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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: 76

  • 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
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture and Water Resources 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Act 1991
    to: enable the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources to determine certain acts which, when performed, would make a person liable to collect and report levies and charges; enable the publishing of certain statistical information; provide for the collection of production or processing information relating to a collection product; and make amendments in relation to the disclosure of certain information. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Implements certain recommendations of the Review of Defence Support to National Counter-Terrorism Arrangements by amending the
    Defence Act 1903
    to: permit states and territories to request that the Commonwealth call out the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in a wider range of circumstances; enable call out orders to authorise the ADF to operate in multiple jurisdictions, as well as the offshore area; authorise the ADF to respond to incidents that cross a border into a jurisdiction that has not been specified in an order in certain circumstances; allow the ADF to be pre-authorised to respond to land and maritime threats, in addition to aviation threats; increase the requirements for the ADF to consult with state and territory police where it is operating in their jurisdictions; simplify, expand and clarify the power of the ADF to search and seize, and to control movement during an incident; remove the distinction between general security areas and designated areas; for the purposes of expedited call out, clarify that acting ministers are to be treated as substantive ministers and add the Minister for Home Affairs as an alternative authorising minister; and make technical amendments. Also makes a consequential amendment to the
    Defence Reserve Service (Protection) Act 2001

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Family Law Act 1975
    to: prohibit personal cross-examination where there is an allegation of family violence between the parties to the proceedings and certain circumstances are satisfied; provide that if personal cross-examination is prohibited, cross-examination must be conducted by a legal representative; and provide that, if there is an allegation of family violence and personal cross-examination is not prohibited, the court must ensure that there are appropriate protections for the party who is the alleged victim of the family violence. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Jun 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Acts Interpretation Act 1901
    to: provide a definition of ‘sitting day’; clarify the circumstances in which a House is taken to have adjourned (in addition to the ordinary concept of adjournment); clarify that certain provisions relating to amended or re-enacted Acts apply to a provision that is re-enacted as a differently numbered provision; and clarify that an instrument may make provision in relation to a matter by applying, adopting or incorporating a matter contained in a version of a document that is no longer current at the time of its incorporation; the
    Acts Interpretation Act 1901
    and
    Legislation Act 2003
    to clarify that an instrument may apply, adopt or incorporate the provisions of rules of court as in force at a particular time or as in force from time to time; the
    Family Law Act 1975
    ,
    Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999
    ,
    Federal Court of Australia Act 1976
    and
    Judiciary Act 1903
    to ensure that rules of the federal courts are not subject to the sunsetting framework; the
    Legislation Act 2003
    to: clarify that legislative instruments that have not been laid before Parliament are repealed (and therefore removed from the statute book) rather than simply ceasing to have effect; clarify when a 15 sitting day period commences after an instrument is laid before a House; clarify that references to ‘intergovernmental bodies or schemes’ include those involving the Commonwealth and one or more territories; clarify the interaction between the disallowance, tabling and automatic repeal provisions; broaden the scope of the Attorney-General’s discretion to issue certificates of deferral of sunsetting and declarations of alignment of sunsetting, and provide for greater parliamentary scrutiny of the exercise of these discretions; remove the time restriction on Parliament’s power to roll over the sunsetting date of a legislative instrument; provide that a review of the sunsetting framework will be conducted in 2027; clarify that a legislative or notifiable instrument can commence before the instrument is registered despite any rule or principle of common law; and clarify the limits of the First Parliamentary Counsel’s power to rectify an error on the Federal Register of Legislation and the application of the parliamentary scrutiny mechanisms to instruments that have been rectified under this power; and six Acts to make consequential and contingent amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    06 Dec 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Enhancing Online Safety Act 2015
    to: prohibit the posting of, or threatening to post, an intimate image without consent on a social media service, relevant electronic service or a designated internet service; establish a complaints and objections system to be administered by the eSafety Commissioner; provide the commissioner with powers to issue removal notices or remedial directions; establish a civil penalty regime to be administered by the commissioner; and enable the commissioner to seek a civil penalty order from a relevant court, issue an infringement notice, obtain an injunction or enforce an undertaking, or issue a formal warning for contraventions of the civil penalty provisions; and
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    to make a consequential amendment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Student Loans (Overseas Debtors Repayment Levy) Amendment Bill 2018, the bill amends the:
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    and
    VET Student Loans Act 2016
    to separate VET student loan debts from other forms of Higher Education Loan Program debts and establish VET student loans as a separate income contingent loan; and
    VET Student Loans Act 2016
    to allow the courses and loan caps determinations made by the minister to incorporate, by reference, any matter contained in an instrument or other writing as in force from time to time. Also makes consequential and contingent amendments to 10 Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to respond to recommendations of the Productivity Commission’s final report into the Workplace Relations Framework by: removing the requirement for the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to conduct 4 yearly reviews of modern awards from the beginning of 1 January 2018; and enabling the FWC to overlook minor procedural or technical errors when approving an enterprise agreement, if it is satisfied that those errors were not likely to have disadvantaged employees; and
    Fair Work Act 2009
    and
    Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009
    to respond to recommendations of the
    Report of Inquiry into Complaints about the Honourable Vice President Michael Lawler of the Fair Work Commission and Related Matters
    by applying the complaint-handling powers of the Minister for Employment and the President of the FWC to FWC members who formerly held office in the Australian Industrial Relations Commission, and applying the
    Judicial Misbehaviour and Incapacity (Parliamentary Commissions) Act 2012
    in relation to FWC members. 

    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

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