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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: 261

  • Date
    26 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    WILKIE, Andrew, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to provide that, when a representation is made about the speed, quality or price of a broadband service, that representation must include information about typical speeds, typical busy periods and their impact on average speeds, and any other factors that may affect the performance of the service. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    HAMMOND, Tim, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009
    to: impose a cap on the total payments that can be made under a consumer lease (known as rent-to-buy schemes); require small amount credit contracts (SACCs) (known as payday loans) to have equal repayments and payment intervals; remove the ability for SACC providers to charge monthly fees in respect of the residual term of a loan where a consumer fully repays the loan early; prevent lessors and credit assistance providers from undertaking door-to-door selling of leases at residential homes; introduce anti-avoidance protections; and increase penalties. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    BERNARDI, Sen Cory 
    Summary
    Repeals the
    Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
    to abolish the Australian Human Rights Commission. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation Bill 2018, the bill amends the:
    Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977
    to provide an exemption from the requirement to provide reasons for certain decisions; and
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    to exempt the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation from the operation of the Act in relation to documents in respect of its commercial activities. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2018, the bill: establishes the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC) as a corporate Commonwealth entity to make loans and investments and issue grants, within constitutional limitations, to improve housing outcomes; provides for the appointment, functions and powers of the NHFIC Board, CEO, staff and consultants; enables and requires the minister, by legislative instrument, to give the board directions that together constitute the Investment Mandate; and specifies the arrangements for the NHFIC’s final affairs in relation to maintenance of adequate capital and reserves, payment of dividends, borrowings, Commonwealth guarantee and taxation. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: increase the newly arrived resident’s waiting period (NARWP) from 104 weeks to 156 weeks for certain social security payments and concession cards; introduce a NARWP of 156 weeks for bereavement allowance, widow allowance, parenting payment and carer allowance; and make a technical amendment;
    Farm Household Support Act 2014
    to increase the NARWP from 104 weeks to 156 weeks;
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    and
    Social Security Act 1991
    to introduce a NARWP of 156 weeks for family tax benefit; and
    Paid Parental Leave Act 2010
    to introduce a NARWP of 156 weeks for parental leave pay and dad and partner pay. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • 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

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