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Defence Legislation Amendment (Enhancement of Defence Force Response to Emergencies) Bill 2020

Originating house
House of Representatives
Before Senate


Amends the: Defence Act 1903 to: streamline the process for calling out members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Reserves, including for the purposes of responding to natural disasters or emergencies; and provide ADF members, other Defence personnel and members of foreign forces with immunity from criminal or civil liability in certain cases while performing duties to support civil emergency and disaster preparedness, recovery and response; Defence Reserve Service (Protection) Act 2001 to ensure that Reserve members who are subject to a Reserve Call Out Order will continue to receive the existing protections; and Australian Defence Force Cover Act 2015, Australian Defence Force Superannuation Act 2015 and Military Superannuation and Benefits Act 1991 to ensure that Reserve members rendering continuous full-time service will receive the same entitlement to superannuation and related benefits regardless of whether it was voluntary or not.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 03/09/20  
Second reading moved 03/09/20  
Second reading debate 06/10/20  
Second reading agreed to 06/10/20  
Third reading agreed to 06/10/20  
Introduced and read a first time 06/10/20  
Second reading moved 06/10/20  

Text of bill

  • First reading


Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum


Second reading speeches

Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

Bills Digest

  • Considered by scrutiny committee (07/10/2020): Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills; Scrutiny Digest 13 of 2020
  • Referred to Committee (08/10/2020): Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee; Report due 04/11/2020