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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: 95

  • Date
    14 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999
    to ensure that supplies of digital currency receive equivalent goods and services tax treatment to supplies of money, particularly foreign currency; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to include the Centre For Entrepreneurial Research and Innovation on the list of deductible gift recipients. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992
    to: provide that employees under workplace determinations or enterprise agreements made on or after 1 July 2018 have the right to choose their superannuation fund; and provide that amounts sacrificed under an employee salary sacrifice arrangement will not reduce an employer’s mandated superannuation guarantee contributions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure and Regional Development 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Coastal Trading (Revitalising Australian Shipping) Act 2012
    to: remove the five-voyage minimum requirement to apply for a temporary licence; allow the minister to determine that consultation must be undertaken on the movement of certain kinds of cargoes and passengers when applied for under a temporary licence or a variation to a temporary licence; create a single variation process for temporary licences; provide that notifications are only required when voyage details have changed from that approved on a licence; amend the tolerance provisions for temporary licence voyages; allow for temporary licences to be issued in emergency situations; amend the definition of ‘coastal trading’ to include voyages commencing and concluding at the same port, ships engaged in dry-docking, and voyages between ports and other defined places in Australian waters; allow vessels to be covered by a coastal trading licence while dry-docking; clarify that applications for a variation to a temporary licence must be made by the temporary licence holder and that agents may apply for a temporary licence on behalf of vessel owners or masters; and require temporary licence holders to provide a vessel’s International Maritime Organization number in voyage reports; and
    Occupational Health and Safety (Maritime Industry) Act 1993
    and
    Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Justice 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Crimes Act 1914
    to: insert community safety as a factor that can be taken into account to revoke the parole of a federal offender without notice; remove the requirement to seek leave before a recorded interview of a vulnerable witness can be admitted as evidence in chief; remove the requirement for vulnerable witnesses to be available to give evidence at committal proceedings; introduce mandatory minimum penalties for certain Commonwealth child sex offences and offenders; require a court to state and record the reasons for granting bail; insert a presumption against bail for certain Commonwealth child sex offenders; insert additional factors which must be taken into account when sentencing federal offenders; require the court to have regard to certain rehabilitation considerations when sentencing Commonwealth child sex offenders; insert presumptions in favour of cumulative sentences and actual terms of imprisonment for Commonwealth child sex offenders; impose certain requirements on Commonwealth child sex offenders under a recognizance release order; add ‘residential treatment orders’ as a sentencing alternative for intellectually disabled offenders; allow certain information to be withheld from an offender in national security circumstances; reduce the amount of ‘clean street time’ that can be credited against the outstanding sentence following commission of an offence by a person on parole and license; require a period of time to be served in custody if a federal offender’s parole order is revoked;
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to: clarify the scope of the definition of ‘engage in sexual activity’; insert a range of new aggravated offences for child sexual abuse; insert new offences relating to ‘grooming’ and the provision of electronic services to facilitate dealings with child abuse material online; increase the maximum penalties for certain Commonwealth child sex offences and breaches of reporting requirements; and insert new additional factors for mandatory consideration at sentencing; and
    Crimes Act 1914
    ,
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    ,
    Customs Act 1901
    and
    Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979
    to replace references to ‘child pornography material’ in Commonwealth legislation with ‘child abuse material’. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to: introduce new offences for a person recklessly or intentionally representing themselves to be, or to be acting on behalf of, or with the authority of, a Commonwealth entity or service; and introduce a new injunction power to allow authorised persons to seek injunctive relief to prevent a person from engaging in conduct in contravention of the new offences. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979
    and
    Surveillance Devices Act 2004
    to make amendments consequential on the restructure of the Independent Commission Against Corruption of New South Wales; and
    Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1983
    to extend the functions, powers and duties of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions to the laws of Norfolk Island. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Immigration and Border Protection 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Migration Act 1958
    to: enable the minister to determine, by legislative instrument, prohibited things in relation to immigration detention facilities; allow authorised officers and assistants to search Commonwealth immigration detention facilities without a warrant; strengthen the screening and seizure powers of authorised officers; and allow the use of dogs for screening detainees and persons about to enter a Commonwealth immigration detention facility, and for searching these facilities. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    KATTER, Bob, Jnr, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to: prohibit the supply in trade or commerce of anything that includes an Indigenous cultural expression, unless it is done in accordance with an arrangement with the relevant Indigenous community and artist and the thing is made in Australia; and create an offence for the supply of anything that includes an Indigenous cultural expression without an arrangement with the relevant Indigenous community and artist. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    SHARKIE, Rebekha, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to: allow for minimum standards under the National Employment Standards to relate to superannuation contributions; and require employers to provide information to employees in relation to employer superannuation contributions for each pay period;
    Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992
    to: clarify that amounts contributed to a superannuation fund by an employee or Retirement Savings Account under a salary sacrifice arrangement are not employer contributions; remove the current exemption for employers not to make superannuation contributions to employees who are paid less than $450 in a calendar month; remove certain restrictions on choice of superannuation fund; and provide for a review of employers’ compliance with superannuation payment obligations by the Commissioner of Taxation;
    Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993
    to create a duty for trustees of superannuation entities to take reasonable steps to notify their members when it could reasonably have expected them to have received a contribution from an employer, but did not; and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to require additional information to be provided to the commissioner in annual member information statements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    WILKIE, Andrew, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to: provide that the Fair Work Commission must not consider it appropriate to terminate an enterprise agreement if the terms and conditions of employment of any employee covered by the agreement would, immediately after the termination, be less favourable than the employee’s terms and conditions of employment immediately before the termination; and invalidate any decision of the commission to terminate an agreement since 22 April 2015, if the decision would not have met the new requirements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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