ACT Legislative Assembly


Summary of Bills 2016-2017-2018 - No. 20

The Summary of Bills is a synopsis of all bills introduced in the Assembly. The Summary of Bills of previous Assemblies can be found under Documents of Previous Assemblies.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body Amendment Bill 2017

Presented by Ms Stephen-Smith (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs)—30 March 2017

This bill will amend the  Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Elected Body Act 2008 to strengthen the functions of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body to consult and provide advice on systemic or whole-of-government issues. The delineation of responsibility between the Elected Body and the ACT Government in the management of operational aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander policy and service provisions will also be clarified by the amendments. The bill will make amendments in relation to community forums and harmonise the Act with the  Heritage Act 2004.

Animal Diseases Amendment Bill 2018

Presented by Mr Gentleman (Minister for the Environment and Heritage)—7 June 2018

This bill will make a number of amendments to the Animal Diseases Act 2005 and the Animal Diseases Regulation 2006. This bill will extend the use of the National Livestock Identification System to include owners of cattle, sheep, goats and pigs, which will improve biosecurity in the ACT.

Anti-corruption and Integrity Commission Bill 2018

Presented by Mr Coe (Leader of the Opposition)—6 June 2018

The purpose of this bill is to establish an ACT-specific integrity body, the Anti-corruption and Integrity Commission (the Commission). The Commission’s functions will be to investigate corruption issues, matters referred to the Commission by the Legislative Assembly, and matters involving serious or systemic corruption.

Appropriation Bill 2017-2018

Presented by Mr Barr (Treasurer)—6 June 2017

This bill will appropriate money for the purposes of the Territory for the financial year beginning on 1 July 2017.

Appropriation Bill 2017-2018 (No 2)

Presented by Mr Barr (Treasurer)—15 February 2018

This bill will appropriate additional money for the purposes of the Territory for the financial year beginning on 1 July 2017.

Appropriation Bill 2018-2019

Presented by Mr Barr (Treasurer)—5 June 2018

This bill will appropriate money for the purposes of the Territory for the financial year beginning on 1 July 2018.

Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2017-2018

Presented by Mr Barr (Treasurer)—6 June 2017

This bill will appropriate money for expenditure in relation to the Office of the Legislative Assembly and officers of the Assembly for the financial year beginning on 1 July 2017.

Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2017-2018 (No 2)

Presented by Mr Barr (Treasurer)—15 February 2018

This bill will appropriate additional money for the purposes of the Office of the Legislative Assembly for the financial year beginning on 1 July 2017.

Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2018-2019

Presented by Mr Barr (Treasurer)—5 June 2018

This bill will appropriate money for expenditure in relation to the Office of the Legislative Assembly and officers of the Assembly for the financial year beginning on 1 July 2018.

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Betting Operations Tax Bill 2018

Presented by Mr Barr (Treasurer)—2 August 2018

This bill establishes a new tax that will be payable by betting operators that accept bets from, or provide services to, people located in the ACT, regardless of where the operator may be based. This bill will amend the Taxation Administration Act 1999 so that the general tax administration and enforcement provisions of that Act will apply.

Building and Construction Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Presented by Mr Gentleman (Minister for Planning and Land Management)—30 November 2017

This bill will amend the Construction Occupations (Licensing) Act 2004 by expanding the information sharing provisions about public safety to non-Territory agencies. The bill also amends the Electricity Safety Act 9171 and the Electricity Safety Regulation 2004 to create a concept of the electrical wiring rules which provides for incorporating provisions and requirements not included in the relevant Australian and New Zealand standard.

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Casino and Other Gaming Legislation Amendment Bill 2018

Presented by Mr Ramsay (Attorney-General)—10 May 2018

This bill will amend a number of Territory laws to create a high level of transparency in decisions relating to the Casino including, the establishment of a Casino Advisory Panel, a new regulation to set out requirements for social impact assessments, and a new gaming machine licence condition to ensure harm minimisation measures applicable to casino gaming machines cannot be circumvented.

Casino (Electronic Gaming) Bill 2017

Presented by Mr Ramsay (Attorney-General)—24 August 2017

This bill will establish a regulatory framework for the introduction of electronic gaming products in the casino, subject to redevelopment occurring. Requirements for the casino includes undertaking a Social Impact Assessment before being issued a gaming machine authorisation certificate, forfeiting one in every three gaming machines acquired and limits the number of machines to 200 and Fully Automated Table Games (FATG) to 60.

