ACT Legislative Assembly


Summary of Bills

2016-2017

No. 11

The Summary of Bills is a synopsis of all bills introduced in the Assembly.

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

* Denotes bills which the Scrutiny Committee had no comment on.

A

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body Amendment Bill 2017—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.

Scrutiny Report 5; GR in Scrutiny Report 8

Appropriation Bill 2017-2018—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.

Scrutiny Report 7*

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

Scrutiny Report 7*

B

Building and Construction Legislation Amendment Bill 2017—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.

C

Casino (Electronic Gaming) Bill 2017—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.

Scrutiny Report 9; GR in Scrutiny Report 10

City Renewal Authority and Suburban Land Agency Bill 2017—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.

Scrutiny Report 5; GR in Scrutiny Report 6; Committee comment on GR in Scrutiny Report 6

Commercial Arbitration Bill 2016—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.

Scrutiny Report 2; GR in Scrutiny Report 4

Co-operatives National Law (ACT) Bill 2017—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.

Scrutiny Report 3; GR in Scrutiny Report 4

Crimes (Criminal Organisation Control) Bill 2017—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.

Scrutiny Report 12

Crimes (Fortification Removal) Amendment Bill 2017—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 (Food or Drink Spiking) Amendment Bill 2017—Mr Ramsay (Attorney-General)—24 August 2017

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

Scrutiny Report 9*

Crimes (Intimate Image Abuse) Amendment Bill 2017—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.

Scrutiny Report 7

Crimes (Invasion of Privacy) Amendment Bill 2017—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.

Scrutiny Report 8

Crimes (Police Powers and Firearms Offence) Amendment Bill 2017—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.

Scrutiny Report 12

Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill 2016—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.

Scrutiny Report 2*

Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill 2017—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.

Scrutiny Report 3

Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 (No 2)—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.

D

Domestic Animals (Dangerous Dogs) Legislation Amendment Bill 2017—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.

Scrutiny Report 12

Domestic Animals (Racing Greyhounds) Amendment Bill 2017—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.

Scrutiny Report 12

E

Education Amendment Bill 2017—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.

Scrutiny Report 12

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

F

Family and Personal Violence Legislation Amendment Bill 2017—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.

Scrutiny Report 3; GR in Scrutiny Report 4

Firearms Amendment Bill 2017—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.

Scrutiny Report 5

Firearms and Prohibited Weapons Legislation Amendment Bill 2017—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.

Scrutiny Report 10; GR in Scrutiny Report 12

G

Gaming Machine Amendment Bill 2017—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.

Scrutiny Report 8*

Gaming Machine (Cash Facilities) Amendment Bill 2017—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.

Scrutiny Report 8, GR in Scrutiny Report 9

Gene Technology Amendment Bill 2017—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.

Scrutiny Report 5; GR in Scrutiny Report 6

Government Procurement (Financial Integrity) Amendment Bill 2017—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.

Scrutiny Report 10

H

Holidays (Reconciliation Day) Amendment Bill 2017—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.

Scrutiny Report 9*

I

Inspector of Correctional Services Bill 2017—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.

Scrutiny Report 12

J

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

Scrutiny Report 2*

Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2017—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.

Scrutiny Report 5; GR in Scrutiny Report 7

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

Scrutiny Report 10; GR in Scrutiny Report 11

L

Lakes Amendment Bill 2017—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.

Scrutiny Report 12

Lands Acquisition Amendment Bill 2017—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.

Scrutiny Report 7, GR in Scrutiny Report 9

Legislative Assembly Legislation Amendment Bill 2017—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.

Scrutiny Report 10

Liquor Amendment Bill 2017—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.

Scrutiny Report 5; GR in Scrutiny Report 7

M

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

Scrutiny Report 9; GR in Scrutiny Report 11

N

Nature Conservation (Minor Public Works) Amendment Bill 2017—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.

Scrutiny Report 10

P

Planning and Development Amendment Bill 2017—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.

Scrutiny Report 9

Planning and Development (Territory Plan Variations) Amendment Bill 2017—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.

Scrutiny Report 6*

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

Scrutiny Report 2

Planning, Building and Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2017—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.

Scrutiny Report 5

R

Racing (Greyhounds) Amendment Bill 2017—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.

Scrutiny Report 12

Red Tape Reduction Legislation Amendment Bill 2017—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.

Scrutiny Report 5

Reportable Conduct and Information Sharing Legislation Amendment Bill 2017—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.

Scrutiny Report 12

Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2017—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.

Scrutiny Report 10; GR in Scrutiny Report 11

Revenue Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 (No 2)—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.

Scrutiny Report 2

Revenue Legislation Amendment Bill 2017—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.

Scrutiny Report 5*; Committee considered amendment Scrutiny Report 6

Revenue Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 (No 2)—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.

Scrutiny Report 12

Road Transport Reform (Light Rail) Legislation Amendment Bill 2017— 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.

Scrutiny Report 7

S

Statute Law Amendment Bill 2016—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.

Scrutiny Report 2*

Statute Law Amendment Bill 2017—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.

Scrutiny Report 9

T

Transport Canberra and City Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2016—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.

Scrutiny Report 2*

Tree Protection Amendment Bill 2017—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.

Scrutiny Report 9*

U

Utilities Legislation Amendment Bill 2017—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.

Scrutiny Report 10*

Utilities (Streetlight Network) Legislation Amendment Bill 2017—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.

Scrutiny Report 6; GR in Scrutiny Report 7

Utilities (Technical Regulation) Amendment Bill 2017—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.

Scrutiny Report 10

W

Waste Management and Resource Recovery Amendment Bill 2017—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.

Scrutiny Report 10; GR in Scrutiny Report 11

Workers Compensation Amendment Bill 2017—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.

Work Health and Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2017—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.

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