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As at cob 23 September 2016

 

 

Abbreviations

 

AG  Australian Greens

ALP  Australian Labor Party [Opp]

AMEP  Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party

CLP  Country Liberal Party [Govt]

DHJP  Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party

FFP  Family First Party

GLT  Glenn Lazarus Team

Ind  Independent

KAP  Katter’s Australian Party

JLN  Jacqui Lambie Network

LDP  Liberal Democratic Party

LP  Liberal Party of Australia [Govt] 

 

Nats  The Nationals [Govt]

NXT  Nick Xenophon Team

PHON  Pauline Hanson’s One Nation

PUP  Palmer United Party

 

CID  Consideration in detail stage (House of Representatives)

L  Lapsed bill

PM  Private member’s bill

PS  Private senator’s bill

R  Restored to Notice Paper

SBC  Senate Selection of Bills Committee

SC  House of Representatives Selection Committee

 

Note: Each bill summary reflects the content of the bill introduced into the Parliament.

PS  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Amendment (A Stronger Land Account)  

Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Siewert - AG)

Amends the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005 to: clarify the purpose of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Account; provide for excess returns from Land Account investments to be equally shared between the Account and the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC); provide that the minister may have regard to advice provided by the ILC about its financial requirements; provide for parliamentary review of any proposed changes to the ILC and the Land Account; provide for the establishment of a Nomination Committee to make recommendations about appointments to the ILC Board; require the ILC Board to establish a Risk and Audit Management Committee; limit the tenure and reappointments of directors; require the chair and directors to disclose all pecuniary interests; and require the ILC Board to determine a code of conduct.

Senate: Intro. 24/6/14; 2nd reading adjourned 24/6/14

Reference ( SBC report 8/14 ): Bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 26/6/14; report tabled 25/3/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

PS  Adelaide Airport Curfew Amendment (Protecting Residents’ Amenity) Bill 2014

L   (Introduced by Senator Wright - AG)

Amends the Adelaide Airport Curfew Act 2000 to prevent the minister from approving international aircraft movements at Adelaide Airport during curfew shoulder periods; and make consequential amendments.

Senate: Intro. 12/2/14; 2nd reading adjourned 12/2/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Aged Care Amendment (Red Tape Reduction in Places Management) Bill 2015

(Act citation: Aged Care Amendment (Red Tape Reduction in Places Management) Act 2016 )

Amends the Aged Care Act 1997 to: deem that a transfer of places between providers has been approved unless the secretary vetoes the transfer; increase the provisional allocation period to four years; and limit the amount of extensions available for the allocation of provisionally allocated places to two 12-month periods with further extensions available only in exceptional circumstances.

House of Representatives: Intro. 25/11/15; Passed 2/12/15

Senate: Intro. 2/2/16; Passed 3/2/16

Assent: 10/2/16; Act No. 1, 2016

Aged Care Legislation Amendment (Increasing Consumer Choice) Bill 2016

Amends the Aged Care Act 1997 and Aged Care (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 to: enable funding for a home care package to ‘follow’ the care recipient; provide a consistent national approach to prioritising access to subsidised home care; and simplify the approval process for approved providers; and the Aged Care Act 1997 to make amendments contingent on the commencement of the Aged Care Amendment (Red Tape Reduction in Places Management) Act 2016 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 11/2/16; Passed 2/3/16

Senate: Intro. 3/3/16; Passed 3/3/16

Assent: 18/3/16; Act No. 19, 2016

Amending Acts 1990 to 1999 Repeal Bill 2015

(Act citation: Amending Acts 1990 to 1999 Repeal Act 2016 )

Repeals 877 amending and repeal Acts enacted from 1990 to 1999.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/11/15; Passed 2/12/15

Senate: Intro. 2/2/16; Passed 4/2/16

Assent: 11/2/16; Act No. 5, 2016

PS  Anti-Money Laundering Amendment (Gaming Machine Venues) Bill 2012 [2013]

L   (Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

Amends the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 to: provide that poker machine payouts of more than $1000 and the cashing of transferred cheques are threshold transactions which are reportable to the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre; require gaming machine venues to issue cheques for payouts of winnings or gaming machine credits over $1000 with an indication that they have been issued for that purpose; and impose penalties for failure to issue cheques in those circumstances.

Senate: Intro. 30/10/12; 2nd reading adjourned 30/10/12

Reference: Bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform 1/11/12 ; report tabled in House and Senate 24/6/13

Lapsed due to prorogation of 43rd Parliament 11/11/13

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 10/12/13; 2nd reading adjourned 28/8/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2015-2016

Appropriates additional money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the ordinary annual services of the government, in addition to the appropriations provided for by the Appropriation Act (No. 1) 2015-2016 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 4/2/16; Passed 1/3/16

Senate: Intro. 3/3/16; Passed 18/3/16

2nd reading amendment: 1 LDP/negatived

Assent: 23/3/16; Act No. 27, 2016

Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2015-2016

Appropriates additional money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure, in addition to the appropriations provided for by the Appropriation Act (No. 2) 2015-2016 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 4/2/16; Passed 1/3/16

Senate: Intro. 3/3/16; Passed 18/3/16

Assent: 23/3/16; Act No. 29, 2016

Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2016-2017

Appropriates money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the ordinary annual services of the government.

House of Representatives: Intro. 3/5/16; 2nd reading adjourned 3/5/16, 5/5/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2016-2017

Appropriates money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the ordinary annual services of the government.

House of Representatives: Intro. 31/8/16; 2nd reading adjourned 31/8/16, 12/9/16

Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2016-2017

Appropriates money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure.

House of Representatives: Intro. 3/5/16; 2nd reading adjourned 3/5/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2016-2017

Appropriates money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure.

House of Representatives: Intro. 31/8/16; 2nd reading adjourned 31/8/16

Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2016-2017

Appropriates money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for expenditure in relation to the parliamentary departments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 3/5/16; 2nd reading adjourned 3/5/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2016-2017

Appropriates money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for expenditure in relation to the parliamentary departments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 31/8/16; 2nd reading adjourned 31/8/16

Asset Recycling Fund Bill 2014

Introduced with the Asset Recycling Fund (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2014, the bill establishes the Asset Recycling Fund to: enable grants of financial assistance to be made to the states and territories for expenditure incurred under the National Partnership Agreements on Asset Recycling and Land Transport Infrastructure Projects; make infrastructure national partnership grants; and enable the making of infrastructure payments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 29/5/14; Passed 19/6/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/negatived

CID amendments: 7 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 23/6/14; Passed 17/7/14

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 29/5/14 ; report tabled 16/6/14

Committee amendments: 20 Govt/passed; 15 Opp/passed; 3 AG/passed; 1 clause negatived (Govt); 4 subclauses negatived (Opp); 1 AG/negatived; 2 LDP to Opp/negatived

[House agreed to Senate amendments nos 3, 4, 7 to 11, 14, 17, 18, 22, 24 to 26, 29, 30, 35, 38 and 39 and disagreed to Senate amendments nos 1, 2, 5, 6, 12, 13, 15, 16, 19 to 21, 23, 27, 28, 31 to 34, 36 and 37, 17/7/14; Senate insisted on its amendments 18/7/14; House reported message from Senate insisting on its amendments 26/8/14]

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

Asset Recycling Fund (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2014

Introduced with the Asset Recycling Fund Bill 2014, the bill makes consequential amendments to the COAG Reform Fund Act 2008 , DisabilityCare Australia Fund Act 2013 , Future Fund Act 2006 and Nation-building Funds Act 2008 to: enable grants to the states and territories through the COAG Reform Fund; extend the Future Fund Board’s duties to manage the Asset Recycling Fund (ARF); and allow for amounts to be transferred between the ARF and Future Fund.

House of Representatives: Intro. 29/5/14; Passed 19/6/14

Senate: Intro. 23/6/14; Passed 17/7/14

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 29/5/14 ; report tabled 16/6/14

Committee amendments: 2 AG/passed

[House disagreed to Senate amendments 17/7/14; Senate insisted on its amendments 18/7/14; House reported message from Senate insisting on its amendments 26/8/14]

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

PS  Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Local Content) Bill 2014

L   (Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

Amends the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 to include requirements for the production and dissemination of local content in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Charter.

Senate: Intro. 27/11/14; 2nd reading adjourned 27/11/14

Reference ( SBC report 16/14 ): Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 4/12/14; report presented out of sitting 27/3/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

PS  Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Rural and Regional Advocacy)  

Bill 2015

(Introduced by Senator McKenzie - Nats)

Amends the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 to: amend the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC) Charter in relation to the delivery of services to rural and regional Australia in each state and territory; impose certain requirements on the ABC and the ABC Board; and provide for the establishment, functions and membership of the Rural and Regional Advisory Council.

Senate: Intro. 1/12/15; 2nd reading adjourned 1/12/15

Reference ( SBC report 16/15 ): Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 3/12/15; interim report presented out of sitting 5/5/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 13/9/16

Reference ( SBC report 6/16 ): Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 15/9/16; report due 30/11/16

PS  Australian Centre for Social Cohesion Bill 2015

R   (Introduced by Senator Milne - AG)

Establishes the Australian Centre for Social Cohesion and provides for: the director to develop and implement programs to improve social cohesion and prevent violent extremism; the director’s powers, appointment and terms and conditions of employment; and deputy directors, staff, consultants and delegations.

Senate: Intro. 9/2/15; 2nd reading adjourned 9/2/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 15/9/16

Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (Repeal) (No. 1) Bill 2014

Repeals the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012 to abolish the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission; and provides for transitional arrangements, including the transfer of matters and the reporting obligations of the agency which succeeds the commission.

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 19/3/14, 3/12/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/pending

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

Senate:

Reference ( SBC report 4/14 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 27/3/14; report tabled 16/6/14

Australian Citizenship and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

Amends the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 to: extend good character requirements; clarify residency requirements and related matters; clarify the circumstances in which a person’s approval as an Australian citizen may or must be cancelled; clarify the circumstances in which the minister may defer a person making the pledge of commitment to become an Australian citizen; clarify the circumstances in which a person’s Australian citizenship may be revoked; enable the minister to specify certain matters in a legislative instrument; enable the use and disclosure of personal information obtained under the Migration Act 1958 or the migration regulations; and make technical amendments; and the Migration Act 1958 to enable the use and disclosure of personal information obtained under the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 or the citizenship regulations.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/10/14; Passed 24/11/14

Senate: Intro. 25/11/14; 2nd reading adjourned 25/11/14

Reference ( SBC report 14/14 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 30/10/14; report tabled 1/12/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Australian Crime Commission Amendment (Criminology Research) Bill 2015

Merges the functions of the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) into the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) by amending the Australian Crime Commission Act 2002 to enable the ACC to perform the AIC’s functions, including carrying out criminology research, sharing and publishing that research and carrying out commissioned research; and repealing the Criminology Research Act 1971 to abolish the AIC as a statutory agency.

House of Representatives: Intro. 15/10/15; Passed 10/11/15

Senate: Intro. 10/11/15; 2nd reading adjourned 10/11/15, 30/11/15

Reference ( SBC report 14/15 ): Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 12/11/15; report tabled 26/11/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Australian Crime Commission Amendment (Criminology Research) Bill 2016

Merges the functions of the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) with the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) by amending the Australian Crime Commission Act 2002 to enable the ACIC to perform the AIC’s functions, including carrying out criminology research, sharing and publishing that research and carrying out commissioned research; and repealing the Criminology Research Act 1971 to abolish the AIC as a statutory agency.

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/9/16; 2nd reading adjourned 14/9/16

Australian Crime Commission Amendment (National Policing Information) Bill 2015

(Act citation: Australian Crime Commission Amendment (National Policing Information) Act 2016 )

Introduced with the Australian Crime Commission (National Policing Information Charges) Bill 2015, the bill merges the functions of the CrimTrac Agency into the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) by amending the Australian Crime Commission Act 2002 to enable the ACC to perform CrimTrac’s functions, including providing national coordinated criminal history checks; and the Crimes Act 1914 , Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006 and Privacy Act 1988 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 3/12/15; Passed 8/2/16

Senate: Intro. 22/2/16; 2nd reading adjourned 22/2/16

Reference ( SBC report 1/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 4/2/16; report presented out of sitting 10/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Senate resumed consideration of bill 4/5/16; Passed 4/5/16

Assent: 5/5/16; Act No. 44, 2016

Australian Crime Commission (National Policing Information Charges) Bill 2015

(Act citation: Australian Crime Commission (National Policing Information Charges) Act 2016 )

Introduced with the Australian Crime Commission Amendment (National Policing Information) Bill 2015, the bill enables the Australian Crime Commission to impose charges for applications for, and the provision of, national policing information services.

House of Representatives: Intro. 3/12/15; Passed 8/2/16

Senate: Intro. 22/2/16; 2nd reading adjourned 22/2/16

Reference ( SBC report 1/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 4/2/16; report presented out of sitting 10/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Senate resumed consideration of bill 4/5/16; Passed 4/5/16

Assent: 5/5/16; Act No. 45, 2016

PS  Australian Government Boards (Gender Balanced Representation) Bill 2015

L   (Introduced by Senators Xenophon and Lambie - Ind, Senator Waters - AG and Senator Lazarus - GLT)

Requires Government boards to comprise of at least 40 per cent men and 40 per cent women; and provides for annual reporting requirements in relation to the gender composition of Government boards.

Senate: Intro. 24/6/15; 2nd reading adjourned 24/6/15

Reference ( SBC report 8/15 ): Bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 25/6/15; report tabled 10/11/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Amendment Bill 2015

(Act citation: Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Amendment Act 2016 )

Amends the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Act 1989 to: amend the appointment process for members of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS); reduce the functions of AIATSIS; reflect contemporary language and apply culturally appropriate terminology; and remove redundant provisions which enabled the transition from the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies to AIATSIS.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/11/15; Passed 30/11/15

Senate: Intro. 1/12/15; Passed 4/2/16

Assent: 11/2/16; Act No. 6, 2016

Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Repeal) Bill 2014

Repeals the Australian Renewable Energy Agency Act 2011 to abolish the Australian Renewable Energy Agency; and provides for transitional arrangements, including the transfer of certain matters to the Department of Industry.

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/6/14; Passed 1/9/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 2/9/14; 2nd reading adjourned 2/9/14

Reference ( SBC report 7/14 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 19/6/14; report tabled 4/9/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Australian Securities and Investments Commission Amendment (Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee Abolition) Bill 2014

Amends the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 to: abolish the Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee; provide for transitional arrangements; and make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 4/12/14; Passed 2/3/15

Senate: Intro. 3/3/15; 2nd reading adjourned 3/3/15

Reference ( SBC report 1/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 12/2/15; report tabled 16/3/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

PS  Automotive Transformation Scheme Amendment (Securing the Automotive  

Component Industry) Bill 2015

(Introduced by Senators Rice and Simms - AG)

Amends the Automotive Transformation Scheme Act 2009 to broaden the objects of the Act; and apply principles to encourage investment in manufacturing sustainable transport options; and the Automotive Transformation Scheme Regulations 2010 to broaden the eligibility for Australian motor vehicle and automotive component manufacturers for assistance under the Automotive Transformation Scheme (ATS); and enable the minister to grant permission to certain persons to apply for registration under the ATS.

Senate: Intro. 10/11/15; 2nd reading adjourned 10/11/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 15/9/16

Biological Control Amendment Bill 2016

Amends the Biological Control Act 1984 to clarify the definition of an organism to reflect the use of viruses and sub-viral agents as agent and target organisms for biological control activities in the Australian Capital Territory (including the Jervis Bay Territory).

House of Representatives: Intro. 25/2/16; Passed 15/3/16

Senate: Intro. 16/3/16; Passed 18/3/16

Assent: 23/3/16; Act No. 28, 2016

Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Digital Radio) Bill 2015

(Act citation: Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Digital Radio) Act 2016 )

Amends the: Broadcasting Services Act 1992 and Radiocommunications Act 1992 to: remove the restricted datacasting licence category; remove the requirement for the digital radio moratorium period; remove spent provisions; and make consequential amendments; Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to remove the minister’s role in the setting of the digital radio start-up day in regional licence areas; and Radiocommunications Act 1992 to amend the definition of ‘non-foundation digital radio multiplex transmitter licence’ to exclude category 3 multiplex licences.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/12/15; Passed 2/2/16

Senate: Intro. 3/2/16; Passed 23/2/16

Assent: 29/2/16; Act No. 14, 2016

Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Media Reform) Bill 2016

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 for some additional local programming obligations for regional commercial television broadcasting licensees.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/3/16; 2nd reading adjourned 2/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

Senate:

Reference ( SBC report 3/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 3/3/16; report presented out of sitting 5/5/16

Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Media Reform) Bill 2016

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 for some additional local programming obligations for regional commercial television broadcasting licensees.

House of Representatives: Intro. 1/9/16; 2nd reading adjourned 1/9/16

Senate:

Reference ( SBC report 5/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 1/9/16; report due 7/11/16

Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Television and Radio Licence Fees) Bill 2016

Amends the Radio Licence Fees Act 1964 and Television Licence Fees Act 1964 to reduce the licence fees payable by commercial television broadcasting and commercial radio licensees by 25 per cent per annum; and the Radio Licence Fees Act 1964 to include a regulation making power to enable radio licence fee rebates.

House of Representatives: Intro. 15/9/16; 2nd reading adjourned 15/9/16

Budget Savings (Omnibus) Bill 2016

Amends: the Higher Education Support Act 2003 to establish a minimum repayment threshold for HELP debts of two per cent when a person’s income reaches $51 957 in the 2018-19 financial year; and replace the Higher Education Grants Index with the consumer price index for the purposes of indexing all grants and regulated student contribution amounts; the Higher Education Support Act 2003 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to discontinue the HECS-HELP benefit from 1 July 2017; the Social Security Act 1991 , Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 , Farm Household Support Act 2014 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to discontinue the job commitment bonus; the Australian Renewable Energy Agency Act 2011 to reduce the agency’s available appropriation; the Private Health Insurance Act 2007 to pause the income thresholds for the Medicare levy surcharge and the government rebate on private health insurance for a further three years from 1 July 2018; the National Health Reform Act 2011 to abolish the National Health Performance Authority; the Aged Care Act 1997 to: increase the secretary’s compliance powers in relation to reviews of care recipient appraisals submitted by aged care providers to receive Commonwealth subsidies; abolish adviser and administrator panel arrangements; and require approved providers to notify the secretary of certain changes to any of its key personnel in certain circumstances; the Age Discrimination Act 2004 , Dental Benefits Act 2008 and Human Services (Medicare) Act 1973 to close the Child Dental Benefits Schedule from 31 December 2016 and establish the Child and Adult Public Dental Scheme from 1 January 2017; the Social Security Act 1991 , Social Security Legislation Amendment (Newly Arrived Resident’s Waiting Periods and Other Measures) Act 1997 and Farm Household Support Act 2014 to remove the exemption from the 104 week newly arrived resident’s waiting period for new migrants who are family members of Australian citizens or long-term permanent residents; the Social Security Act 1991 , Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 and Student Assistance Act 1973 to cease the student start-up scholarship payment from 1 July 2017; five Acts to apply an interest charge to outstanding debts owed by former recipients of social welfare payments who have failed to enter into, or have not complied with, an acceptable repayment arrangement; five Acts to enable the making of departure prohibition orders to prevent certain social welfare debtors from leaving the country; the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 , Paid Parental Leave Act 2010 , Social Security Act 1991 and Student Assistance Act 1973 to remove the six-year limit on welfare debt recovery; the Social Security Act 1991 and Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to provide that parental leave payments and dad and partner pay payments are included in the income test for income support payments; the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 , Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Social Security Act 1991 to change the way fringe benefits are treated under the income tests for family assistance and youth income support payments and for related purposes; the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to align carer allowance and carer payment start day provisions; the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 and Paid Parental Leave Act 2010 to pause indexation for family tax benefit (FTB) Part A, the primary earner income limit for FTB Part B and the Paid Parental Leave income limit for a further three years from 1 July 2017; Social Security Act 1991 and Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to remove the pension income and assets test exemptions currently available to pensioners in aged care who rent out their former home and pay their aged care accommodation costs by periodic payments; the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 and Social Security Act 1991 to remove the exemption from the income test for FTB Part A recipients and the exemption from the parental income test for certain dependent young people receiving youth allowance and ABSTUDY living allowance; the Social Security Act 1991 to provide that certain persons cannot be paid social security payments when they are in psychiatric confinement because they have been charged with a serious offence; six Acts to prevent new recipients of welfare payments or concession cards from being paid the energy supplement from 20 March 2017; the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to reduce the refundable and non-refundable rates of the tax offset available under the research and development tax incentive for the first $100 million of eligible expenditure; six Acts to require larger entities to provide payroll and superannuation information at the time it is created through the single touch payroll reporting framework; and the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 to create a single appeal path for the review of original determinations made by the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission.

House of Representatives: Intro. 31/8/16; Passed 14/9/16

CID amendments: 19 Govt/passed; 1 AG/negatived

Senate: Intro. 14/9/16; Passed 15/9/16

Reference ( SBC report 5/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 1/9/16; extension of time to report 12/9/16; report tabled 14/9/16

2nd reading amendments: 4 AG/negatived; 1 NXT/negatived

Committee amendments: 1 NXT/negatived; 1 DHJP/negatived; 3 Schedules opposed (1 NXT; 1 DHJP; 1 JLN-NXT)/Schedules agreed to; 1 table item opposed (JLN-NXT)/table item agreed to

Assent: 16/9/16; Act No. 55, 2016

Building and Construction Industry (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013

Introduced with the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013, the bill: repeals the Fair Work (Building Industry) Act 2012 ; makes consequential amendments to the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 , Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 and Jurisdiction of Courts (Cross-Vesting) Act 1987 ; amends the proposed Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2013 as a consequence of new Australian Privacy Principles; and provides for transitional arrangements.

