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  • Date
    02 Dec 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Wine Australia Act 2013
    to provide for Wine Australia to establish and maintain a directory of labels that are attached to grape products such as wine intended for export from Australia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 May 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Veterans’ Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
    and
    Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986
    to create a new position on the Repatriation Commission and Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission to represent the families of veterans;
    Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
    to enable the provision of assistance or benefits to former Australian Defence Force members to assist them to transition into civilian work; and
    Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986
    to extend eligibility for the quarterly energy supplement to holders of gold cards under the
    Australian Participants in British Nuclear Tests and British Commonwealth Occupation Force (Treatment) Act 2006
    and
    Treatment Benefits (Special Access) Act 2019

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Sep 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993
    to increase the maximum number of allowable members from four to six in self managed superannuation funds and small APRA funds; and
    Corporations Act 2001
    ,
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    ,
    Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993
    and
    Superannuation (Unclaimed Money and Lost Members) Act 1999
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    06 Feb 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Retirement Savings Accounts Act 1997
    ,
    Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993
    and
    Superannuation (Unclaimed Money and Lost Members) Act 1999
    to: facilitate the closure of eligible rollover funds by 30 June 2021; and enable the Commissioner of Taxation to reunite amounts he or she receives from eligible rollover funds with a member's active account; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    05 Dec 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Tax Laws Amendment (Research and Development) Act 2015
    to: permanently increase the research and development (R&D) expenditure threshold from $100 million to $150 million; link the R&D tax offset for refundable R&D tax offset claimants to their corporate tax rates plus a 13.5 percentage point premium; cap the refundability of the R&D tax offset at $4 million per annum; and increase the targeting of the R&D tax incentive to larger R&D entities with high levels of R&D intensity;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to extend the concept of tax benefits in the general anti-avoidance rule in Part IVA of the
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    to include the R&D tax offset;
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    ,
    Income Tax Rates Act 1986
    and
    Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997
    to: remake and consolidate provisions relating to clawback of R&D recoupments and feedstock adjustments; introduce a new uniform clawback rule that applies for recoupments, feedstock adjustments and balancing adjustment amounts included in an R&D entity's assessable income; and introduce a new catch-up rule for R&D assets;
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to require the Commissioner of Taxation to publish information about relevant activities of R&D entities claiming the R&D tax offset following a two-year delay;
    Industry Research and Development Act 1986
    (IR&D Act) to: provide for the Board of Innovation and Science Australia (ISA) to make a determination, by notifiable instrument, about how it will exercise its powers and perform its functions and duties; and expand the existing power of the Board of ISA and its committees to delegate some or all of their functions to include certain members of the Australian Public Service; and Industry Research and Development Decision-making Principles 2011 to provide that extensions of time granted under the IR&D Act may relate to certain applications. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 May 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to enable individuals aged 65 and 66 to make up to three years of non-concessional superannuation contributions under the bring forward rule. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Dec 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Aviation Transport Security Act 2004
    to: introduce powers for aviation security inspectors to conduct covert compliance testing of aviation industry participants' aviation security systems at all regulated locations; provide certain exemptions for aviation security inspectors from civil or criminal liability when they are covertly testing aviation industry participants' aviation security systems; and
    Aviation Transport Security Act 2004
    and
    Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Act 2003
    to: require screening officers to have completed relevant training and to hold relevant qualifications prior to exercising powers or performing screening functions; allow for the making of legislative instruments to determine training, qualifications and other requirements for specified screening officers in the exercise of powers or performance of screening functions, and requirements relating to the use of identity cards and uniforms; and make technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Oct 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    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 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
    07 Oct 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Bankruptcy (Estate Charges) Amendment (Norfolk Island) Bill 2020, the bill amends the:
    Norfolk Island Act 1979
    ,
    Christmas Island Act 1958
    and
    Cocos (Keeling) Islands Act 1955
    to ensure the effective operation of the laws of other states and territories which have been applied in these external territories;
    Norfolk Island Act 1979
    to: enable the Australian Government to enter into arrangements with any state or territory government to support state-type service delivery in Norfolk Island; and provide for the possible future conferral upon the courts of a state or territory jurisdiction in relation to Norfolk Island;
