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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
    15 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to: align the maximum penalties under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) with the maximum penalties under the competition provisions of the Act; amend the ACL to provide for a safe harbour defence to an allegation of false, misleading or deceptive conduct where a person has complied with an information standard about free range eggs; and ensure the confidentiality of supplier information obtained by the Australian Energy Regulator in performing its wholesale market monitoring and reporting functions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to: establish a tobacco offence regime for illicit tobacco that has been domestically manufactured or produced or for which the origin of production or manufacturing is unknown or uncertain; create new offences for possession of equipment for producing or manufacturing illicit tobacco; and adjust penalties for existing offences;
    Excise Act 1901
    to: allow for a person who possesses illicit tobacco to be issued with an infringement notice instead of being prosecuted for the offence in certain circumstances; clarify that illicit tobacco for which the origin of production or manufacturing is unknown or uncertain can be seized and forfeited; and define tobacco to align the meaning for excise and excise-equivalent customs duty purposes; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Excise Act 1901
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Bankruptcy Act 1966
    to reform Australia’s debt agreement system, including by: specifying persons authorised to administer debt agreements and related qualification and registration requirements; specifying arrangements relating to the content, length, variation, termination and voiding of debt agreements; introducing offences relating to the administration of debt agreements; specifying the functions and powers of the Inspector General; modifying requirements in relation to the payment of, and the application process for, unclaimed moneys; and making related technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to: provide a new minimum repayment income of $44 999 for the compulsory repayment of Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debts; replace the current repayment thresholds and introduce additional repayment thresholds; index HELP repayment thresholds to the consumer price index instead of average weekly earnings; and introduce, from 1 January 2019, a combined lifetime limit on the amount a student can borrow under HELP of $150 000 for students studying medicine, dentistry and veterinary science courses, and $104 440 for other students;
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Student Assistance Act 1973
    to align repayment thresholds for the Student Financial Supplement Scheme (SFSS) compulsory repayments with the HELP thresholds from the 2019-20 financial year;
    Social Security Act 1991
    ,
    Student Assistance Act 1973
    and
    Trade Support Loans Act 2014
    to provide that, from the 2019-20 financial year, SFSS debts will be repaid after HELP debts are discharged rather than concurrently; and
    VET Student Loans Act 2016
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Responds to the Full Federal Court decision in
    Minister for Immigration and Border Protection v ARJ17
    [2017] FCAFC 125 by amending the:
    Migration Act 1958
    to clarify the allocation of jurisdiction between the Federal Circuit Court and the Federal Court in relation to a migration decision; and
    Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    SHARKIE, Rebekha, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to: provide that eggs may be marketed as ‘free range’ only if they are laid by hens that are able to, and do in fact, move freely on an open range during daylight hours on most days, and are laid from hens subject to a stocking density of no more than 1500 hens per hectare; require stocking density information to be displayed on egg labels prominently in a ‘hens per hectare’ format; and enable eggs that are not cage eggs but which do not meet the definition of ‘free range’ to be marketed as ‘access to range’. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    08 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Treasury Laws Amendment (Reducing Pressure on Housing Affordability Measures No. 2) Bill 2018, the bill amends the
    Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Fees Imposition Act 2015
    to impose reconciliation fees on developers who sell a near-new dwelling to a foreign person under a near-new dwelling exemption certificate. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    08 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    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
    08 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Fees Imposition Amendment (Near-new Dwelling Interests) Bill 2018, the bill amends the:
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to: remove the entitlement to the capital gains tax (CGT) main residence exemption for foreign residents; and clarify that, for the purpose of determining whether an entity’s underlying value is principally derived from taxable Australian real property under the foreign resident CGT regime, the principal asset test is applied on an associate inclusive basis;
    Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997
    to provide for transitional arrangements in relation to the main residence exemption;
    Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975
    to require a reconciliation payment to be made by developers who sell dwellings to foreign persons under a near-new dwelling exemption certificate; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to provide an additional affordable housing capital gains discount of up to 10 per cent. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    07 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON, Sen Pauline 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Citizenship Act 2007
    in relation to: strengthened citizenship requirements, including in relation to permanent residency and English language proficiency; the definition of ‘spouse’ and ‘de facto partner’; citizenship by adoption; automatic acquisition of citizenship; citizenship by conferral; residence requirements for citizenship; good character requirements; the bar on approval of citizenship where there are related criminal offences; offence provisions; mandatory and discretionary cancellation of approval of citizenship; ministerial discretion to delay the making of the pledge of allegiance; the maximum period of deferral for making the pledge of allegiance; revocation of citizenship by descent, conferral or under intercountry adoption arrangements; ministerial power to make legislative instruments; use and disclosure of personal information; and consequential amendments; and
    Migration Act 1958
    to enable the use and disclosure of personal citizenship information. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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