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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: 79

  • Date
    18 Oct 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994
    in relation to: approval and registration for prescribed active constituents, chemical products or labels; information to be taken into account by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) in determining applications; limits on use of information; computerised decision-making by the APVMA; notification and publication of voluntary recalls; obligations on holders and applicants to inform the APVMA of new information where it relates to the safety criteria; the definition of ‘registered chemical product’; suspension or cancellation of approval or registration for provision of false or misleading information; supply of registered chemical products with unapproved label; variation of approval of registration during suspension; safety, efficacy, trade and labelling criteria; notice requirements for notices provided to Food Standards Australia New Zealand by the APVMA; and amendment of an incorrect reference in the Agvet Code;
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992
    and
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994
    to: enable the APVMA to prescribe an accreditation scheme for third party assessment providers; and make minor and machinery changes including the removal of unnecessary and redundant provisions;
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992
    to remove the requirement for the APVMA to prepare an annual operational plan; and
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment Act 2013
    to align the timing of reviews of agvet legislation. Also repeals the
    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment (Removing Re-approval and Re-registration) Act 2014

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 May 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997
    and
    Export Control Act 1982
    to increase criminal penalties and introduce new criminal offences and civil penalties for individuals and companies in relation to live-stock export standards and requirements and conduct that poses a risk to trade. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    National Broadband Network Companies Act 2011
    to require national broadband network corporations to provide emergency service organisations with access in certain circumstances to towers and associated sites and facilities; and
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    to enable the Minister for Communications to specify temporary towers as low-impact facilities in certain circumstances. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    05 Dec 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Defence 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Defence Force Discipline Act 1982
    to: make changes in relation to the selection, remuneration and termination of members of the Judge Advocates' Panel (JAP); make changes in relation to the selection and termination of the Chief Judge Advocate; establish and provide for the selection and remuneration of the position of Deputy Chief Judge Advocate; make minor amendments in relation to the statutory offices of Registrar of Military Justice and Director of Military Prosecutions; and make other minor technical amendments; and
    Defence Reserve Service (Protection) Act 2001
    to: move the complaint, investigation and mediation scheme from regulations into the Act; make changes to the scheme, including to reduce the formality of complaint handling and investigations, vest certain powers in the Chief of the Defence Force (CDF), clarify the ability to provide certain information to various parties and introduce the option of a 'compulsory conference' as an alternative dispute resolution measure; and require the CDF to prepare annually a report in relation to the administration and operation of the Act. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    05 Dec 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011
    to implement certain recommendations of the
    Review of the impact of the TEQSA Act on the higher education sector
    by: removing references to specific categories of non-threshold standards; removing unnecessary references to 'the Research Minister' and requiring that advice on new standards need only be sought from that minister in certain circumstances; requiring TEQSA to advise the minister and the Higher Education Standards Panel (the panel) before it undertakes a quality review that could have certain impacts; providing that overseas universities can offer a course of study not wholly or mainly provided from Australian premises, and use the word 'university' to represent its operations, without committing an offence; providing that a quorum for TEQSA meetings is a majority of commissioners; expanding the skill set that the minister must ensure is encompassed by the panel members; expanding the functions of the panel; providing a consent-based exception to the offence of unauthorised disclosure or use of information; allowing TEQSA to disclose certain higher education and personal information to the minister, the secretary and relevant officers; and allowing TEQSA to disclose information for research purposes and to a complainant in relation to a complaint without the consent of the body to which the information applies. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    19 Sep 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Higher Education Support Amendment (Cost Recovery) Bill 2018, the bill amends the
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to impose an annual charge on all higher education providers whose students are entitled to HECS-HELP assistance or FEE-HELP assistance. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    19 Sep 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Higher Education Support (Charges) Bill 2018, the bill amends the
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to: implement an application fee for applications for approval as higher education providers whose students are entitled to FEE-HELP assistance; and provide for the collection and administration of the annual charge on higher education providers. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills in relation to the Seacare scheme, the bill amends the:
    Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992
    to: introduce a new test to clarify coverage of the Seacare scheme; and implement amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention relating to insurance obligations of employers of seafarers;
    Seafarers, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988
    and
    Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988
    to: align workers’ compensation arrangements for the Seacare and Comcare schemes with minimum benchmarks to be set by the proposed National Injury Insurance Scheme; and ensure that persons in receipt of incapacity payments can continue to receive those payments until they reach pension age;
    Work Health and Safety Act 2011
    to clarify the application of the Act; and
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006
    ,
    Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988
    ,
    Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992
    and
    Work Health and Safety Act 2011
    to make consequential amendments. Also: repeals the Financial Management and Accountability (Establishment of Special Account) Determination 2002/06,
    Occupational Health and Safety (Maritime Industry) Act 1993
    ,
    Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Levy Act 1992
    and
    Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Levy Collection Act 1992
    ; and integrates the functions currently performed by the Seacare Authority into Comcare, abolishes the Seacare Authority and splits the functions between Comcare and the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (SRCC), and enables an advisory group to be appointed to support the SRCC and Comcare. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills in relation to the Seacare scheme, the bill imposes a seafarers insurance levy (to support a safety net fund where an employer cannot meet its workers’ compensation obligations) and a seafarers cost recovery levy (to enable the recovery of the costs of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission, Comcare and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority in performing their respective regulatory functions) on seafarer berths. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills in relation to the Seacare scheme, the bill provides for the collection of the seafarers insurance levy and the seafarers cost recovery levy by: requiring employers of seafarers to lodge returns in relation to the number of seafarer berths aboard a prescribed vessel and make levy payments quarterly; providing for a late payment penalty; providing for the appointment of authorised persons and the manner in which authorised persons may have access to premises and books for the purpose of examining certain matters; and enabling the transfer of funds raised by the cost recovery levy to Comcare and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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