Children and Young People Amendment Bill 2018

Presented by Ms Stephen-Smith (Minister for Disability, Children and Youth)—10 May 2018

This bill will amend the Children and Young People Act 2008 to clarify requirements for commencing a care and protection appraisal for matters involving allegations of abuse or neglect of a child. This bill will also consolidate responsible person delegations and enable sub-delegation within an approved care and protection organisation. A number of technical and consequential amendments to the Act will also be made by this bill.

City Renewal Authority and Suburban Land Agency Bill 2017

Presented by Mr Barr (Chief Minister)—30 March 2017

This bill will establish a City Renewal Authority and a Suburban Land Agency and outline the role and responsibilities of each entity. The bill will also make consequential amendments to a number of ACT laws as a result of the establishment of the entities

City Renewal Authority and Suburban Land Agency Bill 2018

Presented by Ms Berry (Minister for Housing and Suburban Development)—30 October 2018

This bill will amend the City Renewal Authority and Suburban Land Agency Act 2017 to ensure that former Land Development Agency assets, contracts and liabilities are correctly transferred to either the City Renewal Authority or the Suburban Land Agency.

Civil Law (Wrongs) (Child Abuse Claims Against Unincorporated Bodies) Amendment Bill 2018

Presented by Mr Ramsay (Attorney-General)—16 August 2018

This bill will amend the Civil Law (Wrongs) Act 2002 to implement recommendation 94 of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in its Report on Redress and Civil Litigation. This bill will enable an unincorporated body to nominate an entity to act as the defendant in a proceeding for a child abuse claim, allow a court to make an order to appoint a related trust as a defendant to a child abuse claim and allow trustees to apply trust property to meet liability for child abuse.

Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction (Principal Target) Amendment Bill 2018

Presented by Mr Rattenbury (Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability)—16 August 2018

This bill will amend the Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act 2010 to bring forward the principal target date for achieving net zero emissions from 30 June 2050 to 30 June 2045.

Commercial Arbitration Bill 2016

Presented by Mr Ramsay (Attorney-General)—15 December 2016

This bill will repeal the Commercial Arbitration Act 1986 and replace it with legislation that provides for fair and final resolution of commercial disputes by impartial tribunals without unnecessary delay or expense.

Co-operatives National Law (ACT) Bill 2017

Presented by Mr Rattenbury (Minister for Justice, Consumer Affairs and Road Safety)—16 February 2017

This bill will repeal the Cooperatives Act 2002 and replace it with a uniform national law in relation to co‑operatives. The new legislation includes mutual recognition provisions, clarifies governance provisions and reduces reporting provision for smaller co-operatives.

Courts and Other Justice Legislation Amendment Bill 2018

Presented by Mr Ramsay (Attorney-General)—22 February 2018

This bill will amend a number of ACT statutes by facilitating access to justice by introducing efficiency measures to reduce time required and red tape for people involved in litigation. The bill will introduce measures to assist courts to better administer their procedures and cases to ensure fair outcomes and will also introduce changes to how oaths and affirmations are administered.

Courts and Other Justice Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 (No 2)

Presented by Mr Ramsay (Attorney-General)—2 August 2018

This bill will amend the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2008, Court Procedures Act 2004, Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1990, Magistrates Court Act 1930,and Supreme Court Act 1933. The bill’s primary set of amendments will increase the retirement age of Magistrates, the ACAT President, and the Director of Public Prosecutions from 65 to 70.

Crimes (Consent) Amendment Bill 2018

Presented by Ms Le Couteur—11 April 2018

This bill will amend the Crimes Act 1900 to clarify the law of consent in sexual offences, intimate image abuse offences and child sex offences to provide improved outcomes for victims and the community.

Crimes (Criminal Organisation Control) Bill 2017

Presented by Mr Hanson—1 November 2017

This bill will provide for a criminal organisation control regime to prevent, disrupt and deter the operations of any organised criminal organisations.

Crimes (Food or Drink Spiking) Amendment Bill 2017

Presented by Mr Ramsay (Attorney-General)—24 August 2017

This bill will amend the Crimes Act 1900 to introduce offences of food or drink spiking.

Crimes (Fortification Removal) Amendment Bill 2017

Presented by Mr Ramsay (Attorney-General)—30 November 2017

This bill will amend the Crimes Act 1900 to introduce a fortification removal scheme in the ACT. The bill also prohibits the establishment of fortifications on certain premises.

Crimes (Intimate Image Abuse) Amendment Bill 2017

Presented by Mr Hanson—7 June 2017

This bill will amend the Crimes Act 1900 to create a new offence for people who distribute an intimate image of another person without consent.

Crimes (Invasion of Privacy) Amendment Bill 2017

Presented by Ms Le Couteur—2 August 2017

This bill will amend the Crimes Act 1900 to address a number of criminal justice legislation matters that have arisen in the ACT through advancements in technology and associated cultural changes.

