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Defence Legislation Amendment Bill 2018

Originating house
House of Representatives


Amends the: Defence Force Discipline Act 1982 to: make changes in relation to the selection, remuneration and termination of members of the Judge Advocates' Panel (JAP); make changes in relation to the selection and termination of the Chief Judge Advocate; establish and provide for the selection and remuneration of the position of Deputy Chief Judge Advocate; make minor amendments in relation to the statutory offices of Registrar of Military Justice and Director of Military Prosecutions; and make other minor technical amendments; and Defence Reserve Service (Protection) Act 2001 to: move the complaint, investigation and mediation scheme from regulations into the Act; make changes to the scheme, including to reduce the formality of complaint handling and investigations, vest certain powers in the Chief of the Defence Force (CDF), clarify the ability to provide certain information to various parties and introduce the option of a 'compulsory conference' as an alternative dispute resolution measure; and require the CDF to prepare annually a report in relation to the administration and operation of the Act.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 05/12/18  
Second reading moved 05/12/18  
Second reading debate 13/02/19  
Second reading agreed to 13/02/19  
Third reading agreed to 13/02/19  
Introduced and read a first time 14/02/19  
Second reading moved 14/02/19  
Second reading debate 14/02/19  
Second reading agreed to 14/02/19  
Third reading agreed to 14/02/19  
Finally passed both Houses 14/02/19  
Assent 01/03/19 Act no: 1 - Year: 2019

Text of bill

  • First reading

  • As passed by both Houses


Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum


Second reading speeches

Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

Bills Digest

  • Considered by scrutiny committee (14/02/2019): Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills; Scrutiny Digest 2 of 2019
  • An electronic version of this Act is available on the Federal Register of Legislation (www.legislation.gov.au)