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Trade Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2016

Originating house
House of Representatives
Trade and Investment


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.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 10/02/16  
Second reading moved 10/02/16  
Second reading debate 29/02/16  
Second reading agreed to 29/02/16  
Third reading agreed to 29/02/16  
Introduced and read a first time 01/03/16  
Second reading moved 01/03/16  
Second reading debate 18/03/16  
Second reading agreed to 18/03/16  
Third reading agreed to 18/03/16  
Finally passed both Houses 18/03/16  
Assent 23/03/16 Act no: 31 - Year: 2016

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

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