House of Representatives: Intro. 31/8/16; 2nd reading adjourned 31/8/16

Senate:

Reference ( SBC report 5/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 1/9/16; report due 14/10/16

Building and Construction Industry (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013 [No. 2]

see also Building and Construction Industry (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013

Introduced with the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 [No. 2], the bill: repeals the Fair Work (Building Industry) Act 2012 ; makes consequential amendments to the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 , Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 and Jurisdiction of Courts (Cross-Vesting) Act 1987 ; amends the proposed Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2013 as a consequence of new Australian Privacy Principles; and provides for transitional arrangements.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/2/16; Passed 4/2/16

Senate: Intro. 4/2/16; 2nd reading adjourned 4/2/16

Reference ( SBC report 1/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 4/2/16; report presented out of sitting 11/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Senate resumed consideration of bill 18/4/16; Negatived at 2nd reading 18/4/16

Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013

Introduced with the Building and Construction Industry (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013, the bill: re-establishes the Australian Building and Construction  Commissioner (ABC Commissioner) and the Australian Building and Construction Commission; enables the minister to issue a Building Code; provides for the appointment and functions of the Federal Safety Commissioner; prohibits certain unlawful industrial action; prohibits coercion, discrimination and unenforceable agreements; provides the ABC Commissioner with powers to obtain information; provides for orders for contraventions of civil remedy provisions and other enforcement powers; and makes miscellaneous amendments in relation to self-incrimination, protection of liability against officials, admissible records and documents, protection and disclosure of information, powers of the Commissioner in certain proceedings, and jurisdiction of courts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 31/8/16; 2nd reading adjourned 31/8/16

Senate:

Reference ( SBC report 5/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 1/9/16; report due 14/10/16

Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 [No. 2]

see also Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013

Introduced with the Building and Construction Industry (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013 [No. 2], the bill: re-establishes the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner (ABC Commissioner) and the Australian Building and Construction Commission; enables the minister to issue a Building Code; provides for the appointment and functions of the Federal Safety Commissioner; prohibits certain unlawful industrial action; prohibits coercion, discrimination and unenforceable agreements; provides the ABC Commissioner with powers to obtain information; provides for orders for contraventions of civil remedy provisions and other enforcement powers; and makes miscellaneous amendments in relation to self-incrimination, protection of liability against officials, admissible records and documents, protection and disclosure of information, powers of the Commissioner in certain proceedings, and jurisdiction of courts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/2/16; Passed 4/2/16

2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/negatived

Senate: Intro. 4/2/16; 2nd reading adjourned 4/2/16

Reference ( SBC report 1/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 4/2/16; report presented out of sitting 11/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Senate resumed consideration of bill 18/4/16; Negatived at 2nd reading 18/4/16

2nd reading amendment: 1 AG/negatived

Business Services Wage Assessment Tool Payment Scheme Amendment Bill 2016

Amends the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool Payment Scheme Act 2015 to give effect to a mediated settlement agreement in a representative proceeding in the Federal Court of Australia ( Duval-Comrie v Commonwealth of Australia (VID 1367 of 2013)) and make administrative changes by: increasing one-off payments from 50 per cent to 70 per cent of the difference between the actual wage paid to an eligible person and the amount they would have been paid had the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool (BSWAT) productivity-only component been applied; providing a ‘top up’ payment for persons who have already received a 50 per cent payment under the BSWAT payment scheme; removing the current compulsory requirement to obtain legal advice before any payments are made; extending all relevant scheme dates by 12 months; clarifying certain administrative arrangements; and enabling a deceased person’s legal personal representative to engage with the payment scheme on their behalf.

House of Representatives: Intro. 11/2/16; Passed 29/2/16

Senate: Intro. 1/3/16; Passed 3/3/16

Assent: 18/3/16; Act No. 21, 2016

PS  Charter of Budget Honesty Amendment (Intergenerational Report) Bill 2015

R   (Introduced by Senator Milne - AG)

Amends the Parliamentary Service Act 1999 to require the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) to prepare an intergenerational report for the Treasurer every five years; and enable the PBO to request a Commonwealth body to provide information that is relevant to the preparation of that report; and the Charter of Budget Honesty Act 1998 to make consequential amendments.

Senate: Intro. 17/3/15; 2nd reading adjourned 17/3/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 15/9/16

Clean Energy Finance Corporation (Abolition) Bill 2014

Part of a package of 11 bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill: repeals the Clean Energy Finance Corporation Act 2012 to abolish the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC); amends the Australian Renewable Energy Agency Act 2011 and Clean Energy Regulator Act 2011 to make amendments consequential on the repeal; abolishes the CEFC Transitional Special Account established as a temporary measure; and provides for transitional arrangements.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/6/14; 2nd reading adjourned 23/6/14, 26/6/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

Climate Change Authority (Abolition) Bill 2013 [No. 2]

Part of a package of 11 bills to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, the bill repeals the Climate Change Authority Act 2011 to abolish the authority; and amends the Clean Energy Act 2011 , Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011 , National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 and Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 to provide for certain periodic reviews of climate change measures to be undertaken by the minister; and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 , Clean Energy Regulator Act 2011 , Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and Financial Management and Accountability Regulations 1997 to make amendments consequential on the repeal. Also enables the transfer of the authority’s assets and liabilities to the Commonwealth.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/6/14; Passed 26/6/14

Senate: Intro. 7/7/14; 2nd reading adjourned 7/7/14, 10/7/14

Reference ( SBC report 8/14 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 26/6/14; report tabled 8/7/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

PS  Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Above the Line Voting) Bill 2013

L   (Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to remove group voting tickets; and provide for an optional preferential system for voting above and below the line for Senate elections.

Senate: Intro. 13/11/13; 2nd reading adjourned 13/11/13

References:

SBC report 9/13 : Bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 14/11/13; report tabled 12/12/13

Bill referred to Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters 12/12/13 ; statement discharging committee’s requirement to present a report made in House 24/2/14 and tabled in Senate 3/3/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Bill 2016

Responds to the first interim and final reports of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters’ inquiry into the conduct of the 2013 Federal Election by amending the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: implement a partial optional preferential voting system above the line for Senate elections, including instructing voters to vote for at least six parties or groups in their order of preference; abolish group and individual voting tickets; remove the ability of an individual to be the registered officer or deputy registered officer of multiple registered political parties at the same time; enable political party logos to be printed on ballot papers for the House of Representatives and the Senate; and make technical amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 22/2/16; Passed 24/2/16

Reference: Bill referred to Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters 22/2/16 ; report tabled in House and Senate 2/3/16; corrigendum tabled in House and Senate 3/3/16

CID amendments: 6 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 2/3/16; Passed 18/3/16

2nd reading amendments: 1 Opp/passed; 2 Opp/negatived

Committee amendments: 9 Govt/passed; 3 AG/passed; 5 Opp/negatived; 27 AMEP/negatived; 2 AMEP to 2 AG/negatived; 6 FFP/negatived; 4 LDP/negatived; 1 PUP/negatived; 16 items opposed (2 AMEP; 14 FFP)/items agreed to

[House agreed to Senate amendments 18/3/16]

Assent: 21/3/16; Act No. 25, 2016

PS  Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Donations Reform) Bill 2014

R   (Introduced by Senator Rhiannon - AG)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to prohibit political donations from certain industries and from industry representative organisations whose majority members are prohibited donors.

Senate: Intro. 4/12/14; 2nd reading adjourned 4/12/14, 3/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 31/8/16

PS  Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Political Donations and Other Measures)  

Bill 2016

(Introduced by Senator Rhiannon - AG)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: reduce the disclosure threshold to $1000; require certain persons making gifts at or above the threshold to furnish a return within eight weeks after polling day; ensure that for the purposes of the disclosure threshold and the disclosure of gifts, related political parties are treated as one entity; prohibit the receipt of a gift of foreign property and all anonymous gifts by registered political parties, candidates and members of a Senate group; extend existing recovery powers; and introduce new offences and penalties and increase penalties for existing offences.

Senate: Intro. 2/3/16; 2nd reading adjourned 2/3/16

Reference ( SBC report 3/16 ): Bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 3/3/16; report due 17/6/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 31/8/16

PS  Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Reducing Barriers for Minor Parties)  

Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Rhiannon - AG)

Amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to decrease to $500 and $1000, respectively, the nomination deposit that must be paid by or on behalf of candidates for the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Senate: Intro. 4/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 4/3/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 31/8/16

PS  Commonwealth Grants Commission Amendment (GST Distribution) Bill 2015

L   (Introduced by Senator Wang - PUP)

Amends the Commonwealth Grants Commission Act 1973 to require the Commonwealth Grants Commission, when considering the capacity of a state or territory to raise mining revenue in preparing its annual recommendation on the distribution of goods and services tax revenue, to only take into account the most recent financial year for which mining revenue data is available.

Senate: Intro. 13/10/15; 2nd reading adjourned 13/10/15, 15/10/15

Reference ( SBC report 14/15 ): Bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 12/11/15; report tabled 17/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Communications Legislation Amendment (Deregulation and Other Measures) Bill 2015

Introduced with the Telecommunications (Numbering Charges) Amendment Bill 2015, the bill amends the: Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to: amend account keeping and licence fee administration arrangements for commercial broadcasters and datacasting transmitter licensees; remove duplicative requirements for licensees, publishers and controllers to notify the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) of certain changes in control of regulated media assets; and provide a consistent classification arrangement for all television programs, including films; Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005 and Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to clarify the complaints handling and information gathering functions of the ACMA; Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to remove the ability of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to issue tariff filing directions to certain carriers and carriage service providers; Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and Telecommunications Act 1997 to amend the statutory information collection powers of the ACMA and the ACCC; Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 , Special Broadcasting Service Act 1991 and Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999 to make technical amendments; and Telecommunications Act 1997 and Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999 to enable the development of an industry-based scheme for the management of telephone numbering resources. Also repeals 53 Acts and removes redundant provisions in four Acts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/12/15; Passed 10/2/16

Senate: Intro. 22/2/16; Passed 22/2/16

Committee amendment: 1 Opp/passed

[House disagreed to Senate amendment 25/2/16; Senate reported message from House disagreeing to Senate amendment 1/3/16]

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

PS  Competition and Consumer Amendment (Australian Country of Origin Food  

Labelling) Bill 2015

(Introduced by Senator Milne - AG and Senator Xenophon - Ind)

Amends the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to: create specific requirements for country of origin labelling for food; extend country of origin labelling to all packaged and unpackaged food for retail sale; restrict the range of labelling to three kinds of claim; and create penalties and defences; and the Imported Food Control Act 1992 to make consequential amendments.

Senate: Intro. 12/2/15; 2nd reading adjourned 12/2/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 15/9/16

Competition and Consumer Amendment (Country of Origin) Bill 2016

Amends the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to clarify the country of origin labelling requirements by amending the definition of substantial transformation as it applies to the safety harbour provisions and removing the 50 per cent production cost test.

House of Representatives: Intro. 4/5/16; 2nd reading adjourned 4/5/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Competition and Consumer Amendment (Country of Origin) Bill 2016

Amends the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to clarify the country of origin labelling requirements by amending the definition of substantial transformation as it applies to the safety harbour provisions and removing the 50 per cent production cost test.

House of Representatives: Intro. 1/9/16; 2nd reading adjourned 1/9/16

Senate:

Reference ( SBC report 6/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 15/9/16; report due 10/10/16

Competition and Consumer Amendment (Deregulatory and Other Measures) Bill 2015

Amends the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to: remove the requirement for reporting a food-related death, serious injury or illness to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC); remove the requirement for litigants to obtain ministerial consent to bring an action for a breach of the Act that takes place overseas; enable consumers to seek redress in state and territory courts and tribunals for breaches of the Act; remove the requirement for the ACCC to maintain a register of certain records when they hold conferences for product safety bans; enable the ACCC to share certain notices it receives with specified agencies to protect public safety; clarify the operation of the cooling-off period for unsolicited consumer agreements; permit the ACCC to seek a court order directing a person to comply with a notice to obtain information, documents and evidence; and make technical amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 18/3/15; 2nd reading adjourned 18/3/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

Senate:

Reference ( SBC report 4/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 26/3/15; report tabled 13/5/15

PS  Competition and Consumer Amendment (Misuse of Market Power) Bill 2014

L   (Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

Amends the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to enable the Federal Court of Australia to require a corporation to reduce its market share or power within two years where the corporation is found to have misused that market share or power.

Senate: Intro. 6/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 6/3/14

Reference ( SBC report 3/14 ): Bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 20/3/14; report presented out of sitting 26/2/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Competition and Consumer Amendment (Payment Surcharges) Bill 2015

(Act citation: Competition and Consumer Amendment (Payment Surcharges) Act 2016 )

Amends the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to establish a framework to ban surcharges imposed in respect of particular payment methods that exceed the cost of acceptance for those payment methods; and provide the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission with additional powers to gather information and issue infringement notices in enforcing the ban on excess surcharges.

House of Representatives: Intro. 3/12/15; Passed 4/2/16

CID amendments: 17 AG/negatived

Senate: Intro. 4/2/16; Passed 22/2/16

Committee amendments: 17 AG/negatived

Assent: 25/2/16; Act No. 9, 2016

Corporations Amendment (Auditor Registration) Bill 2016

Amends the Corporations Act 2001 to ensure that auditors registered from 1 December 2005 on the basis of the CPA/ICAA competency standard, as approved by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission on 24 November 2004, are validly registered with effect from the date of their purported registration.

House of Representatives: Intro. 16/3/16; 2nd reading adjourned 16/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

Corporations Amendment (Auditor Registration) Bill 2016

Amends the Corporations Act 2001 to ensure that auditors registered from 1 December 2005 on the basis of the CPA/ICAA competency standard, as approved by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission on 24 November 2004, are validly registered with effect from the date of their purported registration.

House of Representatives: Intro. 1/9/16; Passed 14/9/16

Senate: Intro. 15/9/16; Passed 15/9/16

Assent: 23/9/16; Act No. 58, 2016

Corporations Amendment (Crowd-sourced Funding) Bill 2015

Amends the Corporations Act 2001 to: establish a framework to facilitate crowd-sourced funding offers by small unlisted public companies; provide new public companies that are eligible to crowd fund with temporary relief from reporting and corporate governance requirements that would usually apply; and enable the minister to provide that certain financial market and clearing and settlement facility operators are exempt from specified parts of the Australian Market Licence and clearing and settlement facility licencing regimes; and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 3/12/15; Passed 10/2/16

Senate: Intro. 22/2/16; 2nd reading adjourned 22/2/16

Reference ( SBC report 16/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 3/12/15; report tabled 1/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Senate agreed to resume consideration of bill 2/5/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

PS  Corporations Amendment (Financial Advice) Bill 2014

L   (Introduced by Senator Whish-Wilson - AG)

Amends the Corporations Act 2001 to provide that the term ‘advice’ can only be used when financial advice takes account of a client’s personal financial situation by replacing references to ‘general advice’ with references to ‘general information’; and requiring that when ‘general information’ is provided to a client, the client is warned that the information is not advice.

Senate: Intro. 2/9/14; 2nd reading adjourned 2/9/14

Reference ( SBC report 2/15 ): Bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 5/3/15; report tabled 11/8/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Corporations Amendment (Financial Advice Measures) Bill 2015

(Act citation: Corporations Amendment (Financial Advice Measures) Act 2016 )

(Previous title: Corporations Amendment (Streamlining of Future of Financial Advice Bill 2014)

Amends the Corporations Act 2001 to: remove the seventh step (the “catch all”) from the steps an advice provider may take in order to satisfy best interest obligations; enable clients and providers to agree on the scope of advice to be provided; remove the renewal notice obligations for fee recipients; remove the requirement to provide yearly fee disclosure statements to certain clients; provide for a general advice exemption to exempt benefits that relate to general advice from the ban on conflicted remuneration in certain circumstances; and make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/3/14; Passed 28/8/14

CID amendments: 7 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 1/9/14; Passed 24/11/15

References:

SBC report 3/14 : Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 20/3/14; report tabled 16/6/14

SBC report 11/14 : Bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 4/9/14; report tabled 22/9/14

Committee amendments: 16 Govt/passed; 38 items negatived (Govt); 2 sections negatived (Govt)

[House agreed to Senate amendments 1/3/16]

Assent: 18/3/16; Act No. 22, 2016

Corporations Amendment (Life Insurance Remuneration Arrangements) Bill 2016

Amends the Corporations Act 2001 to: remove the exemption from the conflicted remuneration ban on benefits paid in relation to certain life risk insurance products; enable the Australian Securities and Investments Commission to permit benefits in relation to life risk insurance products when certain requirements are met; and ban volume based payments in life risk products.

House of Representatives: Intro. 11/2/16; Passed 3/3/16

Senate: Intro. 16/3/16; 2nd reading adjourned 16/3/16

Reference ( SBC report 2/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 25/2/16; report tabled 15/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

PS  Corporations Amendment (Publish What You Pay) Bill 2014

L   (Introduced by Senator Milne - AG)

Amends the Corporations Act 2001 to require Australian companies involved in extractive industries to disclose any payments made to foreign countries over $100 000 on a country-by-country and project-by-project basis; and require the Australian Securities and Investments Commission to publish the Publish What You Pay reports on their website within 28 days of their receipt.

Senate: Intro. 28/10/14; 2nd reading adjourned 28/10/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2015

L   Amends the: Criminal Code Act 1995 to: enable the receipt of funds from terrorist organisations for legal assistance in certain circumstances; enable control orders to be imposed on persons from 14 years of age; impose an obligation on a person subject to a requirement to wear a tracking device to maintain the tracking device in good operational order; remove the authority of the Family Court of Australia to issue control orders and preventative detention orders (PDOs); clarify the meaning of ‘imminence’ for the purposes of obtaining a PDO; and create a new offence prohibiting conduct advocating genocide; Crimes Act 1914 , Surveillance Devices Act 2004 and Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 to establish regimes to monitor the compliance of individuals subject to a control order through search warrants, surveillance device warrants and telecommunications interception warrants; Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 to enable the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation to furnish security assessments directly to states and territories; Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 to broaden the range of conduct that may be considered as advocating the doing of a terrorist act; Crimes Act 1914 to clarify the threshold requirements for the issue of a delayed notification search warrant; National Security Information (Criminal and Civil Proceedings) Act 2004 to: broaden protections for national security information in control order proceedings; enable a court to make an order that is inconsistent with regulations made under the Act if the Attorney-General has applied for the order; and enable the regulations to continue to apply to the extent they provide for ways of dealing with national security information in criminal and civil proceedings; Taxation Administration Act 1953 to enable the disclosure of certain information; and Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 and Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 to make consequential amendments.

Senate: Intro. 12/11/15; 2nd reading adjourned 12/11/15

Reference: Bill referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security 12/11/15; report presented out of sitting 15/2/16; report tabled in House 22/2/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2016

Amends the: Criminal Code Act 1995 to: enable the receipt of funds from terrorist organisations for legal assistance in certain circumstances; enable control orders to be imposed on persons from 14 years of age; impose an obligation on a person subject to a requirement to wear a tracking device to maintain the tracking device in good operational order and create offences for interfering with the operation of a tracking device; authorise the Australian Federal Police to ensure that the tracking device remains operational and to enter premises to install equipment necessary for the operation of the tracking device; remove the authority of the Family Court of Australia to issue control orders and preventative detention orders (PDOs); clarify the meaning of ‘imminence’ for the purposes of obtaining a PDO; and create a new offence prohibiting conduct advocating genocide; Crimes Act 1914 , Criminal Code Act 1995, Surveillance Devices Act 2004 and Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 to establish regimes to monitor the compliance of individuals subject to a control order through search warrants, surveillance device warrants and telecommunications interception warrants; Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 to enable the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation to furnish security assessments directly to states and territories; and provide that unauthorised disclosures of information by members of the community, except those who are entrusted persons, only constitute an offence if the information endangers the health or safety of a person or prejudices the effective conduct of a special intelligence operation; Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 to broaden the range of conduct that may be considered as advocating the doing of a terrorist act; Crimes Act 1914 to clarify the threshold requirements for the issue of a delayed notification search warrant; National Security Information (Criminal and Civil Proceedings) Act 2004 to: broaden protections for national security information in control order proceedings; provide for a special advocate to represent the interests of people subject to control order proceedings who have been excluded from parts of a proceeding; enable a court to make an order that is inconsistent with regulations made under the Act if the Attorney-General has applied for the order; and enable the regulations to continue to apply to the extent they provide for ways of dealing with national security information in criminal and civil proceedings; Taxation Administration Act 1953 to enable the disclosure of certain information; and Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 and Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 to make consequential amendments.

Senate: Intro. 15/9/16; 2nd reading adjourned 15/9/16

Courts Administration Legislation Amendment Bill 2015

(Act citation: Courts Administration Legislation Amendment Act 2016 )

Amends the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 , Family Law Act 1975 and Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999 to: designate the Federal Court of Australia (including the National Native Title Tribunal), the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia as a single administrative entity under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 and a single statutory agency under the Public Service Act 1999 ; establish shared corporate services functions for the courts; maintain heads of jurisdiction’s responsibility in relation to the business and administrative affairs of their respective courts; provide for a chief executive officer (CEO) for each head of jurisdiction to assist with the management of administrative affairs and provide that the CEOs also hold the position of Principal Registrar; provide for the Federal Court CEO to have responsibility for managing the shared corporate services, with a requirement for consultation; and provide that the Federal Court CEO is the accountable authority for the administrative entity and the agency head for the statutory agency. Also makes consequential amendments to 16 Acts.

Senate: Intro. 2/12/15; Passed 22/2/16

Reference ( SBC report 16/15 ): Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 3/12/15; report tabled 2/2/16

House of Representatives: Intro. 22/2/16; Passed 2/3/16

Assent: 18/3/16; Act No. 24, 2016

PM  Credit Repayment (Protecting Vulnerable Borrowers) Bill 2015

L   (Introduced by Mr Katter, MP - KAP)

Provides that financial institutions with credit agreements to which a security over Australian land applies: must provide to defaulting borrowers notification of their claim of default and register the notification with an authorised government instrumentality; are prohibited from enforcing a right to re-possess or sell the land for a period of two years after default; are prohibited from imposing additional charges on the borrower that were not in place before the default arose; and require the borrower to continue to make interest payments on the credit amount. Also prevents confidentiality clauses in settlement agreements.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/11/15; 2nd reading adjourned 23/11/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

Crimes Legislation Amendment (Proceeds of Crime and Other Measures) Bill 2015

(Act citation: Crimes Legislation Amendment (Proceeds of Crime and Other Measures) Act 2016 )

Amends the: Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to clarify the operation of the non-conviction based proceeds of crime regime in response to two recent court decisions; Criminal Code Act 1995 to create two new offences of false dealing with accounting documents; and amend the serious drug offences to clarify the definitions of ‘drug analogue’ and ‘manufacture’ and to ensure that they capture all relevant substances and processes; Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 to expand the ability of designated officials and agencies to share information under the Act; and allow the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption of South Australia to access AUSTRAC information; and AusCheck Act 2007 to clarify and extend the circumstances under which AusCheck can disclose AusCheck background check information to the Commonwealth and to certain state and territory government agencies.

