Legislation Proposed for Introduction in the 2018 Autumn Sittings

GovernmentParliamentary Information
Friday, 02 February 2018
Publication author(s):
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Bills marked * are proposed for introduction and passage in the Autumn sittings.

AGRICULTURE AND WATER RESOURCES

Biosecurity Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill

  • provide essential amendments to support and strengthen the operation of Australia’s biosecurity system and provide clarity in relation to the legislative framework under which it operates

Reason for legislation: to update and improve the operation of existing legislation

Link to announcement: Consultation on amendments to the Biosecurity Act 2015

Fisheries Management Amendment (Penalty and Offence Provisions) Bill

  • modernise the offence and penalty provisions of the Fisheries Management Act 1991 by introducing a civil penalties regime and introduce some new offences to improve existing legislation

Reason for legislation: to update and improve the operation of existing legislation

Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Amendment Bill

  • improve existing regulation for the collection of levy and charges on behalf of producers, and allow statistical information about levy or charges received or receivable by the Commonwealth to be made public

Reason for legislation: to update and improve the operation of existing legislation

ATTORNEY-GENERAL’S

Bankruptcy Amendment (Debt Agreement Reform) Bill

  • improve administrator registration prerequisites, strengthen the Inspector-General’s monitoring and enforcement powers, introduce penalties for administrator misconduct, and ensure that the debt agreement system is an accessible and equitable debt relief option for insolvent debtors

Reason for legislation: to update and improve regulation of debt agreements and debt agreement administrators

Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross‑examination of Parties) Bill

  • ensure that victims of family violence are protected from being personally cross‑examined by their alleged perpetrators

Reason for legislation: to implement a Government commitment

Link to announcement: Media release of 9 May 2017

Office of National Intelligence Bill

  • establish the Office of National Intelligence, headed by a Director-General of National Intelligence. The Office will be the principal advisory agency to the Prime Minister on intelligence matters, and the Director-General will be the head of the National Intelligence Community

Reason for legislation: to implement a Government announcement

Link to announcement: Media release of 18 July 2017

COMMUNICATIONS AND THE ARTS

Telecommunications Legislation Amendment Bill *

  • facilitate the deployment of carrier infrastructure in emergencies, and allow use of NBN Co towers by public service agencies and other entities

Reason for legislation: to update and improve the operation of existing legislation

Broadcasting Services Amendment (Captioning) Bill

  • implement reforms to the subscription television captioning scheme arising from recent captioning consultations

Reason for legislation: to update and improve the operation of existing legislation

Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Amendment Bill

  • modernise and simplify the legislation to ensure that significant Australian and foreign cultural material is appropriately and efficiently protected

Reason for legislation: to update and improve the operation of existing legislation

Link to announcement: Media release of 3 February 2016

Public and Educational Lending Right Bill

  • harmonise the administration of the Public Lending Right (PLR) and Educational Lending Right (ELR) programs by amending the Public Lending Right Act 1985 including to: incorporate the ELR program and make provision for subordinate legislation / a legislative instrument to administer the ELR program; and to modernise the legislation to better adapt to future industry practices

Reason for legislation: to modernise the operation of existing legislation

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Australian National University Bill
Australian National University (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill

  • renew the ANU’s legislative framework to ensure that its governance arrangements are fit for purpose, provide a level of flexibility for the ANU to manage its operations in the evolving higher education policy environment; and maintain and enhance the ANU’s status as a leading university into the future

Reason for legislation: to give effect to recommendations of the Review of the ANU Act 1991 and the governance arrangements of the ANU (the Walker Review)

Link to announcement: Media release of 24 June 2015

Education and Other Legislation Amendment (VET Student Loans Separation) Bill

  • separate VET Student Loans debt from other HELP debt to enable the separate reporting of VET Student Loans repayments

Reason for legislation: to implement a MYEFO decision

ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Musical Instruments Containing CITES Species) Bill

  • amend the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to facilitate low-risk trade of musical instruments containing CITES-listed species

Reason for legislation: to implement a recommendation of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties and to update and improve the operation of existing legislation

Link to announcement: Australian Government Response to the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties Report 171