    Corporations Act 2001
    ,
    Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001
    ,
    National Credit Protection Act 2009
    ,
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    and
    Cross-Border Insolvency Act 2008
    to extend the application of the Acts to the external territories;
    ASIC Supervisory Cost Recovery Levy Act 2017
    and
    ASIC Supervisory Cost Recovery Levy (Collection) Act 2017
    to remove outdated references to the 'Crown in right of Norfolk Island';
    Bankruptcy Act 1966
    to enable the Australian Financial Security Authority to provide bankruptcy and personal property security services to Norfolk Island;
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    to clarify its application to bodies established under a law in force in Norfolk Island;
    Privacy Act 1988
    to: clarify its application to statutory bodies in the external territories; and clarify the application of the Australian Privacy Principles to state and territory laws which have been applied in the external territories and the Jervis Bay Territory;
    Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977
    to: extend its coverage to decisions made by Commonwealth officials under applied laws in the external territories and the Jervis Bay Territory; and extend the right to judicial review to decisions made under laws made by the former Norfolk Island Legislative Assembly and continued pre-self-government ordinances;
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to update the definition of 'Commonwealth public official' to include people exercising powers or functions under a law in force in Norfolk Island;
    Broadcasting Services Act 1992
    to enable the Australian Communications and Media Authority to issues licences and undertake future broadcasting planning in Norfolk Island;
    Copyright Act 1968
    to ensure Norfolk Island is treated as a territory instead of a state for the purposes of the Act; and
    Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000
    to extend the application of the Act to Norfolk Island. Also makes consequential amendments to eight Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Feb 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    GRIFF, Sen Stirling 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
    to require that voice calls communicating an electoral matter to a person must identify the use of any actors at the beginning of the call;
    Do Not Call Register Act 2006
    to enable consumers who register on the Do Not Call Register to opt out of receiving phone calls from charities;
    Spam Act 2003
    to require political parties to provide an unsubscribe function for all unsolicited electronic communications containing political content; and
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    05 Mar 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979
    to: provide a framework for Australian agencies to obtain independently-authorised international production orders for interception, stored communications and telecommunications data directly to designated communications providers in foreign countries with which Australia has a designated international agreement; make amendments contingent on the commencement of the proposed
    Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2020
    ; and remove the ability for nominated Administrative Appeals Tribunal members to issue certain warrants. Also amends: six Acts to make consequential amendments; and the
    Surveillance Devices Act 2004
    to correct a drafting error. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    04 Dec 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    KENEALLY, Sen Kristina 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Telecommunications Act 1997
    to: clarify actions that designated communications providers must not be requested or required to do in technical assistance requests, technical assistance notices or technical capability notices; require the Australian Federal Police Commissioner not to approve technical assistance notices issued by the chief officer of state or territory interception agencies unless satisfied that the requirements of the notice are reasonable and proportionate, and compliance with the notice is practicable and technically feasible; remove the ability of the minister to edit and delete information in relevant reports prepared by the Commonwealth Ombudsman; and insert a judicial authorisation requirement in the approval or varying of technical assistance requests, technical assistance notices or technical capability notices. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Aug 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Youth and Sport 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Sports Integrity Australia Act 2020
    to implement revisions to the World Anti-Doping Code by: introducing a new category of person (non-participant) who may be subject to the National Anti-Doping Scheme; broadening the discretion of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sport Integrity Australia to not publish details of violations committed by athletes who compete for recreational purposes, or if the CEO believes an athlete does not have the mental capacity to understand the anti-doping rules; broadening the situations where the CEO may respond to public comment on unfinalised matters; and amending the definition of athlete to include persons who competed in sport within the last six months; and
    National Sports Tribunal Act 2019
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Sep 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: amend the residency requirements for the age pension and the disability support pension by changing certain timeframes which need to be met before claims will be deemed payable to eligible recipients; and increase the maximum liquid assets waiting period for youth allowance, austudy, newstart allowance (or jobseeker payment from 20 March 2020) and sickness allowance from 13 weeks to 26 weeks; proposed
    New Skilled Regional Visas (Consequential Amendments) Act 2019
    to make contingent amendments to a transitional provision; and
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to cease payment of the pension supplement after six weeks temporary absence overseas and immediately for permanent departures. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Sep 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to establish a two year drug testing trial in three regions for 5000 new recipients of newstart allowance and youth allowance;