House of Representatives: Intro. 26/11/15; Passed 3/12/15

Senate: Intro. 2/2/16; Passed 23/2/16

Reference ( SBC report 16/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 3/12/15; report tabled 3/2/16

Committee amendments: 2 AG/negatived; 4 subsections opposed (AG)/subsections agreed to

Assent: 29/2/16; Act No. 15, 2016

PS  Criminal Code Amendment (Animal Protection) Bill 2015

R   (Introduced by Senator Back - LP)

Amends the Criminal Code Act 1995 to insert new offences in relation to failure to report a visual recording of malicious cruelty to domestic animals, and interference with the conduct of lawful animal enterprises; and make consequential amendments.

Senate: Intro. 11/2/15; 2nd reading adjourned 11/2/15

Reference ( SBC report 1/15 ): Bill referred to Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 12/2/15; interim report presented out of sitting 29/5/15; final report presented out of sitting 12/6/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 31/8/16

Criminal Code Amendment (Firearms Trafficking) Bill 2015

Amends the Criminal Code Act 1995 to provide for a mandatory minimum sentence and increased maximum penalties for the offences of trafficking firearms or firearms parts within Australia, and into and out of Australia.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/12/15; Passed 11/2/16

Senate: Intro. 22/2/16; 2nd reading adjourned 22/2/16

Reference ( SBC report 16/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 3/12/15; report tabled 2/2/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Senate agreed to resume consideration of bill 2/5/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Criminal Code Amendment (Firearms Trafficking) Bill 2016

Amends the Criminal Code Act 1995 to provide for a mandatory minimum sentence and increased maximum penalties for the offences of trafficking firearms or firearms parts within Australia, and into and out of Australia.

Senate: Intro. 15/9/16; 2nd reading adjourned 15/9/16

PS  Criminal Code Amendment (Harming Australians) Bill 2013

L   (Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

see also Crimes Legislation Amendment (Harming Australians) Bill 2015

Amends the Criminal Code Act 1995 to extend provisions that make it an offence to murder, commit manslaughter or intentionally or recklessly cause serious harm to an Australian citizen or resident outside Australia to conduct that occurred before 1 October 2002.

Senate: Intro. 11/12/13; 2nd reading adjourned 11/12/13

Reference ( SBC report 11/13 ): Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 12/12/13; interim report presented out of sitting 28/5/14 and tabled 16/6/14; final report tabled 13/8/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Criminal Code Amendment (High Risk Terrorist Offenders) Bill 2016

Amends the Criminal Code Act 1995 to establish a scheme for the continuing detention of high risk terrorist offenders who are considered by a judge in civil proceedings to present an unacceptable risk to the community at the conclusion of their custodial sentence; and the proposed Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment Act (No. 1) 2016 , Surveillance Devices Act 2004 and Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 to make consequential amendments.

Senate: Intro. 15/9/16; 2nd reading adjourned 15/9/16

Reference: Bill referred to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security 15/9/16; report due 4/11/16

PS  Criminal Code Amendment (Misrepresentation of Age to a Minor) Bill 2013

L   (Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

Amends the Criminal Code Act 1995 to create a criminal offence for a person over 18 years of age to intentionally misrepresent their age in online communications to a person they reasonably believe to be under 16 years of age for the purposes of encouraging a physical meeting, or with the intention of committing an offence; and impose penalties.

Senate: Intro. 12/12/13; 2nd reading adjourned 12/12/13

Reference ( SBC report 11/13 ): Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 12/12/13; interim report presented out of sitting 28/5/14 and tabled 16/6/14; final report tabled 13/8/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

PM  Criminal Code Amendment (Private Sexual Material) Bill 2015

L   (Introduced by Mr Watts, MP and Ms Butler, MP - ALP)

Amends the Criminal Code Act 1995 to insert new offences in relation to the use of a carriage service for private sexual material (image-based sexual exploitation, or ‘revenge porn’).

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/10/15; 2nd reading adjourned 12/10/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

Customs and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016

Amends the: Customs Act 1901 to: enable the minister to exempt certain persons from liability to pay the import declaration processing charge; extend the circumstances in which an application can be made to move, alter or interfere with goods for export that are subject to customs control; remove certain requirements and clarify provisions in relation to the making of tariff concession orders for made-to-order capital equipment; and remove unnecessary and outdated provisions; Commerce (Trade Descriptions) Act 1905 to enable an officer to inspect and examine goods that they believe are goods prescribed by the Commerce (Imports) Regulations 1940 which are imported; and enable the regulations to prescribe penalties for offences against those regulations; and Maritime Powers Act 2013 to clarify that powers under the Act are able to be exercised in the course of passage through or above the waters of another country in a manner consistent with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

House of Representatives: Intro. 16/3/16; 2nd reading adjourned 16/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

Senate:

Reference ( SBC report 4/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 17/3/16; report due 20/6/16

Customs Tariff Amendment (Fuel Indexation) Bill 2014

see also Customs Tariff Amendment (Fuel Indexation) Bill 2015

Part of a package of four bills to re-introduce the biannual indexation of fuel excise and excise-equivalent fuel duties, the bill amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to index the rate of excise-equivalent customs duty applying to imported fuels, including gaseous fuels, in line with consumer price index movements; and the Customs Tariff Amendment (Taxation of Alternative Fuels) Act 2011 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/6/14; Passed 25/6/14

Senate: Intro. 26/6/14; 2nd reading adjourned 26/6/14

Reference ( SBC report 7/14 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 19/6/14; report tabled 7/7/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Customs Tariff Amendment (Tobacco) Bill 2016

Introduced with the Excise Tariff Amendment (Tobacco) Bill 2016, the bill amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to increase the rate of excise-equivalent customs duty on tobacco and tobacco products through a series of four annual increases of 12.5 per cent, commencing on 1 September 2017.

House of Representatives: Intro. 31/8/16; Passed 13/9/16

Senate: Intro. 13/9/16; Passed 14/9/16

Assent: 23/9/16; Act No. 59, 2016

Dairy Produce Amendment (Dairy Service Levy Poll) Bill 2016

Amends the Dairy Produce Act 1986 to remove the requirement for the dairy industry to hold a dairy levy poll every five years; and enable the minister to make a legislative instrument to require the industry services body to establish a levy poll advisory committee to consider the levy rate every five years, require the industry services body to hold a levy poll if a variation to the rate is recommended by the advisory committee, and include a mechanism for dairy farmer members of Dairy Australia Limited to request a poll if they disagree with the advisory committee’s decision not to convene a levy poll.

House of Representatives: Intro. 11/2/16; Passed 24/2/16

Senate: Intro. 24/2/16; Passed 18/3/16

2nd reading amendment: 1 LDP/negatived

Assent: 23/3/16; Act No. 30, 2016

PS  Defence Amendment (Fair Pay for Members of the ADF) Bill 2014

L   (Introduced by Senator Lambie - Ind)

Amends the Defence Act 1903 to link annual wage increases for members of the Australian Defence Force to whichever is the higher of increases to either the parliamentary allowance or the consumer price index.

Senate: Intro. 2/12/14; Passed 19/3/15

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/3/15; Read a 1st time 19/3/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

PS  Defence Legislation Amendment (Parliamentary Approval of Overseas Service)  

Bill 2015

(Introduced by Senator Ludlam - AG)

Amends the Defence Act 1903 to provide for parliamentary approval of overseas service by members of the Australian Defence Force; and the Air Force Act 1923 and Naval Defence Act 1910 to make consequential amendments.

Senate: Intro. 4/3/15; 2nd reading adjourned 4/3/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 31/8/16

PS  Defence Legislation Amendment (Woomera Prohibited Area) Bill 2013

L   (Introduced by Senator Farrell - ALP)

see also Defence Legislation Amendment (Woomera Prohibited Area) Bill 2014

Amends the Defence Act 1903 to establish a framework for the administration of access to the Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA) by: enabling the minister to make the Woomera Prohibited Area Rules to prescribe certain matters, including defining the WPA and the zones to be demarcated within that area; creating a permit system for access and use by non-defence users; introducing offences and penalties for entering the WPA without permission and for failing to comply with a condition of a permit; providing for compensation for any acquisition of property from a person otherwise than on just terms; and providing for a cap on compensation payable in respect of loss or damage in the WPA.

Senate: Intro. 12/12/13; 2nd reading adjourned 12/12/13, 13/2/14, 20/3/14

Reference ( SBC report 11/13 ): Bill referred to Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee 12/12/13; report tabled 4/3/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Dental Benefits Amendment Bill 2016

Amends the: Dental Benefits Act 2008 to close the Child Dental Benefits Schedule from 30 June 2016; and establish the Child and Adult Public Dental Scheme to enable capped annual grants of financial assistance to be made to the states and territories for a five-year period from 1 July 2016 to provide dental services to all children and concession cardholder adults; and Age Discrimination Act 2004 and Human Services (Medicare) Act 1973 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 5/5/16; 2nd reading adjourned 5/5/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

PS  End Cruel Cosmetics Bill 2014

R   (Introduced by Senator Rhiannon - AG)

Amends the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989 to prohibit the developing, manufacturing, selling, advertising or importing into Australia of cosmetics, or ingredients in cosmetics, which have been tested on live animals; and make consequential amendments.

Senate: Intro. 18/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 18/3/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 15/9/16

PS  Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Alpine  

Grazing) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Di Natale - AG)

Amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to deem that the minister has received from the Victorian Government a referral of its proposal to trial cattle grazing in the Alpine National Park and decided that the trial of alpine grazing is unacceptable.

Senate: Intro. 13/5/14; 2nd reading adjourned 13/5/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Bilateral Agreement Implementation) Bill 2014

Amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 in relation to bilateral agreements by providing that: states and territories can be accredited for approval decisions on large coal mining and coal seam gas developments likely to have a significant impact on a water resource; all states and territories can be declared for the purposes of requesting advice from the Independent Expert Scientific Committee; an approval process can be completed when an approval bilateral agreement is suspended, cancelled or ceases to apply to a particular action; state and territory processes that meet the appropriate standards can be accredited for bilateral agreements; a relevant bilateral agreement continues to apply to an accredited state or territory management arrangement or authorisation process despite minor amendments to the arrangement or authorisation process; and proponents do not need to make referrals to the Commonwealth for actions that are covered by an approval bilateral agreement.

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/5/14; Passed 16/6/14

CID amendments: 3 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 19/6/14; 2nd reading adjourned 19/6/14, 1/9/14, 14/9/15

Reference ( SBC report 5/14 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 15/5/14; report tabled 23/6/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

PS  Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment Bill 2014

L   (Introduced by Senator Ludwig - ALP)

Amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to: enable commercial fishing activities to be declared commercial fishing activities on an interim basis or for a period of no longer than 24 months; require written submissions of declaration affected persons to be considered before making final declarations; create penalties and offences for engaging in declared commercial fishing activities; provide for an expert panel to be established to conduct an assessment of the potential environmental impacts of declared commercial fishing activities; and require the expert panel to publish its assessments and table them in Parliament.

Senate: Intro. 19/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 19/3/14, 28/8/14, 2/10/14, 27/11/14, 5/3/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

PS  Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Prohibition  

of Live Imports of Primates for Research) Bill 2015

(Introduced by Senator Rhiannon - AG)

Amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to prohibit the import of live primates for research purposes.

Senate: Intro. 17/9/15; 2nd reading adjourned 17/9/15

Reference ( SBC report 13/15 ): Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 15/10/15; report tabled 15/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 31/8/16

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Standing) Bill 2015

Amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) to provide that only aggrieved persons (as defined by section 5 of the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 ) may make an application for judicial review of decisions made under the EPBC Act.

House of Representatives: Intro. 20/8/15; Passed 10/9/15

Senate: Intro. 14/9/15; 2nd reading adjourned 14/9/15

Reference ( SBC report 10/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 20/8/15; report presented out of sitting 18/11/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

PM  Ethical Cosmetics Bill 2016

L   (Introduced by Ms O’Neil, MP - ALP)

Amends the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989 to introduce four new offences in relation to the testing of cosmetics on live animals in Australia, and the importation and manufacture in Australia of cosmetics tested on live animals overseas; and makes consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 29/2/16; 2nd reading adjourned 29/2/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

Excise Tariff Amendment (Fuel Indexation) Bill 2014

see also Excise Tariff Amendment (Fuel Indexation) Bill 2015

Part of a package of four bills to re-introduce the biannual indexation of fuel excise and excise-equivalent fuel duties, the bill amends the Excise Tariff Act 1921 to index the rate of excise applying to domestic fuels, including gaseous fuels, in line with consumer price index movements; and the Excise Tariff Amendment (Taxation of Alternative Fuels) Act 2011 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/6/14; Passed 25/6/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 26/6/14; 2nd reading adjourned 26/6/14

Reference ( SBC report 7/14 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 19/6/14; report tabled 7/7/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Excise Tariff Amendment (Tobacco) Bill 2016

Introduced with the Customs Tariff Amendment (Tobacco) Bill 2016, the bill amends the Excise Tariff Act 1921 to increase the rate of excise duty on tobacco and tobacco products through a series of four annual increases of 12.5 per cent, commencing on 1 September 2017.

House of Representatives: Intro. 31/8/16; Passed 13/9/16

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 13/9/16; Passed 14/9/16

Assent: 23/9/16; Act No. 60, 2016

Fair Entitlements Guarantee Amendment Bill 2014

Amends the Fair Entitlements Guarantee Act 2012 to cap the maximum amount of redundancy pay entitlement available under the Fair Entitlements Guarantee scheme at 16 weeks; and make technical amendments to clarify the operation of the scheme.

House of Representatives: Intro. 4/9/14; Passed 30/9/14

Senate: Intro. 1/10/14; 2nd reading adjourned 1/10/14

Reference ( SBC report 11/14 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 4/9/14; report tabled 25/9/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

PS  Fair Trade (Australian Standards) Bill 2013

L   (Introduced by Senator Madigan - Ind)

Requires trade agreements to include a binding requirement that goods sold comply with all applicable product standards that apply in the purchaser’s country or that the selling company or entity selling the products ensures that the goods are improved to Australian product standards.

Senate: Intro. 27/6/13; 2nd reading adjourned 27/6/13

Lapsed due to prorogation of 43rd Parliament 11/11/13

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 3/12/13; 2nd reading adjourned 5/12/13, 27/11/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

PS  Fair Trade (Workers’ Rights) Bill 2013

L   (Introduced by Senator Madigan - Ind)

Requires the Commonwealth, through the minister, to ensure that an amended or new trade agreement with a country includes a binding agreement for minimum standards about workers’ rights in that country’s domestic law.

Senate: Intro. 20/6/13; 2nd reading adjourned 20/6/13

Reference ( SBC report 8/13 ): Bill referred to Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee 27/6/13; report due first sitting day in February 2014 [ but see reference below]

Lapsed due to prorogation of 43rd Parliament 11/11/13

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 13/11/13

Reference: Bill re-referred to Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee 4/12/13 ; report tabled 4/3/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Fair Work Amendment (Bargaining Processes) Bill 2014

Amends the Fair Work Act 2009 to: provide for an additional approval requirement for enterprise agreements that are not greenfields agreements; require the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to have regard to a range of non-exhaustive factors to guide its assessment of whether an applicant for a protected action ballot order is genuinely trying to reach an agreement; and provide that the FWC must not make a protected action ballot order when it is satisfied that the claims of an applicant are manifestly excessive or would have a significant adverse impact on workplace productivity.

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/11/14; Passed 9/2/15

Senate: Intro. 10/2/15; 2nd reading adjourned 10/2/15

Reference ( SBC report 16/14 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 4/12/14; report presented out of sitting 13/4/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

PS  Fair Work Amendment (Gender Pay Gap) Bill 2015

R   (Introduced by Senator Waters - AG)

Amends the Fair Work Act 2009 to remove restrictions on employees’ rights to disclose the amount of, or information about, their pay or earnings; and prohibit employers from taking adverse action against employees for disclosing this information.

Senate: Intro. 17/9/15; 2nd reading adjourned 17/9/15

Reference ( SBC report 13/15 ): Bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 15/10/15; report due 12/5/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 31/8/16

Reference ( SBC report 5/16 ): Bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 1/9/16; report due 14/11/16

PS  Fair Work Amendment (Penalty Rates Exemption for Small Businesses) Bill 2015

R   (Introduced by Senator Leyonhjelm - LDP and Senator Day - FFP)

Amends the Fair Work Act 2009 to remove the requirement that certain small businesses pay penalty rates unless the work is performed on a weekend and is in addition to 38 hours of work over a seven day period, is in addition to ten hours of work in a 24-hour period, or is performed on a public holiday.

Senate: Intro. 13/8/15; 2nd reading adjourned 13/8/15, 17/9/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 31/8/16

PM  Fair Work Amendment (Prohibiting Discrimination Based On Location) Bill 2015

L   (Introduced by Mr Christensen, MP - Nats)

Amends the Fair Work Act 2009 to make it unlawful for an employer to take adverse action against an employee or potential employee based upon where they live.

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/10/15; 2nd reading adjourned 19/10/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

PS  Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Australian Workers) Bill 2016

R   (Introduced by Senator Cameron - ALP)

Amends the Fair Work Act 2009 to: clarify the application of the Act to migrants; require Fair Work Information Statements to contain certain information; provide additional protection from adverse action in certain circumstances; introduce a ‘reasonable person’ test in determining whether an employer has engaged in sham contracting; enable the court to make orders requiring directors of phoenix companies to pay amounts owed by failed companies and orders disqualifying certain persons from managing corporations; increase maximum penalties for certain breaches of the Act; and introduce new offences for serious contraventions of the Act that involve the use of coercion or threats; and the Corporations Act 2001 to make consequential amendments.

Senate: Intro. 15/3/16; 2nd reading adjourned 15/3/16

Reference ( SBC report 4/16 ): Bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 17/3/16; report due 10/5/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 31/8/16

PM  Fair Work Amendment (Recovery of Unpaid Amounts for Franchisee Employees)  

Bill 2015

(Introduced by Mr Bandt, MP - AG)

Amends the Fair Work Act 2009 to provide for employees employed by a franchisee to recover unpaid remuneration from the franchisor.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/10/15; 2nd reading adjourned 12/10/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

Fair Work Amendment (Remaining 2014 Measures) Bill 2015

see also Fair Work Amendment Bill 2014

Amends the Fair Work Act 2009 in relation to: the payment of annual leave upon termination of employment; taking or accruing leave while receiving workers’ compensation; the requirements for flexibility terms in modern awards and enterprise agreements and individual flexibility arrangements made under those terms; the transfer of business rules; the right of entry framework; and the Fair Work Commission not having to hold a conference or hearing to dismiss an unfair dismissal application.

House of Representatives: Intro. 3/12/15; 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

Senate:

Reference ( SBC report 16/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 3/12/15; report tabled 4/2/16

Fair Work Amendment (Respect for Emergency Services Volunteers) Bill 2016

Amends the Fair Work Act 2009 to amend the definition of unlawful terms to include an objectionable emergency management term that cannot be included in an enterprise agreement that covers a designated emergency management body; and provide that certain volunteer bodies can make submissions to the Fair Work Commission in relation to enterprise agreements or workplace determinations that affect, or could affect, the volunteers of a designated emergency management body.

House of Representatives: Intro. 31/8/16; Passed 15/9/16

Senate: Intro. 15/9/16; 2nd reading adjourned 15/9/16

Reference ( SBC report 5/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 1/9/16; report due 10/10/16

Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill 2014

Amends the: Fair Work Act 2009 and Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 to: establish the Registered Organisations Commission and provide it with investigation and information gathering powers to monitor and regulate registered organisations; and provide for the appointment, functions and powers of the commissioner (who will assume the investigations, enforcement advice and assistance responsibilities in relation to registered organisations currently undertaken by the General Manager of the Fair Work Commission); and Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 to: amend the requirements on officers’ disclosure of material personal interests and change grounds for disqualification and ineligibility for office; increase financial accounting and disclosure obligations for registered organisations and their officers; and increase civil penalties and introduce criminal offences for serious breaches of officers’ duties and new offences in relation to the conduct of investigations.

House of Representatives: Intro. 31/8/16; 2nd reading adjourned 31/8/16

Senate:

Reference ( SBC report 5/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 1/9/16; report due 14/10/16

Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill 2014 [No. 3]

see also Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill 2013 , Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill 2014 and Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill 2014 [No. 2]

Amends the: Fair Work Act 2009 and Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 to: establish the Registered Organisations Commission and provide it with investigation and information gathering powers to monitor and regulate registered organisations; and provide for the appointment, functions and powers of the commissioner (who will assume the investigations, enforcement advice and assistance responsibilities in relation to registered organisations currently undertaken by the General Manager of the Fair Work Commission); and Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 to: amend the requirements on officers’ disclosure of material personal interests and change grounds for disqualification and ineligibility for office; increase financial accounting and disclosure obligations for registered organisations and their officers; and increase civil penalties and introduce criminal offences for serious breaches of officers’ duties and new offences in relation to the conduct of investigations.

House of Representatives: Intro 18/4/16; 2nd reading adjourned 18/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Fairer Paid Parental Leave Bill 2015

see also Paid Parental Leave Amendment Bill 2014

Amends the Paid Parental Leave Act 2010 to provide that parents entitled to receive employer-provided primary carer leave payments (or other like payments) in excess of the total amount of parental leave pay will not receive parental leave pay under the Paid Parental Leave scheme; and remove the requirement for employers to provide paid parental leave to eligible employees, unless an employer chooses to manage the payment to employees and the employees agree for the employer to pay them.

House of Representatives: Intro. 25/6/15; 2nd reading adjourned 25/6/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

Senate:

Reference ( SBC report 8/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 25/6/15; report tabled 15/9/15

Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Child Care Measures) Bill (No. 2) 2014

see also Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Child Care Measures) Bill 2014

Amends the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 to maintain the child care benefit income thresholds at the amounts applicable as at 30 June 2014 for three years from 1 July 2014.

