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  • Date
    30 Nov 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    HILL, Julian, MP 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Nov 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    WILKIE, Andrew, MP 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Nov 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Financial Sector Reform (Hayne Royal Commission Response) Bill 2020, the bill amends the
    Corporations (Fees) Act 2001
    to enable the Australian Securities and Investments Commission to charge a fee for an application by an entity to be exempted from the deferred sales model for add-on insurance products. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Nov 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Corporations Act 2001
    to: establish a debt restructuring process for eligible small companies and provide temporary relief for eligible companies seeking to enter the process; and expand the situations where documents relating to the external administration of a company may be given electronically and allow documents relating to the external administration of a company to be signed electronically; and
    Bankruptcy Act 1966
    and
    Corporations Act 2001
    to establish a simplified liquidation process for the purpose of winding up the affairs and distributing the property of an eligible company in a creditors' voluntary winding up, as well as the requirements for entering and exiting the process. Also makes consequential amendments to seven Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Nov 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Corporations (Fees) Amendment (Hayne Royal Commission Response) Bill 2020, the bill amends the:
    Corporations Act 2001
    and
    National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009
    to strengthen the existing voluntary code of conduct framework by enabling the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) to designate enforceable code provisions in approved codes of conduct which, if breached, may attract civil penalties; and establish a mandatory code of conduct framework for the financial services and consumer credit industry through regulations, with the ability to designate certain provisions of civil penalty provisions;
    Insurance Contracts Act 1984
    to: limit the circumstances in which an insurer can avoid a life insurance contract on the basis of non-fraudulent misrepresentation or non-disclosure by an insured; and replace the duty of disclosure for consumer insurance contracts with a duty to take reasonable care not to make a misrepresentation;
    Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001
    to: implement an industry wide deferred sales model for the sale of add-on insurance products; and formalise ASIC's meeting procedures;
    Corporations Act 2001
    to: provide for the interaction of the deferred sales model with the anti hawking obligations; make claims handling and settling a financial service; and ban the hawking of financial products;
    Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001
    and
    National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009
    to cap the commission that may be paid in relation to add-on risk products supplied in connection with the sale or long-term lease of a motor vehicle; Insurance Act 1973 to restrict the use of the terms 'insurance' and 'insurer';
    Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993
    to: impose a new condition on licences held by a body corporate trustee of a registrable superannuation entity; and amend the roles and responsibilities of superannuation industry regulators;
    Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001
    and
    Corporations Act 2001
    to extend the financial services licensing regime to cover a broader range of activities undertaken by superannuation trustees regulated by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA);
    Corporations Act 2001
    ,
    National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009
    and
    National Consumer Credit Protection (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Act 2009
    to: impose new obligations on financial services licensee and credit licensees in relation to reference checking and information sharing, and breach reporting and remediation; and clarify and strengthen the breach reporting regime for financial services licensees and introduce a breach reporting regime for credit licensees;
    Australian Prudential Regulation Authority Act 1998
    and
    Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001
    to require APRA and ASIC to cooperate and share information with each other, including requiring them to notify each other when they reasonably believe there may be material breaches of each other's legislation. Also makes consequential amendments to five Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Nov 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Social Security Act 1991
    to: extend the COVID-19 supplement to 31 March 2021 for all persons in receipt of youth allowance, including full time students and new apprentices; extend the temporary COVID-19 qualification rules for jobseeker payment and youth allowance to 31 March 2021; end the COVID-19 exemptions from the liquid assets test waiting period and assets tests from 1 January 2021; and temporarily enable the minister to determine modifications to specified provisions of the social security law in response to COVID-19;
    Farm Household Support Act 2014
    and
    Social Security Act 1991
    to provide that the COVID-19 supplement and the exemptions from the ordinary waiting period, newly arrived resident's waiting period and seasonal work preclusion period cannot be extended beyond 31 March 2021; and
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986
    to introduce a discretionary power to extend the principal home exemption temporary absence provisions for the purposes of the social security and veterans' entitlements assets tests. Also permits jobkeeper information provided to Services Australia on or before 28 March 2021 to continue to be used after that date. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Nov 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Education, Skills and Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000
    to: enable refunds of registration charges in special circumstances; amend the definition of 'course'; and enable the minister responsible for international education to include and exempt certain courses from the requirements of the Act. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Nov 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Agriculture, Water and the Environment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Export Control Act 2020