    Farm Household Support Act 2014
    to make consequential amendments; and
    Farm Household Support Act 2014
    ,
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to substitute references to the newstart allowance with references to the jobseeker payment following commencement of the
    Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Act 2018

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Sep 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    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 May 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to provide that offences for providing false and misleading statements or documents apply to circumstances when the information is not provided to a natural person; four Acts to require a person served with a formal notice or summons by a Royal Commission to produce documents or information, or give evidence, to comply with that requirement even if the document or information is protected by secrecy provisions; and six Acts to make technical and consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    22 Oct 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Oct 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    SIEWERT, Sen Rachel 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus Act 2020
    and
    Social Security Act 1991
    to maintain the coronavirus supplement at the rate of $550 per fortnight for recipients of jobseeker payment, partner allowance, widow allowance, youth allowance, austudy, ABSTUDY Living Allowance, parenting payment, farm household allowance, and special benefit; and
    Social Security Act 1991
    to extend the coronavirus supplement to recipients of disability support pensions and age pensions who receive Commonwealth rent assistance. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Sep 2019 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to: extend the end date for existing cashless debit card (CDC) trial areas from 30 June 2020 to 30 June 2021 and establish an end date for the CDC trial in the Cape York area of 31 December 2021; remove the cap on the number of CDC trial participants; remove the exclusion to allow people in the Bundaberg and Hervey Bay trial area to be able to voluntarily participate in the CDC trial; establish the Northern Territory and Cape York areas as CDC trial areas and transition income management participants in these sites onto the CDC trial in 2020; enable the secretary to advise a community body when a person has exited the CDC trial and remove the requirement that an evaluation be conducted by an independent expert within 6 months of the completion of a review of the CDC trial. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    08 Oct 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to: remove the trial parameters to establish the Cashless Debit Card (CDC) as an ongoing program; establish the Northern Territory and Cape York areas as CDC program areas and transition income management participants in these areas to the CDC program in 2021; remove a current exclusion to enable people in the Bundaberg and Hervey Bay program area to voluntary participate in the CDC program; enable a voluntary participant to continue to volunteer for the CDC even if they no longer reside in a program area; enable the secretary to advise a community body when a person has exited the CDC program; enable the minister to determine decision-making principles for the purposes of determining whether a person can demonstrate reasonable and responsible management of the person's affairs; enable the secretary to review a wellbeing exemption or exit determination in certain circumstances and remove the determination as a result of such a review; enable the secretary to issue and revoke a notice informing a person that they are a CDC program participant; remove the requirement that an evaluation be conducted by an independent expert of a review of the CDC program; and extend the sunset date for income management in Cape York from 30 June 2020 to 31 December 2021. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 May 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends: 17 Acts to make consequential amendments as a result of the establishment of Services Australia as an executive agency under the
    Public Service Act 1999
    on 1 February 2020; and the
    Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988
    ,
    Human Services (Centrelink) Act 1997
    and
    Human Services (Medicare) Act 1973
    to make governance changes in relation to Services Australia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    02 Dec 2019 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON, Sen Pauline 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to: require the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to determine a base minimum price for milk for each dairy season; require the minister to refer to the Productivity Commission for inquiry the effectiveness of determining a base price for milk and the potential effectiveness of a divestiture regime for the dairy industry; and establish a mandatory industry code for the food and grocery industry, including the dairy industry. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    06 Oct 2020 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    STEELE-JOHN, Sen Jordon 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Royal Commissions Act 1902
    to apply the limits on the use and disclosure of information given to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of People with Disability (the commission) in private session, and the restrictions on the ability of such private session information to be used in evidence against the person who gave the information, to information given to the commission for purposes other than in a private session, where the commission has indicated the information is to be treated as confidential and has treated it as such; and
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    to make a consequential amendment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Feb 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    JOYCE, Barnaby, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Representation Act 1983
    to: impose a geographical requirement on the representation requirements for the Senate, comprised of 6 divisions per state represented by two senators; and
    Commonwealth Electoral Act 1983
    to make a consequential amendment. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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