Underwater Cultural Heritage Bill

  • repeal the Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976
  • modernise legislation, broaden protection to all underwater cultural heritage, distinguish human remains from other artefacts, update compliance and enforcement provisions, establish a regime to control import of underwater cultural heritage of other States and from Australian sovereign vessels, include enabling legislation for the UNESCO 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage

Reason for legislation: to update and improve the operation of existing legislation and enable future implementation of an international convention

Link to announcement: Media release of 29 November 2016

FINANCE

Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2017-2018 *
Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2017-2018 *

  • propose additional appropriations for expenditure on: the ordinary annual services of the Government; and other than the ordinary annual services of the Government (for matters such as capital works and services, payments to States, Territories and Local Government Authorities and equity injections). In addition, Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2017-18 proposes the repeal of 15 old annual Appropriation Acts from 2012-2013 and 2013-2014

Reason for legislation: to provide appropriations to fund additional expenditure to be incurred in 2017-18, and repeal 15 old annual Appropriation Acts, contributing to the clean-up of the statute book

Electoral and Referendum Amendment Bill *

  • amend the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918, the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984 and related legislation to improve the integrity and efficiency of the electoral system and remedy defects and anomalies

Reason for legislation: to update and improve the operation of existing legislation, reduce red‑tape and improve the voter experience of the electoral process

Public Sector Superannuation Legislation Amendment Bill

  • implement miscellaneous reforms to the superannuation arrangements for Commonwealth employees, judges and parliamentarians

Reason for legislation: to update and improve the operation of existing legislation

HEALTH

Aged Care (Single Quality Framework) Reform Bill

  • make provision for a Single Quality Framework, including a single set of quality standards for aged care service providers

Reason for legislation: to update and improve the operation of existing legislation

Link to announcement: Media release of 9 March 2017

Private Health Insurance Amendment Bill

  • amend private health insurance legislation to enact reforms that will make private health insurance more affordable and easier to understand

Reason for legislation: to implement the Government’s private health insurance reforms

Link to announcement: Media release of 13 October 2017

Tobacco Plain Packaging Amendment Bill

  • make an administrative improvement to the Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011 by increasing the range of suitably qualified, trained or experienced persons who may be appointed as authorised officers to undertake compliance activities under the legislation

Reason for legislation: to update and improve the operation of existing legislation

HOME AFFAIRS

Commerce (Trade Descriptions) Amendment Bill

  • amend the Commerce (Trade Descriptions) Act 1905 to incorporate Country of Origin representations set out in Part 5-3 of Schedule 2 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010

Reason for legislation: to update and improve the operation of existing legislation

Commonwealth Workplace Protection Orders Bill

  • establish a scheme whereby the Commonwealth, through a department/agency, can seek workplace protection orders as one of the options available to it in dealing with acts of aggression against staff and other customers

Reason for legislation: to develop a national scheme to better address conduct that could interfere with the provision of Government benefits or services or that could affect health and safety obligations to Commonwealth staff and people accessing government benefits or services

Customs Amendment (Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations Plus Implementation) Bill
Customs Tariff Amendment (Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations Plus Implementation) Bill

  • amend the Customs Act 1901 and the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to implement Australia’s commitments under the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations Plus Agreement (PACER PLUS)

Reason for legislation: to enable implementation of the PACER PLUS agreement

Link to announcement: Media release of 14 June 2017

Customs Amendment (Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Bill
Customs Tariff Amendment (Trans-Pacific Partnership Free-Trade Agreement Implementation) Bill

  • implement domestically the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in relation to trade in goods

Reason for legislation: to enable the implementation of the TPP

Link to announcement: Media release of 4 February 2016

Customs Tariff Amendment (Incorporation of Proposals) Bill

  • amend the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to validate the removal of preferential customs duty rates on certain herbicides and pesticides from Schedule 8 provided for through Customs Tariff Proposal (Nos. 1 and 2) 2017

Reason for legislation: to implement two Notices of Intention to Propose Customs Tariff Alterations (No. 1 and 2) 2017

Link to announcement: Media release of 21 September 2017

Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Amendment (Regulated Vessels) Bill