Crimes (Police Powers and Firearms Offence) Amendment Bill 2017

Presented by Mr Ramsay (Attorney-General)—31 October 2017

This bill will amend the  Crimes Act 1900 to provide a specific offence to capture the conduct of drive-by shooting. Provisions in the bill will also provide police with statutory power to establish and control a crime scene.

Crimes (Restorative Justice) Amendment Bill 2018

Presented by Mr Rattenbury (Minister for Justice, Consumer Affairs and Road Safety)—23 August 2018

This bill will amend the Crimes (Restorative Justice) Act 2004 to improve access to restorative justice in the ACT which will provide a greater capacity for victims of crime to navigate the criminal justice system.

Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill 2016

Presented by Mr Ramsay (Attorney-General)—15 December 2016

This bill will amend a number of Territory laws to improve ACT Policing’s ability to manage the Child Sex Offenders register. The amendments will also address a number of technical issues with robbery and burglary prosecutions and clarify rules for licensed firearms dealers.

Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Presented by Mr Rattenbury (Minister for Corrections)—14 February 2017

This bill will amend the Crimes (Sentence Administration) Act 2005 and the Crimes (Sentencing) Act 2005 to retrospectively delegate certain Director-General functions to ACT Corrective Services officers who have responsibility for the supervision of an offender on an Intensive Correction Order.

Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 (No 2)

Presented by Mr Ramsay (Attorney-General)—30 November 2017

This bill will amend a number of the Territory’s criminal laws to implement recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The bill will also allow circle sentencing to occur in the Childrens’ Court, amend the offence of incitement and provide that an offender cannot be concurrently subject to a good behavior order and a parole order.

Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill 2018

Presented by Mr Ramsay (Attorney-General)—20 September 2018

This bill will amend a number of criminal laws to improve the operation and efficiency of the criminal justice system. These amendments include, clarification that warrants under the Crimes (Child Sex Offenders) Act 2005 are issued by a magistrate, rather than the Magistrates Court, extending the ability to issue warrants to an associate judge of the Supreme Court and increasing the monetary value of a penalty unit for offences.

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Disability Services Amendment Bill 2018

Presented by Ms Stephen-Smith (Minister for Disability)—30 October 2018

This bill will amend the Disability Services Act 1991 to provide the Official Visitors for Disability Services with improved access to monitor and investigate the welfare of potentially vulnerable persons in disability accommodation.

Discrimination Amendment Bill 2018

Presented by Mr Barr (Chief Minister) and Mr Rattenbury (Minister for Justice, Consumer Affairs and Road Safety)—1 November 2018

This bill will amend the Discrimination Act 1991 to strengthen protections against discrimination for students and employees/contractors in educational institutions conducted for religious purposes. The bill also provides a limited exception for educational institutions conducted for religious purposes to discriminate against employees, contractors and students on admission, but only on the grounds of religious conviction and not other protected attributes such as sexuality.

Domestic Animals (Dangerous Dogs) Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Presented by Mr Coe—1 November 2017

This bill will amend the Domestic Animals Act 2000 and the Domestic Animals Regulation 2001 to strengthen laws in relation to dangerous dogs in the community.

Domestic Animals (Dangerous Dogs) Legislation Amendment Bill 2018

Presented by Ms Lawder—24 October 2018

This bill will amend the Domestic Animals Act 2000 and the Domestic Animals Regulation 2001. The bill will create clear accountability measures such as requiring Domestic Animal Services to inform the victim, dog owner and responsible Minister of the outcome of an investigation of a dog attack within 14 days of its completion and requiring the registrar to collect data and document an investigation.

Domestic Animals (Racing Greyhounds) Amendment Bill 2017

Presented by Ms Fitzharris (Minister for Transport and City Services)—2 November 2017

This bill will amend the Domestic Animals Act 2000 by adding provisions that outline the obligations attached to those who own or have day-to-day control of greyhounds that are involved, or are intended to be involved, in greyhound racing outside the ACT. The bill also makes amendments to the Domestic Animals Regulation 2001 by including additional information to be required for racing greyhound registrations, and the information that will be provided on certificates of registration. The bill also proposes amendments to the Animal Welfare Act 1992 to make it an offence to conduct, or facilitate the conduct of, greyhound racing in the ACT.

Domestic Animals Legislation Amendment Bill 2018

Presented by Ms Fitzharris (Minister for Transport and City Services)—22 March 2018

This bill will amend a number of the Territory’s laws to provide consistency in the management, care and control of all dogs in the ACT, including greyhounds kept in the ACT for racing in other jurisdictions.

