be permitted to be supplied for the Special Access Scheme Category-A, relating to seriously ill patients with a condition from which death is reasonably likely to occur within a matter of months; and
    Narcotic Drugs Act 1967
    to allow the secretary to grant a licence to manufacture medicinal cannabis if satisfied it is to be supplied to a seriously ill person in accordance with certain regulatory and notification requirements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    KATTER, Bob, Jnr, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to: prohibit the supply in trade or commerce of anything that includes an Indigenous cultural expression, unless it is done in accordance with an arrangement with the relevant Indigenous community and artist and the thing is made in Australia; and create an offence for the supply of anything that includes an Indigenous cultural expression without an arrangement with the relevant Indigenous community and artist. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    SHARKIE, Rebekha, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to: allow for minimum standards under the National Employment Standards to relate to superannuation contributions; and require employers to provide information to employees in relation to employer superannuation contributions for each pay period;
    Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992
    to: clarify that amounts contributed to a superannuation fund by an employee or Retirement Savings Account under a salary sacrifice arrangement are not employer contributions; remove the current exemption for employers not to make superannuation contributions to employees who are paid less than $450 in a calendar month; remove certain restrictions on choice of superannuation fund; and provide for a review of employers’ compliance with superannuation payment obligations by the Commissioner of Taxation;
    Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993
    to create a duty for trustees of superannuation entities to take reasonable steps to notify their members when it could reasonably have expected them to have received a contribution from an employer, but did not; and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to require additional information to be provided to the commissioner in annual member information statements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    WILKIE, Andrew, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to: provide that the Fair Work Commission must not consider it appropriate to terminate an enterprise agreement if the terms and conditions of employment of any employee covered by the agreement would, immediately after the termination, be less favourable than the employee’s terms and conditions of employment immediately before the termination; and invalidate any decision of the commission to terminate an agreement since 22 April 2015, if the decision would not have met the new requirements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    KATTER, Bob, Jnr, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000
    to: provide for the regulation of renewable fuel content in fuel supplied for use in motor vehicles; provide that the ethanol volume percentage be mandated at a minimum of 5 per cent from 1 July 2019 and a minimum of 10 per cent from 1 July 2022; establish an office of Renewable Fuel Program Administrator and provide for the appointment and functions of the administrator; and include record keeping and reporting requirements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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