House of Representatives: Intro. 25/6/14; 2nd reading adjourned 25/6/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

Senate:

Reference ( SBC report 8/14 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 26/6/14; report tabled 28/8/14

Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Bill 2015

Amends the: A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 to: cease the child care benefit (CCB) and child care rebate; introduce a child care subsidy (CCS) which is subject to both an income and activity test; introduce various rates of additional child care subsidy (ACCS) that are available in certain circumstances; and make amendments in relation to CCS and ACCS claims, reviews of decisions, provider approvals, and compliance obligations of approved providers of child care services; A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 in relation to goods and services tax treatment of new child care funding programs; and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 in relation to: circumstances in which applications for approval of a child care service are taken not to have been made; backdating of CCB service approvals; reassessments of child care service conditions of continued approval; and cessation of enrolment advances. Also makes consequential amendments to five Acts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/12/15; 2nd reading adjourned 2/12/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

Senate:

Reference ( SBC report 16/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 3/12/15; report presented out of sitting 4/4/16

Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Bill 2016

Introduced with the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Payments Structural Reform and Participation Measures) Bill 2016, the bill amends the: A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 to: cease the child care benefit (CCB) and child care rebate; introduce a child care subsidy (CCS) which is subject to both an income and activity test; introduce various rates of additional child care subsidy (ACCS) that are available in certain circumstances; and make amendments in relation to CCS and ACCS claims, reviews of decisions, provider approvals, and compliance obligations of approved providers of child care services; A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 to provide that the current vaccination and immunisation details and schedules may be applied, adopted or incorporated in a minister’s determination; A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 in relation to: circumstances in which applications for approval of a child care service are taken not to have been made; backdating of CCB service approvals; reassessments of child care service conditions of continued approval; and cessation of enrolment advances; A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 in relation to goods and services tax treatment of new child care funding programs; and A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 , Early Years Quality Fund Special Account Act 2013 , Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 1/9/16; 2nd reading adjourned 1/9/16

Senate:

Reference ( SBC report 6/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 15/9/16; report due 10/10/16

Family Law Amendment (Financial Agreements and Other Measures) Bill 2015

L   Amends the Family Law Act 1975 to: amend the financial agreement regime to remove existing uncertainties around requirements for entering, interpreting and enforcing agreements, make changes to the coverage of spousal maintenance matters in agreements, provide for a statement of principles to outline their binding nature, and to reinforce the binding nature of the agreements; strengthen protections from violence in certain procedural matters; strengthen Australia’s response to international parental child abduction; update the arrest powers of the family court; assist the operation of the family law courts; and make minor and technical amendments.

Senate: Intro. 25/11/15; 2nd reading adjourned 25/11/15

Reference ( SBC report 16/15 ): Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 3/12/15; report tabled 24/2/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 2/5/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Financial System Legislation Amendment (Resilience and Collateral Protection) Bill 2016

Amends the Payment Systems and Netting Act 1998 to enable financial institutions to comply with internationally-agreed margining requirements when dealing in over-the-counter derivatives; and provide legal certainty about the operation of Australian law in relation to termination rights under certain financial market transactions and approved Real Time Gross Settlement systems, approved netting arrangements and netting markets in all market conditions. Also makes consequential amendments to five Acts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 16/3/16; 2nd reading adjourned 16/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

House resumed consideration of bill 2/5/16; Passed 2/5/16

Senate: Intro. 3/5/16; Passed 4/5/16

Assent: 4/5/16; Act No. 43, 2016

PS  Flags Amendment Bill 2014

L   (Introduced by Senators Madigan and Xenophon - Ind)

Amends the Flags Act 1953 to require that all Australian flags flown, used or supplied by the Commonwealth are manufactured in Australia from materials manufactured in Australia.

Senate: Intro. 6/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 6/3/14, 26/6/14

Reference ( SBC report 3/14 ): Bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 20/3/14; report tabled 16/6/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

PM  Flags Amendment (Protecting Australian Flags) Bill 2016

L   (Introduced by Mr Christensen, MP - Nats)

Amends the Flags Act 1953 to make it an offence to wilfully destroy, desecrate, dishonour or defile the Australian flag.

House of Representatives: Intro. 29/2/16; 2nd reading adjourned 29/2/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

Food Standards Australia New Zealand Amendment (Forum on Food Regulation and Other Measures) Bill 2015

(Act citation: Food Standards Australia New Zealand Amendment (Forum on Food Regulation and Other Measures) Act 2016 )

see also Food Standards Australia New Zealand Amendment Bill 2015

Amends the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 to: replace references to the former Australia and New Zealand Regulation Ministerial Council with references to the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation; make changes to the compositional requirements and appointment process for the Board; and make technical amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 17/9/15; Passed 14/10/15

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 2 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 15/10/15; Passed 3/2/16

Reference ( SBC report 13/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 15/10/15; report tabled 30/11/15

Committee amendments: 2 Govt/passed; 1 Opp/passed; 1 Schedule negatived (Opp); 2 AG/negatived; 4 items opposed (AG)/items agreed to

[House agreed to Senate amendments 4/2/16]

Assent: 11/2/16; Act No. 7, 2016

PS  Foreign Acquisitions Amendment (Agricultural Land) Bill 2010 [2013]

R   (Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind and Senator Milne - AG)

Amends the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975 to: implement a national interest test to be applied against proposed foreign acquisitions of agricultural land; require any interest in agricultural land greater than five hectares to be notified to the Treasurer; require online publication of information about foreign acquisitions of interest in agricultural land; and impose penalties for not notifying the Treasurer of a proposed acquisition.

Senate: Intro. 24/11/10; 2nd reading adjourned 24/11/10, 22/9/11, 28/2/13

Reference ( SBC report 1/11 ): Bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 10/2/11; report tabled 16/6/11

Lapsed due to prorogation of 43rd Parliament 11/11/13

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 10/12/13

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 31/8/16

PM  Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Amendment (Strategic Assets) Bill 2015

L   (Introduced by Mr Katter, MP - KAP)

Amends the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975 to prevent foreign persons or entities from acquiring a 10 per cent or greater interest in Australian land, water or other assets that are of strategic economic or strategic defensive importance to Australia.

House of Representatives: Intro. 30/11/15; 2nd reading adjourned 30/11/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

Freedom of Information Amendment (New Arrangements) Bill 2014

Amends the: Freedom of Information Act 1982 to provide for: the Administrative Appeals Tribunal to have sole jurisdiction for external merits review of freedom of information (FOI) decisions; the Attorney-General to be responsible for FOI guidelines, collection of FOI statistics and the annual report on the operation of the Act; and the Ombudsman to have sole responsibility for the investigation of FOI complaints; and Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 and Privacy Act 1988 to provide for an Australian Privacy Commissioner as an independent statutory officer holder within the Australian Human Rights Commission. Also repeals the Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010 to abolish the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner; and makes consequential amendments to 22 Acts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/10/14; Passed 28/10/14

CID amendments: 2 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 30/10/14; 2nd reading adjourned 30/10/14

Reference ( SBC report 14/14 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 30/10/14; report tabled 25/11/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

PS  Freedom of Information Amendment (Requests and Reasons) Bill 2015

L   (Introduced by Senator Ludwig - ALP)

Amends the Freedom of Information Act 1982 to require agencies and ministers to publish the exact wording of freedom of information requests and a statement of reasons concerning the decision to allow or refuse the release of requested documents.

Senate: Intro. 13/5/15; 2nd reading adjourned 13/5/15, 18/6/15, 26/11/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

PS  Freedom to Marry Bill 2014

L   (Introduced by Senator Leyonhjelm - LDP)

Amends the Marriage Act 1961 to provide that: people may marry regardless of their sex, sexual orientation or gender identity; registered marriage celebrants are not able to discriminate; religious and non-religious private sector celebrants have freedom of conscience not to solemnise marriages; and chaplains in the defence force may exercise a freedom of conscience while maintaining a positive duty to try to ensure that all couples who seek their services are able to marry.

Senate: Intro. 26/11/14; 2nd reading adjourned 26/11/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

PS  Freedom to Marry Bill 2016

(Introduced by Senator Leyonhjelm - LDP)

Amends the Marriage Act 1961 to: define marriage as a union of two people; clarify that authorised celebrants are not bound to solemnise marriage; and remove the prohibition of the recognition of same sex marriages solemnised in a foreign country; and the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 to make consequential amendments. Also includes a regulation making power so that consequential amendments can be made to other Acts.

Senate: Intro. 13/9/16; 2nd reading adjourned 13/9/16

Fuel Indexation (Road Funding) Bill 2014

see also Fuel Indexation (Road Funding) Bill 2015

Part of a package of four bills to re-introduce the biannual indexation of fuel excise and excise-equivalent fuel duties, the bill amends the: Fuel Tax Act 2006 to provide that the same indexed rate is used for determining the amount of excise or excise-equivalent customs duty payable on the fuel and the amount of the fuel tax credit; proposed Fuel Indexation (Road Funding) Special Account Act 2014 to make amendments consequential on the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 ; and COAG Reform Fund Act 2008 , Excise Act 1901 and Energy Grants (Cleaner Fuels) Scheme Regulations 2004 to make other consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/6/14; Passed 25/6/14

Senate: Intro. 26/6/14; 2nd reading adjourned 26/6/14

Reference ( SBC report 7/14 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 19/6/14; report tabled 7/7/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Fuel Indexation (Road Funding) Special Account Bill 2014

see also Fuel Indexation (Road Funding) Special Account Bill 2015

Part of a package of four bills to re-introduce the biannual indexation of fuel excise and excise-equivalent fuel duties, the bill establishes the Fuel Indexation (Road Funding) Special Account to make grants of financial assistance to the states and territories for expenditure in relation to road infrastructure investment.

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/6/14; Passed 25/6/14

Senate: Intro. 26/6/14; 2nd reading adjourned 26/6/14

Reference ( SBC report 7/14 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 19/6/14; report tabled 7/7/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

PM  Gambling Harm Reduction (Protecting Problem Gamblers and Other Measures)  

Bill 2016

(Introduced by Mr Wilkie, MP - Ind)

Provides a framework for the operation of poker machines by: restricting the operation of poker machines; implementing mandatory precommitment capabilities; restricting ATM withdrawals from within poker machine premises; and providing for a regulator, civil penalties, and minimum uniform national standards and national monitoring network.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/5/16; 2nd reading adjourned 2/5/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

PS  Great Australian Bight Environment Protection Bill 2016

(Introduced by Senator Hanson-Young - AG)

Prohibits mining activities, including prospecting for or exploring for minerals or other geological material, in the Great Australian Bight marine area.

Senate: Intro. 15/9/16; 2nd reading adjourned 15/9/16

PS  Great Barrier Reef Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

L   (Introduced by Senator Waters - AG)

Amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to prohibit certain developments impacting on the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area; and the Environment Protection (Sea Dumping) Act 1981 to prohibit the dumping of dredged material within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

Senate: Intro. 13/2/14; 2nd reading adjourned 13/2/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

PS  Guardian for Unaccompanied Children Bill 2014

R   (Introduced by Senator Hanson-Young - AG)

Establishes the Office of the Guardian for Unaccompanied Non-citizen Children and provides for the appointment, functions and powers of the guardian, and for staff, consultants and reporting requirements; and amends the Immigration (Guardianship of Children) Act 1946 and Migration Act 1958 to make consequential amendments.

Senate: Intro. 16/7/14; 2nd reading adjourned 16/7/14

Reference ( SBC report 10/14 ): Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 28/8/14; interim report presented out of sitting 5/2/15; final report tabled 9/2/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 15/9/16

PS  Health Insurance Amendment (Medicare Funding for Certain Types of  

Abortion) Bill 2013

(Introduced by Senator Madigan - Ind)

Amends the Health Insurance Act 1973 to provide that Medicare benefits are not payable for medically induced terminations carried out on the basis of gender.

Senate: Intro. 19/3/13; 2nd reading adjourned 19/3/13, 27/6/13

Reference ( SBC report 4/13 ): Bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 21/3/13; report tabled 27/6/13

Lapsed due to prorogation of 43rd Parliament 11/11/13

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 13/11/13; 2nd reading adjourned 25/9/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Health Insurance Amendment (Safety Net) Bill 2015

Amends the Health Insurance Act 1973 to introduce a new Medicare safety net on 1 January 2016 to replace the Extended Medicare Safety Net, the Original Medicare Safety Net and the Greatest Permissible Gap.

House of Representatives: Intro. 21/10/15; Passed 25/11/15

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 25/11/15; 2nd reading adjourned 25/11/15

Reference ( SBC report 14/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 12/11/15; report tabled 23/11/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

PM  High Speed Rail Planning Authority Bill 2015

L   (Introduced by Mr Albanese, MP - ALP)

Establishes the High Speed Rail Planning Authority and provides for its functions, appointment and terms and conditions of appointment of members, staff and consultants, conduct of meetings, and reporting and information requirements; and enables the minister to make rules prescribing matters.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/10/15; 2nd reading adjourned 12/10/15

Federation Chamber: 2nd reading adjourned 23/11/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

PM  High Speed Rail Planning Authority Bill 2016

L   (Introduced by Mr Albanese, MP - ALP)

Establishes the High Speed Rail Planning Authority and provides for its functions, appointment and terms and conditions of appointment of members, staff and consultants, conduct of meetings, and reporting and information requirements; and enables the minister to make rules prescribing matters.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/5/16; 2nd reading adjourned 2/5/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

PS  Higher Education Support Amendment (New Zealand Citizens) Bill 2015

L   (Introduced by Senator Carr - ALP)

see also Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2015

Amends the Higher Education Support Act 2003 to enable certain New Zealand citizens who are Special Category Visa holders to be eligible for HELP assistance from 1 January 2016.

Senate: Intro. 24/6/15; 2nd reading adjourned 24/6/15, 17/9/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Higher Education Support Amendment (Savings and Other Measures) Bill 2013

see also Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014 , Higher Education and Research Reform Bill 2014 , Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2015 and Labor 2013-14 Budget Savings (Measures No. 2) Bill 2015

Amends the Higher Education Support Act 2003 to: remove the HECS-HELP up-front payment discount for units of study with a census date on or after 1 January 2014; remove the HELP voluntary repayment bonus for repayments made on or after 1 January 2014; apply an efficiency dividend of 2 per cent in 2014 and 1.25 per cent in 2015 to Commonwealth contribution amounts under the Commonwealth Grant Scheme; and reflect the name change of the University of Ballarat to the Federation University Australia.

House of Representatives: Intro. 21/11/13; Passed 3/12/13

Senate: Intro. 4/12/13; 2nd reading adjourned 4/12/13

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Higher Education Support Legislation Amendment (2016 Measures No. 1) Bill 2016

Amends: five Acts to provide for grants to higher education providers to assist Indigenous students; the Higher Education Support Act 2003 to enable the secretary to be notified of tax file numbers (TFNs) for the purpose of administering student assistance under the VET FEE-HELP scheme; the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 to enable the use and disclosure of TFNs by Commonwealth officers for the purposes of administering VET FEE-HELP; and the Social Security Act 1991 and Student Assistance Act 1973 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 15/9/16; 2nd reading adjourned 15/9/16

Income Tax (Attribution Managed Investment Trusts—Offsets) Bill 2015

(Act citation: Income Tax (Attribution Managed Investment Trusts—Offsets) Act 2016 )

Part of a package of four bills to establish a new tax system for certain managed investment trusts, the bill imposes tax on trustees of an attribution management investment trust in relation to amounts of a character relating to tax offsets in certain circumstances.

House of Representatives: Intro. 3/12/15; Passed 10/2/16

Senate: Intro. 22/2/16; 2nd reading adjourned 22/2/16

Reference ( SBC report 1/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee; report presented out of sitting 10/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Senate resumed consideration of bill 4/5/16; Passed 4/5/16

Assent: 5/5/16; Act No. 48, 2016

Income Tax Rates Amendment (Managed Investment Trusts) Bill 2015

(Act citation: Income Tax Rates Amendment (Managed Investment Trusts) Act 2016 )

Part of a package of four bills to establish a new tax system for certain managed investment trusts, the bill amends the Income Tax Rates Act 1986 to specify the rate of tax payable by trustees of attribution management investment trusts in certain circumstances.

House of Representatives: Intro. 3/12/15; Passed 10/2/16

Senate: Intro. 22/2/16; 2nd reading adjourned 22/2/16

Reference ( SBC report 1/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee; report presented out of sitting 10/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Senate resumed consideration of bill 4/5/16; Passed 4/5/16

Assent: 5/5/16; Act No. 49, 2016

PS  Independent National Security Legislation Monitor (Improved Oversight and  

Resourcing) Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Wright - AG)

Amends the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor Act 2010 to: enable the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor to review proposed counter-terrorism and national security legislation; require the monitor to consider whether counter-terrorism and national security legislation is a proportionate response to the national security threat faced; enable Legal and Constitutional Affairs Senate committees and the Human Rights Commission to refer matters to the monitor for inquiry; require all reports of the monitor to be tabled and the government to respond to any recommendations within six months; ensure that the position of monitor is a full time position; establish the Office of the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor as a statutory agency and a listed entity; and provide for staff; and the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 to provide that it is a function of the Human Rights Commission to refer matters to the monitor for inquiry.

Senate: Intro. 3/12/14; 2nd reading adjourned 3/12/14

Reference ( SBC report 16/14 ): Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 4/12/14; report tabled 17/6/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 15/9/16

Industry Research and Development Amendment (Innovation and Science Australia) Bill 2016

Amends the Industry Research and Development Act 1986 to transition Innovation Australia to become Innovation and Science Australia, an independent body responsible for strategic advice on all industry, innovation, science and research matters; and create a statutory framework to provide legislative authority for Commonwealth spending activities in relation to industry, innovation, science and research programs. Also makes consequential amendments to five Acts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 4/5/16; 2nd reading adjourned 4/5/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Industry Research and Development Amendment (Innovation and Science Australia) Bill 2016

Amends the Industry Research and Development Act 1986 to transition Innovation Australia to become Innovation and Science Australia, an independent body responsible for strategic advice on all industry, innovation, science and research matters; and create a statutory framework to provide legislative authority for Commonwealth spending activities in relation to industry, innovation, science and research programs. Also makes consequential amendments to five Acts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 1/9/16; 2nd reading adjourned 1/9/16

Infrastructure Australia Amendment (Cost Benefit Analysis and Other Measures) Bill 2014

Amends the Infrastructure Australia Act 2008 to: clarify the definition of ‘proposal’; include the requirement that Infrastructure Australia undertake evaluations of infrastructure proposals that involve Commonwealth funding of at least $100 million and provide for indexation of this amount; move incorrectly placed provisions in relation to cost benefit analyses of proposals; and provide that a proposal must not be included in an Infrastructure Priority List unless a cost benefit analysis has been prepared in accordance with the approved method.

House of Representatives: Intro. 4/9/14; Passed 24/9/14

CID amendments: 8 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 25/9/14; 2nd reading adjourned 25/9/14

Reference ( SBC report 12/14 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 25/9/14; report tabled 26/11/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Insolvency Law Reform Bill 2015

(Act citation: Insolvency Law Reform Act 2016 )

Amends the: Bankruptcy Act 1966 and Corporations Act 2001 to align the registration and disciplinary frameworks that apply to registered liquidators and registered trustees (through the rules made by the Insolvency Practice Schedule (Bankruptcy) and Insolvency Practice Schedule (Corporations)); and align a range of specific rules relating to the handling of personal bankruptcies and corporate external administrations; Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 to provide the Australian Securities and Investments Commission with further powers to assist in the oversight of the regulation of registered liquidators; Corporations Act 2001 in relation to: payments for property; use of a company’s former name; termination of a deed of company arrangement; relation-back day; and the lodgement of documents with ASIC which require a notice to be in the prescribed form; and Corporations Act 2001 and Private Health Insurance (Prudential Supervision) Act 2015 in relation to notifications of contraventions of deeds of company arrangement. Also makes consequential amendments to 25 Acts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 3/12/15; Passed 10/2/16

Senate: Intro. 22/2/16; Passed 22/2/16

Assent: 29/2/16; Act No. 11, 2016

PS  Interactive Gambling Amendment (Sports Betting Reform) Bill 2015

R   (Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

Amends the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 to: require gambling services to provide prescribed training to certain employees; enable the Federal Circuit Court of Australia to grant injunctions for the purposes of transaction blocking; place restrictions on the conduct of restricted wagering services in relation to sports betting and provide for offences and civil penalties if they are contravened; place restrictions on the broadcasting of restricted wagering service advertisements and provide for offences and civil penalties if they are contravened; provide for the compliance and enforcement of the new offences and civil penalty provisions; require the Interactive Gambling Regulator to keep a register of individuals who wish to self-exclude from restricted wagering services and provide for the administration of, and the protection of information in, the register; and provide for the appointment of the Interactive Gambling Regulator and the functions of the position; and the Privacy Act 1988 to provide that Australian Privacy Principle 7 (direct marketing) does not apply to the extent that restricted wagering services provisions of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 apply .

Senate: Intro. 24/11/15; 2nd reading adjourned 24/11/15

Reference ( SBC report 15/15 ): Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 26/11/15; extension of time to report 2/5/16; report due 20/6/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 31/8/16

Reference ( SBC report 5/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 1/9/16; report due 13/10/16

PS  Interactive Gambling and Broadcasting Amendment (Online Transactions and  

Other Measures) Bill 2011 [2013]

(Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

Prohibits corporations from offering certain gambling services and amends the: Interactive Gambling Act 2001 to provide that customers may request a financial transaction provider to suspend or cancel an interactive gambling payment; and prohibit inducements to gamble; Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to require the Australian Communications and Media Authority to enforce certain conditions in relation to the advertising of betting venues, online gambling sites and betting odds by commercial broadcasters; and Criminal Code Act 1995 to create an offence and impose a penalty for match-fixing.

Senate: Intro. 20/6/11; 2nd reading adjourned 20/6/11

Lapsed due to prorogation of 43rd Parliament 11/11/13

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 10/12/13

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

House of Representatives:

Reference: Bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform 20/6/11 ; report presented to Senate out of sitting 8/12/11 and tabled 7/2/12; report tabled in House 13/2/12

PS  International Aid (Promoting Gender Equality) Bill 2015

L   (Introduced by Senator Rhiannon - AG)

Requires any use of official development or humanitarian assistance to have regard to reducing gender inequality, and the minister to present an annual report setting out how the Commonwealth used international aid to promote general equality in recipient countries.

Senate: Intro. 5/3/15; 2nd reading adjourned 5/3/15

References:

SBC report 4/15 : Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 26/3/15; report presented out of sitting 2/4/15

Bill referred to Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee 12/5/15 ; report tabled 17/9/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

International Tax Agreements Amendment Bill 2016

Amends the International Tax Agreements Act 1953 to give legislative effect to the Agreement between Australia and the Federal Republic of Germany for the Elimination of Double Taxation with respect to Taxes on Income and on Capital and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion and Avoidance and its Protocol, signed at Berlin on 12 November 2015; and the International Tax Agreements Act 1953 and Taxation (Interest on Overpayments and Early Payments) Act 1983 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 1/9/16; 2nd reading adjourned 1/9/16

PS  Landholders’ Right to Refuse (Gas and Coal) Bill 2015

R   (Introduced by Senator Waters - AG)

Provides that Australian landholders have the right to refuse the undertaking of gas and coal mining activities by corporations on their land without prior written authorisation; sets out the requirements of a prior written authorisation; provides for relief which a court may grant a land owner when prior written authorisation is not provided; prohibits hydraulic fracturing for coal seam gas, shale gas and tight gas by corporations; and provides for civil penalties.