  • simplify the regulation of Floating Product, Storage and Offtake vessels by treating them solely as security regulated ships and clarify which vessels are defined as ‘regulated Australian ships’ for the purpose of the Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Act 2003

Reason for legislation: to implement measures consistent with the Government’s commitment to deregulation

Migration Amendment (Offshore Resources Activity) Repeal Bill

  • repeal the Migration Amendment (Offshore Resources Activity) Act 2013

Reason for legislation: to repeal the Act

INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND SCIENCE

Australian Astronomical Observatory (Repeal) Bill

  • repeal the Australian Astronomical Observatory Act 2010, winding up the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) as a division of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science from 1 July 2018, two years before its current termination date
  • support a smooth transition of AAO assets, staff and scientific functions to two new domestic research-sector entities

Reason for legislation: to implement the 2017-18 Budget measure ‘Maintaining Australia’s Optical Astronomy Capability’

Link to announcement: Media release of 9 May 2017

Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) Bill

  • implement some aspects of the Australian Government’s response to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Australia’s Intellectual Property Arrangements and make a number of technical amendments and improvements to the intellectual property system

Reason for legislation: to implement measures consistent with the Government’s commitment and to update and improve the operation of existing legislation

Link to announcement: Media release of 25 August 2017

Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill
Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Regulatory Levies) Amendment Bill

  • amend the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 to effect and support a transfer of regulatory function and powers in relation to greenhouse gas wells and environmental management from the responsible Commonwealth Minister to the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority
  • clarify and improve the operation of the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006
  • amend the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Regulatory Levies) Act 2003 to provide for the imposition of levies for regulation of greenhouse gas wells, and revise well activity levies as a consequence of amendments to well-related regulations

Reason for legislation: to update and improve the operation of existing legislation

INFRASTRUCTURE, REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CITIES

Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) Levy Bill *
Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) Levy Collection Bill *
Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) Levy (Consequential Amendments) Bill *

  • introduce a levy to recover from industry certain costs of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority when it assumes full service delivery of the National System for Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety from 1 July 2018

Reason for legislation: to implement a national levy on domestic commercial vessels

Link to announcement: Media release of 6 December 2017

Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Amendment Bill

  • amend the Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 1983 to implement Australia’s obligations under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), following the adoption of resolutions at the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environment Protection Committee 70th session, and other administrative amendments
  • amend the Protection of the Sea (Shipping Levy Collection) Act 1981 to remove the need for regulations to prescribe the manner in which a Protection of the Sea levy notice may be served in particular circumstances

Reason for legislation: to implement amendments to an international convention and make other administrative amendments

Road Vehicle Standards Bill
Road Vehicle Standards (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill
Road Vehicle Standards Charges (Imposition – General) Bill
Road Vehicle Standards Charges (Imposition – Customs) Bill
Road Vehicle Standards Charges (Imposition – Excise) Bill

  • repeal and replace the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 to reduce regulatory burden by: introducing more efficient and effective regulatory arrangements; simplifying the import pathways for specialised and enthusiast vehicles; and more fully harmonising Australian light vehicle standards (Australian Design Rules) with international light vehicle standards

Reason for legislation: to provide a modern framework for the regulation of the importation of road vehicles into Australia, and the first provision of road vehicles in Australia

Link to announcement: Media release of 13 December 2017; Exposure draft of legislation

TREASURY

National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation Bill *

  • establish a National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation to operate a housing bond aggregator and the National Housing Infrastructure Facility

Reason for legislation: implement a Budget/MYEFO decision

Link to announcement: Media release of 9 May 2017

International Tax Agreements Amendment Bill

  • amend the International Tax Agreements Act 1953 to give the OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting treaty recommendations force of law in Australia. The amendments modify Australia’s existing bilateral treaties to the extent that the treaty has been nominated as a covered tax agreement and the extent of both party’s adoption preferences and reservations

Reason for legislation: to implement an international treaty

Link to announcement: Media release of 8 June 2017

Treasury Laws Amendment (Australian Consumer Law Review) Bill

  • make various changes under the Australian Consumer Law Review

Reason for legislation: to improve existing legislation

Link to announcement: Media release of 19 April 2017

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