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Defence Legislation Amendment (2017 Measures No. 1) Bill 2017

Originating house
House of Representatives


Amends the: Defence Act 1903 to enable a policy framework to broaden and expand the conditions under which a positive test result of prohibited substances must be disregarded; Defence Reserve Service (Protection) Act 2001 to: extend the application of employment, partnership and education protections to all types of Reserve service; extend the application of financial liability and bankruptcy protections to full time service that is operational service; protect reservists in the workplace from harassment or detriment including victimisation relating to their status or service as a reservist; and introduce a civil penalty regime to complement existing criminal offences; Defence Reserve Service (Protection) Act 2001 and the proposed Regulatory Powers (Standardisation Reform) Act 2017 to make amendments contingent on the commencement of the Regulatory Powers (Standardisation Reform) Act 2017; Intelligence Services Act 2001, Navigation Act 2012 and Telecommunications Act 1997 to transfer hydrographic, meteorological and oceanographic functions from the Royal Australian Navy to the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation; and Australian Defence Force Cover Act 2015 to: align certain provisions with other military superannuation schemes; and clarify the definition of an eligible child of a member or invalid.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 29/03/17  
Second reading moved 29/03/17  
Second reading debate 13/09/17  
Referred to Federation Chamber 13/09/17  
Second reading agreed to 13/09/17  
Reported from Federation Chamber 13/09/17  
Third reading agreed to 13/09/17  
Introduced and read a first time 14/09/17  
Second reading moved 14/09/17  
Second reading debate 16/10/17  
Second reading agreed to 16/10/17  
Third reading agreed to 16/10/17  
Finally passed both Houses 16/10/17  
Assent 30/10/17 Act no: 117 - Year: 2017

Text of bill

  • First reading

  • As passed by both Houses


Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum


Second reading speeches

Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

Bills Digest

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