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National Health Security Amendment Bill 2012

Originating house
House of Representatives
Health and Ageing


Amends the National Health Security Act 2007 in relation to the security sensitive biological agent (SSBA) scheme to: provide different reporting, compliance and condition arrangements for organisations which temporarily handle an SSBA; require entities undertaking emergency maintenance of registered facilities to report their arrangements to the department; enable the secretary to impose conditions on entities determined to be non-compliant with the SSBA standards until such time as compliance is achieved; require registered entities which undertake initial testing of suspected SSBAs to report all results of confirmatory testing; clarify that an entity listed as an exempt entity is not subject to the reporting and handling requirements for a suspected SSBA; and make consequential amendments.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 19/09/12  
Second reading moved 19/09/12  
Referred to Federation Chamber 09/10/12  
Second reading debate 09/10/12  
Second reading agreed to 09/10/12  
Reported from Federation Chamber 10/10/12  
Third reading agreed to 10/10/12  
Introduced and read a first time 11/10/12  
Second reading moved 11/10/12  
Second reading debate 22/11/12  
Second reading agreed to 22/11/12  
Third reading agreed to 22/11/12  
Assent 10/12/12 Act no.: 182 - Year: 2012

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  • First reading


Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum


Second reading speeches

Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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