Senate: Intro. 4/3/15; 2nd reading adjourned 4/3/15

Reference ( SBC report 2/15 ): Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 5/3/15; report presented out of sitting 30/9/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 31/8/16

Law and Justice Legislation Amendment (Northern Territory Local Court) Bill 2016

Amends the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 , 16 other Acts and the A.C.T. Self-Government (Consequential Provisions) Regulations to make technical and consequential amendments to ensure that jurisdiction and powers currently being exercised under Commonwealth legislation by Northern Territory Local Court Magistrates may continue to be validly exercised following commencement of the Local Court Act 2015 (NT).

House of Representatives: Intro. 3/3/16; Passed 15/3/16

Senate: Intro. 16/3/16; Passed 18/3/16

Assent: 23/3/16; Act No. 26, 2016

PS  Live Animal Export (Slaughter) Prohibition Bill 2014

L   (Introduced by Senator Rhiannon - AG)

Amends the Export Control Act 1982 to prohibit the export of live-stock for slaughter.

Senate: Intro. 27/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 27/3/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Amendment (Inter-State Voyages) Bill 2015

(Act citation: Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Amendment (Inter-State Voyages) Act 2016 )

Amends the Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Act 2003 to provide that Australian ships that are used solely for inter-state voyages will no longer be regulated under the Act.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/8/15; Passed 25/11/15

Senate: Intro. 25/11/15; Passed 3/2/16

Assent: 10/2/16; Act No. 2, 2016

PM  Marriage Amendment (Marriage Equality) Bill 2015

(Introduced by Mr Shorten, MP - ALP)

Amends the Marriage Act 1961 to: define marriage as a union of two people; clarify that ministers of religion are not bound to solemnise marriage by any other law; remove the prohibition of the recognition of same sex marriages solemnised in a foreign country; and include a regulation making power so that consequential amendments can be made to other Acts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 1/6/15; Removed from Notice Paper 9/2/16

PM  Marriage Amendment (Marriage Equality) Bill 2016

L   (Introduced by Ms Plibersek, MP - ALP)

Amends the Marriage Act 1961 to: define marriage as a union of two people; clarify that ministers of religion are not bound to solemnise marriage by any other law; remove the prohibition of the recognition of same sex marriages solemnised in a foreign country; and include a regulation making power so that consequential amendments can be made to other Acts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/5/16; 2nd reading adjourned 2/5/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

PS  Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2013

R   (Introduced by Senator Hanson-Young - AG)

Amends the Marriage Act 1961 to: define marriage as a union of two people; clarify that ministers of religion are not bound to solemnise marriage by any other law; remove the prohibition of the recognition of same sex marriages solemnised in a foreign country; and include a regulation making power so that consequential amendments can be made to other Acts.

Senate: Intro. 12/12/13; 2nd reading adjourned 12/12/13, 12/11/15, 17/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 31/8/16; 2nd reading adjourned 15/9/16

PS  Marriage Equality Plebiscite Bill 2015

L   (Introduced by Senator Rice - AG, Senator Muir - AMEP, Senator Lazarus - GLT, Senator Leyonhjelm - LDP and Senators Lambie and Xenophon - Ind)

Provides for a national plebiscite to be conducted at the next general election on the question of whether two people should be able to marry, regardless of gender.

Senate: Intro. 19/8/15; 2nd reading adjourned 19/8/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

PM  Marriage Legislation Amendment Bill 2015

L   (Introduced by Mr Entsch, MP and Ms Gambaro, MP - LP, Ms Butler, MP and 

Mr Ferguson, MP - ALP, Mr Bandt, MP - AG and Ms McGowan, MP and Mr Wilkie, MP - Ind)

Amends the Marriage Act 1961 to: define marriage as a union of two people; clarify that ministers of religion or chaplains are not bound to solemnise marriage by any other law; and remove the prohibition of the recognition of same sex marriages solemnised in a foreign country; and the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 to make a consequential amendment. Also includes a regulation making power so that consequential amendments can be made to other Acts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 17/8/15; 2nd reading adjourned 17/8/15

Federation Chamber: 2nd reading adjourned 7/9/15, 14/9/15, 12/10/15, 19/10/15, 9/11/15, 23/11/15, 8/2/16, 29/2/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

PM  Marriage Legislation Amendment Bill 2016

(Introduced by Mr Shorten, MP - ALP)

Amends the Marriage Act 1961 to: define marriage as a union of two people; clarify that ministers of religion or chaplains are not bound to solemnise marriage; and remove the prohibition of the recognition of same sex marriages solemnised in a foreign country; and the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 to make a consequential amendment. Also includes a regulation making power so that consequential amendments can be made to other Acts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/9/16; 2nd reading adjourned 12/9/16

PM  Marriage Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 [No. 2]

(Introduced by Mr Bandt, MP - AG, Ms McGowan, MP and Mr Wilkie, MP - Ind)

Amends the Marriage Act 1961 to: define marriage as a union of two people; clarify that ministers of religion or chaplains are not bound to solemnise marriage; and remove the prohibition of the recognition of same sex marriages solemnised in a foreign country; and the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 to make a consequential amendment. Also includes a regulation making power so that consequential amendments can be made to other Acts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/9/16; 2nd reading adjourned 12/9/16

Medicare Levy Amendment (Attribution Managed Investment Trusts) Bill 2015

(Act citation: Medicare Levy Amendment (Attribution Managed Investment Trusts) Act 2016 )

Part of a package of four bills to establish a new tax system for certain managed investment trusts, the bill amends the Medicare Levy Act 1986 to impose the two per cent Medicare levy on trustees of attribution management investment trusts in certain circumstances.

House of Representatives: Intro. 3/12/15; Passed 10/2/16

Senate: Intro. 22/2/16; 2nd reading adjourned 22/2/16

Reference ( SBC report 1/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee; report presented out of sitting 10/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Senate resumed consideration of bill 4/5/16; Passed 4/5/16

Assent: 5/5/16; Act No. 50, 2016

Migration Amendment (Character Cancellation Consequential Provisions) Bill 2016

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to give full effect to the Migration Amendment (Character and General Visa Cancellation) Act 2014 in relation to mandatory visa cancellation-related powers and the lawful disclosure of non-citizens’ identifying information where a non-citizen is suspected of being of character concern.

House of Representatives: Intro. 10/2/16; Passed 15/3/16

Senate: Intro. 16/3/16; 2nd reading adjourned 16/3/16

Reference ( SBC report 2/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 25/2/16; report tabled 17/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Migration Amendment (Character Cancellation Consequential Provisions) Bill 2016

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to give full effect to the Migration Amendment (Character and General Visa Cancellation) Act 2014 in relation to mandatory visa cancellation-related powers and the lawful disclosure of non-citizens’ identifying information where a non-citizen is suspected of being of character concern.

House of Representatives: Intro. 1/9/16; 2nd reading adjourned 1/9/16

Migration Amendment (Complementary Protection and Other Measures) Bill 2015

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to amend the statutory framework in relation to the determination process for persons seeking protection on complementary protection grounds; and make technical amendments in relation to protection visas.

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/10/15; Passed 2/2/16

Senate: Intro. 3/2/16; 2nd reading adjourned 3/2/16

Reference ( SBC report 13/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 15/10/15; report presented out of sitting 18/2/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2016

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to establish a sponsorship framework for the sponsored family visa program to: separate sponsorship assessment from the visa application process for family sponsored visas; require the approval of persons as family sponsors before any relevant visa applications are made; impose statutory obligations on persons who are or were approved as family sponsors and provide for sanctions if those obligations are not satisfied; facilitate the sharing of personal information between parties identified in a sponsorship application; enable the refusal of a sponsorship application and the cancellation or barring of a family sponsor in certain circumstances; enable the regulations to prescribe details for, and in relation to, the operation of the sponsorship framework; and make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 16/3/16; 2nd reading adjourned 16/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

Senate:

Reference ( SBC report 4/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 17/3/16; report due 10/5/16

Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2016

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to establish a sponsorship framework for the sponsored family visa program to: separate sponsorship assessment from the visa application process for family sponsored visas; require the approval of persons as family sponsors before any relevant visa applications are made; impose statutory obligations on persons who are or were approved as family sponsors and provide for sanctions if those obligations are not satisfied; facilitate the sharing of personal information between parties identified in a sponsorship application; enable the refusal of a sponsorship application and the cancellation or barring of a family sponsor in certain circumstances; enable the regulations to prescribe details for, and in relation to, the operation of the sponsorship framework; and make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 1/9/16; 2nd reading adjourned 1/9/16

Senate:

Reference ( SBC report 6/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 15/9/16; report due 10/10/16

PS  Migration Amendment (Free the Children) Bill 2016

R   (Introduced by Senator Hanson-Young - AG)

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to provide that the minister must determine that a detained minor is to reside at a specified place within the community rather than being held in a detention facility; and ensure that the minister can only designate a country as a regional processing country if the minister is satisfied that the country complies with relevant international laws, meets relevant human rights standards, is a safe and appropriate place for minors to reside and will release any detained person subsequently identified as a minor from detention.

Senate: Intro. 2/3/16; 2nd reading adjourned 2/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 15/9/16

PS  Migration Amendment (Humanitarian Visa Intake) Bill 2014

L   (Introduced by Senator Hanson-Young - AG)

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to prevent the preclusion of processing or granting a visa at any time in a financial year when fewer than 20 000 humanitarian visas have been granted; and require the minister to present to Parliament quarterly reports setting out the number of each class of humanitarian visas granted during the previous quarter.

Senate: Intro. 25/9/14; 2nd reading adjourned 25/9/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Migration Amendment (Maintaining the Good Order of Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2015

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to provide a framework for the use of reasonable force in specified circumstances by authorised officers within immigration detention facilities; and establish a complaints mechanism relating to the exercise of power to use reasonable force.

House of Representatives: Intro. 25/2/15; Passed 13/5/15

CID amendments: 11 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 13/5/15; 2nd reading adjourned 13/5/15, 19/8/15, 20/8/15

Reference ( SBC report 2/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 5/3/15; report presented out of sitting 5/6/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

PM  Migration Amendment (Mandatory Reporting) Bill 2015

L   (Introduced by Mr Marles, MP - ALP)

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to require the reporting of child abuse in onshore and offshore immigration detention facilities.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/10/15; 2nd reading adjourned 12/10/15

Federation Chamber: 2nd reading adjourned 23/11/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

Migration Amendment (Offshore Resources Activity) Repeal Bill 2014

Repeals the Migration Amendment (Offshore Resources Activity) Act 2013 to remove the requirement for foreign workers to hold a visa when they participate in, or support, offshore resource activities taken to be in the migration zone.

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/3/14; Passed 26/5/14

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; 2nd reading adjourned 16/6/14

Reference ( SBC report 4/14 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 27/3/14; report presented out of sitting 6/6/14 and tabled 16/6/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

PS  Migration Amendment (Protecting Babies Born in Australia) Bill 2014

L   (Introduced by Senator Hanson-Young - AG)

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to provide that a person will have been deemed not to have entered Australia by sea if they entered the migration zone and landed in an aircraft or if the person was born in the migration zone.

Senate: Intro. 18/6/14; 2nd reading adjourned 18/6/14, 25/2/16

Reference ( SBC report 7/14 ): Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 19/6/14; report tabled 10/2/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

PS  Migration Amendment (Visa Maximum Numbers Determinations) Bill 2013

L   (Introduced by Senator Hanson-Young - AG)

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to provide that determinations made under section 85 (which determine the number of visas that can be granted in a particular subclass in any specified financial year) on or after 2 December 2013 be subject to disallowance by either House of the Parliament.

Senate: Intro. 9/12/13; 2nd reading adjourned 9/12/13, 12/12/13

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Migration and Maritime Powers Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2015

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to: provide that when an unlawful non-citizen is in the process of being removed to another country and before they enter that country the person is returned to Australia, then that person has a lawful basis to return to Australia without a visa; ensure that when that person is returned to Australia, bars on the person making a valid visa application for certain visas will continue to apply as if they had never left Australia; make technical and consequential amendments arising out of the enactment of the Migration Amendment (Character and General Visa Cancellation) Act 2014 ; clarify that a person who has previously been refused a protection visa application that was made on their behalf cannot make a further protection visa application; ensure that fast track applicants can apply to the Administrative Review Tribunal for review of certain decisions; correct a referencing error in relation to maritime crew visas; and ensure that visa ceasing provisions operate as intended; and the Maritime Powers Act 2013 to clarify that powers are able to be exercised in the course of passage through or above waters of another country in a manner consistent with the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

House of Representatives: Intro. 16/9/15; Passed 10/11/15

Senate: Intro. 11/11/15; Passed 23/11/15

Reference ( SBC report 12/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 17/9/15; report tabled 10/11/15

Committee amendments: 4 AG (1 as amended by 2 Opp)/passed; 1 AG/negatived

[House reported message from Senate returning bill with amendments 23/11/15]

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

Migration Legislation Amendment (Cessation of Visa Labels) Bill 2015

(Act citation: Migration Legislation Amendment (Cessation of Visa Labels) Act 2016 )

Repeals the Migration (Visa Evidence) Charge Act 2012 ; and amends the Migration Act 1958 to remove inoperative provisions relating to the issuing of visa labels; and make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: 11/11/15; Passed 2/2/16

Senate: Intro. 3/2/16; Passed 18/3/16

Reference ( SBC report 14/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 12/11/15; report tabled 25/2/16

Assent: 23/3/16; Act No. 34, 2016

PS  Mining Subsidies Legislation Amendment (Raising Revenue) Bill 2014

R   (Introduced by Senator Milne - AG)

Amends the Fuel Tax Act 2006 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to abolish fossil fuel subsidies for the mining industry from 1 January 2015, including: the diesel fuel rebate; accelerated asset depreciation for aircraft, the oil and gas industry and vehicles; and immediate deductibility for exploration and prospecting expenses.

Senate: Intro. 27/8/14; 2nd reading adjourned 27/8/14, 26/11/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 15/9/16

PS  Motor Vehicle Standards (Cheaper Transport) Bill 2014

R   (Introduced by Senator Milne - AG)

Sets carbon emissions standards that certain manufacturers, importers or sellers of passenger vehicles and light commercial vehicles are required to meet as the average across its fleet; and provides for charges on sellers whose fleet averages exceed the vehicle carbon emissions standard.

Senate: Intro. 10/7/14; 2nd reading adjourned 10/7/14

Reference ( SBC report 10/15 ): Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 20/8/15; interim report presented out of sitting 23/10/15; final report tabled 25/11/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 15/9/16

Narcotic Drugs Amendment Bill 2016

Amends the Narcotic Drugs Act 1967 to: give effect to certain of Australia’s obligations under the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961 (the Single Convention); establish licensing and permit schemes for the cultivation and production of cannabis and cannabis resin for medicinal and scientific purposes, and for the manufacture of narcotic drugs covered by the Single Convention; provide for monitoring, inspection and enforcement powers for authorised inspectors and for the secretary to give directions to licence holders and former licence holders; and enable the secretary to authorise a state or territory government agency to undertake cultivation and production of cannabis and manufacture of medicinal cannabis products; and the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 to make a consequential amendment.

House of Representatives: Intro. 10/2/16; Passed 23/2/16

Senate: Intro. 24/2/16; Passed 24/2/16

Assent: 29/2/16; Act No. 12, 2016

Narcotic Drugs Legislation Amendment Bill 2016

Introduced with the Narcotic Drugs (Licence Charges) Bill 2016, the bill amends the Narcotic Drugs Act 1967 to: protect sensitive law enforcement information that may be disclosed by law enforcement agencies for the purposes of regulatory action relating to medicinal cannabis licences, cannabis research licences and manufacture licences; introduce an offence for the unauthorised disclosure of sensitive law enforcement information in certain circumstances; clarify that cannabis research licence holders can supply seeds to licensed cultivators; enable the minister to make standards and guidelines; enable the making of regulations to specify periods within which the secretary must notify licence holders of certain matters; provide for the timing of payments of fees and charges; and enable the pro-rating refund, waiving, reduction or remission of fees; and the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 to enable regulations to be made prescribing the circumstances in which the use of medicinal cannabis products can be authorised.

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/9/16; 2nd reading adjourned 14/9/16

Narcotic Drugs (Licence Charges) Bill 2016

Introduced with the Narcotic Drugs Legislation Amendment Bill 2016, the bill imposes charges on licences granted under the Narcotic Drugs Act 1967 to enable the Commonwealth to recover the costs of the administration, monitoring and assessment of compliance under the Act after the licence and permits associated with the licence are granted.

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/9/16; 2nd reading adjourned 14/9/16

PS  National Broadband Network Companies Amendment (Tasmania) Bill 2014

L   (Introduced by Senator Urquhart - ALP)

Amends the National Broadband Network Companies Act 2011 to require that NBN Co only provides fixed connections to the national broadband network in Tasmania by use of optical fibre to no fewer than 200 000 premises.

Senate: Intro. 5/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 5/3/14

Reference ( SBC report 4/14 ): Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 27/3/14; report tabled 16/7/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

National Cancer Screening Register Bill 2016

Introduced with the National Cancer Screening Register (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2016, the bill: establishes the National Cancer Screening Register, a national electronic infrastructure for the collection, storage, analysis and reporting of cancer screen program data for the National Cervical Screening Program and the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program; authorises the collection, use and disclosure of information for the purposes of the register and creates an offence for the unauthorised disclosure of information; and mandates reporting of screening information to the register.

House of Representatives: Intro. 5/5/16; 2nd reading adjourned 5/5/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

National Cancer Screening Register Bill 2016

Introduced with the National Cancer Screening Register (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2016, the bill: establishes the National Cancer Screening Register, a national electronic infrastructure for the collection, storage, analysis and reporting of cancer screen program data for the National Cervical Screening Program and the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program; authorises the collection, use and disclosure of information for the purposes of the register and creates an offence for the unauthorised disclosure of information; and mandates reporting of screening information to the register.

House of Representatives: Intro. 31/8/16; 2nd reading adjourned 31/8/16, 13/9/16

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/pending

Senate:

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 13/9/16; report due 11/10/16

National Cancer Screening Register (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2016

Introduced with the National Cancer Screening Register Bill 2016, the bill amends the Australian Immunisation Register Act 2015 , Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Act 1987 and Health Insurance Act 1973 to authorise the disclosure of specified information for inclusion in the National Cancer Screening Register. Also authorises the transfer of state and territory cervical screening data to the register.

House of Representatives: Intro. 5/5/16; 2nd reading adjourned 5/5/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

National Cancer Screening Register (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2016

Introduced with the National Cancer Screening Register Bill 2016, the bill amends the: Australian Immunisation Register Act 2015 to authorise the disclosure of specified information kept on the Australian Immunisation Register to the National Cancer Screening Register; Freedom of Information Act 1982 to exempt register information from disclosure in response to a freedom of information request; and Health Insurance Act 1973 to enable the ongoing provision of Medicare enrolment and claims data to the register.

House of Representatives: Intro. 31/8/16; 2nd reading adjourned 31/8/16

Senate:

Reference: Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 13/9/16; report due 11/10/16

National Disability Insurance Scheme Amendment Bill 2016

Amends the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 to increase the maximum number of board members of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Launch Transition Agency to 12 members, including the Chair; and clarify the quorum arrangements for board meetings.

House of Representatives: Intro. 16/3/16; 2nd reading adjourned 16/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

House resumed consideration of bill 2/5/16; Passed 2/5/16

Senate: Intro. 3/5/16; Passed 4/5/16

Assent: 5/5/16; Act No. 51, 2016

National Disability Insurance Scheme Savings Fund Special Account Bill 2016

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.

House of Representatives: Intro. 16/3/16; 2nd reading adjourned 16/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

House resumed consideration of bill 3/5/16; Passed 3/5/16

Senate: Intro. 4/5/16; 2nd reading adjourned 4/5/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

National Disability Insurance Scheme Savings Fund Special Account Bill 2016

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.

House of Representatives: Intro. 31/8/16; 2nd reading adjourned 31/8/16

Senate:

Reference ( SBC report 6/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 15/9/16; report due 7/11/16

National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits) Bill 2014

Amends the National Health Act 1953 in relation to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and the Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme by: increasing the concessional patient co-payment by 80 cents from 1 January 2015; increasing the general patient co-payment by $5.00 from 1 January 2015; increasing the concessional safety net threshold by two prescriptions each year for four years, from 2015 to 2018; and increasing the general patient safety net threshold by 10 per cent each year for four years, from 2015 to 2018.

House of Representatives: Intro. 18/6/14; Passed 16/7/14

Senate: Intro. 17/7/14; 2nd reading adjourned 17/7/14

Reference ( SBC report 7/14 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 19/6/14; report tabled 27/8/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

PS  National Integrity Commission Bill 2013

R   (Introduced by Senator Milne - AG)

Establishes a National Integrity Commission as an independent statutory agency which will consist of the National Integrity Commissioner, the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner and the Independent Parliamentary Advisor and provide for: the investigation and prevention of misconduct and corruption in all Commonwealth departments, agencies, and federal parliamentarians and their staff; the investigation and prevention of corruption in the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Crime Commission; and independent advice to ministers and parliamentarians on conduct, ethics and matters of propriety. Also provides for the establishment of a Parliamentary Joint Committee on the National Integrity Commission; and makes consequential amendments to the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006 , Ombudsman Act 1976 , Privacy Act 1988 and Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 .

Senate: Intro. 13/11/13; 2nd reading adjourned 13/11/13, 15/5/14, 13/8/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 15/9/16

PS  Native Title Amendment (Reform) Bill 2014

L   (Introduced by Senator Siewert - AG)

Amends the Native Title Act 1993 in relation to: the right to negotiate to apply to offshore areas; good faith negotiations; enabling extinguishment to be disregarded; reversal of the burden of proof; the definition of ‘traditional’; and commercial rights and interests.

Senate: Intro. 4/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 4/3/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility Bill 2016

Introduced with the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2016, the bill establishes the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility and a Board of the Facility to make investment decisions for the facility; and provides up to $5 billion in concessional finance over five years to provide financial assistance to state and territory governments to develop economic infrastructure in the Northern Territory and northern parts of Western Australia and Queensland.

House of Representatives: Intro. 17/3/16; 2nd reading adjourned 17/3/16

Reference: Bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia 17/3/16; report presented to Senate out of sitting 14/4/16; report tabled in House 2/5/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

House resumed consideration of bill 19/4/16; Passed 19/4/16

Senate: Intro. 19/4/16; Passed 2/5/16

Committee amendments: 3 Govt/passed; 6 AG/negatived

[House disagreed to Senate amendments and agreed to 3 identical Govt amendments 3/5/16; Senate agreed to House amendments 3/5/16]

Assent: 4/5/16; Act No. 41, 2016

Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2016

Introduced with the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility Bill 2016, the bill amends the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Act 1991 to enable the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation to: assist the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility; assist, on agreement, the states and territories; and charge fees to the facility and the states and territories for the services it provides in performing its functions for them.