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Education Amendment Bill 2017

Presented by Ms Berry (Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development)—26 October 2017

This bill will amend the Education Act 2004 to provide a one step process for home education registration. The bill also proposes that information required to support an application for registration, or renewal, may be prescribed by Regulation. Further, the bill includes provisions to make it clear that the Act does not intend to allow for home education registration of children who do not live in the ACT.

Electricity Feed-in (Large-scale Renewable Energy Generation) Amendment Bill 2017

Presented by Mr Rattenbury (Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability)—14 September 2017

This bill will amend the Electricity Feed-in (Large-scale Renewable Energy Generation) Act 2011 and the Electricity Feed-in (Large-scale Renewable Energy Generation) Regulation 2017 to prescribe matters the Minister must consider when confirming an FiT entitlement surrender. The bill will also provide for the Minister to oversee the amount(s) that the ACT electricity distributor passes on to ACT electricity retailers as compensation for the FiT support payments. In addition, the bill will enable the Minister to require the electricity distributor to commission an audit of the FiT support payment information provided by the distributor.

Emergencies Amendment Bill 2018

Presented by Mr Gentleman (Minister for Police and Emergency Services)—25 October 2018

This bill will amend the Emergencies Act 2004 to enhance clarity and operation of the Act, particularly in relation to the functions of the Security and Emergency Management Senior Officials Group, emergency sub-plans and the application of the Act during an emergency situation.

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Family and Personal Violence Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Presented by Mr Ramsay (Attorney-General)—16 February 2017

This bill will amend the Evidence (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1991, the Family Violence Act 2016 and the Personal Violence Act 2016 to address a number of procedural issues contained in those Acts and to reduce red tape to facilitate streamlined family violence and personal protection order schemes.

Firearms Amendment Bill 2017

Presented by Mr Gentleman (Minister for Police and Emergency Services)—30 March 2017

This bill will amend the Firearms Act 1996 by reclassifying lever action shotguns with a magazine capacity of up to and more than five rounds.

Firearms and Prohibited Weapons Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Presented by Mr Gentleman (Minister for Police and Emergency Services)—14 September 2017

This bill makes amendments to improve the operations of firearms and prohibited weapons legislation to allow for better administration of the legislation and greater access to firearms for legitimate users under specified circumstances.

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Gaming Legislation Amendment Bill 2018

Presented by Mr Ramsay (Attorney General)—1 November 2018

This bill will amend a number of Territory statutes to reduce the number of gaming machine authorisations, establish stronger gambling harm protections, and to develop a stronger clubs sector.

Gaming Machine Amendment Bill 2017

Presented by Mr Ramsay (Attorney-General)—3 August 2017

This bill will amend the Gaming Machine Act 2004 to improve the community’s access to Social Impact Assessments and to provide support to small and medium clubs and club groups through a gaming machine taxation rebate and reduced administrative burden.

Gaming Machine (Cash Facilities) Amendment Bill 2017

Presented by Mr Ramsay (Attorney-General)—3 August 2017

This bill will amend the Gaming Machine Act 2004 and the Gaming Machine Regulation 2004 to limit clubs in the Territory to one EFTPOS facility where a person can withdraw cash at the premises. The bill will also limit the amount of cash able to be withdrawn from an EFTPOS facility to $200 and sets rules in relation to staff operating the EFTPOS facility.

Gene Technology Amendment Bill 2017

Presented by Ms Fitzharris (Minister for Health)—30 March 2017

This bill will amend the  Gene Technology Act 2003 and the  Gene Technology Regulation 2004 to align the ACT’s laws with Commonwealth, State and Territory legislation to ensure a nationally consistent regulatory system for gene technology. The amendments are minor in nature.

Government Agencies (Land Acquisition Reporting) Bill 2018

Presented by Mr Coe—1 August 2018

The purpose of this bill is to improve integrity in land acquisitions. The bill introduces reporting requirements for all acquisitions undertaken by ACT Government entities, reinforcing due diligence and procurement principles such as value for money.

Government Procurement (Financial Integrity) Amendment Bill 2017

Presented by Mr Coe—20 September 2017

This bill will amend a number of laws relating to government expenditure to improve integrity in spending and provide the ACT community with further opportunities to examine how taxpayer’s money is disbursed.

Government Procurement (Secure Local Jobs) Amendment Bill 2018

Presented by Ms Stephen-Smith (Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations)—2 August 2018

This bill will amend the Government Procurement Act 2001 to facilitate the adoption of the Secure Local Jobs Code. The bill establishes new tender evaluation and contract oversight requirements for territory entities as well as internal governance and supporting infrastructure, including a statutory role of registrar to oversee the new arrangements.

