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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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  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Industry, Innovation and Science 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Regulatory Levies) Amendment Bill 2018, the bill amends the
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006
    to: transfer regulatory responsibility for offshore greenhouse gas wells and environmental management from the minister to the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA); strengthen and clarify the powers of NOPSEMA inspectors to monitor and enforce compliance by regulated entities with their obligations under the Act and associated regulations; ensure valid designation of certain areas as ‘frontier areas’ for the purposes of the Designated Frontier Area tax incentive; and make minor policy and technical amendments in relation to the operation of the Act. 

    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
    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
    28 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure and Transport 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills to enable the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) to recover the costs of delivering services under the National System for Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety, the bill amends the:
    Australian Maritime Safety Authority Act 1990
    to enable the payment of the amount of the domestic commercial vessel levy to the AMSA;
    Marine Navigation (Regulatory Functions) Levy Collection Act 1991
    to clarify that leviable domestic commercial vessels are exempt from the Marine Navigation (Regulations Functions) Levy; and
    Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012
    to enable the AMSA to suspend or revoke certificates of survey or detain a domestic commercial vessel in response to non-payment of the domestic commercial vessel levy. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure and Transport 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills to enable the Australian Maritime Safety Authority to recover the costs of delivering services under the National System for Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety, the bill imposes a levy on certain domestic commercial vessels. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Feb 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure and Transport 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills to enable the Australian Maritime Safety Authority to recover the costs of delivering services under the National System for Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety, the bill provides for the collection and administration of the domestic commercial vessel levy. 

    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
    30 May 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Jobs and Innovation 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Space Activities Act 1998
    to: broaden the current regulatory framework to include arrangements for launches from aircraft in flight and launches of high power rockets; and reduce barriers to participation in the space industry by streamlining processes and insurance requirements for launches and returns; and amend the short title of the Act to the
    Space (Launches and Returns) Act 2018
    ; and
    Customs Tariff Act 1995
    to make a consequential amendment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Jobs and Innovation 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Australian Astronomical Observatory Act 2010
    to: amend the short title of the Act to the
    Astronomical Functions Act 2010
    ; substitute a new outline of the Act; and abolish the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) and AAO Advisory Committee. Also repeals the
    Australian Astronomical Observatory (Transitional Provisions) Act 2010
    and provides for transitional arrangements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Mar 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Jobs and Innovation 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Copyright Act 1968
    and
    Trade Marks Act 1995
    to clarify the circumstances in which the parallel importation of trade marked goods does not infringe a registered trade mark; the
    Plant Breeder’s Rights Act 1994
    to allow an application for an essentially derived variety (EDV) declaration to be made in instances where the plant variety the subject of the EDV application is not a registered Plant Breeder’s Right or undergoing application for Plant Breeder’s Right; the
    Trade Marks Act 1995
    to reduce from five to three years the period that must elapse before certain actions of non-use actions of trade mark can be taken;
    Patents Act 1990
    to remove a requirement for patentees to provide the secretary of the department with certain data relating to pharmaceutical patents with an extended term; and six Acts to: streamline and align intellectual property (IP) processes in relation to the administration of the Australian IP system; and make minor amendments. Also repeals the
    Patents Amendment (Patent Cooperation Treaty) Act 1979

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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