House of Representatives: Intro. 17/3/16; 2nd reading adjourned 17/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

House resumed consideration of bill 19/4/16; Passed 19/4/16

Senate: Intro. 19/4/16; Passed 2/5/16

Committee amendment: 1 AG/negatived

Assent: 4/5/16; Act No. 42, 2016

Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment Bill 2016

Amends the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 to validate past Joint Authority decisions to grant renewals, or extensions of the term of ‘prior usage rights’ petroleum titles, where the consent of the Minister for the Environment was not sought.

House of Representatives: Intro. 11/2/16; Passed 23/2/16

Senate: Intro. 23/2/16; Passed 24/2/16

Assent: 29/2/16; Act No. 13, 2016

Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (Petroleum Pools and Other Measures) Bill 2016

Amends the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 and Petroleum Resource Rent Tax Assessment Act 1987 to ensure the ongoing validity of apportionment agreements, where it becomes apparent that an agreement relates to an area which contains multiple petroleum pools, rather than a single discrete pool; Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 to: include a regulation making power to ensure there is a legal basis for the regulations to provide for the refund and remittal of environment plan (EP) levies; provide for the retrospective commencement of this regulation making power to ensure the validity of refunds of EP levies previously made to offshore petroleum titleholders; and clarify that regulations can provide for the remittal and refund of safety case levies.

House of Representatives: Intro. 15/9/16; 2nd reading adjourned 15/9/16

Omnibus Repeal Day (Autumn 2015) Bill 2015

(Act citation: Omnibus Repeal Day (Autumn 2015) Act 2016 )

Amends: five Acts in the Agriculture portfolio to abolish the Australian Landcare Council, and make amendments consequential on seven Acts being repealed; two Acts in the Environment portfolio to abolish the Natural Heritage Trust Advisory Committee and the Biological Diversity Advisory Committee, and remove spent provisions; the Health and Other Services (Compensation) Act 1995 to remove certain administrative requirements for compensation payers and claimants; the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (Queensland Reserves and Committee Self-management) Act 1978 to make amendments consequential on two Acts being repealed; 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 the release of information collected under the Acts in an aggregated form which does not disclose information about a particular person; the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 and Social Security Act 1991 to remove spent indexation provisions, and make consequential amendments; the Social Security Act 1991 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to remove spent provisions relating to the Retirement Assistance for Farmers Scheme and the Retirement Assistance for Sugarcane Farmers Scheme; the Social Security Act 1991 to remove spent savings, transitional and application provisions, and make technical amendments; three Acts in the Treasury portfolio to remove spent provisions; and the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to remove spent provisions relating to the Retirement Assistance for Farmers Scheme and the Retirement Assistance for Sugarcane Farmers Scheme. Also repeals 14 Acts administered in three portfolios.

House of Representatives: Intro. 18/3/15; Passed 12/10/15

Senate: Intro. 12/10/15; Passed 24/2/16

Reference ( SBC report 3/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 19/3/15; report tabled 15/6/15

Committee amendments: 2 AG/passed

[House reported message from Senate returning bill with amendments 25/2/16]

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

[House resumed consideration of message from Senate and agreed to Senate amendments 4/5/16]

Assent: 5/5/16; Act No. 47, 2016

Omnibus Repeal Day (Spring 2014) Bill 2014

see also Omnibus Repeal Day (Spring 2015) Bill 2015

Amends: four Acts in the Agriculture portfolio to abolish the Fishing Industry Policy Council, and remove obsolete provisions; four Acts in the Communications portfolio in relation to re-transmission of programs, and consultation and publication requirements; four Acts in the Environment portfolio in relation to the abolition of the Product Stewardship Advisory Group and the Oil Stewardship Advisory Council, fuel quality standards, and hazardous waste; the Social Security Act 1991 to make an amendment consequential on a repeal; three Acts administered in the Prime Minister and Cabinet portfolio to make minor amendments and remove certain provisions; eight Acts administered in the Social Services portfolio in relation to approved provider obligations, use or disclosure of personal information, and removal of spent social security and family assistance payments; seven Acts in the Treasury portfolio to make amendments consequential on repeals; the Insurance Act 1973 to remove a redundant standing appropriation; and five Acts in the Veterans’ Affairs portfolio to remove spent veterans’ affairs and military rehabilitation and compensation payments. Also repeals seven Acts administered in four portfolios.

House of Representatives: Intro. 22/10/14; Passed 29/10/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 30/10/14; Passed 2/12/14

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/passed

Committee amendments: 1 Opp/passed; 3 AG/passed; 2 Parts negatived (AG); 25 items negatived (AG)

[House disagreed to Senate amendments 25/3/15; Senate insisted on its amendments nos 1 to 6, did not insist on its amendment no. 7 and agreed to 1 Opp amendment in place of amendment no. 7, 19/8/15; House reported message from Senate 19/8/15]

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

Omnibus Repeal Day (Spring 2015) Bill 2015

see also Omnibus Repeal Day (Spring 2014) Bill 2014

Amends: four Acts in the Agriculture and Water Resources portfolio to abolish the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) Advisory Board and the Fishing Industry Policy Council, limit the information that the APVMA is required to provide to Food Standards Australia and New Zealand, and remove obsolete provisions; four Acts in the Communications and the Arts portfolio in relation to re-transmission of programs, and consultation and publication requirements; the Social Security Act 1991 to make an amendment consequential on a repeal; two Acts in the Environment portfolio to make technical amendments and clarify regulatory arrangements; four Acts in the Health portfolio to abolish the Medical Training Review Panel, remove requirements for redundant reviews of Medicare provider number legislation, simplify approved provider obligations in areas of aged care, and make consequential amendments; 20 Acts in the Infrastructure and Regional Development portfolio and the A.C.T. Self-Government (Consequential Provisions) Regulations to make amendments consequential on the establishment of the Australian Capital Territory as a self-governing territory; the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 to make amendments consequential on a repeal; three Acts in the Prime Minister and Cabinet portfolio to make minor amendments and remove certain provisions; seven Acts in the Social Services portfolio in relation to use or disclosure of personal information and removal of spent social security and family assistance payments; seven Acts in the Treasury portfolio to make amendments consequential on repeals; the Insurance Act 1973 to remove a redundant standing appropriation; and five Acts in the Veterans’ Affairs portfolio to remove spent veterans’ affairs and military rehabilitation and compensation payments. Also repeals 28 Acts administered in eight portfolios.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/11/15; Passed 2/12/15

Senate: Intro. 2/2/16; 2nd reading adjourned 2/2/16, 24/2/16

Reference ( SBC report 15/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 26/11/15; report tabled 3/2/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Paid Parental Leave Amendment Bill 2014

see also Fairer Paid Parental Leave Bill 2015

Amends the Paid Parental Leave Act 2010 to remove the requirement for employers to provide paid parental leave to eligible employees, unless an employer chooses to manage the payment to employees and the employees agree for the employer to pay them.

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/3/14; Passed 2/6/14

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; 2nd reading adjourned 16/6/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Parliamentary Entitlements Amendment (Injury Compensation Scheme) Bill 2016

Amends the Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990 to enable the minister to make a legislative instrument to establish a parliamentary injury compensation scheme to provide the same benefits to parliamentarians and the spouse of the Prime Minister based on the scheme applicable to Commonwealth employees under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 and for Comcare to administer the scheme; and the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 and Age Discrimination Act 2004 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 10/2/16; Passed 24/2/16

Senate: Intro. 24/2/16; Passed 29/2/16

Assent: 8/3/16; Act No. 16, 2016

Parliamentary Entitlements Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

Amends the Members of Parliament (Life Gold Pass) Act 2002 to: amend the short title of the Act to Parliamentary Retirement Travel Act 2002 ; impose certain limits on access to the parliamentary retirement travel entitlement; reduce the number of trips available under the entitlement; remove the ability of spouses or de facto partners (other than those of a former prime minister) to access the entitlement; reduce the entitlement of spouses or de facto partners of a former prime minister; and require that all travel under the entitlement be subject to a public benefit test; and the Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990 to: apply a 25 per cent loading to any adjustment to a prescribed travel benefit; limit the domestic travel entitlement of dependent children of senior officers to those under 18 years of age; and enable the recovery of payments made which are beyond the entitlement.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/10/14; Passed 28/10/14

Senate: Intro. 29/10/14; 2nd reading adjourned 29/10/14

Reference ( SBC report 13/14 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 2/10/14; report tabled 24/11/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Senate agreed to resume consideration of bill 2/5/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

PS  Parliamentary Expenses Amendment (Transparency and Accountability) Bill 2015

L   (Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

Amends the Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990 to require an explanatory statement to be provided with certain types of travel entitlement claims by members, parliamentary office-holders and ministers; and provide for penalties if claims are made in excess of entitlement; and the Ombudsman Act 1976 to expand the powers of the Commonwealth Ombudsman to include the scrutiny of parliamentary entitlements claims.

Senate: Intro. 13/8/15; 2nd reading adjourned 13/8/15

Reference ( SBC report 10/15 ): Bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 20/8/15; report tabled 26/11/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

PS  Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security Amendment Bill 2015

R   (Introduced by Senator Wong - ALP)

Amends the Intelligence Services Act 2001 to change the membership, powers and functions of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS); and the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor Act 2010 and Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986 in relation to the provision of certain reports to the PJCIS.

Senate: Intro. 10/8/15; 2nd reading adjourned 10/8/15, 3/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 31/8/16

PS  Parliamentary Proceedings Broadcasting Amendment Bill 2013

L   (Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

Amends the Parliamentary Proceedings Broadcasting Act 1946 to prohibit the Joint Committee on the Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings from preventing the re-broadcasting of parliamentary proceedings for the purposes of satire or ridicule.

Senate: Intro. 13/11/13; 2nd reading adjourned 13/11/13

Reference ( SBC report 9/13 ): Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 14/11/13; report tabled 12/2/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Passenger Movement Charge Amendment (Norfolk Island) Bill 2016

Introduced with the Territories Legislation Amendment Bill 2016, the bill amends the Passenger Movement Charge Act 1978 to extend the passenger movement charge to people departing Norfolk Island.

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/2/16; Passed 15/3/16

Senate: Intro. 16/3/16; Passed 18/3/16

Assent: 23/3/16; Act No. 32, 2016

Plebiscite (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill 2016

Establishes the legislative framework for a compulsory in-person vote in a national plebiscite that would ask Australians “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”.

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/9/16; 2nd reading adjourned 14/9/16

PS  Poker Machine Harm Reduction ($1 Bets and Other Measures) Bill 2012 [2013]

L   (Introduced by Senator Di Natale - AG and Senators Madigan and Xenophon - Ind)

Regulates poker machine use by requiring that poker machines must not accept banknotes with a denomination greater than $20, must not accept certain additional credits, must not allow a bet in excess of $1 per spin, and must not have a jackpot or a linked-jackpot arrangement greater than $500; imposes penalties for a contravention of these requirements; provides that the minister takes all reasonable steps to implement uniform national standards for poker machines in relation to harm minimisation, with particular reference to maximum losses, to take effect from 1 January 2015; and provides for the establishment of a national monitoring network.

Senate: Intro. 22/3/12; 2nd reading adjourned 22/3/12

Lapsed due to prorogation of 43rd Parliament 11/11/13

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 3/12/13; 2nd reading adjourned 5/12/13

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

House of Representatives:

Reference: Bill referred to Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform 22/3/12 ; report tabled in House and Senate 24/6/13

Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Amendment Bill 2016

Amends the Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Act 1991 to enable levy and charge payer information to be provided to rural research and development corporations for the purpose of developing levy payer registers; and the Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997 , Dairy Produce Act 1986 and National Residue Survey Administration Act 1992 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 3/3/16; Passed 17/3/16

Senate: Intro. 18/3/16; 2nd reading adjourned 18/3/16

Reference ( SBC report 4/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 17/3/16; report presented out of sitting 22/4/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Amendment Bill 2016

Amends the Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Act 1991 to enable levy and charge payer information to be provided to rural research and development corporations for the purpose of developing levy payer registers; and the Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997 , Dairy Produce Act 1986 and National Residue Survey Administration Act 1992 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 31/8/16; Passed 12/9/16

Senate: Intro. 12/9/16; Passed 12/9/16

Assent: 16/9/16; Act No. 56, 2016

PS  Privacy Amendment (Privacy Alerts) Bill 2014

L   (Introduced by Senator Singh - ALP)

Amends the Privacy Act 1988 to establish a framework for the mandatory notification by regulated entities of serious data breaches to the Australian Information Commissioner and to affected individuals.

Senate: Intro. 20/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 20/3/14, 27/3/14, 19/6/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

PM  Privacy Amendment (Protecting Children from Paparazzi) Bill 2015

L   (Introduced by Mr Katter, MP - KAP)

Amends the Privacy Act 1988 to provide for a new criminal offence for those who harass the children of celebrities or any other person due to that person’s vocation or occupation, through their attempt to photograph or record the child’s image or voice, whether by following or lying in wait for the child.

House of Representatives: Intro. 23/11/15; 2nd reading adjourned 23/11/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

PS  Private Health Insurance Amendment (GP Services) Bill 2014

R   (Introduced by Senator Di Natale - AG)

Amends the Private Health Insurance Act 2007 to clarify that private health insurers may not enter into agreements or arrangements with primary care providers that provide preferential treatment to their members.

Senate: Intro. 27/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 27/3/14

Reference ( SBC report 6/14 ): Bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 17/6/14; report tabled 4/9/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 15/9/16

PM  Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Amendment (Procuring  

Australian Goods and Services) Bill 2016

(Introduced by Mr Katter, MP - KAP)

Amends the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 to require the Commonwealth, corporate Commonwealth entities and wholly-owned Commonwealth companies to procure Australian goods and services.

House of Representatives: Intro. 22/2/16; 2nd reading adjourned 22/2/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

PS  Public Service Amendment (Payments in Special Circumstances) Bill 2011 [2013]

L   (Introduced by Senator Xenophon - Ind)

Amends the Public Service Act 1999 to enable agencies to make a discretionary payment in special circumstances (for example, for compensation) in excess of $100 000.

Senate: Intro. 12/5/11; 2nd reading adjourned 12/5/11

Reference ( SBC report 9/11 ): Bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 7/7/11; report tabled 18/8/11

Lapsed due to prorogation of 43rd Parliament 11/11/13

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 10/12/13

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

PS  Racial Discrimination Amendment Bill 2014

L   (Introduced by Senator Day - FFP, Senators Bernardi and Smith - LP and Senator Leyonhjelm - LDP)

Amends the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 to amend section 18C (which makes unlawful certain offensive acts that are done because of race, colour or national or ethnic origin) to remove the words ‘offend’ and ‘insult’.

Senate: Intro. 25/9/14; 2nd reading adjourned 25/9/14, 2/10/14, 15/10/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 2/5/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

PS  Racial Discrimination Amendment Bill 2016

(Introduced by Senators Bernardi, Abetz, Back, Bushby, Duniam, Fawcett, Macdonald, Paterson, Reynolds and Smith - LP, Senators McKenzie, O’Sullivan and Williams - Nats, Senators Burston, Culleton, Hanson and Roberts - PHON, Senator Hinch - DHJP, Senator Day - FFP, and Senator Leyonhjelm - LDP)

Amends the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 to amend section 18C (which makes unlawful certain offensive acts that are done because of race, colour or national or ethnic origin) to remove the words ‘offend’ and ‘insult’.

Senate: Intro. 31/8/16; 2nd reading adjourned 31/8/16

PS  Racial Discrimination Law Amendment (Free Speech) Bill 2016

(Introduced by Senator Leyonhjelm - LDP, Senators Burston, Culleton, Hanson and Roberts - PHON, Senator Hinch - DHJP and Senator Day - FFP)

Amends the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 to repeal Part IIA which prohibits offensive behaviour based on racial hatred; and the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 and Racial Discrimination Act 1975 to make consequential amendments.

Senate: Intro. 15/9/16; 2nd reading adjourned 15/9/16

PS  Recognition of Foreign Marriages Bill 2014

R   (Introduced by Senator Hanson-Young - AG)

Amends the Marriage Act 1961 to remove the prohibition of the recognition of same sex marriages solemnised in a foreign country; and provide that these marriages are recognised under the laws of Australia.

Senate: Intro. 15/5/14; 2nd reading adjourned 15/5/14, 4/2/16

Reference ( SBC report 5/14 ): Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 15/5/14; report tabled 25/9/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 15/9/16

Registration of Deaths Abroad Amendment Bill 2016

Amends the Registration of Deaths Abroad Act 1984 to: enable the minister to appoint any state or territory registrar as the Registrar of Deaths Abroad (the registrar); validate the prior appointment of the ACT Registrar-General as the registrar and validate any previous registrations of deaths; enable the registrar to register death that could have been registered under the law of a state or territory, where the state or territory concerned has provided notice that it will not register a death; and ensure that only the registrar can register deaths.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/3/16; Passed 16/3/16

Senate: Intro. 16/3/16; 2nd reading adjourned 16/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Senate agreed to resume consideration of bill 2/5/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Registration of Deaths Abroad Amendment Bill 2016

Amends the Registration of Deaths Abroad Act 1984 to: enable the minister to appoint any state or territory registrar as the Registrar of Deaths Abroad (the registrar); validate the prior appointment of the ACT Registrar-General as the registrar and validate any previous registrations of deaths; enable the registrar to register death that could have been registered under the law of a state or territory, where the state or territory concerned has provided notice that it will not register a death; and ensure that only the registrar can register deaths.

House of Representatives: Intro. 1/9/16; Passed 12/9/16

Senate: Intro. 12/9/16; Passed 12/9/16

Assent: 16/9/16; Act No. 57, 2016

PS  Regulator of Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2014

L   (Introduced by Senator Di Natale - AG, Senator Macdonald - LP, Senator Urquhart - ALP and Senator Leyonhjelm - LDP)

Establishes a Regulator of Medicinal Cannabis to be responsible for formulating rules and monitoring compliance with those rules for licensing the production, manufacture, supply, use, experimental use and import and export of medicinal cannabis; and provides for a national system to regulate the cultivation, production and use of medicinal cannabis products, and related activities such as research.

Senate: Intro. 27/11/14; 2nd reading adjourned 27/11/14

Reference ( SBC report 1/15 ): Bill referred to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 12/2/15; interim report tabled 25/6/15; final report tabled 11/8/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Regulatory Powers (Standardisation Reform) Bill 2016

L   Amends: 15 Acts to remove current provisions providing for regulatory regimes and to apply the standard provisions of the Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014 ; the Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014 in relation to: the ability to secure evidence of a contravention when exercising monitoring powers; the age of photographs for identity cards; the time period for the making of a civil penalty order; and the cap on the amount to be stated in an infringement notice; and the Paid Parental Leave Act 2010 to make amendments consequential on the commencement of the proposed Fairer Paid Parental Leave Act 2016 .

Senate: Intro. 2/3/16; 2nd reading adjourned 2/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 2/5/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

PM  Renew Australia Bill 2016

L   (Introduced by Mr Bandt, MP - AG)

The bill: establishes Renew Australia as a statutory authority to oversee the transition of Australia’s electricity system to one based on renewable energy and provides for its functions and powers; establishes the Board of Renew Australia and provides for its functions, members and meetings; provides for the appointment of a Chief Executive Officer and staff, consultants and committees; provides for financial arrangements; and sets out a timetable for the phased closure of coal-fired power stations.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/5/16; 2nd reading adjourned 2/5/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

PM  Renewable Fuel Bill 2016

L   (Introduced by Mr Katter, MP - KAP)

Amends the Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000 to: provide for the regulation of renewable fuel content in fuel supplied for use in motor vehicles; provide that the ethanol volume percentage be mandated at a minimum of 5 per cent from 1 July 2019 and a minimum of 10 per cent from 1 July 2022; establish an office of Renewable Fuel Program Administrator and provide for the appointment and functions of the administrator; and include record keeping and reporting requirements.

House of Representatives: Intro. 8/2/16; 2nd reading adjourned 8/2/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

PS  Reserve Bank Amendment (Australian Reconstruction and Development Board)  

Bill 2013

(Introduced by Senators Xenophon and Madigan - Ind)

Amends the Reserve Bank Act 1959 to establish the Australian Reconstruction and Development Board as the third Board within the Reserve Bank of Australia; and provide for the functions, membership, meetings and other administrative arrangements of the board, including resolving any policy differences between the three boards.

Senate: Intro. 5/12/13; 2nd reading adjourned 5/12/13

Reference ( SBC report 11/13 ): Bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 12/12/13; report presented out of sitting 31/3/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

PS  Restoring Territory Rights (Assisted Suicide Legislation) Bill 2015

R   (Introduced by Senator Leyonhjelm - LDP)

Amends the Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988 and Northern Territory (Self-Government) Act 1978 to remove the prohibition on legalising voluntary euthanasia; and repeals the Euthanasia Laws Act 1997 .

Senate: Intro. 2/12/15; 2nd reading adjourned 2/12/15, 3/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 31/8/16

PS  Restoring Territory Rights (Dying with Dignity) Bill 2016

R   (Introduced by Senator Di Natale - AG and Senator Gallagher - ALP)

Amends the Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988 and Northern Territory (Self-Government) Act 1978 to remove the prohibition on legalising voluntary euthanasia; and repeals the Euthanasia Laws Act 1997 .

Senate: Intro. 1/3/16; 2nd reading adjourned 1/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 1/9/16

Road Safety Remuneration Amendment (Protecting Owner Drivers) Bill 2016

Suspends the Contractor Driver Minimum Payments Road Safety Remuneration Order 2016, and any subsequent orders that may be made by the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, until 1 January 2017; and enables the minister to make rules dealing with transitional and other matters.

House of Representatives: Intro. 18/4/16; Consideration in detail 18/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Road Safety Remuneration Repeal Bill 2016

The bill: repeals the Road Safety Remuneration Act 2012 to abolish the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal; enables the minister to make rules dealing with transitional matters; and makes a consequential amendment to the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 18/4/16; Passed 18/4/16

Senate: Intro. 18/4/16; Passed 18/4/16

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Assent: 19/4/16; Act No. 35, 2016

Rural Research and Development Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

Amends the: Australian Grape and Wine Authority Act 2013 , Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989 and Sugar Research and Development Services Act 2013 to enable the Commonwealth to recover the cost of membership fees to international commodity organisations and regional fisheries management organisations from the matching amounts paid to rural research and development corporations (RDCs); Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997 , Dairy Produce Act 1986 , Forestry Marketing and Research and Development Services Act 2007 and Sugar Research and Development Services Act 2013 to remove the tabling requirements for certain documents; and Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989 to remove the requirement for the minister to organise an annual co-ordination meeting for RDC chairs.