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Health (Improving Abortion Access) Amendment Bill 2018

Presented by Ms Le Couteur—21 March 2018

This bill will amend the Health Act 1993 to improve access to safe and legal abortions for people in the ACT.

Holidays (Reconciliation Day) Amendment Bill 2017

Presented by Ms Stephen-Smith (Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations)—17 August 2017

This bill will amend the Holidays Act 1958 to make 27 May a reconciliation Day public holiday in the Australian Capital Territory or, if that day is not a Monday, the following Monday; and omit Family and Community Day and its definition.

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Inspector of Correctional Services Bill 2017

Presented by Mr Rattenbury (Minister for Corrections)—26 October 2017

This bill will establish an independent Inspector of Correctional Services for the Territory and includes providing a broad and flexible operational structure for the Inspector.

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Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 (No 3)

Presented by Mr Ramsay (Attorney-General)—15 December 2016

This bill will amend a number of Territory laws within the Justice and Community Safety portfolio to improve the operation of each amended law.

Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Presented by Mr Ramsay (Attorney-General)—30 March 2017

This bill will amend a number of Territory laws within the Justice and Community Safety portfolio to improve the operation of each amended law.

Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 (No 2)

Presented by Mr Ramsay (Attorney-General)—21 September 2017

This bill will amend a number of Territory laws in the Justice and Community Safety portfolio to improve the operation of each amended law without making major policy changes.

Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2018

Presented by Mr Ramsay (Attorney-General)—22 March 2018

This bill will amend a number of Territory laws within the Justice and Community Safety portfolio to improve the operation of each amended law.

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Lakes Amendment Bill 2017

Presented by Mr Gentleman (Minister for the Environment and Heritage)—31 October 2017

This bill will amend the Lakes Act 1976 by updating and modernising the provisions relating to navigation and safety on ACT lakes.

Lands Acquisition Amendment Bill 2017

Presented by Mr Gentleman (Minister for Planning and Land Management)—8 June 2017

This bill will amend the Lands Acquisition Act 1994 to introduce an additional way to facilitate negotiations on the payment of compensation for the compulsory acquisition of land under the Act.

Lands Acquisition (Reporting Requirements) Amendment Bill 2018

Presented by Mr Coe—14 February 2018

This bill will amend the Lands Acquisition Act 1994 to introduce new reporting requirements for all land acquisitions undertaken by Government entities.

Land Tax (Community Housing Exemption) Amendment Bill 2018

Presented by Mr Parton—19 September 2018 (Ruled out of order by the Speaker on  23 October 2018)

This bill will amend the Land Tax Act 2004 to exempt owners from paying land tax if the owner enters into an agreement with a registered community housing provider.

Land Tax Amendment Bill 2018

Presented by Mr Barr (Treasurer)—12 April 2018

This bill will amend the Land Tax Act 2004 to provide for the extension of land tax to all residential dwellings that are not an owner’s principal place of residence and to introduce a foreign ownership surcharge. The bill will also make a number of minor and technical amendments to the Act.

Legislative Assembly Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Presented by Ms Burch (Speaker)—14 September 2017

This bill will amend provisions of the Auditor-General Act 1996, the Electoral Act 1992, the Financial Management Act 1996, the Legislative Assembly (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Act 2012, the Legislative Assembly Precincts Act 2001 and the Ombudsman Act 1989, which have a bearing on the effective operation of the Office of the Legislative Assembly and Officers of the Legislative Assembly.

Liquor Amendment Bill 2017

Presented by Mr Ramsay (Attorney-General)—23 March 2017

This bill will make a number of amendments to the  Liquor Act 2010 and the  Liquor Regulation 2010 to reduce alcohol related harm, improve the administration of the liquor legislation and reduce regulatory burden.

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Magistrates Court (Retirement Age of Magistrates) Amendment Bill 2018

Presented by Mr Hanson—9 May 2018

This bill will amend the Magistrates Court Act 1930 to extend the retirement age of magistrates from 65 years old to 70 years old.

Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Amendment Bill 2018

Presented by Ms Fitzharris (Minister for Health and Wellbeing)—10 May 2018

This bill will amend the Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 2008 and the Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008 to establish a regulatory framework that would allow for authorised people to remotely access, use and disclose information on the ACT’s monitored medicines database as a public health and clinical support tool. This bill will also establish administrative functions relating to the use of the database information, and introduce several new offence provisions to limit the bill’s impact on personal privacy.

