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TOTAL RESULTS: 135

  • Date
    06 Dec 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Justice 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to: amend the offence of bribery of a foreign public official to extend the definition of foreign public official to include a candidate for office, remove the requirement that the foreign official must be influenced in the exercise of the official’s duties, replace the requirement that a benefit and business advantage must be ‘not legitimately due’ with the concept of ‘improperly influencing’ a foreign public official, and extend the offence to cover bribery to obtain a personal advantage; and create a new offence of failure of a body corporate to prevent foreign bribery by an associate; the
    Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1983
    to implement a Commonwealth Deferred Prosecution Agreement scheme which will enable the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions to invite a person that has engaged in serious corporate crime to negotiate an agreement to comply with a range of specified conditions; and five Acts to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Oct 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Justice 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
    to: expand the unexplained wealth regime to cover wealth that is derived or realised, directly or indirectly, from certain offences; clarify that property becomes ‘proceeds’ or an ‘instrument’ where encumbrances, securities, liabilities or improvements on the property are funded using ‘proceeds’ or an ‘instrument’ of an offence; clarify that property will only be ‘lawfully acquired’ in situations where the property or wealth is not ‘proceeds’ or an ‘instrument’ of an offence; and provide that ‘improvements’ extends to additions to, altering, repairing, restoring, structuring, restructuring or any other change to property or wealth (whether or not it results in an increase in the value of the property or wealth). 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    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 licence; and 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
    23 Nov 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    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
    14 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    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

  • Date
    22 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends: seven Acts to create a jobseeker payment to replace seven existing payments as the main payment for people of working age from 20 March 2020; 10 Acts to provide for the cessation of the widow B pension, wife pension, bereavement allowance, sickness allowance, widow allowance and partner allowance; the
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: remove the ability of newstart allowance and certain special benefit recipients aged 55 to 59 to satisfy the activity test by engaging in voluntary work for at least 30 hours per fortnight; and remove certain exemptions for drug or alcohol dependence; the
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to: provide that a job seeker’s newstart allowance or youth allowance be payable from the date they attend their initial appointment with their employment services provider; ensure that job seekers are not able to use drug or alcohol dependency as an excuse for failing to meet their requirements; introduce a new compliance framework for mutual obligation requirements in relation to participation payments; and enable the Department of Human Services to require applicants to provide their tax file number at the time of a claim; the
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to: provide that claimants receive payments from the date they lodge a complete claim; and establish a two year drug testing trial in three regions for 5000 new recipients of newstart allowance and youth allowance; the
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999
    ,
    Paid Parental Leave Act 2010
    ,
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    and
    Student Assistance Act 1973
    to enable certain information obtained in the course of an administrative action to be used in subsequent investigations and criminal proceedings; and the
    Disability Discrimination Act 1992
    to exempt three social security laws from the operation of the Act. Also: enables the minister to make rules of a transitional nature in relation to the cessation of payments; and makes consequential amendments to the
    Farm Household Support Act 2014
    ,
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    21 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: restrict access to the relocation scholarship to students relocating within Australia and students studying in Australia; align pensioner education supplement fortnightly rates with the amount of study undertaken by eligible students; and provide that payments of the pensioner education supplement cease during semester breaks and holiday periods; and
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to align education entry payment rates with the amount of study undertaken by eligible students. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to: tighten the eligibility criteria for mobility allowance for new claims and reduce the period for which the allowance is continued when a person ceases to be qualified; provide that the allowance will no longer be payable to individuals who transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS); and close the mobility allowance program from 1 July 2020. Also makes consequential amendments to five Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    31 Aug 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Establishes the National Disability Insurance Scheme Savings Fund Special Account to assist the Commonwealth to meet its funding obligations in relation to the National Disability Insurance Scheme. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    07 Dec 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Corporations Act 2001
    to consolidate and broaden the existing protections and remedies for corporate and financial sector whistleblowers;
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to create a whistleblower protection regime for disclosures of information by individuals regarding breaches of the tax laws or misconduct relating to an entity’s tax affairs; and
    Banking Act 1959
    ,
    Insurance Act 1973
    ,
    Life Insurance Act 1995
    and
    Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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