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Customs and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016

Originating house
House of Representatives
Immigration and Border Protection


Amends the: Customs Act 1901 to: enable regulations to be made to provide that export permits for defence and strategic goods can be revoked where, in the opinion of the Defence Minister, the exportation of those goods would prejudice Australia’s national security, defence or international relations; remove the requirement that the Comptroller-General of Customs enter into an interim trusted trader agreement with an entity; 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in relation to the making of tariff concession orders for made-to-order capital equipment; and remove unnecessary and outdated provisions; Commerce (Trade Descriptions) Act 1905 to: enable an officer to inspect and examine imported goods that they believe are goods prescribed by the Commerce (Imports) Regulations 1940; 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. Also repeals the Customs (Tariff Concession System Validations) Act 1999 and Import Processing Charges (Amendment and Repeal) Act 2002.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 30/11/16  
Second reading moved 30/11/16  
Second reading debate 13/02/17  
Second reading agreed to 13/02/17  
Third reading agreed to 13/02/17  
Introduced and read a first time 14/02/17  
Second reading moved 14/02/17  
Second reading debate 27/03/17  
Second reading agreed to 27/03/17  
Third reading agreed to 27/03/17  
Finally passed both Houses 27/03/17  
Assent 04/04/17 Act no: 19 - Year: 2017

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  • First reading

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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory Memorandum


Second reading speeches

Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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