Monitoring of Places of Detention (Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture) Bill 2017

Presented by Mr Rattenbury (Minister for Justice, Consumer Affairs and Road Safety)—24 August 2017

This bill will provide a legal structure for the Territory to meet its obligations for the United Nations Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture to conduct periodic visits to places of detention under the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture when it is ratified.

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Nature Conservation (Minor Public Works) Amendment Bill 2017

Presented by Mr Gentleman (Minister for the Environment and Heritage)—14 September 2017

This bill will streamline the processes for obtaining planning approvals to enable Territory entities, or groups working on behalf of the Territory, to carry out minor works in reserves.

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Ombudsman Amendment Bill 2018

Presented by Mr Barr (Chief Minister)—10 May 2018

This bill will expand the scope of the Reportable Conduct Scheme to include institutions that provide spiritual care and pastoral activities.

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Planning and Development Amendment Bill 2017

Presented by Mr Gentleman (Minister for Planning and Land Management)—24 August 2017

This bill will amend the Planning and Development Act 2007 to provide a planning assessment framework for the storage of hazardous materials and changes the impact assessment track for development proposals on contaminated sites. It also implements a requirement that an Assembly committee decide with 15 working days whether it will inquire into any Draft Variation to the Territory Plan referred to it.

Planning and Development (Lease Variation Charge Deferred Payment Scheme) Amendment Bill 2018

Presented by Mr Barr (Treasurer)—15 February 2018

This bill will amend the Planning and Development Act 2007 to provide a deferred payment scheme for the Lease Variation Charge. The scheme is entered through an arrangement with the Commissioner for ACT Revenue and aims to provide greater flexibility for managers of large development projects.

Planning and Development (Territory Plan Variations) Amendment Bill 2017

Presented by Ms Le Couteur—10 May 2017

This bill will amend the Planning and Development Act 2007 to limit the use of technical amendments to technical and procedural matters where there is public opposition to a variation.

Planning, Building and Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 (No 2)

Presented by Mr Gentleman (Minister for Planning and Land Management)—15 December 2016

This bill will make a number of minor policy amendments to the Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act 2010, the Planning and Development Regulation 2008 and the Utilities (Technical Regulation) Act 2014. The bill will also make technical and editorial amendments to Territory legislation relating to planning, building and the environment.

Planning, Building and Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Presented by Mr Gentleman (Minister for the Environment and Heritage)—23 March 2017

This bill will make a number of amendments to compliance information requirements contained in the  Energy Efficiency (Cost of Living) Improvement Act 2012. It will also amend the reporting requirements of the Conservator of Flora and Fauna contained in the  Nature Conservation Act 2014. The bill also makes technical and editorial amendments to Territory legislation relating to planning, building and the environment.

Planning, Building and Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2018

Presented by Mr Gentleman (Minister for the Environment and Heritage)—12 April 2018

This bill will make minor and technical amendments to the operation of four pieces of legislation namely the City Renewal Authority and Suburban Land Agency Act 2017, the Heritage Act 2004, the Nature Conservation Act 2014 and the Planning and Development Regulation 2008.

Prostitution Amendment Bill 2018

Presented by Mr Rattenbury (Minister for Justice, Consumer Affairs and Road Safety)—7 June 2018

This bill will make a number of amendments to the Prostitution Act 1992 to address issues of ongoing stigma, safety issues and discrimination. It will also better protect children from sexual exploitation and align the Act with other legislation governing professions in the ACT to better recognise sex work as a legitimate profession.

Public Sector Workers Compensation Fund Bill 2018

Presented by Ms Stephen-Smith (Minister for Employment and Workplace Safety)—25 October 2018

This bill will establish infrastructure and supporting arrangements for appropriations and moneys held for the management of the ACT’s Public Sector workers’ compensation liabilities. This bill will also establish a Public Sector Workers Compensation fund and appoint a commissioner to manage and administer the fund.

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Racing (Greyhounds) Amendment Bill 2017

Presented by Mr Ramsay (Attorney-General)—2 November 2017

This bill will amend the Racing Act 1999 and several other pieces of Territory law by removing the legal framework for the administration and control of greyhound racing in the ACT.

Red Tape Reduction Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Presented by Mr Ramsay (Minister for Regulatory Services)—30 March 2017

This bill will make amendments to a number of Territory laws to reduce red tape. The amendments remove certain administrative burdens for charities and firewood merchants and will decrease the levy charged to small energy utility suppliers. The bill will also introduce a new offence provision for non-compliant licensed agents, removes breed-specific provisions concerning greyhounds and remove certain barriers to those applying for a security employee licence in low risk activities. The bill repeals the  Public Bathing Act 1956 and the  Environment Protection (ACT Firewood) Code of Practice 1999.