    to: clarify the circumstances where a fit and proper person test is required for an application to vary a registration of an establishment, or to approve an alteration of an establishment; enable the rules to prescribe circumstances where the secretary may approve or refuse to approve a notice of intention to export prescribed goods; provide the secretary with the power to prescribe requirements in the rules for determining whether to issue or to refuse to issue an export permit; enable the rules to modify how certain provisions in the Act and the
    Administrative Appeals Tribunals Act 1975
    apply to reviewable decisions for tariff rate quotas; and enable the rules to apply matters contained in any instrument of a foreign country that sets out, or provides a method for calculating, the tariff rate quota for the importation of a kind of goods into that country. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Nov 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to: enable the minister to declare certain grant programs as eligible for non-assessable non-exempt income tax treatment under an instrument-making power; and update the list of deductible gift recipients to include Neighbourhood Watch Australasia; and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    and
    Superannuation (Unclaimed Money and Lost Members) Act 1999
    to facilitate the payment of unclaimed superannuation held by the Commissioner of Taxation directly to New Zealand KiwiSaver schemes. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Nov 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    STEGGALL, Zali, MP 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Climate Change (National Framework for Adaptation and Mitigation) Bill 2020, the bill: repeals the
    Climate Change Authority Act 2011
    ; and amends the:
    Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001
    ,
    Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011
    ,
    Clean Energy Regulator Act 2011
    ,
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    and
    National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007
    to make consequential amendments; and
    Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013
    to require Commonwealth entities to consider the potential risks of climate change when performing functions or duties, or exercising powers, and include this information in annual reports. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 Nov 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    STEGGALL, Zali, MP 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Climate Change (National Framework for Adaptation and Mitigation) (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2020, the bill: sets a target of achieving net zero emissions by 31 December 2050; establishes the Climate Change Commission (the commission) and provides for its functions, powers, membership and staffing; prescribes a number of guiding principles to which decision makers under the Act must have regard; requires the commission to periodically complete a national climate change assessment (national assessment); requires the minister to prepare a national adaptation plan in response to each national assessment; requires the minister, by legislative instrument, to set an emissions budget for each prescribed emissions budget period; requires the minister to prepare an emissions reduction plan setting out the policies and strategies for meeting each emissions budget; and establishes the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Climate Adaptation and Mitigation and provides for its powers, proceedings and functions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 Oct 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Health Insurance Act 1973
    to enable the Commonwealth to recover amounts overpaid for incorrectly claimed Medicare benefits or payments where a false or misleading statement has led to a payment that should not have been made. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 Oct 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Home Affairs 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Immigration (Education) Act 1971
    to: remove the 510 hour limit on an eligible person's entitlement to English tuition; amend the upper limit for eligibility to access English tuition from functional English to vocational English; remove the time limits on the registration, commencement and completion of English tuition for certain visa holders; and provide English tuition to certain visa holders or visa applicants outside Australia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Oct 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Foreign Investment Reform (Protecting Australia's National Security) Bill 2020, the bill amends the
    Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Fees Imposition Act 2015
    to establish a new fee framework for applications, notices and notifiable national security actions under the
    Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Oct 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Fees Imposition Amendment Bill 2020, the bill amends the:
    Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975
    to: introduce a new national security test which requires mandatory notification of investments in a sensitive national security business or land and allows investments not otherwise notified to be 'called in' for review on national security grounds; provide the Treasurer, as a last resort and in extraordinary circumstances, with the ability to issue a divestment order where there is no other remedy for a national security risk; expand the enforcement, monitoring and investigative powers of the Treasurer and the Commissioner of Taxation; amend the circumstances in which an investor satisfies the change in control test; deems a foreign person to have acquired an interest in securities in an entity where the persons' proportional holdings have increased without the person taking any action; amend the definition of Australian business to include state and territory business functions; expand the tracing rules to unincorporated limited partnerships; enable information sharing with foreign governments; create a Register of Foreign Ownership of Australian Assets which incorporates the existing Register of Foreign Ownership of Water Entitlements and Register of Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land, and create additional obligations to notify the Registrar of a broader range of interests; provide that fees are payable for new types of actions; and make consequential and technical amendments;
    Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975
    and
    Taxation Administration Act 1953
    to enable the Commissioner of Taxation to disclose protected information to the Foreign Investment Review Board for certain purposes; and
    Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975
    and
    Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018
    to make consequential amendments. Also repeals the