House of Representatives: Intro. 25/9/14; Passed 27/10/14

Senate: Intro. 28/10/14; 2nd reading adjourned 28/10/14

Reference ( SBC report 12/14 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 25/9/14; report tabled 3/12/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment (Improving the Comcare Scheme) Bill 2015

Amends the: Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 in relation to: eligibility requirements for compensation; the financial viability of the Comcare scheme; medical expense payments; the requirements for determining compensation payable; household and attendant care services; the suspension of compensation payments for certain citizens absent from Australia; taking or accruing leave while on compensation leave; the calculation of compensation payments; the compulsory redemption threshold; legal costs for proceedings before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal; compensation for permanent impairment; single employer licences; gradual onset injuries and associated injuries; obligations of mutuality; exception of defence-related claims from certain changes; and definitions; Military, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 , Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 and Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992 in relation to the vocational nature of rehabilitation services; and return to work outcomes; and Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 to provide that decisions relating to compensation paid for detriment caused by defective administration are not subject to review.

House of Representatives: Intro. 25/3/15; Passed 1/6/15

Senate: Intro. 15/6/15; 2nd reading adjourned 15/6/15

Reference ( SBC report 4/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 26/3/15; report tabled 16/6/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

Amends the: Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 and Work Health and Safety Act 2011 to: remove the requirement for a ministerial declaration for a corporation to be eligible to be granted a licence for self-insurance; enable certain corporations to apply to join the Comcare scheme; allow a former Commonwealth authority to apply to be a self-insurer in the Comcare scheme and be granted a group licence if it meets the national employer test; enable group licences to be granted to related corporations; and extend coverage to corporations that are licenced to self-insure; Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 to exclude access to workers’ compensation when injuries occur during recess breaks away from an employer’s premises or a person engages in serious and wilful misconduct; and Work Health and Safety Act 2011 to make technical amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 19/3/14; Passed 26/11/14

Senate: Intro. 27/11/14; 2nd reading adjourned 27/11/14

Reference ( SBC report 5/14 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 15/5/14; report tabled 8/7/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Legislation Amendment (Exit Arrangements) Bill 2015

(Act citation: Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Legislation Amendment (Exit Arrangements) Act 2016 )

Amends the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 to: provide for financial and other arrangements for a Commonwealth authority to exit the Comcare scheme; clarify that premiums for current Commonwealth authorities and entities should be calculated having regard to the principle that current and prospective liabilities should be fully funded by Comcare-retained funds and so much of the consolidated revenue fund as would be available; change the appointment process and membership of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission; and make consequential and technical amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 26/2/15; Passed 12/5/15

CID amendments: 18 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 13/5/15; Passed 3/2/16

Reference ( SBC report 3/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 19/3/15; report presented out of sitting 8/5/15

Assent: 10/2/16; Act No. 3, 2016

PS  Save Our Sharks Bill 2014

L   (Introduced by Senator Siewert - AG)

Voids the exemption granted on 10 January 2014 in relation to 72 baited drum lines deployed to catch sharks in Western Australia; and prevents the minister from granting further exemptions.

Senate: Intro. 25/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 25/3/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

PS  Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Consumer Lease Exclusion)  

Bill 2015

(Introduced by Senator Cameron - ALP)

Amends the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to provide that consumer leases are excluded goods for the purposes of the income management regime.

Senate: Intro. 24/6/15; Passed 10/9/15

House of Representatives: Intro. 10/9/15; 2nd reading adjourned 19/10/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

[Senate requested House to resume consideration of bill 19/4/16; House reported message from Senate 2/5/16]

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

PS  Social Security Amendment (Caring for People on Newstart) Bill 2014

L   (Introduced by Senator Siewert - AG)

Amends the Social Security Act 1991 to increase the single rates of newstart and youth allowance by $50 a week; and standardise the indexation arrangements for certain pensions and allowances; and the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to provide that these payments are made from monies appropriated by the Parliament.

Senate: Intro. 6/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 6/3/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

PS  Social Security Amendment (Diabetes Support) Bill 2016

L   (Introduced by Senator Muir - AMEP)

Amends the Social Security Act 1991 to establish a health care card to provide people diagnosed with Diabetes Mellitus Type 1 with access to medication and peripheral devices; and the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to enable the Parliament to appropriate funds to support these payments.

Senate: Intro. 3/3/16; 2nd reading adjourned 3/3/16, 17/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

PS  Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Caring for Single Parents)  

Bill 2014

(Introduced by Senator Siewert - AG)

Amends the: Social Security Act 1991 to enable single parents to access the parenting payment (single) until their youngest child has turned 16 years of age; Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to provide for payments under this Act; and Fair Work Act 2009 to provide for an enforceable right to request flexible work arrangements for people with caring responsibilities, including single parents.

Senate: Intro. 17/11/14; 2nd reading adjourned 17/11/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Social Security Legislation Amendment (Community Development Program)  

Bill 2015

Amends the Social Security Act 1991 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to create new income support payment and compliance arrangements for individuals living in remote Australia who are eligible for activity tested income support payments including newstart, youth allowance, parenting payment, disability support pension and special benefit; and remove spent provisions in relation to the Northern Territory Community CDEP Transition Payment and the Community Development Employment Project Scheme; and the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 and proposed Social Services Legislation Amendment (Youth Employment) Act 2015 to make consequential amendments.

Senate: Intro. 2/12/15; 2nd reading adjourned 2/12/15

Reference ( SBC report 16/15 ): Bill referred to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee 3/12/15; report tabled 2/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 2/5/16; 2nd reading moved 2/5/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Social Security Legislation Amendment (Further Strengthening Job Seeker Compliance) Bill 2015

Amends the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 in relation to the job seeker compliance framework by: strengthening and aligning financial penalties for failure to enter into an Employment Pathway Plan; suspending participation payments and applying financial penalties for failure to behave in an appropriate manner at an appointment; enabling more immediate application of financial penalties for failure to participate in activities or job interviews; suspending participation payments for inadequate job search; removing waivers for serious financial penalties incurred for refusing or failing to accept a suitable job; renaming all failures resulting in short-term financial penalties as ‘no show no pay’ failures; and removing redundant provisions.

House of Representatives: Intro. 10/9/15; Passed 14/10/15

CID amendments: 19 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 14/10/15; 2nd reading adjourned 14/10/15, 3/2/16, 4/2/16

Reference ( SBC report 12/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 17/9/15; report tabled 24/11/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 4) Bill 2014

see also Social Services Legislation Amendment (Budget Repair) Bill 2015 , Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Payments Structural Reform and Participation Measures) Bill 2015 , Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Payments Structural Reform and Participation Measures) Bill (No. 2) 2015 and Social Services Legislation Amendment (Youth Employment and Other Measures) Bill 2015

Amends the: A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 and Social Security Act 1991 to: pause indexation on certain income free and income test free areas and thresholds for three years from 1 July 2015; index parenting payment single to the consumer price index; and pause indexation of income free areas and other means-test thresholds for student payments, including student income bank limits; A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 to maintain the standard family tax benefit (FTB) child rates for two years in the maximum and base rate of FTB Part A and the maximum rate of FTB Part B from 1 July 2015; and in relation to FTB (from 1 July 2015) by: revising end-of-year supplements to their original values and ceasing indexation; reducing the primary earner income limit; limiting FTB Part B; and introducing a single parent supplement; Social Security Act 1991 to: extend and simplify the ordinary waiting period for all working age payments from 1 January 2015; extend youth allowance (other) to 22 to 24 year olds in lieu of newstart allowance and sickness allowance from 1 January 2015; and provide for 26-week waiting periods and non-payment periods from 1 January 2015; Social Security Act 1991 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to abolish the pensioner education supplement from 1 January 2015; and Social Security Act 1991 , Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 and Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to abolish the education entry payment from 1 January 2015; the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to remove the three months’ backdating of disability pension from 1 January 2015. Also make consequential amendments to five Acts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/10/14; Passed 22/10/14

Senate: Intro. 28/10/14; 2nd reading adjourned 28/10/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 5) Bill 2014

Amends the Social Security Act 1991 and Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to: pause indexation of income test free areas for pensions (other than parenting payment single) and deeming thresholds for three years from 1 July 2017; index pensions (other than parenting payment single) to the consumer price index from 20 September 2017; reduce social security and veterans’ entitlements income test deeming thresholds from 20 September 2017; and increase the age pension qualifying age, and the non-veteran pension age, from 67 to 70 years by six months every two years, commencing on 1 July 2025; and the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/10/14; 2nd reading adjourned 2/10/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Student Measures) Bill 2014

see also Social Services Legislation Amendment (Interest Charge) Bill 2016

Amends the Social Security Act 1991 and Student Assistance Act 1973 to enable an interest charge to be applied to certain debts relating to austudy payment, fares allowance, youth allowance payments to full-time students and apprentices, and ABSTUDY living allowance payments; and nine Acts to replace the student start-up scholarship with an income-contingent student start-up loan.

House of Representatives: Intro. 17/7/14; Passed 22/10/14

Senate: Intro. 28/10/14; 2nd reading adjourned 28/10/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Social Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2015

Amends the Social Security Act 1991 to provide that certain persons cannot be paid social security payments when they are in psychiatric confinement because they have been charged with a serious offence.

House of Representatives: Intro. 25/3/15; Passed 28/5/15

Senate: Intro. 15/6/15; 2nd reading adjourned 15/6/15, 10/8/15

Reference ( SBC report 4/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 26/3/15; report tabled 15/6/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Budget Repair) Bill 2015

see also Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 4) Bill 2014 and Social Services Legislation Amendment (Youth Employment and Other Measures) Bill 2015

Amends: the Social Security Act 1991 to reduce from 26 to six weeks the period during which age pension and other payments with unlimited portability can be paid outside Australia at the means-tested rate from 1 January 2017; and pause for three years the indexation of various income thresholds that apply to certain social security benefits and allowances and the income test free area for parenting payment single; the Social Security Act 1991 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to abolish the pensioner education supplement from 1 January 2016; the Social Security Act 1991 , Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 and Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to abolish the education entry payment from 1 January 2016; and seven Acts to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/12/15; Passed 8/2/16

Senate: Intro. 22/2/16; 2nd reading adjourned 22/2/16

Reference ( SBC report 16/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 3/12/15; report tabled 4/2/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Budget Repair) Bill 2016

Amends: the Social Security Act 1991 to reduce from 26 to six weeks the period during which age pension and other payments with unlimited portability can be paid outside Australia at the means-tested rate; and pause for three years the indexation of various income thresholds that apply to certain social security benefits and allowances and the income test free area for parenting payment single; the Social Security Act 1991 and Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to abolish the pensioner education supplement; the Social Security Act 1991 , Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 and Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to abolish the education entry payment; and seven Acts to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 1/9/16; 2nd reading adjourned 1/9/16

Senate:

Reference ( SBC report 6/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 15/9/16; report due 10/10/16

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Consistent Treatment of Parental Leave Payments) Bill 2016

Amends the Social Security Act 1991 and Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to include parental leave payments under the Paid Parental Leave Act 2010 in the income test for income support payments from 1 July 2016; and the Paid Parental Leave Act 2010 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 16/3/16; 2nd reading adjourned 16/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Enhanced Welfare Payment Integrity) Bill 2016

Amends the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 , Paid Parental Leave Act 2010 , Social Security Act 1991 and Student Assistance Act 1973 to enable the making of departure prohibition orders to prevent social welfare payment debtors who have outstanding debts and have failed to enter into a satisfactory repayment arrangement from leaving the country; and remove the six-year limit on welfare debt recovery.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/3/16; Passed 16/3/16

Senate: Intro. 18/3/16; 2nd reading adjourned 18/3/16

Reference ( SBC report 3/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 3/3/16; report due 20/6/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Measures) Bill 2015

(Act citation: Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Measures) Act 2016 )

Amends the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 and A New Tax (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 to reduce to six weeks the period during which family tax benefit (FTB) Part A, and additional payments that rely on FTB eligibility, will be paid to recipients who are outside Australia from 1 January 2016; and the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 to cease the large family supplement from 1 January 2016.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/12/15; Passed 8/2/16

Senate: Intro. 22/2/16; Passed 24/2/16

Reference ( SBC report 16/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 3/12/15; report tabled 22/2/16

Committee amendment: 1 Govt/passed

[House agreed to Senate amendment 29/2/16]

Assent: 8/3/16; Act No. 17, 2016

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Payments Structural Reform and Participation Measures) Bill (No. 2) 2015

see also Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 4) Bill 2014 and Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Payments Structural Reform and Participation Measures) Bill 2015

Amends the: A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 to: increase family tax benefit (FTB) Part A fortnightly rates by $10.08 for each FTB child in the family up to 19 years of age; restructure FTB Part B by: increasing the standard rate by $1000.10 per year for families with a youngest child aged under one; maintaining certain standard rates for families, single parents who are at least 60 years of age, grandparents and great-grandparents; and introducing a reduced rate of $1000.10 per year for individuals with a youngest child aged 13 to 16 years of age who are not single parents aged 60 or more or grandparents or great-grandparents; and phase out the FTB Part A and Part B supplements; Social Security Act 1991 to increase certain youth allowance and disability support pension fortnightly rates by approximately $10.44 for recipients under 18 years of age; and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/12/15; Passed 10/2/16

Senate: Intro. 22/2/16; 2nd reading adjourned 22/2/16

Reference ( SBC report 16/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 3/12/15; report tabled 1/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Payments Structural Reform and Participation Measures) Bill 2016

Introduced with the Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Bill 2016, the bill amends the: A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 to: increase family tax benefit (FTB) Part A fortnightly rates by $10.08 for each FTB child in the family up to 19 years of age; restructure FTB Part B by: increasing the standard rate by $1000.10 per year for families with a youngest child aged under one; maintaining certain standard rates for families, single parents who are at least 60 years of age, grandparents and great-grandparents; introducing a reduced rate of $1000.10 per year for individuals with a youngest child aged 13 to 16 years of age who are not single parents aged 60 or more or grandparents or great-grandparents; and removing the entitlement for single parent families who are not single parents aged 60 or more or grandparents or great-grandparents from the start of the calendar year their youngest child turns 17 years of age; and phase out the FTB Part A and Part B end-of-year supplements; Social Security Act 1991 to increase certain youth allowance and disability support pension fortnightly rates by approximately $7.48 for recipients under 18 years of age; and A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 1/9/16; 2nd reading adjourned 1/9/16

Senate:

Reference ( SBC report 6/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee 15/9/16; report due 10/10/16

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Interest Charge) Bill 2016

see also Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Student Measures) Bill 2014

Amends the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 , Paid Parental Leave Act 2010 , Social Security Act 1991 , Student Assistance Act 1973 and Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to enable an interest charge to be applied to certain debts relating to social security, family assistance (including child care), paid parental leave and student assistance payments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/3/16; Passed 17/3/16

Senate: Intro. 18/3/16; 2nd reading adjourned 18/3/16

Reference ( SBC report 3/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 3/3/16; report due 20/6/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2015

(Act citation: Social Services Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Act 2016 )

Amends the Social Security Act 1991 in relation to: special benefit payments; assessment of full-time study load for youth allowance and austudy payments; the definition of new apprentices; exemptions from the assets test for austudy payments; indexation of pharmaceutical allowance; calculating allowable income for the purposes of step 2 of the health care card income test calculator; and technical corrections; and the A New Tax (Family Assistance)(Administration) Act 1999 to re-align the time period for income reconciliation for certain family tax benefit recipients; and remove a delegation provision.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/12/15; Passed 10/2/16

Senate: Intro. 22/2/16; 2nd reading adjourned 22/2/16

Reference ( SBC report 1/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 4/2/16; report presented out of sitting 10/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Senate resumed consideration of bill 4/5/16; Passed 4/5/16

Committee amendments: 1 Schedule negatived (AG); 1 Schedule opposed (AG)/Schedule agreed to

[House agreed to Senate amendment 4/5/16]

Assent: 5/5/16; Act No. 46, 2016

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Simplifying Student Payments) Bill 2016

Amends the Social Security Act 1991 to: remove the assets test exemption for youth allowance and austudy payment recipients whose partner receives certain income support payments; extend the means test rules used to assess interests in trusts and companies to independent youth allowance and austudy payment recipients; align income test treatment of gift payments from immediate family members with existing pension rules; harmonise the family tax benefit and youth allowance parental income tests by including tax free pensions and benefits as income for the parental income test; ensure that all students receiving income support receive a health care card; and enable the Australian Statistical Geography Standard remoteness structure used to assess eligibility for student payments to be automatically updated.

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/9/16; 2nd reading adjourned 14/9/16

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Youth Employment) Bill 2015

see also Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 4) Bill 2014 and Social Services Legislation Amendment (Youth Employment and Other Measures) Bill 2015

Amends the Social Security Act 1991 to: extend and simplify the ordinary waiting period for all working age payments; extend youth allowance (other) to 22 to 24 year olds in lieu of newstart allowance and sickness allowance; and provide for a four-week waiting period for certain persons aged under 25 years applying for youth allowance (other) or special benefit and require these job seekers to complete certain pre-benefit activities; and the Farm Household Support Act 2014 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 16/9/15; 2nd reading adjourned 16/9/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

Senate:

Reference ( SBC report 13/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee 15/10/15; report tabled 30/11/15

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Youth Employment) Bill 2016

Amends the Social Security Act 1991 to: extend and simplify the ordinary waiting period for all working age payments; extend youth allowance (other) to 22 to 24 year olds in lieu of newstart allowance and sickness allowance; and provide for a four-week waiting period for certain persons aged under 25 years applying for youth allowance (other) or special benefit and require these job seekers to complete certain pre-benefit activities; and the Farm Household Support Act 2014 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 1/9/16; 2nd reading adjourned 1/9/16

Statute Law Revision Bill (No. 3) 2015

(Act citation: Statute Law Revision Act (No. 1) 2016 )

Amends: 19 Acts to correct technical errors; the Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988 to clarify on the face of an Act that the Crown in right of the Australian Capital Territory and of the Northern Territory is bound; and modernise the provision about whether the Crown is liable to be prosecuted for an offence; 152 Acts to replace references to ‘guilty of an offence’ with references to ‘commits an offence’ or similar phrases; eight Acts to replace references to ‘reference base’ with references to ‘index reference period’; and five Acts to remove spent and obsolete provisions.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/11/15; Passed 2/12/15

Senate: Intro. 2/2/16; Passed 4/2/16

Assent: 11/2/16; Act No. 4, 2016

Statute Law Revision Bill 2016

Amends 15 Acts to correct technical errors.

House of Representatives: Intro. 30/8/16; Read a 1st time 30/8/16

Statute Law Revision Bill (No. 2) 2016

see also Statute Law Revision Bill (No. 3) 2016

Amends: 18 Acts to correct technical errors; the Public Lending Right Act 1985 to insert generic references; and the International Labour Organisation (Compliance with Conventions) Act 1992 and National Health Act 1953 to remove obsolete provisions. Also repeals the Forestry Marketing and Research and Development Services (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Act 2007 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 17/3/16; 2nd reading adjourned 17/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

Statute Law Revision Bill (No. 3) 2016

see also Statute Law Revision Bill (No. 2) 2016

Amends 15 Acts to correct technical errors.

House of Representatives: Intro. 18/4/16; Read a 1st time 18/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Statute Law Revision (Spring 2016) Bill 2016

Amends: 19 Acts to correct technical errors; the Public Lending Right Act 1985 to insert generic references; and the International Labour Organisation (Compliance with Conventions) Act 1992 and National Health Act 1953 to remove obsolete provisions. Also repeals the Forestry Marketing and Research and Development Services (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Act 2007 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 1/9/16; Passed 14/9/16

Senate: Intro. 15/9/16; 2nd reading adjourned 15/9/16

Statute Update Bill 2016

Amends: 100 Acts to replace references to penalties expressed as a number of dollars with penalties expressed as a number of penalty units; 27 Acts to replace references to ‘maximum penalty’ with references to ‘penalty’; 32 Acts to provide that provisions relating to the evidentiary status of a certificate (or other instrument or register) clearly provide that it is prima facie evidence of the matters stated in it; and the Antarctic Treaty (Environment Protection) Act 1980 , Crimes (Aviation) Act 1991 , Crimes (Currency) Act 1981 and Maritime Powers Act 2013 to update references to aircraft registered in accordance with the Civil Aviation Regulations 1988.

House of Representatives: Intro. 17/3/16; 2nd reading adjourned 17/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

Statute Update Bill 2016

Amends: 100 Acts to replace references to penalties expressed as a number of dollars with penalties expressed as a number of penalty units; 27 Acts to replace references to ‘maximum penalty’ with references to ‘penalty’; 32 Acts to provide that provisions relating to the evidentiary status of a certificate (or other instrument or register) clearly provide that it is prima facie evidence of the matters stated in it; and the Antarctic Treaty (Environment Protection) Act 1980 , Crimes (Aviation) Act 1991 , Crimes (Currency) Act 1981 and Maritime Powers Act 2013 to update references to aircraft registered in accordance with the Civil Aviation Regulations 1988.

House of Representatives: Intro. 1/9/16; Passed 14/9/16

Senate: Intro. 15/9/16; Passed 15/9/16

Assent: 23/9/16; Act No. 61, 2016

PS  Stop Dumping on the Great Barrier Reef Bill 2014

L   (Introduced by Senator Waters - AG)

Amends the Environment Protection (Sea Dumping) Act 1981 to prohibit offshore dumping of dredge spoil within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area; and provide that dumping which has been approved after 9 December 2013 cannot proceed.

Senate: Intro. 4/9/14; 2nd reading adjourned 4/9/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Choice of Fund) Bill 2016

Amends the Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 to provide that employees are able to choose their own superannuation fund for their compulsory employer contributions where they are employed under a workplace determination or enterprise agreement made after 1 July 2016.

House of Representatives: Intro. 17/3/16; 2nd reading adjourned 17/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Transparency Measures) Bill 2016

Amends the Corporations Act 2001 to: require trustees of regulated superannuation funds with five or more members to publish a choice product dashboard for each of their fund’s ten largest choice investment options; exempt pooled superannuation trusts and eligible rollover funds from the product dashboard requirements; implement the existing portfolio holdings disclosure obligations; and require that funds publish, for each of their investment options, information about the nature and value of financial products or other property that the fund or associated entity of the fund, has directly invested in.