Red Tape Reduction Legislation Amendment Bill 2018

Presented by Mr Ramsay (Minister for Regulatory Services)—23 August 2018

This bill will make amendments to a number of Territory laws to address outdated requirements and reduce red tape by addressing duplication and providing greater clarity for ACT businesses, individuals and community organisations in achieving regulatory outcomes. The amendments further streamline reporting for charities registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission, provide a more efficient process for industry in the lodgment of plans, maps and other documents and allow alternative documents of identification for use in licenced venues, the casino and venues selling tobacco.

Reportable Conduct and Information Sharing Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Presented by Mr Barr (Chief Minister)—2 November 2017

This bill will amend a number of Territory laws to further support the operation of the Reportable Conduct Scheme in relation to information sharing and the promotion of child safety.

Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2017

Presented by Mr Ramsay (Attorney-General)—14 September 2017

This bill will amend the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 to improve consumer protections for tenants and lessors entering into a commercial guarantee or indemnity contract.

Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2018

Presented by Mr Ramsay (Attorney-General)—10 May 2018

This bill will amend the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 to provide an improved framework for residential tenancy agreements, including clarification of provisions which affect vulnerable tenants, including social housing tenants.

Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2018 (No 2)

Presented by Mr Ramsay (Attorney-General)—1 November 2018

This bill will amend the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 and the Residential Tenancies Regulation 1998 to provide for an enhanced framework for residential tenancy agreements.

Revenue Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 (No 2)

Presented by Mr Barr (Treasurer)—15 December 2016

This bill will amend Territory laws relating to taxation to implement reforms to the Territory’s revenue collection system.

Revenue Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Presented by Mr Barr (Treasurer)—23 March 2017

This bill will amend the  Duties Act 1999, the  Land Tax Act 2004 and the  Rates Act 2004. The amendments will change the method for calculating rates and land tax for residential unit subdivisions, repeal insurance duty legislation and make a technical change to the rebate on rates for pensioners.

Revenue Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 (No 2)

Presented by Mr Barr (Treasurer)—26 October 2017

This bill will make a number of minor policy and technical amendments to Territory laws to improve administration and operation of the ACT tax system for the benefit of taxpayers and administrators.

Road Transport Reform (Light Rail) Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Presented by Mr Rattenbury (Minister for Justice, Consumer Affairs and Road Safety)—8 June 2017

This bill will make a number of amendments to Territory laws relating to road transport legislation to support the operation of light rail within the ACT.

Road Transport Reform (Light Rail) Legislation Amendment Bill 2018

Mr Rattenbury (Minister for Justice, Consumer Affairs and Road Safety)—22 March 2018

This bill will make a number of amendments to Territory laws relating to road transport legislation to establish the regulatory framework for the operation of light rail within the ACT.

Royal Commission Criminal Justice Legislation Amendment Bill 2018

Mr Ramsay (Attorney-General)—25 October 2018

This bill will amend the Crimes Act 1900, the Crimes (Sentencing) Act 2005, the Evidence (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1991, and the Evidence (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulation 2009 to enhance the protection of children of child sexual abuse and improve the justice system’s response to child sexual abuse.

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Senior Practitioner Bill 2018

Ms Stephen-Smith (Minister for Disability, Children and Youth)—7 June 2018

This bill will facilitate the creation of a senior practitioner role to enable vulnerable people in the ACT to achieve a better quality of life, free of unnecessary interventions that limit their human rights. This bill will also provide a framework for the reduction and elimination of restrictive practices in the ACT.

Sentencing Legislation Amendment Bill 2018

Presented by Mr Rattenbury (Minister for Justice, Consumer Affairs and Road Safety)—20 September 2018

This bill will amend the Crimes (Sentencing) Act 2005 and the Crimes (Sentence Administration) Act 2005 to improve the administration of the Intensive Correction Order scheme that commenced in 2016.

Statute Law Amendment Bill 2016

Presented by Mr Ramsay (Attorney-General)—15 December 2016

This bill will make minor and technical amendments to a number of laws to enhance the Territory’s statute book.

Statute Law Amendment Bill 2017

Presented by Mr Ramsay (Attorney-General)—24 August 2017

This bill will make minor and technical amendments to a number of laws to enhance the Territory’s statute book.

Statute Law Amendment Bill 2018

Presented by Mr Ramsay (Attorney-General)—20 September 2018

This bill will make minor and technical amendments to a number of laws to enhance the Territory’s statute book.

Stock Amendment Bill 2018

Presented by Mr Gentleman (Minister for Planning and Land Management)—7 June 2018

This bill will make limited amendments to the Stock Act 2005, and provides the Director-General, Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate with more flexible options when dealing with impounded stock and also updates provisions relating to permits for moving stock on foot.

