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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
    17 Aug 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Part of a package of 11 bills to fund the Commonwealth’s contribution to the National Disability Insurance Scheme, the bill amends the
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to increase from 3 per cent to 3.5 per cent the rate of Medicare levy and Medicare levy surcharge component of the untainting tax rate. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Aug 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    LAMBIE, Sen Jacqui 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Defence Act 1903
    to link annual wage increases for members of the Australian Defence Force to whichever is the higher of increases in parliamentary allowance or the consumer price index. 

    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
    16 Aug 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Migration Act 1958
    to: enable the publication of information in relation to sponsor sanctions; clarify the circumstances in which merits review is available for visas that require an approved nomination; and correct certain references to the
    Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014
    ; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    ,
    Migration Act 1958
    and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to enable the department to collect, record, store and use tax file numbers for prescribed purposes in relation to prescribed visas. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Aug 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    WILKIE, Andrew, MP 
    Summary
    Seeks to give effect to certain provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child by: declaring an Australian Bill of Rights; providing that any Commonwealth, state or territory law that is inconsistent with the Bill of Rights is invalid to the extent of the inconsistency; specifying that Commonwealth, state and territory laws must be interpreted consistently with the Bill of Rights; and providing the Australian Human Rights Commission with a range of additional powers and functions in relation to the rights and freedoms in the Bill of Rights. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Aug 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    KATTER, Bob, Jnr, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to: prohibit the receipt of a gift which exceeds $1000 by a political party or candidate from a foreign person or a person who has not provided a statutory declaration stating that they are not a foreign person; provide that a gift received in these circumstances is a debt owing to the Commonwealth and may be recovered by the Commonwealth; and provide that a gift received in these circumstances is not unlawful if it is returned within 30 days after its receipt. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Aug 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    GALLAGHER, Sen Katy 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to provide that the threshold for the public reporting of corporate entity tax information by the Australian Taxation Office for private corporate entities is $100 million. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Aug 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    BURSTON, Sen Brian 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983
    to provide that at least 35 per cent of the money of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation applied in a financial year is applied in making payments to persons in regional, rural or remote parts of Australia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends: seven Acts to create a jobseeker payment to replace seven existing payments as the main payment for people of working age from 20 March 2020; 10 Acts to provide for the cessation of the widow B pension, wife pension, bereavement allowance, sickness allowance, widow allowance and partner allowance; the
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: remove the ability of newstart allowance and certain special benefit recipients aged 55 to 59 to satisfy the activity test by engaging in voluntary work for at least 30 hours per fortnight; and remove certain exemptions for drug or alcohol dependence; the
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to: provide that a job seeker’s newstart allowance or youth allowance be payable from the date they attend their initial appointment with their employment services provider; ensure that job seekers are not able to use drug or alcohol dependency as an excuse for failing to meet their requirements; introduce a new compliance framework for mutual obligation requirements in relation to participation payments; and enable the Department of Human Services to require applicants to provide their tax file number at the time of a claim; the
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to: provide that claimants receive payments from the date they lodge a complete claim; and establish a two year drug testing trial in three regions for 5000 new recipients of newstart allowance and youth allowance; the
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999
    ,
    Paid Parental Leave Act 2010
    ,
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    and
    Student Assistance Act 1973
    to enable certain information obtained in the course of an administrative action to be used in subsequent investigations and criminal proceedings; and the
    Disability Discrimination Act 1992
    to exempt three social security laws from the operation of the Act. Also enables the minister to make rules of a transitional nature in relation to the cessation of payments; and makes consequential amendments to the
    Farm Household Support Act 2014
    ,
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999

    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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