House of Representatives: Intro. 17/3/16; 2nd reading adjourned 17/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Trustee Governance) Bill 2015

Amends the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 to require trustees of registrable superannuation entity licensees to have a minimum of one-third independent directors and an independent chair on their boards; and make consequential amendments; and the Governance of Australian Government Superannuation Schemes Act 2011 to restructure the board of the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation by reducing the number of directors from eleven to nine and providing for the majority of the directors to be independent.

House of Representatives: Intro. 16/9/15; Passed 20/10/15

Senate: Intro. 9/11/15; 2nd reading agreed to 25/11/15

Reference ( SBC report 12/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 17/9/15; report tabled 9/11/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Supply Bill (No. 1) 2016-2017

Makes interim provision to appropriate money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the ordinary annual services of the government.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/5/16; Passed 2/5/16

Senate: Intro. 2/5/16; Passed 3/5/16

Assent: 4/5/16; Act No. 36, 2016

Supply Bill (No. 2) 2016-2017

Makes interim provision to appropriate money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/5/16; Passed 2/5/16

Senate: Intro. 2/5/16; Passed 3/5/16

Assent: 4/5/16; Act No. 37, 2016

Supply (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2016-2017

Makes interim provision to appropriate money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for expenditure in relation to the parliamentary departments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/5/16; Passed 2/5/16

Senate: Intro. 2/5/16; Passed 3/5/16

Assent: 4/5/16; Act No. 38, 2016

Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2015 Measures No. 3) Bill 2015

see also Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2014 Measures No. 5) Bill 2014

Amends the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Shipping Reform (Tax Incentives) Act 2012 to abolish the seafarer tax offset; and the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to reduce the tax offset rates available under the research and development tax incentive for the first $100 million of eligible expenditure by 1.5 per cent.

House of Representatives: Intro. 27/5/15; Passed 17/6/15

Senate: Intro. 18/6/15; 2nd reading adjourned 18/6/15, 14/9/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2015 Measures No. 6) Bill 2015

(Act citation: Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2015 Measures No. 6) Act 2016 )

Amends the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to change the capital gains tax treatment of the sale and purchase of businesses involving certain earnout rights (rights to future payments linked to the performance of an asset or assets after sale); and the Taxation Administration Act 1953 to impose withholding obligations on the purchasers of certain Australian assets. Also makes consequential amendments to five Acts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 3/12/15; Passed 4/2/16

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 4/2/16; Passed 22/2/16

Assent: 25/2/16; Act No. 10, 2016

Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2016 Measures No. 1) Bill 2016

Amends the: A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 to ensure that the goods and services tax (GST) is applied consistently to all supplies of digital products and other imported services to Australian consumers; and relieve non-resident suppliers of the obligation to account for GST on certain supplies; A New Tax System (Australian Business Number) Act 1999 , A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 and Taxation Administration Act 1953 to make consequential amendments; Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to increase the maximum amount that can be held in farm management deposits (FMDs) by a primary producer to $800 000; and enable certain primary producers experiencing severe drought conditions to withdraw an amount that has been held in an FMD for less than 12 months, Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Taxation Administration Act 1953 to enable FMDs to be used to offset loans or other debts; and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to make a technical amendment.

House of Representatives: Intro. 10/2/16; Passed 3/3/16

Senate: Intro. 16/3/16; 2nd reading adjourned 16/3/16

Reference ( SBC report 2/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 25/2/16; report presented out of sitting 10/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Senate resumed consideration of bill 4/5/16; Passed 4/5/16

Committee amendments: 4 Govt/passed

[House agreed to Senate amendments 4/5/16]

Assent: 5/5/16; Act No. 52, 2016

Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2016 Measures No. 2) Bill 2016

Amends the: Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Taxation Administration Act 1953 to establish a remedial power so that the Commissioner of Taxation can make a disallowable legislative instrument to modify the operation of a taxation law in certain circumstances; Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to enable primary producers to access income tax averaging 10 income years or more after they opted out; and A New Tax System (Luxury Car Tax) Act 1999 to provide an exemption from luxury car tax to certain public institutions that import or acquire luxury cars for the sole purpose of public display. Also makes technical amendments to 10 Acts and repeals 45 excise Acts and the Income Tax (War-time Arrangements) Act 1942 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 17/3/16; 2nd reading adjourned 17/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2016 Measures No. 2) Bill 2016

Amends the: Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Taxation Administration Act 1953 to establish a remedial power so that the Commissioner of Taxation can make a disallowable legislative instrument to modify the operation of a taxation law in certain circumstances; Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to enable primary producers to access income tax averaging 10 income years or more after they opted out; and A New Tax System (Luxury Car Tax) Act 1999 to provide an exemption from luxury car tax to certain public institutions that import or acquire luxury cars for the sole purpose of public display. Also makes technical amendments to 10 Acts and repeals 45 excise Acts and the Income Tax (War-time Arrangements) Act 1942 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/9/16; 2nd reading adjourned 14/9/16

Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (Medicare Levy and Medicare Levy Surcharge) Bill 2016

Amends the A New Tax System (Medicare Levy Surcharge—Fringe Benefits) Act 1999 and Medicare Levy Act 1986 to: increase the Medicare levy and Medicare levy surcharge low-income threshold amounts for individuals, families and individual taxpayers and families eligible for the seniors and pensioners tax offset; and increase the phase-in limits as a result of the increased threshold amounts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/5/16; Passed 2/5/16

Senate: Intro. 2/5/16; Passed 3/5/16

Assent: 4/5/16; Act No. 39, 2016

Tax Laws Amendment (Implementation of the Common Reporting Standard) Bill 2015

(Act citation: Tax Laws Amendment (Implementation of the Common Reporting Standard) Act 2016 )

Amends the Taxation Administration Act 1953 to: require financial institutions to carry out Common Reporting Standard due diligence procedures to identify reportable accounts held by foreign tax residents and provide statements about those accounts; require financial institutions to provide a statement in relation to certain accounts if they receive a notice requiring them to do so; provide for administrative penalties when financial institutions fail to collect account holder self-certifications about the jurisdiction of residence for tax purposes; and require financial institutions to keep records for at least five years that explain the procedures used for identifying these accounts. Also makes consequential amendments to the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 , Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2015 Measures No. 5) Act 2015 and Taxation Administration Act 1953 .

House of Representatives: Intro. 3/12/15; Passed 8/2/16

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 2 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 22/2/16; Passed 24/2/16

Committee amendments: 2 Govt/passed; 6 Opp/passed

[House agreed to Senate amendments 29/2/16]

Assent: 18/3/16; Act No. 23, 2016

Tax Laws Amendment (New Tax System for Managed Investment Trusts) Bill 2015

(Act citation: Tax Laws Amendment (New Tax System for Managed Investment Trusts) Act 2016 )

Part of a package of four bills to establish a new tax system for certain managed investment trusts, the bill amends the: Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Taxation Administration Act 1953 to establish the new class of attribution managed investment trusts (AMIT); and enable the Commissioner of Taxation to determine an amount of non-arm’s length income in relation to a managed investment trust (MIT); Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to provide that a member of an AMIT will make a capital gain or capital loss when a capital gains tax event happens to their membership interests; Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 , Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Taxation Administration Act 1953 to provide that fund payment withholding provisions apply when a withholding MIT makes a fund payment to another entity that has a place of payment or address outside Australia; Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to exclude certain superannuation funds and exempt entities from the application of the 20 per cent tracing rule for public trading trusts; Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 to remove the corporate unit trust rules; and Taxation Administration Act 1953 to extend the list of entities qualifying as eligible investors for the purpose of the widely held requirements. Also makes consequential amendments to 13 Acts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 3/12/15; Passed 10/2/16

Senate: Intro. 22/2/16; 2nd reading adjourned 22/2/16

Reference ( SBC report 1/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee; report presented out of sitting 10/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Senate resumed consideration of bill 4/5/16; Passed 4/5/16

Assent: 5/5/16; Act No. 53, 2016

Tax Laws Amendment (Norfolk Island CGT Exemption) Bill 2016

Amends the Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 to exempt assets held by Norfolk Island residents before 24 October 2015 from capital gains tax; and the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 11/2/16; Passed 2/3/16

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 3/3/16; Passed 3/3/16

Assent: 18/3/16; Act No. 20, 2016

Tax Laws Amendment (Small Business Restructure Roll-over) Bill 2016

Amends the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to enable small businesses to defer the recognition of gains or losses that may arise from the transfer of capital gains tax assets, trading stock, revenue assets and depreciating assets as part of a restructure of their business.

House of Representatives: Intro. 4/2/16; Passed 22/2/16

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

Senate: Intro. 23/2/16; Passed 29/2/16

Assent: 8/3/16; Act No. 18, 2016

Tax Laws Amendment (Tax Incentives for Innovation) Bill 2016

Amends the: Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 , Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Taxation Administration Act 1953 to: create an early stage investor regime that provides tax incentives for qualifying investors through a non-refundable tax offset and capital gains tax exemption on innovation related investments; require early stage innovation companies to report on specific innovation related investments; and provide a mechanism for Innovation Australia to provide guidance about whether particular investment activities are ineligible activities; Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to: provide non-refundable carry-forward tax offsets for limited partners in early stage venture capital limited partnerships (ESVCLP); provide for a capital gains tax exemption for fixed and unit trust beneficiaries of partners in ESVCLPs; and exclude small entities from eligible venture capital investment auditor requirements; Venture Capital Act 2002 to increase the maximum fund size for ESVCLPs to $200 million; Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Venture Capital Act 2002 to: remove the requirement that an ESVCLP divest an investment in an entity once the value of the entity’s assets exceeds $250 million; provide that an entity can invest in another entity and remain an eligible venture capital investment; and enable foreign venture capital funds of funds to hold more than 30 per cent of the committee capital of an ESVCLP and extend their access to capital gains tax and other income tax concessions in relation to eligible venture capital investments; and Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Taxation Administration Act 1953 to enable a managed investment trust to disregard its investment in, and through, an ESVCLP or venture capital limited partnership when determining if it is a trading trust.

House of Representatives: Intro. 16/3/16; 2nd reading adjourned 16/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

House resumed consideration of bill 2/5/16; Passed 2/5/16

Senate: Intro. 3/5/16; Passed 4/5/16

Committee amendments: 2 AG/negatived

Assent: 5/5/16; Act No. 54, 2016

PM  Tax Laws Amendment (Tougher Penalties for Country-by-Country Reporting)  

Bill 2016

(Introduced by Dr Leigh, MP - ALP)

Amends the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Taxation Administration Act 1953 to introduce a penalty regime for significant global entities who fail to meet their country-by-country reporting obligations.

House of Representatives: Intro. 29/2/16; 2nd reading adjourned 29/2/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

PM  Tax Laws Amendment (Tougher Penalties for Country-by-Country Reporting)  

Bill  2016 [No. 2]

(Introduced by Dr Leigh, MP - ALP)

Amends the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Taxation Administration Act 1953 to introduce a penalty regime for significant global entities who fail to meet their country-by-country reporting obligations.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/5/16; 2nd reading adjourned 2/5/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Access Regime and NBN Companies) Bill 2016

(Previous citation: Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Access Regime and NBN Companies) Bill 2015)

Amends the: Telecommunications Act 1997 to clarify that the facilities access regime processes in the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 have precedence over those in this Act; Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and National Transmission Network Sale Act 1998 to provide that certain access providers are to give access to in-building cabling that they own or control when the cabling is necessary for the supply of an active declared service; Competition and Consumer Act 2010 in relation to: pilots and trials of new services or technology; access determinations; notices to vary special access undertakings; fixed principles in special access undertakings; authorised conduct for competition law purposes; clarifying ‘declared services’; and consequential amendments; and National Broadband Network Companies Act 2011 to provide that an NBN corporation may dispose of surplus non-communications goods; and enable NBN Co’s line of business restrictions to be changed through regulation.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/12/15; Passed 3/3/16

CID amendments: 5 Govt/passed

Senate: Intro. 16/3/16; 2nd reading adjourned 16/3/16

Reference ( SBC report 16/15 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee 3/12/15; report tabled 22/2/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Telecommunications (Numbering Charges) Amendment Bill 2015

(Act citation: Telecommunications (Numbering Charges) Amendment Act 2016 )

Introduced with the Communication Legislation Amendment (Deregulation and Other Measures) Bill 2015, the bill amends the Telecommunications (Numbering Charges) Act 1997 to make consequential amendments to reflect that the allocation to and holding of numbers by carriage service providers, for which charges arise under the Act, could in future be managed in accordance with an industry-based scheme.

House of Representatives: Intro. 2/12/15; Passed 10/2/16

Senate: Intro. 22/2/16; Passed 22/2/16

Assent: 25/2/16; Act No. 8, 2016

Territories Legislation Amendment Bill 2016

Introduced with the Passenger Movement Charge Amendment (Norfolk Island) Bill 2016, the bill amends the: Norfolk Island Legislation Amendment Act 2015 to: enable New Zealand residents who hold a permanent visa and reside on Norfolk Island access to social security payments from 1 July 2016; align the early claims period for family assistance payments with the early claims periods for social security and child support payments before 1 July 2016; and broaden the definition of the Norfolk Island Regional Council to enable flexibility in the application of local government law; Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 and Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988 to extend the child support scheme to residents of the Indian Ocean Territories of Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands; Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 and Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984 to require eligible Australian citizens and eligible other persons living in Norfolk Island to enrol and vote in federal elections and referendums; and Acts Interpretation Act 1901 and Norfolk Island Act 1979 to extend all Commonwealth laws to Norfolk Island, unless expressly provided otherwise. Also makes consequential and transitional amendments to 57 Acts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 24/2/16; Passed 15/3/16

Senate: Intro. 16/3/16; Passed 18/3/16

Assent: 23/3/16; Act No. 33, 2016

Textile, Clothing and Footwear Investment and Innovation Programs Amendment Bill 2014

Amends the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Investment and Innovation Programs Act 1999 to close the Clothing and Household Textile (Building Innovative Capability) Scheme and the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Small Business Program on 30 June 2014.

House of Representatives: Intro. 29/5/14; Passed 5/6/14

Senate: Intro. 16/6/14; 2nd reading adjourned 16/6/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

PS  Trade and Foreign Investment (Protecting the Public Interest) Bill 2014

L   (Introduced by Senator Whish-Wilson - AG)

Prevents the Commonwealth from entering into agreements with foreign countries that include investor-state dispute settlement clauses.

Senate: Intro. 5/3/14; 2nd reading adjourned 5/3/14, 30/10/14, 12/2/15

Reference ( SBC report 2/14 ): Bill referred to Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee 6/3/14; report tabled 27/8/14

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Trade Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2016

Amends the Export Market Development Grants Act 1997 to: remove communications as an eligible expenditure category; place a limit of $15 000 on the free sample expenditure category; describe the promotional literature or other advertising expenditure category as including literature or material in electronic or any other form; remove reimbursement of in-country travel (other than air fares) and increase the daily allowance for overseas visits; add to the list of excluded expenses those relating to activities or products that the chief executive officer of Austrade considers may have had a detrimental impact on Australia’s trade reputation; permit Austrade to direct funds from other sources towards export market development grants (EMDG) administration costs; provide that the first independent review of the EMDG scheme must be completed by no later than 31 December 2021 and enable the minister to determine a date for later reviews; and enable the EMDG scheme to continue without a specified termination date; and the Australian Trade Commission Act 1985 to: change the name of the Australian Trade Commission to the Australian Trade and Investment Commission; and amend the short title of the Act to the Australian Trade and Investment Commission Act 1985 . Also makes consequential amendments to 10 Acts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 10/2/16; Passed 29/2/16

Senate: Intro. 1/3/16; Passed 18/3/16

Assent: 23/3/16; Act No. 31, 2016

PM  Trade Marks Amendment (Iconic Symbols of National Identity) Bill 2015

(Introduced by Mr Katter, MP - KAP)

Amends the Trade Marks Act 1995 to prohibit the registration of trade marks which consist of a sign which is of national significance or iconic value to the people of Australia; and provide that any trade marks that currently purport to restrict the use of a sign of national significance must be removed from the register of trade marks.

House of Representatives: Intro. 14/9/15; Removed from Notice Paper 1/3/16

Transport Security Amendment (Serious or Organised Crime) Bill 2016

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 or organised 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.

House of Representatives: Intro. 11/2/16; Passed 16/3/16

Senate: Intro. 16/3/16; 2nd reading adjourned 16/3/16

Reference ( SBC report 2/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 25/2/16; report presented out of sitting 22/4/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Transport Security Amendment (Serious or Organised Crime) Bill 2016

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 or organised 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.

House of Representatives: Intro. 31/8/16; 2nd reading adjourned 31/8/16

Treasury Laws Amendment (Enterprise Tax Plan) Bill 2016

Amends the: Income Tax Rates Act 1986 to reduce the corporate tax rate for small businesses with an aggregated turnover of less than $10 million to 27.5 per cent for the 2016-17 financial year and progressively extend that lower rate to all corporate tax entities by the 2023-24 financial year; and further reduce the corporate tax rate in stages so that by the 2026-27 financial year, the corporate tax rate for all entities will be 25 per cent; Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to increase the small business income tax offset to 16 per cent of an eligible individual’s basic income tax liability that relates to their total net small business income from the 2026-27 financial year; and enable small businesses with an aggregated turnover of less than $10 million to access most small business tax concessions, and small businesses with an aggregated turnover of less than $5 million to access the small business income tax offset; and Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to make consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 1/9/16; 2nd reading adjourned 1/9/16

Senate:

Reference ( SBC report 6/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 15/9/16; report due 10/10/16

Treasury Laws Amendment (Income Tax Relief) Bill 2016

Amends the Income Tax Rates Act 1986 to increase the third personal income tax threshold so that the rate of tax payable on taxable incomes from $80 001 to $87 000 for individuals is 32.5 per cent.

House of Representatives: Intro. 1/9/16; 2nd reading adjourned 1/9/16, 15/9/16

Federation Chamber: Referred 15/9/16; 2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived; 2nd reading adjourned 15/9/16; Bill to be reported to House with unresolved question 15/9/16

Senate:

Reference ( SBC report 6/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Economics Legislation Committee 15/9/16; report due 10/10/16

Treasury Legislation Amendment (Repeal Day 2015) Bill 201 6

(Previous citation: Treasury Legislation Amendment (Repeal Day 2015) Bill 2015)

Amends the: Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 and Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (Norfolk Island Reforms) Act 2015 to align the earnings base for calculating the superannuation guarantee charge (SG) with the earnings base for calculating SG contributions; Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 to align the nominal interest on unpaid or late SG contributions with the period over which they are actually outstanding; Crimes (Taxation Offences) Act 1980 , Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 and Taxation Administration Act 1953 to align the penalties imposed under the superannuation guarantee charge regime with the administrative penalties imposed by the Taxation Administration Act 1953 ; Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 , Small Superannuation Accounts Act 1995 , Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 and Superannuation (Unclaimed Money and Lost Members) Act 1999 to enable the Commissioner of Taxation to pay certain superannuation amounts directly to individuals with a terminal medical condition; and remove the requirement for superannuation funds to lodge a separate biannual lost members statement; and Corporations Act 2001 to modify the notification and reporting obligations applying to certain corporations that have property in receivership or property in respect of which a controller is acting. Also amends 10 Acts to remove redundant or spent provisions and repeals five Acts.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/11/15; Passed 16/3/16

2nd reading amendment: 1 Opp/negatived

CID amendments: 2 Opp/passed

Senate: Intro. 16/3/16; 2nd reading adjourned 16/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment Bill 2013

see also Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2013

Amends the War Precautions Act Repeal Act 1920 to amend the short title of the Act to the Protection of Word ‘Anzac’ Act 1920 ; and remove redundant provisions.

House of Representatives: Intro. 12/11/13; Read a 1st time 12/11/13

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 15/4/16

Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Single Appeal Path) Bill 2016

Amends the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 to create a single appeal path for the review of original determinations made by the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission.

House of Representatives: Intro. 11/2/16; Passed 2/3/16

Senate: Intro. 3/3/16; 2nd reading adjourned 3/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

PS  Veterans’ Entitlements Amendment (Expanded Gold Card Access) Bill 2015

R   (Introduced by Senator Lambie - Ind)

Amends the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to provide that all veterans, including former members of the Defence Force and members of a peacekeeping force, who have served in war or war-like operations, are eligible for medical treatment, regardless of whether the condition or injury was caused by war or contracted during war or war-like operations.

Senate: Intro. 11/11/15; 2nd reading adjourned 11/11/15, 25/2/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 1/9/16

PS  Voice for Animals (Independent Office of Animal Welfare) Bill 2015

L   (Introduced by Senator Rhiannon - AG)

Establishes the Office of Animal Welfare as an independent statutory authority with responsibility for advising on the protection of animal welfare in Commonwealth regulated activities; provides for the functions, appointment and terms and conditions of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and for staff and consultants; establishes the Office of Animal Welfare Advisory Committee to advise the CEO; and provides for reporting requirements.

Senate: Intro. 23/6/15; 2nd reading adjourned 23/6/15

Reference ( SBC report 8/15 ): Bill referred to Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 25/6/15; report tabled 15/10/15

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Restored to Notice Paper at 2nd reading 19/4/16

Lapsed due to dissolution of 44th Parliament 9/5/16

Water Amendment (Review Implementation and Other Measures) Bill 2015

(Act citation: Water Amendment (Review Implementation and Other Measures) Act 2016 )

Amends the Water Act 2007 in relation to: reviews and reporting requirements for the Basin Plan; accreditation of first generation state water resource plans with further accreditations linked to Basin Plan review outcomes; incorporation of Indigenous expertise and knowledge in the governance of the basin’s water resources; trading by the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder; the redundancy of the Murray-Darling Basin Water Rights Information Service; and technical and consequential amendments.

House of Representatives: Intro. 3/12/15; Passed 9/2/16

Senate: Intro. 22/2/16; 2nd reading adjourned 22/2/16

Reference ( SBC report 1/16 ): Provisions of bill referred to Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee; report presented out of sitting 10/3/16

Lapsed due to prorogation of first session of 44th Parliament 17/4/16

Senate resumed consideration of bill 2/5/16; Passed 2/5/16

Committee amendments: 9 AG/negatived; 2 items opposed (AG)/items agreed to

Assent: 4/5/16; Act No. 40, 2016

Water Legislation Amendment (Sustainable Diversion Limit Adjustment) Bill 2016

Amends the Basin Plan 2012 to provide for a second notification of sustainable diversion limit adjustment measures by 30 June 2017 to enable basin jurisdictions to develop and notify new projects to augment the first package of measures notified on 5 May 2016 by the Basin Officials Committee to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.

Senate: Intro. 15/9/16; 2nd reading adjourned 15/9/16

 

 

 

 

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