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Transport Canberra and City Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2016

Presented by Ms Fitzharris (Minister for Transport and City Services)—15 December 2016

This bill will make a number of minor and technical amendments to laws administered by the Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate including the Domestic Animals Act 2000, the Domestic Animals Regulation 2001 and the Public Unleased Land Act 2013.

Tree Protection Amendment Bill 2017

Presented by Ms Fitzharris (Minister for Transport and City Services)—24 August 2017

This bill will amend the Tree Protection Act 2005 to provide for the Conservator of Flora and Fauna to have discretion to deregister a registered tree that has died from natural causes. The bill will also clarify who has access to merits review of certain decisions made by the Conservator of Flora and Fauna.

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Utilities Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Presented by Mr Rattenbury (Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability)—21 September 2017

This bill will amend the Utilities Act 2000, the Utilities (Technical Regulation) Act 2014 and the Utilities (Technical Regulation) Regulation 2017 by inserting general regulation-making power into each law to enable classes of services to be removed from the regulatory schemes if certain conditions are met. The bill will also provide for the first use of the exemption power in relation to embedded electricity networks.

Utilities (Streetlight Network) Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Presented by Mr Barr (Treasurer)—11 May 2017

This bill will amend the Electricity Safety Act 1971, the Electricity Safety Regulation 2004 and the Utilities Act 2000 to ensure that the streetlight network is clearly defined and that a clear distinction exists between the streetlight network and electricity distribution network. The bill will also facilitate access to streetlighting assets and clarify the technical standards that apply.

Utilities (Technical Regulation) Amendment Bill 2017

Presented by Mr Rattenbury (Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability)—21 September 2017

This bill will amend the Utilities (Technical Regulation) Act 2014 to address ongoing issues in relation to the risks caused by trees touching live powerlines in order to increase public safety. The bill will also address important actions under the Strategic Bushfire Management Plan 2014-2019.

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Veterinary Practice Bill 2018

Presented by Ms Fitzharris (Minister for Transport and City Services)—10 May 2018

This bill will repeal the Veterinary Surgeons Act 2015 and the Veterinary Surgeons Regulations 2015. This bill will improve the efficiency and productivity of the veterinary profession in the ACT by bringing it into harmonisation with NSW legislation and incorporate deemed registration under the national recognition of veterinary registration. This bill will also ensure that the veterinary practice board has the necessary provisions to identify and address malpractice in the sector.

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Waste Management and Resource Recovery Amendment Bill 2017

Presented by Ms Fitzharris (Minister for Transport and City Services)—21 September 2017

This bill will amend the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Act 2016 to establish a cost effective container deposit scheme to assist the beverage industry to discharge their responsibilities in relation to dealing with waste and litter generated by beverage product packaging. The bill will also assist the community to reduce litter and promote a cleaner environment.

Waste Management and Resource Recovery Amendment Bill 2018

Presented by Ms Fitzharris (Minister for Transport and City Services)—10 April 2018

This bill will amend the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Amendment Act 2017 to provide for an amendment to the commencement provisions in the Act that relate to refund marking requirements. This amendment will allow a period of two years from the commencement of the Act for these requirements to begin.

Workers Compensation Amendment Bill 2017

Presented by Ms Stephen-Smith (Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations)—31 October 2017

This bill will amend the Workers Compensation Act 1951 and the Workers Compensation Regulation 2002 to improve access to statutory entitlements for Territory workers and also increase the amount of statutory compensation payable in certain circumstances.

Workplace Legislation Amendment Bill 2018

Presented by Ms Stephen-Smith (Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations)—15 February 2018

This bill will amend the Public Sector Management Act 1994 to outline actions that can be taken to recover overpayments from the salary of a Territory employee. The bill also amends the Workplace Privacy Amendment Act 2016 to provide a framework for surveillance in the workplace to ensure compatibility with information privacy laws in the ACT.

Work Health and Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Presented by Ms Stephen-Smith (Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations)—30 November 2017

This bill will adopt the national model Work Health and Safety Regulation that governs the use, storage and handling of hazardous chemicals.

Work Health and Safety Amendment Bill 2018

Presented by Ms Stephen-Smith (Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations)—7 June 2018

This bill will amend the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and Work Safety Regulation 2011 to improve safety in the construction industry by enhancing consultation and collaboration. This bill will also mandate consultation with workers and their representatives in the establishment of workgroups, mandate the election and training of Health and Safety Representatives and mandate the election of Health and Safety Committees as well as training for its members.

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