    Register of Foreign Ownership of Water or Agricultural Land Act 2015

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Oct 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Education 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to insert a new definition of ‘academic freedom’ and replace references to 'free intellectual inquiry' with the allied concepts of 'freedom of speech' and 'academic freedom'. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Oct 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Treasury 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to make refunds of large-scale generation shortfall charges non-assessable non-exempt income for income tax purposes;
    Treasury Laws Amendment (Putting Consumers First—Establishment of the Australian Financial Complaints Authority) Act 2018
    to: facilitate the closure and any transitional arrangements associated with the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) replacing the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal (SCT); provide for the transfer of records and documents from the SCT to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission; include a power for the Federal Court to remit cases back to AFCA; and include a rule-making power to allow the minister to prescribe matters of a transitional nature;
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010
    to increase the maximum amount of penalty units that can be included in regulations that prescribe an industry code from 300 to 600 penalty units; and
    Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus (Measures No. 2) Act 2020
    to extend the temporary mechanism which enables ministers to change arrangements for meeting information and documentary requirements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Oct 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    WILKIE, Andrew, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006
    to: require gambling companies to report to the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre if they have reason to suspect a person is paying for gambling services with money obtained illegally; and enable the Federal Court to make compensation orders where gambling companies have provided gambling services to a person who they suspect has paid for the gambling service using money obtained illegally. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Oct 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    HAINES, Helen, MP 
    Summary
    The bill: establishes the Australian Federal Integrity Commission as an independent public sector anti-corruption commission for the Commonwealth; provides for the appointment, functions and powers of the Federal Integrity Commissioner, Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner, Whistleblower Protection Commissioner and Assistant Federal Integrity Commissioners; establishes the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Australian Federal Integrity Commission; establishes the Parliamentary Inspector of the Australian Federal Integrity Commission; and makes consequential amendments to the
    Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006
    ,
    Ombudsman Act 1976
    and
    Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Oct 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    HAINES, Helen, MP 
    Summary
    The bill: provides for statutory codes of conduct for the members of each house of parliament and their staff; creates a statutory basis for parliamentarians' registers of interests; establishes a Parliamentary Integrity Advisor to provide independent, confidential advice and guidance to parliamentarians and their staff in relation to the applicable codes of conduct; and establishes a Parliamentary Standards Commissioner to assist in the assessment, investigation and resolution of alleged breaches of the applicable codes of conduct. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    21 Oct 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Aged Care Act 1997
    to: introduce an additional, discretionary procedure for classification of recipients of residential aged care and some kinds of flexible care from 1 March 2021; and make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    21 Oct 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Health 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Aged Care Act 1997
    and
    Aged Care (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997
    to amend the arrangements relating to the payment of home care subsidy to approved providers by providing that the Commonwealth will retain, on behalf of home care recipients, any subsidy that may be in excess of the care and services provided, to be drawn down as care and services are provided in future; and
    A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999
    to ensure that the supply of home care remains GST-free. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    19 Oct 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Sponsor
    SHARKIE, Rebekha, MP 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Aged Care Act 1997
    to require residential aged care providers to disclose their income, costs of food and medication, staff and staff training, accommodation, administration and monies paid to parent bodies in annual financial transparency reports to the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner; and
    Corporations Act 2001
    to ensure residential aged care providers include detailed financial information in annual financial statements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    08 Oct 2020 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before House of Representatives 
    Portfolio
    Social Services 
    Summary
    Amends the
    National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Act 2018
    in relation to the operation of the National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse to: clarify how participating institutions that are associates of a responsible institution are to be determined and specified; clarify that where there is more than one funder of last resort, the defunct institution's share of the redress cost is to be divided equally between the government institutions; amend the approval and consultation process in relation to the engagement of an independent decision-maker by a national redress scheme operator; protect the names and symbols used in connection with the scheme; permit a payment to be made to a person who has been appointed by a court, tribunal or board to manage the financial affairs of a person entitled to redress; permit the operator to extend the timeframe for payment of a funding contribution by an institution; authorise the disclosure of certain protected information; and correct minor typographical errors. 

    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

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