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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: 128

  • Date
    01 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Communications and the Arts 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    to: abolish the ‘75% audience reach rule’ which prohibits commercial television broadcasting licensees from controlling licences whose combined licence area populations exceed 75 per cent of the population of Australia; abolish the ‘2 out of 3 cross-media control rule’ which prohibits control over more than two out of three regulated media platforms in any one commercial radio licence area; and provide additional local programming obligations for regional commercial television broadcasting licensees. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to: increase the maximum student contributions by 1.8 per cent for four years from 2018; adjust the Commonwealth contribution amounts from 2018 to 2021 to reflect the increased student contribution amounts; apply an efficiency dividend of 2.5 per cent per annum to grants under the Commonwealth Grant Scheme (CGS) in 2018 and 2019; extend the medical student loading to include veterinary science and dentistry units of study from 2018; expand the demand driven funding system to include approved sub-bachelor courses at public universities from 2018; require enabling course students to pay a student contribution amount for any units of study with census dates on or after 1 January 2018; allocate enabling courses on a cyclical basis through a three-year tender process from 2019; introduce performance-contingent funding under the CGS; reduce the Higher Education Loan Program minimum repayment income to $41 999 and replace the current repayment thresholds with new ones, including additional repayment thresholds and rates; index repayment thresholds to the consumer price index rather than average weekly earnings; restructure the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program to include new student loading for students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, annual performance funding and grants for a National Priorities Pool; and make minor and technical amendments;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to make consequential amendments; and
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    and
    VET Student Loans Act 2016
    to: extend access to student loans to most Australian permanent residents and most New Zealand citizens while removing their entitlement to a Commonwealth supported place from 1 January 2018; and preserve current eligibility arrangements for several cohorts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    19 Oct 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Work Act 2009
    to: prohibit terms of a modern award or an enterprise agreement requiring or permitting contributions for the benefit of an employee to be made to any fund other than a superannuation fund, a registered worker entitlement fund or a registered charity; require any term of a modern award or enterprise agreement that names a worker entitlement fund or insurance product to provide for an employee to choose another fund or insurance product; prohibit any term of a modern award, enterprise agreement or contract of employment permitting or requiring employee contributions to an election fund for an industrial association; and prohibit any action with the intent to coerce an employer to pay amounts to a particular worker entitlement fund, superannuation fund, training fund, welfare fund or employee insurance scheme;
    Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009
    to: require registered organisations to adopt, and periodically review, financial management policies; require registered organisations to keep credit card records and report certain loans, grants and donations; require specific disclosure by registered organisations and employers of the financial benefits obtained by them and persons linked to them in connection with employee insurance products, welfare fund arrangements and training fund arrangements; and introduce a range of new penalties relating to compliance with financial management, disclosure and reporting requirements; and
    Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986
    ,
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Aug 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009
    to: include certain serious criminal offences as a new category of ‘prescribed offence’ for the purposes of the automatic disqualification regime in relation to registered organisations; establish an offence for a disqualified person to continue to act as an official or in a way that influences the affairs of an organisation; allow the Federal Court to prohibit officials from holding office in certain circumstances or if they are otherwise not a fit and proper person; allow the Federal Court to cancel the registration of an organisation on a range of grounds; allow applications to be made to the Federal Court for a range of other orders; expand the grounds on which the Federal Court may order remedial action to deal with governance issues in an organisation; expressly provide that the Federal Court may appoint an administrator to an organisation or part of an organisation as part of a remedial scheme; introduce a public interest test for amalgamations of registered organisations; and make minor and technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    06 Dec 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Environment and Energy 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    07 Dec 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Finance 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    17 Aug 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Finance 
    Summary
    Part of a package of 11 bills to fund the Commonwealth’s contribution to the National Disability Insurance Scheme, the bill: repeals the
    Nation-building Funds Act 2008
    ; and makes consequential amendments to five Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Finance 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Product Stewardship (Oil) Act 2000
    to abolish the Oil Stewardship Advisory Council; the
    Product Stewardship Act 2011
    to abolish the Product Stewardship Advisory Group; the
    Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Act 2006
    to abolish the Advisory Group of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority; the
    Plant Breeder’s Rights Act 1994
    to abolish the Plant Breeder’s Rights Advisory Committee; the
    Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001
    to abolish the Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee; and five Acts to make consequential amendments. Also repeals the:
    Tradespersons’ Rights Regulation Act 1946
    to remove the redundant Australian Recognised Trade Certificate Program; and
    Development Allowance Authority Act 1992
    and
    Infrastructure Certificate Cancellation Tax Act 1994
    to: abolish the Development Allowance Authority; and cease the tax exempt infrastructure borrowing concession. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2017 Measures No. 1) Bill 2017, the bill amends the
    Therapeutic Goods (Charges) Act 1989
    to: enable regulations to be made prescribing an annual charge for a conformity assessment body determination payable by the Australian corporation that is the subject of the determination; provide that the obligation for a conformity assessment body to pay an annual charge continues during a period in which the conformity assessment body determination is suspended; and ensure that the annual charges prescribed for provisionally registered goods also apply to provisionally registered goods entered in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    14 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Therapeutic Goods (Charges) Amendment Bill 2017, the bill amends the
    Therapeutic Goods Act 1989
    to: introduce a new approval pathway for prescription medicines by creating a class of therapeutic good to be known as ‘provisionally registered goods’; allow the minister to specify, by legislative instrument, permitted indications for use with listed medicines; establish an additional pathway for intermediate risk medicines through a new application and assessment process for sponsors of listed complementary medicines seeking to use indications that fall outside the permitted indications list; strengthen monitoring powers in relation to biologicals; implement stronger compliance and enforcement powers and graduated penalties for non-compliant behaviours; remove the distinctions between advertisements for therapeutic goods for which an approval is, or is not, required; enable the secretary to utilise the work of comparable overseas regulators in the course of making assessments of medical devices; enable the secretary to publish information in relation to Australian conformity assessment bodies; align the secretary’s powers relating to conformity assessment certificates issued by Australian conformity assessment bodies and conformity assessment certificates issued by the secretary; clarify that the secretary has the power to refuse an application for including medicines, biologicals and medical devices in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods prior to evaluating the application if it does not meet the application requirements; and make minor amendments to achieve consistency of regulatory requirements between different types of therapeutic goods and make other minor changes; and
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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