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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: 90

  • Date
    31 Aug 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure and Regional Development 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Aviation Transport Security Act 2004
    and
    Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Act 2003
    to: prevent the use of aviation and maritime transport or offshore facilities in connection with serious or organised crime; establish a regulatory framework to implement harmonised eligibility criteria for the aviation security identification card (ASIC) and maritime security identification card (MSIC) schemes; clarify and align the legislative basis for undertaking security checking of ASIC and MSIC applicants and holders; provide for regulations to prescribe penalties for offences; and insert an additional severability provision to provide guidance to a court as to Parliament’s intention. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Dec 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure and Transport 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Airports Act 1996
    to: implement a differential master plan submission cycle for federal leased airports (excluding Mount Isa and Tennant Creek); mandate the inclusion of an Australian Noise Exposure Forecast in each new master plan; increase the monetary trigger for major development plans (MDPs) from $20 million to $35 million and enable the minister to review and revise the monetary trigger every three years; specify a 15 business day statutory timeframe within which the minister must consider applications from airport-lessee companies for reduced consultation periods for MDPs, with such applications deemed approved if there is no ministerial decision within this timeframe; enable the minister to extend more than once the period that approved MDPs are required to be substantially completed; enable airport-lessee companies to notify the minister if an approved MDP is not able to proceed on the basis of exceptional circumstances; and make technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Oct 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Justice 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Aug 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Justice 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006
    to: expand the objects of the Act to reflect the domestic objectives of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing regulation; expand the scope of the Act to include regulation of digital currency exchange providers; clarify due diligence obligations relating to correspondent banking relationships and broadening the scope of these relationships; qualify the term ‘in the course of carrying on a business’; allow related bodies corporate to share information; expand the range of regulatory offences for which the AUSTRAC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is able to issue infringement notices; allow the CEO to issue a remedial direction to a reporting entity to retrospectively comply with an obligation that has been breached; give police and customs officers broader powers to search and seize physical currency and bearer negotiable instruments and establish civil penalties for failing to comply with questioning and search powers; revise certain definitions; and clarify certain powers and obligations of the CEO; and
    Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006
    and
    Financial Transaction Reports Act 1988
    to de-regulate the cash-in-transit sector, insurance intermediaries and general insurance providers. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Justice 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Federal Police Act 1979
    to clarify the functions of the Australian Federal Police to enable cooperation with international organisations and non-government organisations;
    Crimes Act 1914
    to: clarify the custody notification obligations of investigating officials when they intend to question an Aboriginal person or Torres Strait Islander; create separate offence regimes for ‘insiders’ and ‘outsiders’ for the disclosure of information relating to controlled operations; remove an obsolete reference to the death penalty; amend procedural requirements relating to protections of the identity of a vulnerable witness or complainant in a criminal proceeding; authorise collection, use and disclosure of information for the purposes of preventing, detecting, investigating or dealing with fraud or corruption against the Commonwealth; and enable the New South Wales Enforcement Conduct Commission to use and disclose spent conviction information; and
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to increase the maximum applicable penalties for breach of the general dishonesty offences. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Justice 
    Summary
    Amends: six Acts to ensure that assistance that Australia can currently provide to foreign countries can also be provided to the International Criminal Court and international war crimes tribunals; the
    Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1987
    to: amend provisions in relation to proceeds of crime search warrants; clarify which foreign proceeds of crime orders can be registered in Australia; clarify the roles of judicial officers in domestic proceedings to produce documents or articles for a foreign country; and make minor and technical amendments; the
    Extradition Act 1988
    to ensure that magistrates and judges have powers to make orders necessary for the conduct of extradition proceedings; the
    Foreign Evidence Act 1994
    to: ensure foreign evidence can be appropriately certified; and extend the application of foreign evidence rules to proceedings in the external territories and the Jervis Bay territory; the
    Crimes Act 1914
    to ensure the offence of identifying a child witness or vulnerable adult complainant extends to identifying a child complainant; the
    Crimes Legislation Amendment (Law Enforcement Integrity, Vulnerable Witness Protection and Other Measures) Act 2013
    to clarify the application of supports and protections for victims and witnesses to future criminal proceedings, regardless of when the alleged conduct occurred; the
    Crimes Act 1914
    ,
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    and
    Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979
    to clarify the operation of human trafficking, slavery and slavery-like offences; the
    War Crimes Act 1945
    to streamline reporting arrangements; the
    Australian Federal Police Act 1979
    to: ensure that the Australian Federal Police’s alcohol and drug testing program and integrity framework apply to the entire workforce; ensure that the most up to date testing standards can be employed at the time a sample is provided; and clarify the processes for resignation in cases of serious misconduct or corruption; the
    Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006
    to: enable travellers departing Australia to report cross-border movements of physical currency electronically; and enable the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission to access AUSTRAC information; the
    Australian Crime Commission Act 2002
    to clarify the use of the Australian Crime Commission’s prescribed alternative name; and the
    AusCheck Act 2007
    to enable AusCheck to conduct and coordinate background checks in relation to major national events. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Justice 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to provide for a mandatory minimum sentence and increased maximum penalties for the offences of trafficking firearms or firearms parts within Australia, and into and out of Australia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Justice 
    Summary
    Merges the functions of the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) with the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) by amending the
    Australian Crime Commission Act 2002
    to enable the ACIC to perform the AIC’s functions, including carrying out criminology research, sharing and publishing that research and carrying out commissioned research; and repealing the
    Criminology Research Act 1971
    to abolish the AIC as a statutory agency. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Aug 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Prime Minister 
    Summary
    Amends 15 Acts to correct technical errors. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    and
    Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989
    to: extend the interim period that applies for recently-established court-ordered care arrangements; and provide incentives for the person with increased care to take reasonable action to participate in family dispute resolution where a care dispute relates to an older court order, a parenting plan or a written agreement;
    Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989
    to: allow the Child Support Registrar to take into account an amended tax assessment in an administrative assessment of child support in certain circumstances; allow courts to set aside child support agreements made before 1 July 2008; and allow all child support agreements to be set aside without having to go to court if certain circumstances change;
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999
    ,
    Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989
    and
    Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988
    to align the methods for recovery of a child support overpayment from a payee with the methods for recovering a child support debt from a payer; provide that all backdated reductions to a child support assessment collected will be recoverable; and insert new backdating provisions for retrospectively creating a child support overpayment or underpayment due to a change of circumstances; and
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    and
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999
    to: provide that an individual will have their FTB Part A daily rate reduced by approximately $2.02 per day if their child does not meet the health check requirements under the Healthy Start for School initiative before their fifth birthday or if they do not comply with the immunisation requirements for their child; and allow the secretary to require that requests for certain exemptions from the immunisation requirements be made in a particular form and manner, contain any information and be accompanied by any documents required by the secretary. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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